I know I said I was going to talk about the ceremony today, but that post was too daunting so I’m going to tell you about what we wore first. Most of you have probably read my wedding dress story, but now that the wedding is over I can finally talk about what the dress looked like!
I actually found my dress, by Spanish designer Pronovias, in a catalog before I ever went to the boutique to look. I knew I wanted to try it on because of the neck. I have always loved turtlenecks and clothes with high necks, whether they be dresses or tops. I also knew I would have a winter wedding (I always wanted an off-season wedding), so my goal was to be as covered-up as possible without being too warm. I fell even more in love with the dress once I tried it on, and knew it right away it was the one.
Remember that secret at the bottom of my wedding dress story? Well, now I can tell you what it was! After I had chosen the dress, the sales lady told me my specific design was called the Paula. I instantly got goose bumps, because that was my mother-in-law’s name, and she had passed away just 18 months before. It made the dress that much more special.
My maid-of-honour Kelly did my hair. Thank goodness for her – she did my hair for every single wedding-related event! We’d planned to do a simple up-do after photos, to show off the back of the dress, but we were having so much fun we really couldn’t be bothered. I’m glad we didn’t because I grew my hair for a year for the wedding! My makeup was done by an old friend Elise Comeau and she was wonderful. I showed her what I wanted – dramatic eyes and pink lips – and she made it happen. My shoes were nothing special (white pumps I’d had for a while) and my jewelry (earrings and bracelet) were wedding day gifts from My Other Half. I didn’t even pick them out and he did such a great job!
My veil was my “something borrowed” (a coworker lent it to me – it was so long I felt like Princess Di!), my garter was my “something blue”, my purse was my “something old” (it was my late grandmother’s), and my black muskrat fur coat was my “something new” (a Christmas gift from my parents). I also wore ivory gloves that were my grandmother’s. As I mentioned here, after midnight I changed into my engagement party dress, which was fun and comfortable for late-night dancing. I don’t have photos of all these things, but you just the jist.
My seven bridesmaids wore black, floor-length Mori Lee dresses ordered from Chicago. I wish I got one too! The deep V backs and the lace detail were stunning. They’re my favourite bridesmaids dresses I’ve ever seen, and they looked so great on everyone. And yes, apparently all my friends are the exact same height!
As for the groom, he wore a formal black Calvin Klein suit with vest, a white shirt and a black bow tie borrowed from my dad. His shoes were black leather wing tip and I absolutely love them. His groomsmen wore different black suits without vests and narrow black ties to set them apart. They all had funky black & white socks from Happy Socks Sweden.
Just like the rest of the wedding, we kept our look pretty simple, classic and timeless. I’m so happy with how it all turned out! Everyone looked fantastic.
Tomorrow I’ll be talking about the ceremony!