Hi everyone! My FI and I recently changes our plans in how we were going to get married. Originally, we were going to elope in a tropical location, and I had a Nicole Miller gown picked out that was perfect for a beach wedding. However, as we started planning, different factors came into light that made us change our mind on a beach wedding. So, we decided that we were going to do the "city hall" thing and then travel to London and Paris for two weeks. I had an agonizing week trying to decide if I would regret not wearing a "gown" and although I could wear one to "city hall", it just didn't feel right to me. I decided that I was going to buy a really, really nice dress -- something that was sophisticated and chic, one that I could definitely wear to get married in, and for our two planned "romantic" dinners that we would like to do in each city. I decided that I wanted to buy a dress in the same price range that I had set for myself for the Nicole Miller. I did some research, and was really drawn to this Lela Rose dress: (Picture from Neiman Marcus) It seemed like a really fitting dress to get eloped in, and definitely something that I could see myself breaking out for future special occassions. I went to Neiman Marcus this afternoon to see if they had the dress and more importantly, to try it on, but neither NM's in my area carried Lela Rose. However, as I was browsing, I saw this Marchesa gown: (Picture also from Neiman Marcus) They actually had the dress in my size, and it fit perfectly! I really fell in love with it, and consulted with the associate on having it shortened to a tea-length dress. We weren't sure if it would change the integrity of the gown style-wise (because of the pleated waist), so she had a seamstress stop by and pin it up for me. I put on my flats, and it looked very Audrey Hepburn-ish. I felt really glamourous and pretty in it, so I purchased it on the spot because I was worried that the size would be sold out, as it already has online. However, I think I am still going to order the Lela Rose and see how I feel about it. I hate doing things impulsively, and would like to at least compare the Lela Rose to the Marchesa. I know that they are very different, but I think in prinicipal, both feel like the right kind of elopement dresses to me. The SA said that as long as I had the receipt and tags intact for the Marchesa, I could always return it. What do you guys think? Is there one dress you guys prefer over the other? Thanks! I will have to figure out a way to take pictures without my FI seeing it....hopefully later this evening or tomororw.