As the wedding day nears, I've been tying up all the loose ends for decor and details. A lot of what I have purchased for this day I shelled-out with the desire that we could reuse it. This has stayed quite solidly in my mind, as it is just one day. What can one do with a gold encrusted peacock after it's done being fancy?* I also wanted to support as many local and/or small business as I could with my purchases and I think I did a damn good job on both fronts.
Now, I know I said I wasn't going to talk about the wedding before the wedding...blah blah blah, but I've been loving the little sneak peeks Tasha gave of the details going into her wedding that I felt inspired to do the same. So, here are some sneak peeks at some of the elements going into my nuptials.
Photo by Previously
My dress is long and I won't be doing a garter toss, so this purchase was 100% for myself. Also, I've grown addicted to wearing garters whenever I have a skirt and stockings on, so I know I'll be using these a lot. I asked Elide of Previously to custom-make some garters for me. If you remember from the guest post she did about Flapper garters, these are meant to be worn below the knee, which means that when I wear these garters with knee-length skirts, the little tassel bits will be shown-off. Squee.
And you know what is super neat about these garters...the tassels are removable! Yep, I got two tassel designs so I can switch them out or just wear the garters without the tassels at all. I love these.
At the Knuckle
So, this really wasn't purchased at all, but is something I am borrowing from my grandmother. This is her ring pillow from her wedding 51 years ago. I absolutely adore it, but man, it is HUGE. One of my bridesmaids will be carrying it in lieu of flowers.
Dab Your Eyes
I enlisted Elide once again to work her magic to help me create these cotton and silk custom hankies. The design reflects the invitations, which are entirely inspired by Louis Sullivan. These will be given out as favors to our families for the ceremony so they have something tangible to remember the day by. In my own selfish way, I could always use more hankies and will certainly need one for the day!
On the Tongue
I gave you a little peek at some of the vintage stamps I was buying for my invites. Here they are on the actual invite, showing a bit of the fancy address label I made. This is about all I'm ready to show of the invite so far, but I'll show it all off after the wedding.
Bustle your Bum
Here is a super teeny-weeny snippet of the fabric going into my dress. It is just a sliver because I am one of those nerds that want to keep my dress a secret. My soon-to-be sister-in-law is a textile artist and is doing a bit of silk dye-work for me. I couldn't be more pleased at how it turned out.
After the wedding, I plan on framing this guy and hanging it in our house, that's just how pleased I am. (Perhaps doesn't make sense how I can hang part of my dress while also re-wearing it later, but all will be revealed post-wedding.) But, let me say that Holly over at Dame Couture in Evanston is an amazing dressmaker and I am so happy that I will have a dress that I can wear again and that is fitted to me. Love that place.
Now that you have seen all these details and you are one to read my blog, perhaps it will surprise you that we will not be having a vintage or 20s inspired wedding. I love vintage...love it, as you can tell from this blog, but, I didn't want our wedding to look dated. I also wanted to save myself from trying to recreate a historically accurate anything. I'm a history nerd; it would be hard for me to do otherwise! So, we are just having an "us" wedding and little vintage things are creeping their way in. So, now you know not to expect some Great Gatsby wedding pictures to show-up here in a couple months.
* Totally hypothetical. In all reality, if I was able to score a dirt cheap gold encrusted peacock, I would snatch that shit-up quicker than you can say Bugsy and display it in my living room with pride. Also, when does a gold encrusted anything stop being fancy?