A BRIDE-to-be purchased her wedding dress from a consignment store and was shocked at what she found after removing the stains.
Meghann Stephenson, the founder of luxury accessories brand M. Finley, took to TikTok this week to announce she found her reception dress on The RealReal, an authenticated luxury consignment store.
The Los Angeles-based artist found a Saint Laurent dress to wear for her reception, something she had been searching for because her ceremony wedding dress doesn't allow her to raise her arms, making her unable to dance.
She first spoke about the dress in a video shared on TikTok captioned: "I can’t even describe the way this dress has lived in my head since 2014."
The second-hand store lover, known on TikTok as @meghannfinley, revealed she first laid eyes on the dress in the Saint Laurent Spring 2015 Menswear show and was immediately "in love with it."
Meghann explained: "I was just in love with it. Couldn't stop thinking about it, for like, years. If you know me, it's like me in a dress.
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She was so happy with the dress, but there was one thing wrong – there were stains throughout the fabric.
"She's seen a long life. She's seen a lot of parties, we love her for it," Meghann added. "There are some stains. There are some beads missing."
Despite the condition of the dress, Meghann admitted she thinks she could remove the stains and fix the beads.
She also ended up finding the exact same "vintage, very rare beads" that were missing on the dress on Etsy.
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Meghann started by removing the stains with The Laundress Wash & Stain bar.
By using a tiny bit of water and her finger, she rubbed some of the soap onto the fabric and rinsed it with a cup and a tea kettle.
The stains, which Meghann likened to grease stains, came out easily to her surprise.
As she showed the before and after footage of some pieces of the fabric, Meghann called it a "miracle."
In regards to the beading, she reinforced some of the beads still intact on the garment, making sure they were sturdy.
Then she added new ones that looked almost identical to the beads already on the dress. Meghann also reinforced the star-shaped beads throughout the dress.
She captioned the follow-up video: "This reception dress was a true labor of love and I still can’t believe I found it."
Meghann also admitted in a comment she was "surprised it went so smoothly."
After putting in the hard work, Meghann showed off some of the finished beadings and noted she "can't wait to wear it in October."
Meanwhile, one bridal store owner has claimed she knows when a bride is going to be difficult to dress.
And, a self-proclaimed wedding expert has opened up on her pet peeves about ceremonies.
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