Sorry for the length of my story in advance!
I couldnt be any more excited that I found my dress!!! I went to four different places before finding my dress! The first place I went to was Camille's in West Hartford, the girls were SO nice there and there was no rush at all! However, I found that the dress selection wasn't all that vast. The second place I went was Mariella's Creations in Rocky Hill, this place seemed like a mini-Klienfelds when I was there. There were a TON of dresses to choose from, and most were very reasonably priced, except for one that I feel in love with. My price range was between 1500 and 2000, and I made this very clear to the woman who helped me, who by the way was a complete doll! She had an amazing personality and was very easy going, a pleasure to work with. However, she forgot to keep an eye on the prices, as the dress that I narrowed my selection down to was $4100. Very disappointed I had to pass up the dress. We then headed to The Wedding Dress in Portland, there was a good amount of dresses, however, there was only one mirror and I was sharing it with a bride who was having her first fitting. It was pretty uncomfortable, then once I had narrowed it down to 2 dresses, the next client came in and I felt rushed. The last and final place I went to was Stylish Impressions in Farmington. It was a bit later in the day and the store was pretty quiet compared to the others. The entire upstairs was lined with dresses and I was excited to have the entire place to ourselves. I made it very clear about my budget and the sales girl said don't worry there is nothing more than $2100. This was a relief. I was able to find about 10 dress to try on to start with and the very first dress I put on was THE ONE!!!!!! I tried on the rest but kept comparing it to the first. The sales girl was so nice, very knowledgable and a joy to work with. She gave us plenty of time to decide! The owner was there as well and she was very friendly, took the time to chat with us and made it clear that they were there to help make sure the dress came out perfectly! It was a wonderful experience!! I was so glad that I decided to keep looking and found my dress instead of the expensive one from the second store. I haven't thought about the other dress since and I am still SOO excited about my dress!