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A pageant girl with an opinionated mom? You don't say! Lexie told consultant Cindy she had no idea what kind of dress she wanted for her destination wedding in Maui, but Mom knew exactly what Lexie should wear: FEATHERS. Birds have them. And birds are on the beach. Got it?
As the entourage began pulling dresses for Lexie, Mom didn't hold back. She selected a wide variety of dresses, commenting "It doesn't matter how many she tries on." Point taken. A bride needs to see herself in lots of different styles to find her perfect match, but she shouldn't be overwhelmed with a wall of dresses. And that's the situation Lexie found herself in: a wall of Mom's picks, and her own selections -- the ones within her budget -- lost in the white, feathery shuffle.
Despite Mom's control over the appointment, Lexie was pretty pleased with her picks. Dress No. 2 was the real winner, until Lexie learned it cost more than twice her budget. Monte assessed the damage. "We need to put this bride back in charge of her own appointment and put her in one of her dresses," he said.
While Monte and Lori came to Lexie's aid and helped her weed out the gowns crowding her dressing room, Lexie began to come around. It was her appointment, it was her decision, and she could find a dress that she liked within her price range. And when she stepped out in one with plenty of confidence, she even won over Mom. That's a crown-worthy moment!
Florida bride Cara was paired up with Flo to find the right mermaid dress. It was mermaid or bust, according to Cara, who'd already tried on nearly 100 gowns in this style. This was a point of contention with her entourage, who thought she needed to step out of her style box and give a princess ball gown a shot. Cara agreed to try on a fuller silhouette -- but only to show her friends and family it was the wrong type of dress for her.
While they oohed and ahhed over the bride in her full skirt, Cara wrinkled her nose. She could fit her entire bridal party under the dress! Flo knew she'd have to find a sexy mermaid dress that was brand-new to the bride, so she pulled a dress fresh out of a new shipment.
"That's what I was looking for," Cara said when the zipper went up. As she modeled it for her entourage, she said, "I feel the feeling you're supposed to feel." The elusive it's-the-one feeling! Every bride wants it; no bride can deny it. This was an easy yes.
Down in alterations, Ruth wasn't too happy about her dress playing hide-and-seek in the bridal salon. No one could find it. With the wedding 10 days away, it was now or never. But, at last, it was located, and the bride was pleased with the fit. At her happy wedding, she glowed!
Lexie models one of Mom's ornate, out-of-budget picks. There's no denying it's gorgeous, though it may not be entirely right for a beach wedding in Maui! (Credit: DCL)