Titled: My Family is Kind of Gorgeous
Subtitled: Dressing for a Wedding
(I’m a self-appointed expert, having been to 20+ weddings within the 6+ years that P and I have been together.)
My brother had a Catholic, in-church, afternoon wedding, followed by an evening reception at a hotel, which led to my What to Wear??? dilema.
I had a really great single-shoulder (I know, but I promise it was super cute!) dress from three years ago, that I left at my tailor/aunt’s* house while I was busy getting pregnant/having babies, that I really wanted to wear.
- But I was doing a reading for the conservative Catholic ceremony and didn’t think the dress was venue or daytime-appropriate. For such a ceremony, I usually stick with a knee-length day dress/cardigan combo to keep it casual and religion-respectful, especially with babies in tow. Call me old-fashioned, but I just don’t feel right with boobs and legs and butt and shoulder and arms ALL exposed at once. In church. At noon.
(Somebody in these pictures may have felt otherwise and very, very, very narrowly avoided flashing the congregation a whole lot of all of the above. That somebody may have nearly done so on her way up to the alter for her reading. That somebody may have also been very lucky to be a close relative of mine b/c otherwise I’d still be talking some SHE-IT about that girl who’s rull lucky she’s so cute b/c she’d have looked like such a whore in her tiny dress otherwise…)
It was a good thing I had a change of clothes planned, though, because my day dress ended up covered in the boys’ dinner anyway.
I went with the retro-y hair and makeup because I wanted something a little different, that would work with both ensembles, but I’m a little torn about how well it worked b/c I typically only wear bright makeup with a pretty bare face. It looked okay until I got HOT and frustrated (P almost made us miss. the. wedding.) (my brother’s wedding, to reiterate) and FLUSHED, and until my normal smile was replaced by my super wide-in-the-jaw-I’ve-smiled-for-more-than-my-share-of-effing-pictures-and-I’m-seeing-stars-smile. Oh well.
* Does anyone else have a tailor who refuses to make things snug enough? I love my aunt, and she’s so good and cheap (free), but I need a seamstress who will not hesitate to put fashion over function. My aunt kept talking about how comfortable I’d be all night, meaning that I’d have had an additional INCH taken out of each side of the dress if I had my choice. It also wasn’t snug enough under my armpits, so my industrial strength bra was partially visible and my “fitted” dress ended up a little…flopsy :(