Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Sweetest Wedding

I had to go out of town and do hair for a wedding yesterday afternoon. I was looking forward to it for many reasons. I have been doing hair for many in this family for several years now, so I feel almost a part of the family. This was not going to be your traditional wedding and I was really looking forward to that. The bride and groom had a renaissance/medieval theme. It was also held at a castle! There is a place called Celebration Castle that was built for just such occasions. It was more ambiance that authentic. But still. She got married in a castle!

What I loved was what they wore. The groomsmen wore creamy shirts with large sleeves, doublets, I think they are called. Over that was a long vest type "jacket" reaching mid thigh. It was collarless but stood up a bit at the neck and was black and embroidered all over with gold. Not flashy, but rich looking. They also wore black pants with that. The groom wore a full kilt. Very dashing.The bridesmaids looked like maidens. Each wore a different color. Rust, deep green, and red. The flower girls had a matching outfit in maroon. They too, wore cream blouses, theirs with scooped necks and a vest that laced up over that. Long skirts completed the outfit. Simple, but effective. Their hair was worn down and simple, adorned with a piece of narrow ribbon strung with jewels that complemented the colors in their dress and tied behind the head so the jewels rested on the forehead. Sweet!

The bride. She looked like a Grecian goddess. She was breathtaking in a simple dress that was very simple creamy sheath overlaid with a filmy layer of sheer fabric that was straight in front and fell to form a train in back which she held in her hand as she walked. She had added sheer flowing sleeves to the dress. It scooped across her neck and barely sat on her shoulders. There was a simple band of beading just under the bust. She has very long dark hair which we gave loose curls and braided two small pieces on either side and pulled them back. She had a wreath of flowers for her hair to match her dress. I think she and I were expecting a more delicate arrangement. It didn't overwhelm her though and looked perfect once we got it pinned in. That was the biggest challenge. It would have been helpful had the florist put some wire loops in so I could attach it to the hair with bobby pins. As it was, the flowers were taped together and that formed this big "spine" that was a challenge to pin. It was just so big! We did it though, somehow. It was the "crowning" touch. I did her makeup also and... she was just breathtaking. I would look at her and dance with pleasure. The flower girls, sisters (5 and 7), also wore colorful wreaths of flowers in their hair. All I can say is... thank God those wreaths stayed. The girls were not wild, but they were active young girls and I was just amazed that those wreaths did not slip and slide. Especially because they were so challenging to attach. I tend to watch the groom when the bride walks down the aisle. I just wanted to see his face when he saw her. He cried. She cried. I cried.

At the reception, they served ham, sliced turkey (turkey legs), and dressing along with crudites. I loved the turkey legs. Yes, I had one and didn't care (much) that I looked like a cave woman eating it!

I was able to see a couple of the family members that I haven't seen in awhile. Sister-in-law once was my client but moved away. Her daughters were the flower girls. I gave the oldest her first haircut. Sister-in-law worked at my ob/gyn's office when she lived her and to make a long story short (very short), it was she who told me I was pregnant. She will always have a special place in my heart. Plus, she's just so dang fun!

Now, this post has been heavy, heavy on description. I've worked hard to try to describe it in as much detail as possible for two reasons: I didn't want to forget and I want you to see it too. Why? you ask. Why not just post some pics? Infinitely easier! Yes, but if you know me very well, you know that sometimes I do things the hard way rather than the smart way. In this case, it's because I FORGOT THE DAMN CAMERA!!!!


HeyJules said...

Hahaha...I kept thinking "Why didn't she just take some pictures?"

Oh well - happens to the best of us!

hepsmom said...

Wow, that sounds really nice if you're into that kind of thing. Me, not so much. As Judy says, though, "Everybody to their own kick." I bet her hair looked unbelievable!