I never would have dreamed that I would get engaged, but in 2017 my then boyfriend proposed to me and I couldn't say no. Our date was set for September of 2018 so I had just over a year to get everything ready. I knew I didn't want a typical wedding so we discussed what traditions we wanted to keep and which ones we wanted to reimagine. One of the big ones for me was wedding fashion. As a stylist and fashion historian, I have seen so many different bridal styles and one thing was for sure - no poofy princess dress for my special day. I started looking at inspiration images and really fell in love with Sharon Tate's mini dress look on her wedding day. I’m a huge fan of the 60’s and 70’s, and anything cute that doesn’t take itself too seriously. On vacation in Montreal I found the perfect maxi dress that with some work, would become the mini dress with giant bell sleeves I pictured walking down the aisle in.
But what to wear to the reception? Certainly not the same dress - opportunities to dress up for your wedding are (pretty much) once in a lifetime experiences.
One day my fiance and I went into the Way We Wore looking for options. And wouldn't you know it, they had just gotten in a 1970’s bridal ensemble that consisted of lace pants with a lace shirt and belt with a connected over skirt. Needless to say I was stunned. I tried it on and it fit like a dream - even the pant length which couldn't be easily modified since it was lace! I felt like a million bucks, but luckily it didn't cost anywhere near that. Soon I was happily swiping my plastic and grinning ear to ear holding my spoils wrapped in acid free paper awaiting that big moment. This was honestly one of the most positive, easiest, and memorable shopping experiences I’ve ever had. This was before becoming part of the incredible team at The Way We Wore, and one of my first shopping experiences there in general.
Our wedding day came, and nothing really prepares you for the craziness, beauty and love you experience all in one day. I ended up with about 45 minutes to get ready and do my makeup. I was 30 minutes late walking down the aisle but I don't think anyone minded too much. Our good friend was officiating our wedding dressed as Elvis, and we decided to kick the ceremony off with an awards ceremony honoring the people that helped us with small plastic trophies instead of making them buy matching dresses and stand behind us on stage for an hour. We had another good friend tattoo rings on us live, forgoing the traditional ring ceremony. Besides, my antique engagement ring with an enamel pansy and diamond center was plenty for me and the tiny circle tattoos we opted for were the perfect permanent reminder of my commitment. I would say everything went off without a hitch but the wind nearly blew down our giant floral heart arch that we spent so many hours making. With my father in law and uncle holding the arch up, I walked back down the aisle holding my new husband's hand.
I then traded out my handmade mini dress and veil for the fabulous lace pantsuit ensemble, donned a vintage angora hat with a Bauer rhinestone piece reading "VERY VERY VERY MARRIED" and some fabulous 1960s stretch lace gogo boots. Luckily, I also had an ivory shag jacket to go on top because it got chilly after dinner. Before long, we were cutting our giant iridescent cherub cake and dancing the night away with our friends and family.
I look back on my wedding day with so much happiness; I wish it could have been a month of that day. Time seems to move really quickly when you're with those you love in your dream environment. I'm so grateful for the experience, and so happy to feel authentic in every choice we made as a couple. My biggest advice to brides to be - seize the moment to create a wonderful experience for yourself, your partner, friends and family. Don't feel like you have to include all the traditions if they don't feel right for you, but do splurge on the perfect outfit to make you look and feel as special as you are that day. Also, having a backup plan and look is never a bad idea, if there's one thing you can count on, it's that something will go wrong. No wedding is perfect but fabulous fashion and a good attitude go a long way to making those perfect memories.
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