The tale of the unloved dress

Today I’m going to interrupt the wedding re-caps for a while, to tell you the story of the unloved dress. 
Those of you who’ve been following Any Other Wedding for a while will remember my dress drama back in August, when I realised that I didn’t love the dress that I had already. This (I can see with hindsight) wasn’t a reflection on the first dress, this is a reflection of my (I’m sure, very annoying) personality trait, of being chronically unable to make a decision. Actually that’s wrong, I can quite happily *make* a decision, but then starts the process of second guessing the decision, and then second guessing my second guess, and…well, you get the picture. Even the second dress, which  I ended up getting made, and therefore was exactly what I asked for – I still worried about it, and wondered about my choice, and mourned for all of the other dress types which I would no longer be wearing.
But back to the tale of the unloved dress. By the time I’d made the decision that I was going to get myself a lovely new dress, it was too late to cancel the original dress, so three months before the wedding, I went along to the dress shop and picked up the old dress, looked at it mournfully, wondering if I’d made the right decision after all, and then hung it on the back of a door. 
Where it has stayed until now. This poor little dress has never even been tried on. It’s only been out of it’s bag once, in order for me to check that it was all in perfect condition, but that is it.
 Doesn’t it just break your heart? This dress has a destiny, and that is to be worn at the most beautiful of weddings. A chic city affair maybe or a back yard barbecue. Perhaps a majestic marquee marriage or a country house celebration. *Someone* needs to take this little dress, and let it shine as a wedding dress should. 
So here is where I shamelessly tell you all about this dress, and ask you to spread the word that this dress is looking for a new home.
Mark Lesley – Eve
Mark Lesley – Eve
Mark Lesley – Eve
Before we go any further, can we take a minute to talk about the pictures? First off, why is it that for every fishtail/mermaid style dress, they put a stick thin model in the pictures, who (through no fault of her own), can’t show off the dress to it’s best? But secondly, and most importantly. That face. I’d love to be a part of that marketing brainstorm session. “Hmm…what message are we trying to get across to our bride? How do we want them to *feel* when they’re in the dress?”…. I’m thinking they went for “my dog has just died and I’m pretty sure it was your fault”. I MAY be wrong here, but I thought we were supposed to look happy on our wedding day?
Anyway, enough of my ranting – could someone please buy the dress? It is reeeally pretty (and dare I say it, a little bit sexy), and really flattering, and really rather sophisticated if I do say so myself. I tried it on with several different sashes (what? I like sashes), and there was one little black one that really made it look uber chic – like way too cool for me, but *someone* could really make that look work. A thick dusky pink one also looked great, and really ‘vintaged’ it up. You know, if that was what you wanted. Ooh ooh…and it has this AMAZING internal corset (believe me, I tired on A LOT of dresses, and this corset was defnitely one of the best), which sort of sucks you in, and pushes you up, and well, makes you look ‘all woman’, if you get what I mean.
For anyone who really is interested, the dress is ‘Eve’ by Mark Lesley Couture (he recently won a couple of awards don’t you know), a  UK size 10, and the seamstress assures me it would be quite easy to take it in to a size 6 or 8, or to take it up to a 12. I am 5’4, and the dress was made to fit me with 3″ heels, and again, it could be taken up or let down. 
I would absolutely love to give this dress away for free (I really would, promise), but I fear that Andy may not be quite so keen, so I am open to any sensible offers. Yes any. And yes you are welcome to try it on. The dress is currently in Gloucestershire, but we can work something out to get it to various places across the country.
So ladies – go out in to the world and email all of your newly engaged friends, tweet about it, tell everyone you see – lets get this dress to a bride who will truly love it. And get Andy off my back for the fact that the dress is STILL hanging there.
If you’re interested, or want any more info, feel free to email me at anyotherwedding {at}
Shameless post over. Normal schedule will resume tomorrow.
Categories: Wedding Planning, Wedding Pretty
4 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Posted February 9, 2011 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    It is a beauty and deserves to have it's day! x

  2. Posted February 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    This really reminds me of a dress I saw when I was dress shopping – love it! But I'm married so errrrm would be entirely inappropriate for me to buy it from you… hope you find her a good home, xxx

  3. Posted February 16, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi I LOVE this dress. I fell in love with it when I was dress hunting but couldn't ever dream of being able to afford it. I have now got a dress which was made but it makes me sad to look at it cos it's not the same.

    What price would you realistically take from a desperate 'Eve' lover?

  4. Amy
    Posted March 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Hi there. I too am a huge Eve fan. I tried it on recently and it knocked the spots off the competition for me! Im hoping to get wed in Dubrovnik next year and can’t imagine wearing anything but this beautiful beauty! Sadly as with everything it comes down to cost. What would you be looking for as a ball park figure? xx

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