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Read moreThe first time she heard the name, she was so shocked she fell to the floor crying.
Her parents, a lawyer and a retired New York City police officer, were already planning to marry her, she said.
But the idea of the wedding didn’t cross her mind.
“It was just like, ‘I don’t know if this is right for me,'” she recalled.
Gwen and her mother were married in 2013.
When she was a baby, she saw a friend wearing a similar dress.
She said she was taken aback by how much more feminine her husband was in the photos.
“I was thinking, this is what they wear in the movies?
He’s like a woman.
It just makes me feel like he’s not really a man at all,” she said in an interview.
The couple decided to go to the mall to try on other outfits, she recalled, because “there’s this little thing where they take pictures of you and say, ‘This is your wedding dress.'”
“And that’s how I started to think, ‘No, this isn’t the right dress for me,’ ” she said, adding that the dress was too small.
“So I started wearing it for the first time,” she recalled with a laugh.
The dress that Gwen bought was actually made by an Italian brand called Dutz, a family of companies with a large online presence, including Gwen’s favorite: Vogue.
Gaiad’s family members told the brand that they would have to pay for her wedding dress and that they didn’t have the funds to do it themselves, Gwen said.
“The only thing we could do was to send it to Vogue, which was a bit crazy because the dress wasn’t for sale, and that was it.
We were so shocked,” Gwen recalled.
In New York, the couple said they would be unable to take advantage of a special deal that offered free online shopping for a limited time.
Gavyn Stedanian said they planned to spend the money on a more formal dress for her parents and the two of them, but after two weeks, the company offered them a deal: They could spend it on their wedding day instead.
The Stedanis said they were thrilled when Vogue finally decided to allow them to try out their wedding dress.
“My husband and I were like, we’re going to have to get a dress, right?
But we wanted something that we could wear and that we would look fabulous in,” Gaiad said.