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Orlando woman slut shamed for her wedding dress

March 20, 2014
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Shopping for your wedding dress is supposed to be one of the happiest experiences of a woman’s life. For Orlando resident Nina Talley, the problems began once she found the dress of her dreams. After trying on over 30 dresses, with a few almost-perfects, she finally found THE DRESS. However,  at $10,000, THE DRESS was way out of Talley’s budget.

Not deterred, she gathered her bridal party and visited a local bridal shop, armed with a photo of the dress, hoping to find something similar. After only 30 minutes of looking through every bridal catalog in the store, Talley lucked out. She was able to find a dress that was similar enough to the one she fell in love with. All the dress needed was a few alterations. She tried on the floor model and ordered one in her size on the spot.

After waiting eight long months for her dress to come in, Talley finally got the call and made an appointment at the bridal shop to try on her dress and discuss alterations. On the day of Talley’s appointment, a middle-aged woman was being fitted for her mother-of-the-bride dress at the bridal shop. Talley tried on her wedding dress and started talking alterations with the seamstress, which included removing the attached bustier and opening up the front, back and sides. After listening to the alteration discussions, the mother of the bride felt compelled to speak up: “What is this going to be, a nude beach wedding?”

Now, y’all can see the picture of the final product up there, right? Does that bride look like she’s naked? I think she and the dress look gorgeous and, more importantly, she and her new husband look extremely happy. That’s what’s important, right? Not what some stranger thought of her dream dress! I mean, said stranger didn’t even get to see the finished product. She just heard about it! Talley talks a bit more in depth about her entire slut shaming experience over on  xoJane. It’s totally worth a read.

Besides, Talley obviously has an excellent eye for fashion.

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  • deannad

    You weren’t slut shamed at all! This is a mere generation different viewpoint about a wedding dress and fabric. If you actually think you were slut shamed because of what an older lady said , you got problems… Get a grip. I feel bad for the women that really get slut shamed. Bad article. You clearly don’t know what slut shaming is.

  • nocebo3

    The older woman was very rude and out of line, but this isn’t really what slut-shaming is.

  • Jere

    I was actually the bartender for that wedding and she rates in my top three out of hundreds of brides I’ve seen. Its a small an intimate venue that they had their wedding at, and I was so pleased to be able to get a glimpse of her dress up close, it was truly an ethereal dress! She changed into another equally stunning gown after the reception that made her look like she was comfortable, but could also have been on a red carpet and strutting with the best of them. Dresses aside though, this bride, couple, and wedding had a lot of personality and character that really stood out to me, enough that I could recognize these pictures (months after the event) as this popped up on my feed. Yes, the dress was so beautiful and classy, but the whole tone of the wedding is really what translated from this bride’s lovely personality and made the event hopefully enjoyable for them as a couple, but even enjoyable for me as staff that has worked many events. Nothing about her or the wedding could have been described as slutty, maybe genuine, beautiful, and joyous…… but not slutty, just saying. glad I ran into this post ;)

  • zengrrl

    Who cares what someone else thinks? It was her wedding, she should be happy with her dress. Judging from her photos, she was. End of story. But I agree – this wasn’t slut shaming.