The lacy wedding dress was hanging in the window above the bed in a tiny space full of bridesmaids… supposedly out of the general foot traffic and harm’s way. Champagne was being passed and the girls were helping each other with zippers and sashes as Ripley made his way to the bed… he had noticed something new in the room and, as cats will, decided to check it out. Halfway across the bottom of the train, his claws picking up bits of lace, Christie, my cool and collected bride, caught him up just in time. The look on his face tells me he wasn’t expecting to be noticed. Such a silly cat. ;0)
Christie put on her lacy wedding dress and got married to Matt in his fabulous suit on a hot afternoon in late July … I can’t wait to share the whole day with this couple! They were a lot of fun!
Time to dress up? Might be just the time to do a Google search for the tricky bits. Hannah had a long, gorgeous teal sash to go with her wedding dress and after a few failed attempts, her mom went online to google the process… a few minutes later, they were able to finish the sash and fine tune the bow in the back. Aria offers a few sash styles to choose from.
I ran into this same situation a few years back with a group of groomsmen… a bow-tie can be a pretty foreign concept these days and a Google search offers several really good guides for working with just about any style of tie. The Art of Manliness is a good place to start for various dressing tips.
Personally, I think you should do the homework ahead of the wedding day so that you can avoid that sinking feeling as you realize that time is running short. ;0)
Sometimes the dress is hanging on the edge of a cluttered closet… sometimes it’s still in the bag, like a surprise. This dress was hanging from the loft railing in the guest house. The breeze moved it some and the veil hung down behind. Liz and her girlfriends were busy in the getting ready part of the day… makeup and hair, flower questions and a last minute music list for her DJ. Every now and then, I noticed that she would stop and look up at this dress, this dream she was about to step into. This caterpillar-to-butterfly part of the day… this silk dream.
You may remember from a few posts ago that Liz was casting about at the last minute for a good make-up artist… someone she could be herself with. I sent her a few names but listed Katherine Ross as my favorite and available artist… they clicked and the end result was a fabulous look for this very real woman.
Once the dress was fastened and she had her boots pulled on, the woman looking back from the mirror was quiet and calm for a moment… ready to get married.
Liz turned to me during the portraits, later, and marveled at how much more at ease she was for the camera this time… she trusted the way she looked and it made all the difference in the world. Trust is a good thing. ;0)
Madeline and Lee sang a duet in the fading light at Mt. Tabor’s volcanic amphitheater… clear voices and rapt guests on the benches around me. More emotion than anyone is ever ready for. Then they started a long and premature kiss… their officiant had to pronounce them husband and wife during the kiss. The crowd was laughing, crying and clapping and that’s the way it should be.
From there, the party moved to The West End Theater for great food, awesome music and some of the best toasts I have ever heard… an excellent evening all around!
Just a sweet detail… Madeline surprised the crowd by changing into her mom’s wedding dress for the second dance… when she had it fitted, she found some rice in the hem from her parents’ wedding many years ago. Stories like that just make my job more special.
Vendors were well chosen and the whole day flowed from one place to another just as it should… the talent is listed below:
Molli of Bon Soiree – ran the whole show with grace and patience.