Not even five minutes into my visit at the new Grace Loves Lace boutique in Washington DC, I was already fantasizing about ways I could repurpose a wedding gown that don’t involve actually getting married.
I walked down the aisle nearly three years ago, so my bridal-attire needs are squarely behind me. Even so, it’s hard to resist the romantic allure of a champagne-colored, brightly lit room filled with racks of silky white gowns. Set in the District’s trendy Union Market neighborhood, this shop is among the brand’s most recently opened brick-and-mortars, and the ambience alone is enough to get your heart fluttering.
Along one wall, exposed brick creates a charming, homey atmosphere. Meanwhile, the gold, oversize, floor-length mirror in the boutique’s main room provides the perfect place to snap a few photos for Instagram — with huge windows that look out onto the street, the space is flooded with gorgeous natural light all day long.
At first, I didn’t think I’d fall in love with anything I tried on. I was here on assignment, after all, and as a Very Professional Fashion Editor, I had a job to do. But as I started sifting through dresses to try on, that familiar high began to set in. I remember it well — when I was dress shopping for my own wedding a couple years ago, every bridal appointment left me feeling completely blissed out. There’s just something about being surrounded by beautiful gowns that conveys a sense of calmness and ease, and that’s precisely how I felt during my Grace Loves Lace wedding-dress shopping experience.
With the popular Australian bridal brand expanding its footprint across the globe, it’s becoming a more recognizable fixture on Instagram feeds and Pinterest boards alike. Whether you’re seeking a lacy backless number for an elegant elopement or a two-piece, boho-inspired set for a beachside ceremony, Grace Loves Lace is a trendy wedding-dress label that will almost certainly have a style that matches your bridal vision. Keep reading for more on what to expect when you schedule an in-store appointment.