Are we having fun? I know I am! Yesterday’s post was all about the amazing wedding paper. Today we dive right into the good stuff…the fun stuff…the beautiful stuff. The bridal attire.
Rachel started out with a fairly clear vision of things she liked. She knew she wanted her dress to be sleeveless but not strapless. She knew she didn’t want to wear a veil, but did want something pretty in her hair. She knew she wanted to find shoes that she could wear every year on her anniversary (isn’t that a cute idea?). She knew she wanted to add a few fun elements to her dress for the reception. And she knew she wanted to wear a pop of color on her lips, which always gets a thumbs-up in my book.
I put together this little inspiration board to help you see all the ideas and components that Rachel chose….
Now…onto the real photographs which are going to blow your mind, in my completely biased opinion. Prepare to be wowed.
Rachel found her dress at the first store we went to. She was able to buy it right off the rack, in her size, on sale, and have minimal alterations. Kind of a dream situation, if you ask me. And especially beneficial since she and Patrick were only engaged for twelve weeks (yes, it can be done).
Her ivory, soft lace, v-neck dress had a charmeuse midriff and was a Wtoo by Watters and Watters.
The dress had a puddle train that bustled beautifully (funny story about how I had to get bossy with the alteration lady about the bustle)…
…and a lace keyhole opening in the back.
In keeping with tradition, as a part of her wedding wardrobe, Rachel had the four elements every bride requires: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
Something Old was the brooch you see here pinned onto her bouquet. This is the brooch her dad gave to her mom on their wedding day.
At the reception, Rachel pinned the brooch onto her cardigan. Such a sweet remembrance.
She found these grey faux snakeskin heels at Anthropologie, and they couldn’t have been more perfect. She wanted something bridal that wasn’t necessarily white, with unique detailing (love the vertical bows!), and something she could wear again at future special occasions (like anniversary dinners with her hubby).
Old. New. Borrowed. Blue.
Rachel wore her hair swooped back in a low, loose bun, and added this gorgeous vintage-inspired hair clip (from BHLDN) on the side. Doesn’t it look like the kind of thing your grandmother would have worn?
Once she had all the elements purchased, the minor alterations made, and the reception add-ons finalized, it was time for some bridal portraits. All of Rachel’s photographs were taken by Lo and Luiz at Lion Heart Image, who happen to be dear friends of Rachel and Patrick. They did an amazing job capturing so many gorgeous images of sweet Rachel.
These images were taken where we lived at the time, the home that we lovingly refer to as the Hurley House. Given that this is where the wedding ceremony took place, these photographs have an added sentimental element for Rachel, Patrick, and our family.
What did I tell you? Are you sufficiently wowed? I should hope so.
Oh wait. There’s more.
For her reception look (how fun is it to plan a different “look” for the reception?), Rachel added a buttoned white cardigan, a skinny gold glitter belt, and a chunky multi-stranded gold and pearl necklace. Functionally, it helped keep her warm on a chilly December evening.
Visually, these few little additions transformed her elegant wedding gown into sophisticated dinner attire, suitable for festive toasting and celebratory dancing. (Cheers!)
The thing I admire most about Rachel’s wedding wardrobe were the wise choices she made throughout the whole process. Nothing she chose was trendy. It was all very beautiful. She chose things she liked, things that felt like “her.” She made sure everything was appropriate for the season and overall tone of the event. She chose things that flattered her and that she felt comfortable wearing. So many wise choices.
As a result of her wise choices, on her wedding day, she was comfortable, and everything about the style of what she wore fit perfectly into the context of the event. She got married in a home in front of thirty people, so a cathedral-lenth train and billowing veil would have looked out of place. She purchased shoes that she wanted to wear again, and balanced a classic strand of pearls for the ceremony with fun costume jewelry for the party. Perfectly executed on so many levels.
Half the fun of any big event is planning and picking out the wardrobe. Rachel nailed it. Not once did she look dated, and yet she managed to capture a classic aesthetic that makes every image look timeless.
Well, look at that. Guess who’s run out of kleenex. That would be me. Weepy mess over here. The emotional quotient of these posts is killing me. In a good way. And we haven’t even gotten to the really good stuff. Holy smokes.
Come back tomorrow to see what everyone else wore for the wedding…Attendant Attire!…featuring lots of pictures of my kids!