Every day is a gift and a chance to start over…to try new things, meet new people, have new adventures. I don’t dwell on the past much, but sometimes it’s nice to reflect on happy times. Our wedding is one such day.
Unlike so many brides, I didn’t stress out about my wedding. I simply enjoyed the process. I know. It’s easier said than done. Things seem more complicated now then they were 30 years ago, don’t they?
Our wedding took place just in the knick of time, as shortly after several key people passed away, including my father, grandmother and 35 year old brother-in-law.
Our daughter Sarissa and I decided to see if my veil might work for her so after more than thirty years I resurrected my wedding dress from the confines of the box it was lovingly preserved in. I didn’t know what I would find. It’s been in a hot and humid attic for most of the last 30 years, and part of the seal had been broken.
Except for some yellowing on the bodice, it’s in perfect condition. Our daughter may wear the veil if it looks good with her dress. We will find out today when she goes for her first fitting. The veil is very long, but the end of it is ripped so it will have to be shortened about a foot, but that’s ok. I placed it over the canopy of our bed to ease out some wrinkles and it seems to be working.
The dress is very 80’s, and I guess you can tell I liked ruffles (still do!). I first saw the dress at a bridal fashion show and fell in love, but it didn’t have the back I wanted or enough ruffles so I had it custom made. Our daughter tried it on for fun and it fit almost perfectly. I can’t believe I was ever that thin! In my weight loss journey these past few months I’ve realized I will never be the weight I was in my 20’s, nor do I want to be. I think my face would look haggard, not to mention my butt would end up being flat enough to play cards on. So for all you young ladies reading this here’s what you can look forward to: look fat or old. It’s your choice. For you older ladies, you know what I’m talking’ about. Aren’t I just a little ray of sunshine today?!
I spent most of the weekend finishing up the brooch bouquet. It came out lovely and I can’t wait to show you, although you will have to wait till June. I showed it to Sarissa today and she loved it. I wasn’t sure if she would like it because she’s very picky and she has impeccable taste, if I must say so myself. But she did so now I don’t have to disown her since it took me nearly a year to gather the brooches and about a thousand hours to wire them ;).
The future is always uncertain, isn’t it? I wonder what it will bring for us and for Sarissa and her soon to be husband. They live on the other side of the world, far removed from friends and family. I suppose that makes their relationship unique and perhaps stronger than most.
Do you still have your wedding dress? I’m wondering what to do with mine now. Placing it back in the box isn’t really an option. What’s the point? Should I donate it to Goodwill? I did some research and came up with the idea to make a Christmas tree skirt. I kinda like that idea, but I’m not sure I can pull it off. Any ideas or suggestions? What did you do with your dress?