wedding dresses: everyone has an opinion. and my, ever brazen, opinion is this: i want to look like a bride. not some middle aged woman with two kids that's been married before. i also don't want to look like, 'one of the ladies' (settle down, 'anon') first of all i had to reacquaint myself to the world of frothy, frilly wedding stuff. a lot of it is one step sideways from pageant wear. sifting through the 'god, no's and finding the 'oh ya's was pretty easy. luckily, there is so much "scary" happening the really beautiful designs stand out. for me, had i no budget to consider, it's hands down, monique l'huillier. brides to be, save yourself a lot of time and go here first. i'd totally wear that neck thingy. my neck is a mile long and this would actually be helpful-sort of a 'flower dickey' (i just wanted to use that word) this is my very favorite pick. it's so, so stunning. i wish i were about 6 feet tall. also, this wouldn't work so well in the sand. i hate to think of all of that intricate lace being a depository for the sand. were to wear this dress, i'd strike a pose like this whenever anyone wanted to talk to me. and then i'd do my best norma desmond face when i was done with the conversation,walking backward and saunter away. loose wristed. ok. let's get serious. i did not, pick a l'huillier dress. the one i did find i LOVE. and it was 1/6th of the cost (not exaggerating) you'll see that one later. here is a little inspiration board that i've worked up ( i know, why so small? because i'm still working on this skill) : i'm still going with greeff's litchfield resist. it's boho chic and perfect for a seaside wedding.
UPDATE: reader and blogger, "mamcita" requested a bit more information on greeff's, "litchfield resist". here is a shot of it in its full yardage. you can get a better idea of the repeat. this fabric comes in blue as well (and possibly a red, although i may be making this up)the color is a bit bluer in this shot below. the actual color is closer to the image above. to save costs, i'm going to be using this as a runner (we'll be having a farm style table) i'm edging it in a loden green velvet ribbon. a la this: to keep things sparkly and festive, silver will be added where ever possible. the same chairs in the above photo, but in silver. i found similar chargers to these (this is a shot from waterleaf.com) at TARGET. seriously. they look good. flowers are going into the 'i can totally make that' camp. i've ordered a big dump of hot pinks, pale pinks, whites, and apple green colors. hydrangaes (apple green) tulips (hot pink, pale pink) all kinds of drippy white orchids and also the green orchids with the pink centers (where is gardenrooms when i need her!) so think: loose, drippy, organic, profuse in color
up next on the "mexican wedding" update, "the cake walk, party favors, bridesmaids and what to do with the boys"