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Saying Yes To The Dress

Saying Yes To The Dress

You guys! I said yes to a dress last night at Kinsley James Bridal in West Hollywood! Of course, I’m not going to give any details about the dress’s style or designer yet. I’m still not sure if I’ll have two dresses…one for the ceremony and one for the reception. Part of me feels like this dress I already picked deserves all the attention and part of me thinks I love bridal fashion too much to just wear one! My wedding planner Troy Williams, one of Harper Bazaar’s top planner’s of the year, and I will be going to Ryan & Walter’s this week to talk about the possibility of creating a sexy reception dress. What do you think? One dress or two?!

On my dress shopping tour, I went to Kleinfeld’s in NYC, Monique Lhuillier in West Hollywood, Lovella in Glendale, CA, and Kinsley James in West Hollywood. The service at all the bridal boutiques was top notch! I seriously cannot believe how fantastic all the experiences were. Huge thanks to the consultants: Diane at Kleinfeld‘s, Nicola & Terra at Monique Lhuiller, Nayri at Lovella, and Kelsey & Dawn at Kinsley James! These ladies are so skilled in their field and I feel so honored to have had their help in this process.

In the coming weeks, I will have a new column with Cosmopolitan.com to document this wedding planning process in further detail. But before that, I wanted to show y’all some of the beautiful dresses I tried on during the past couple weeks, but didn’t strongly consider. Those serious contenders may stay private forever.




  • Erin G
    Posted at 00:43h, 21 August Reply

    I say go for two! After dinner and dancing with your dad, go for the sexy one!

  • Ciera M.
    Posted at 04:12h, 21 August Reply

    You look absolutely stunning in every single one of those dresses !! I can not wait to see the one you picked !! So happy for you Two. I just got engaged 2 weeks ago, feeling beyond blessed !! xoxoxoxox

  • Maddie Byington
    Posted at 16:45h, 21 August Reply

    2 dresses!! Biggest day of your life I say go big or go home girlfriend!!

  • Christi
    Posted at 08:11h, 29 August Reply

    You’re going to be one beautiful bride girl! They’re all so gorgeous, I can understand the dilemma of trying to choose just one. Is the wedding going to be televised?

  • Aryn
    Posted at 01:50h, 04 September Reply

    You look perfect in all of them! But only do one. You don’t get to wear it for very long as is, and I think having two diminishes the time you get to wear such a special dress even more.

  • Gwendolyn Wade
    Posted at 02:53h, 25 September Reply

    Ashley, You look amazing and beautiful in all of them. I can only imagine what the dresses that you chose look like because you look good in everything I have ever seen you wear. I say go for 2 dresses. Even though you don’t wear it for very long, I say 2 because you can save the main one for your daughter to use when she gets married and have the other one to wear when leaving the reception. I wish you and Jared a lifetime of happiness!!

  • Laura Hartell
    Posted at 13:52h, 13 February Reply

    You look beautiful in each and every dress you tried on. You will look amazing in anything you pick out and wear. Enjoy every bit of planning because that day goes by in a flash.
    My girls (twins 17) and I have watched your journey on the bachelor and when you first laid eyes on Jarred. We are sooo thrilled he “finally” came to his senses lol and realize that you were the one all along ?.
    I/we wish you both nothing but the best. Remember one thing, if things might go wrong in one area or another on your special day don’t think too much of it because something always seems to happen. If I only had time to tell you about my wedding day ?. Just remember no matter what may or may not go wrong, the person waiting at the end of the isle is all that matters and enjoy the first steps in being Mr. & Mrs. It’s wonderful marrying your best friend.
    Much love,
    Laura Hartell
    (A stranger but a fan xo)

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