My Inbal Dror Bridal Fitting at Panache Beverly Hills
Since nearly the beginning of her career in 2010, I have been infatuated with Inbal Dror. I saw her work in a campaign on a European bridal blog, and from that moment, I knew I had to be married in one of her gowns.
Inbal Dror struck a certain chord within my heart; I come from a bit of Jewish ethnic background, and I have always wanted to incorporate that heritage in some manner into my wedding day. Not to mention, the ruched backs, and corset-like features of her gowns have a romantic, almost lingerie feel to them that I fell hopelessly in love with.
January of this year, I was lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to travel with my fiancé to Beverly Hills from Billings, Montana in the middle of winter to take in some of the warmth and sunshine, and to fulfil my dream. I was fitted on January 9th, 2014 for my wedding gown – the gorgeous Inbal Dror BR-13-23 at Panache Bridal Boutique of Beverly Hills.
I couldn’t have imagined a better experience than what I had while at Panache. I worked with the charming and lovely Chanelle, whom made me feel the most comfortable I’ve ever felt in a dressing room.
It was a blessing to have my fiancé Robert, and my cousin Katrina present for the whole process – Katrina worked as a Wedding Planner’s assistant, so she not only offered good opinions and suggestions, but having a female family member with me during my fitting was reassuring, and made the experience even more enjoyable.
With that said, having my fiancé Robert there for the fitting was what really made the memories for me. His expressions of excitement and approval upon seeing me in the gowns was absolutely adorable.
“Men usually don’t seem to notice or care all that much in the differences from gown to gown,” Chanelle said, “but when you came out wearing that last one, his jaw dropped and he stood up out of his chair! You know you have found The Dress when they stand up from their chair.”
I’m a lucky girl when it comes to getting input from my husband-to-be on haut couture; not all men are like mine. Robert has a strong opinion on fashion for both genders, and our similar taste has made the planning for our wedding accoutrements incredibly smooth.
I was torn between two different gowns – the BR-13-23 and BR-13-24. Robert was the one whom actually made the final decision on my gown.
My figure is such, that it was perfectly accentuated by the style of these gowns. They were flattering, perfectly elegant, and just enough sexy without being at risk of scandalizing the grandparents.
My agenda the entire process has been one thing and one thing only: I want my groom to see me in the gown he loves most on our wedding day. I might be the one wearing it, but he is the one going to see me walking down the aisle, and that’s the person I want to leave with the strongest impression.
Of all the dresses I tried on (I had two appointments, one on the 8th and one on the 9th of January), only one gown had him at a complete loss for words.
The BR-13-23 is a pale pink, which is a step away from the traditional white we had both wanted for our wedding (Robert will be wearing a white tuxedo), but the lace detail and the tiny rhinestone embellishments make it absolutely breathtaking (as demonstrated by my fiancé)!
I had something like 26 different measurements taken, as Inbal Dror gowns are made cut-to-order. As it was, even ordering it early January still required a $1k rush fee to arrive on time for my May 4th wedding date, making the dress cost around $11k in total.
I’m still awaiting the arrival of my gown (supposed to be around the first week of April), but I couldn’t be more excited.
Marrying the man of my dreams, it only seems fitting that I’d do it in the dress I dreamt of, too.