I live in upstate NY, and will be getting married on the north shore of MA, but bought my dress at this Portsmouth boutique and they deserve a great post here. If you are dress shopping, Madeleine's Daughter is well worth checking out.
I had no idea what to look for. I am generally quite picky when it comes to clothes, and not one to make decisions quickly, but I ended up buying the very first dress I tried on there! I made an appointment and walked in with a couple things I had cut out of magazines - there were little details I liked about certain dresses, but I never came across a whole dress that I was crazy about, so I assumed I was in for a lengthy process.
Brandie was my consultant; I highly recommend her!. She walked into the dressing room with 5 gowns, and they were all gorgeous. I knew as soon as I tried the first one on, but tried the others just to be sure.
I recently went back to try on my actual dress that had come in and it was such a fun experience. As my mother, bridesmaid, and I started to wonder aloud what I might do for a headpiece, Brandie carefully selected a couple of things from their display and I suddenly had a gorgeous feather/rhinestone hairpiece and satin-edged veil that were absolutely perfect. Problem solved!
Overall it has been a great experience. The staff are friendly, professional, and not at all pushy,