Monday, January 7, 2008

Wedding details.

All that ranting about the brown tuxedo and other stupid wedding inventions took me back to my planning stages. The nine months prior to our fall wedding were nuts. I was living in an alternate universe, and only now do I recognize how absurd the whole thing was. At the same time, I know that all of my obsessing paid off in the end. I was determined to have this wedding on *my* terms, and not on Martha's or David's or even Vera's. We had a church ceremony with an outdoor, tented reception in the hills of WV, and I was going for a natural, pretty, let's all get together and celebrate vibe. Here are some non-pro details shots taken by my brother and sister-in-law.

First, the altar arrangements. Simple cymbidium orchids with bear grass in vases bought at Ollie's for 6 bucks:

The modern stained-glass window at the chapel:

A beautiful friend playing the part of bridesmaid in a black velvet JCrew dress with bouquet:

And the official JCrew pic:

One thing I should say is that all of my bridesmaids are beautiful, skinny bitches (I hate them), so this dress looked fabulous on them. Probably wouldn't have been a great choice if the girls had all different body types.

My husband's brother, playing the part of groomsman. We purchased nice silk ties to gift the men with since the rental options were all hideous AND AREN'T EVEN REAL TIES. The boys wore classic black single-button jackets with notched lapels. His bout is a single freesia stem.

The porch of the house where the reception took place:

The cake, 'twas red velvet with buttercream icing and a little fondant lace detail and it was yummy and looked edible and somewhat homemade and I loved it for its un-Martha-ness.......with mom and dad's cake topper from 1972 and a homemade cake stand (crown molding and spray paint, that's all I'm saying):

The world's most perfect gardenia, a flower very special to my family, used floating in crystal bowls on the cake table, in the moms' and grandmas' corsages, in my bouquet, and in mini form as a bout for my hubs:

The long, linear tables. Be gone to banquet-hall hell, round! Also of note - the nice, bulbous wine glasses that we bought at Gabriel Brothers for...get this.....17 cents a piece. Of course, we still have 300 of them sitting in the basement now, but geez! The wine glasses the rental company had were so teeny-tiny, with the shortest stems I've ever seen. So finding these was a real coup.:

Me and the hubs about to cut the cake. My dress is a Nicole Miller, found at the NYC Filene's Basement Bridal Extravaganza sale for $250.00, originally $1800.00, still on the NM website. Oh, yes. And husband also wore a single-button jacket, but with a black silk tie:

And, for posterity, my red satin shoes:

Of course, there are a million and five details that I'm not showing here, like my homemade invites, save-the-dates, programs, menus, seating cards, honey favors, welcome bags, etc, etc, etc. But I'm still slow at this blogging thing and that already took me forever. And I can't use all of my original content at once, people.

8 comments: said...

I love the last two photos. I love that your heads are kinda chopped off. Who is that photographer who kind of made her name for shooting the rish & snooty upper east siders but lopped their heads off in the frame? Anyway, these photos are cool like that.

And your shoes - excellent. I might steel the idea of RED shoes for my wedding. Love it.

Kids Got Hitched said...

I know who you're talking about, but I can't remember the name either.

The red shoes worked great for me. I actually wasn't necessarily looking for red at first, but I kind of knew I wanted some sort of color. I would have LOVED to have found light blue shoes. Ooh, Louboutin light blue shoes would look great with that red sole.

Get to work, Decorno.

The Nerdy Fashionista said...


Kids Got Hitched said...

Drink your juice, Shelby.

SGM said...

The red shoes are, without a doubt, fabulous.

jess said...

lucky lady getting that dress at such a price, i have been tracking the strapless version down for months! Good job and congrats, hey looking to sell some of those wine glasses? be glad to take some off you hands.

Kids Got Hitched said...

Jess - yes, the deal on the dress was unbelievable. I still have no idea why it was at the didn't look like a store sample, that's for sure. And the wine glasses - if you're close to WV and could pick them up, I'd be happy to sell some to you. Alas, I think shipping would negate the cheap-factor.

CoveredInCrafts said...

OMG that is the coolest idea for a cake stand ever! Congrats to them. It is all just beautiful!