Friday, July 18, 2014

Wedding Day

Grab a cuppa char or a frosty glass of chard, it's a good one today. It's all about lurve. Your wedding day - do you wish you'd done it differently... or maybe just enjoyed it more?  I love this casual photo of Olivia Palermo in a sweater and tie-on skirt, though can't imagine doing the shorts. This has turned out to one of my favourite posts as some of you were able (with a wee bit o' nagging) to get your wedding photos to me. Friends, you'll laugh and you'll cry...

Olivia Palermo and new husband.  His hand-in-pocket and bent knee looks a bit model-esque (oh but yeah he is is a model)

More iconic wedding snaps...
Covered-up but she carried it off,  still the most expensive dress ever made?

So happy - and tanned!

Provenance of the dress clouds this one

Chanel free spirit
I've told you about our wedding day... We had three kids then and never really intended getting married. Our immigration lawyer (to get from London to the US) said get to the registry office toot sweet - despite having three children I would still be ejected from the US at the airport (tempting on some days...) I bought a white Armani suit which was a bit squeaky on the thighs (dang that M&S full fat mac and cheese leftover from the kids' plates.) Anyway on the day, I couldn't wear it to the registry office because baby Tallulah had a crook tummy and had to be changed every ten minutes.

At the Marylebone Registry Office with Harley, Jackson and Tallulah

Kevin and Tallulah between explosions

Jay who lives in Norfolk, England, says "I love this photo of us on our wedding day  - husband ignoring me and in a hurry to get to the cricket pitch (where we were having the reception) and me checking my not insubstantial cleavage!! - somethings never change..... Confetti get's blooming everywhere!!"

Jay of My Family and Other Cricketers

Elizabeth married her Italian husband in a Basilica in Florence and the old hotel Rolls broke down on the way to the church, so she arrived in a friend's VW: "Racing to the ALTAR on time! My dress was a bit tight and we had to lift it up above the knee to get me up the marble staircase! ...Two Priests married us! Yes, it was all in ITALIAN! My friend Daryl walked me down the aisle, my father did not come because my mother was going to be there."

Elizabeth from Vintage Hen House

Our friend Mike of Mike'n'Kenny says: "Even though we were together 15 years, we rushed to get married the first week it was legal as I did not want to risk the courts overturning the ruling. And we knew that Prop 8 was on the ballot in the fall. So I did not have a chance to do what everyone does - spend 6 months losing weight for the wedding photos. Oh well. Chubby but happy. "

Kenny'n'Mike

Alexis Grace says: "Lukus and I are coming up on our 5 year anniversary in September. Our wedding was super small with just 18 people in attendance--- that included the pastor and the photographer and us! We decided to do an extra small destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, followed by our honeymoon in Ixtapa. At the end of our honeymoon we headed to my hometown where my parents threw a HUGE party for family and friends to celebrate with us! Basically our wedding was a 3 week long celebration...perfection!"

Alexis Grace from North on Harper


My writing buddy Burnita says: "I had my dress custom made in New York and I was living in San Francisco. The dress from I. Magnin and we had done several fittings, but the dress got lost and didn't arrive until three days before the wedding. No time for more alterations . The cleavage was too low. Every man I met in the reception line I had to ask him, "What color are my eyes?"

Burnita, who is writing Quiver of the Pure Heart, on her wedding day

Naomi says: "Just to let you know that I still haven't opened up my boxes and as I mentioned my laptop is not working so I took pics from a little book the size of my palm!  We got hitched in 2009 in Marylebone Town Hall.  I postponed it but then we had to get it done bc he had a surgery in October so we planned it in one month and getting married in peak summer meant most good hairdressers were booked out even on a Monday afternoon when we were married! I didn't like my hair but it was the best I could do at short notice. Oh well...but we then went to the Dorchester for a private dinner with no family but my brother."

Naomi of Coulda Shoulda Woulda


Friend Julie L. couldn't resist sending this photo of her almost getting arrested on her wedding day! "Matt proposed to me outside the beautifully lit National Cathedral in Washington DC. We couldn't get married there (very exclusive), but the church across the street would marry us. I thought it would be great to have our photos taken on the beautiful cathedral grounds. They didn't think it was such a good idea since I didn't get permission. I kinda knew it could happen -- it was ask for forgiveness instead of permission. In the end they let us keep our film/photos taken and just asked us to leave."

Julie of Monkey Grass Hill. Police turning up to arrest her on her wedding day!


My writing teacher Ellen Sussman says: "In a two week period my husband and I just celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary, hosted our daughter's wedding at our house, and I published my new novel, A Wedding in Provence. It's my Summer of Love!" (by the way her book was just named one of Summer's Best Reads by Time magazine!)

Writer Ellen Sussman and her husband Nick

From friend Lesley: "A photo of my brother sliding me under his legs and I have knee highs on. :) I wore knee highs because I thought they would be more comfortable. I never expected anyone to see them! "

Lesley dancing with her brother at her wedding

And from friend Karen: "Funny bit: great toast, where Nick's friend said that now that we were married, all the men who had a key to my apartment in NYC should come forward and drop the keys in the ice bucket. About 40 guys came up and dropped keys. He said the same for Nick, and one elderly lady tottered up to drop her key! Annoying bit: the second limo for the bridal party was used the night before for prom, and someone had yakked in it. Everyone has to hang their heads out the windows and gasp."

Karen and Nick


Classic! Now head on over to Naomi's place - she's done a really funny post about how you pick the face of the one you love - for example, Camila Parker-Bowles looks exactly like Prince Charles' nanny. And Tabitha has done a post on couples who marry someone very spookily like themselves...

59 comments:

  1. Lovely post. Great hearing about everyone's wedding dramas ;-)

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    1. There is no better drama that a wedding one

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  2. Great job and thank you to all that contributed both pics and stories. Was fun.

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    1. Thanks BB - what about your wedding? Enquiring minds need to know!!

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  3. I forgot to send mine in. Did anyone else have their house burn to the ground the week of their wedding?

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  4. Good job I didn't get round to doing this - I would have bored you to tears with all the things that went wrong with my wedding plans (while I was also applying for a US green card). Store lost the dress, then the head dress, Selfridges lost my invitations, car broke down (they said) on the morning so had to have a different (not so nice one), photographer broke his leg (he said) so had to send his numpty assistant. Hurlingham Club lost the fabulous cake stand my mother had hired and used a boring, leaning three tier one.....Oh I could go on.

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    1. Wow, tat's a lot! Hurlingham Club - that one in London?

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  5. Oops. Guess who didn't send in his wedding pictures?

    Our 45th anniversary comes up in a few weeks. Maybe by then, . . . but just don't hold your breath for it. OK?

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Will be waiting to see what you arrange for it!

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  6. These are beautiful. Loved seeing everyone's picture!! My wedding anniversary is on Monday :) Have a great weekend xx

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  7. This was fun! Nice to replay memories and this made me remind my husband we need to book somewhere for our anniversary dinner! Thanks for including me Jody! X

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  8. Love this! And if I looked like Olivia I would SO do the shorts!

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    1. I would too if I had her legs of perfection. If I wore them I'd be tugging at them for the whole ceremony.

      Gosh how does OP get it so so right every time. She is effortless.

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  9. Fun post! Love the OP look. Sweater and tulle is fabulous

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  10. I hadn't seen OP's look-- it is fantastic!

    I love your story- weddings are so fantasy, and in a way they really should reflect real life.... (hint--- mine is about to have a lot more to do with my real life.... shhhhhh.....). After all, life has more dirty diapers than white dresses-- right???

    Thank you for once again including me! I feel so honored :)

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    1. Loved the swirly one of you on the beach too. You will have to post the other two on your blog

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  11. Great post! Loved reading everyone's stories and the photos of weddings through the ages. Your wedding just sounds very real life Jody… think you should renew your vows (hopefully there wouldn't be nappy changes to do?)

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    1. Hi Heidi, have thought about it many times And many is the time friends and i have planned it. I love the thought of it, planning it in my mind, dress, food, tables. i would def wear white dress. Would it be in NZ and then you'd it'd be destination and then would friends from Oakland come and then would I be disappointed and annoyed with kiwi friends who didn't make the effort (yes the conversation with myself goes into a spiral like that...). Would love to do in Rarotonga or Fiji where I've never been but all my kiwi friends have.

      Was yours in Melbourne?

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    2. No, at my in-laws home in Adelaide… I wrote very briefly about it a year or so ago on our anniversary http://adelaidevilla.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/anniversary.html
      Your renewal idea sounds wonderful - as so many of your friends missed your actual wedding, I'm sure they'd love the excuse to travel and kick up their heels… after you go through a slew of weddings at a certain age, they definitely peter out, and you do appreciate them when you get to go xx

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    3. Of course...the title of your blog Adeleide Villas might give me a clue to that one. Haha! I don't know why but I always think you and FF both live in Melbourne. I've been to neither place but perhaps because I've heard the temps are extreme in Melbourne and its always seems so hot and so cold where you guys are.

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    4. Back again - Just read the blog post, gosh you looked so young in those wedding pics. Love your family heirloom veil and the off the shoulder dress with side sweep.

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    5. I lived in Melbourne for 10 years, and was living there when I got married, but we had a nice venue at home to use so no Melbourne wedding for me! I was young... 25! There'll never be a vow renewal wearing that dress either. Would never get it done up, unless I had a few ribs removed.

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  12. I love your post. I really wanted to send you a pic...yes, I know, that it not good enough! Enjoyed all stories. The Countessa's image is stunning. I love Kenny and Mike and I don't even know them. Well done, Dear Hearts. Xxx

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    1. Ha! Not good enough! (have not heard that expression since I got back from NZ. Did you wear a veil or fascinator,?I am going over and doing a search

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  13. All beautiful!!
    Apologies, for not sending my pic, you should have given me longer... over time the pressure would have made me cave!
    Sx

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    1. I'll do more nagging on the next go-around!

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  14. Mine was dire! Hubs had called off our first wedding - quite the drama, so I was a subjugated bride, married where I didn't want to get married, et al, now I would say, bugger off to everyone and do it my way and enjoy the day.
    For 4 years I would cry on my anniversary because it had been so awful - over it now.

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    1. Tabitha, that is the drama! I want to know more details but feel it would be prying to ask (Subjugated bride, you should trademark that, someone will steal that term for a telly show)

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  15. Ha, no, you're welcome to ask, what a miserable flipping day it was.

    16 years later - I appreciate it's not about the wedding day and have finally coughed it up out of my craw.

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    1. There's been a number of people I've met who had fairytale weddings ...then spilt six months later, so maybe bumps and craw catches are a good sign?

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  16. This was so lovely and funny, which is the synthesis of most wedding days. I actually laughed out loud when I saw those knee-high stockings.

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    1. I know, aren't they gorgeous?
      I was a bridesmaid and had a similar experience to yourself with a pink dress with a (too low) scallop neckline (and as a bridesmaid I had to bend over to adjust the train very often) My pink dress was also way too baggy, but it had been made by the groom's Aunt and there was only so much alterating she would do. Suffice to say I never wore it again.

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  17. No fairy tale wedding here.... just the witnesses and couple of friends. I don't think I would have a wedding ever, since I have no plans to marry again... not that there is anyone in the picture anyway. LOL

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  18. I love the look on the face of the waitress/maid character on the left in Lesley's photo..."What the f*#@!"
    Also love Olivia Palermo's look...right up there with Christie Brinkly on skis!

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    1. That look - I know!
      Christie Brinkley was in (bikini poolside) in Air New Zealand ad, gosh she actually looks even better than ever before at 60.

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  19. Jody, Wonderful and fun post! I never tire of reading about weddings and seeing the dresses. I should have participated! Your story is pretty sweet too. Can you believe about Elizabeth? What a real princess story. Loved her post this week. Also read Naomi and Tabs blogs. Then started looking closer at Max...Hope we aren't looking more alike. Lol xx

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    1. Kim, You will have cut up pics of both of you and put side by side

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  20. What a great post, thanks for including me! I love to have a nose at other peoples wedding pics.
    My husband used the speech with the keys when he was best man at his friends wedding, every man in the room appeared to have a key to the bride's flat but when it came to the groom, only his elderly Mum had a key; the marriage didn't last - hopefully nothing to do with the speech!

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  21. What didn't go wrong on my wedding day? Dress showed up without sleeves, photog was hospitalized and sent a russian refugee who was staying with him, families spitting and hissing at one another like alleycats, judge got lost, crazy cousin showed up explaining that her cleavage was always that big right before her period, torrential rains and winds and flood warnings, maid-of-honor's dress arrived in wrong and v. unflattering color, the russian had never seen an oil furnace before and insisted on posing all pics in front of it and including crazy nympho cousin who had dragged him down to basement in the first place in every pic - well, needless to say I have no wedding pictures. Did anything go right, you ask? Yes. Himself showed up. And told his mother to shut up. Amd secretly called limo and advanced pickup time so we could flee.

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  22. Heck!
    How did you get sleeves onto dress on time? or did you just wear sleeveless?
    MOH had to wear dress - what shade?
    Any reception at all?
    Congrats on getting a husband with all the right instincts. He must be a good person in crisis

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  23. Sadly, we're in Corfu at the moment (well, not sadly, it's fab) so I wasn't able to send you any wedding photos. We have a good story though. Because both our families were dead set against us marrying (mine said that if we had children, they would be social outcasts and wouldn't know what race they belonged to and his said that I would be ruining his family with my 'bad blood') we ran off to a registry office with just my best friend and his best friend as witnesses. We stayed in a fabulous hotel and all went out to dinner in the evening and drank our body weight in champagne. His best friend got married (traditionally) 3 months later....he still reckons ours was the best wedding he's ever been to!

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    1. Fantastic! it's like that song that's always playing on the radio these days, why do you have to be so mean, I'm going to marry her anyway.
      Or Romeo and Juliet without the bad ending
      have fun in Corfu - I loved those books of Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals,
      Corfu is lovely

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  24. Seeing my picture again made me remember how I felt that day. After​ all the planning, spending more money than I really had at the time, sleepless nights over details, it was once I was fully dressed on my wedding day that I stood and looked at myself in a full-length mirror and felt. . . ridiculous. It wasn't Halloween or April Fools and I was standing there in this ludicrous costume called a wedding dress. We had a house in Pacifica and my husband wanted to have friends and family over for a backyard wedding barbecue, but nooooooooo, I wanted a dream wedding. Anyway, in that moment I realized I was going to the wrong wedding. I got more comfortable as the day went on, but...

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  25. Love this post!!! Almost makes me want to reconsider getting married to Mr FF. We always forget we'v been married before to other people …x

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  26. Would it be a glittery and colourful one?

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  27. My mother-in-law to be tried to sabotage our wedding by nearly dying due to stuffing her face with bananas and not drinking enough water in a heatwave. Nearly succumbed to potassium poisoning, and she was a nurse, so I took that as a sign that she was not entirely happy that her dear boy was getting married! :)

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    1. Shoot, I did not realise this was possible!
      I know a friend who wanted to stop drinking and drank too much orange juice at a party and had to go to hospital with some sort of Vitamin C poisoning. Seems if you eat, drinking enough of anything you will suffer

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  28. Fab post! I got married so long ago that none of my photos are digital, would you believe that. I'll have to scan some in sometime....anyway the day was sunny, the dresses were Empire Line and (as my guests all said afterwards in their thank you notes) the champagne REALLY flowed. Turns out the catering company served the entire lot provided by my father in law who had given strict instructions to keep some back....

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    1. I just take i-Phones snaps of the actual photos in the album and it seems to come out all right. (the word "album makes me seem organised, in fact everything is stuffed in wherever and the birth of Harley occurs right after my high school photo.

      Empire line is always good - we know that because Darcy liked them and leaves lots of room for wedding cake.
      Yay for catering companies who get the instructions wrong (or maybe they didn't?)

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  29. Oh this post has really made me smile - lots of love and laughs too with pop socks and funny speeches.
    Most of my wedding photos have everyone looking weirdly upwards on account of the photographer being about 7ft tall. The video was taken by my uncle who didn't know how to work it: lots of shaking, plenty of feet and it ran out of battery during the speeches.

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  30. Oh this has been such an AWESOME post! Have loved reading all of the stories and seeing the beautiful photos!!

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