Dressing Mama

Everyone needs an outfit.  Ev – ver – ry – one.

Do you realize how complicated this gets when you think about it?  You have to dress yourself, the groom, his groomsmen, your bridesmaids, your mom and your dad (can’t leave out Daddy).  And an outfit is not just the clothes.  No, you have to think about the accessories too.  Can’t you tell,  I’m loving this job, more and more by the moment.

Seriously, this is by far one of the most time consuming areas of planning.  That being said,  I know I owe you updates on the groomsmen and bridesmaids, but today lets start with Mama.  I’m really excited to share where we are with her outfit.  We’re not completely done, but we are well on our way.

Dressing my Mom was probably the most cumbersome tasks I had.  If I said blue, she said red.  At every turn it seems like we were always butting heads.  It was really hard to find a way satisfy me and keep her happy.  Even though she’s not a member of the wedding party per se, I really want her to look her best and still fit in.  So when we were coming up with ideas, that meant she needed a dress that flattered her and fit in with the theme.  After a lot of back and forth, I ended up reaching out to Alexandra King to take up this task.  So far, Alexandra has done a splendid job designing the bridal party’s dresses, so it seemed only natural that I ask her to work on Mama’s dress.  If anyone could make it work, Alexandra could.

To get started, we needed some inspiration.  I thought Mama would really like dress inspiration from the 1940s and I shot her a few pictures to use for inspiration.  Her favorite dress was this one:

{via We Heart Vintage}

Fab right?  Mama’s big on sleeves, I can’t talk her out of it.  So it made sense that she chose this dress.  Coincidentally, this is one of Alexandra’s favorite vintage designs.  So once I sent Alexandra the picture she came up with two sketches for us to look over:

{sketch by Alexandra King}

We decided to go with the dress on the right.  I think it will flatter Mama’s figure much better than the one on the left.  Now we just have to figure out the color.  It’ll likely be a lovely cornflower blue or light pool-ish blue. But I think it is a good start.  What do you think?

As for accessories, I am super excited about the hat/facinator we found for Mama the other day.  It will look fabulous!  I’m certain.

{via Style Me Pretty, photo by Elizabeth Messina}

Now because it’s ivory, we have to think about how that would affect the color/fabric we choose for her dress.  But we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.  For now we have a pretty good base.  I can’t wait to see the final product.  Mama is going to look so nice!

Did you help your mom pick out her outfit?  Where did you go?  Did you go the department store/bridal salon route or did you take the persnickety, find a dress maker to get done route like me?   (Nothing’s ever simple with me.  It’s a gift.) Anyhoo, how did it turn out?

Getting Ready for My Close Up

Before I get started, let me just say this, carpal tunnel is real.   Right now, I am knee deep in making the invitations, and Lord knows my wrist can barely take any more.  It’s okay though, these will totally be worth it in the end.  I’m really excited to see how this finally turn out.  Coming soon y’all. Coming soon.

Okay, so where should we begin?  I guess I should pick up where I left off, that only seems appropriate.   When I last left you, in late September (wow, has it been that long?), Mr. L and I were preparing to visit Megan in Indianapolis to have our engagement pictures taken.  There was a lot of anxiety going into this y’all. I’ve never really been fond of the camera, but I saw this as an opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera.  Can’t be camera shy come wedding time.

Well, we recently got them back, and they look fabulous.  Megan did such an amazing job.  Even though  I was really nervous (never having had professional photos taken before), I have to say it was so much fun.  By the end of the session, we barely needed any direction.   We ended up deciding on doing three outfits changes.  I need variety.  And as for location, April had the great idea of taking the photos at a park with a carousel and train station.  It was such a great choice.

The photos turned out beautifully, I couldn’t have asked for more.  But enough from me.  Take a look for yourself:

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Knock, Knock….Hello? Is This Thing On?

Hi there.  Yes, it’s me, shamelessly poking my head out to see if you still love me.  I know I’ve been gone for an absurd about of time.  Four months exactly.  And so much can happen in that time.  Let me handle the elephant in the room, yes, Mr. L and I are still tying the knot. And no, we haven’t postponed the wedding.  Everything is still on and poppin’.  Do people still say say that?  I don’t really know, nor do I particularly care.

Anyway, back to what I was saying…I’m sure you must be wondering where does that leave us and this blog?

Well let me say this, over these past few months, I’ve never forgotten you.  Quite the contrary, you’re always on my mind.  I can’t help but think of new and quirky posts I could be writing to keep you up to date on the day to day goings on in wedding planning land.  But the overwhelming amount of work that is out there for me to do (I do have a job you know) always keeps me wanting for time. And these past few months, the lack of time really got in the way.

That being said, I’ve never wanted to give up on chronicling this journey.  Y’all have been here from the start, and its only right that we finish this thing together.  It’s going to be hard, but if you’re still willing to listen, I’m still willing to share.

Will you stay to listen just a little bit longer?

Is that a Yes?

Excellent.

Ahhh, now that we got that awkwardness out of the way.  I think its time we get back to business. Perhaps, it’s time we continue the recaps.  Shall we?

Crepetastic!

One of these days I’m going to get around to giving you all the low down on how our reception site turned out.  Seriously, I’m making a note right now.  Because my new latest obsession is directly related to changes I had to make to our reception design plan.

I think crepe paper hasn’t been given the love it deserves.  It’s true, in the wrong hands, crepe paper can look craptastic (that’s what you call a play on a play on a word), but there are so many wonderful things you can do with crepe paper.  Take a look: Continue reading