Speaking of Weddings…

I really haven’t been into all the Royal Wedding hype. I have seen nothing — no TV footage, no magazine articles, no blog posts… NOTHING. I googled this morning to find a photo of Kate’s dress so I could write a post about it at All Things Chic, and that was that. But after reading the commentary on that post and around the web today, I admit, I’m curious.

And also? I LOVE WEDDINGS.

So I just looked at the TV listings and sure enough, one of the major networks has their entire evening dedicated to the Royal Wedding. I set my DVR to tape it, and after dinner I plan to hunker down and get lost in all things wedding.

I absolutely love Kate’s choice of dress. Back in the day, 1995 to be exact, I was choosing my own wedding dress. The poofy, froofy dresses of the 80s were a distant memory, and the straight wedding dress style had come and gone. The newest rage was the off-the-shoulder neckline with a full (but not poofy) skirt and a modest train.

Like most brides to be, I tried on probably a hundred dresses, and at least half of them were that off-the-shoulder style. Finally I found one that I was planning to order. I had photos of myself wearing it in the dressing room, I had the bridesmaids’ dresses picked out to go with it, and I had planned my veil and my shoes. The only thing I hadn’t done was place the order.

Then one day, my mom and I were out of town when we just happened to come across a bridal store going out of  business. We went in, and I tried on dresses “just for fun.”

You know where this is going, right??

I ended up falling IN LOVE with a dress. It was designed by a famous brand that I had only ever seen in bridal magazines, and it was unlike anything I’d tried on before. Since the store was going out of business, they were selling off their floor models for a song, which put it right at the top of our price range. The only glitch was, it was 2 or 3 sizes too big, but we were able to have it sized down for me.

What I love most about my dress is that it was timeless. I only wish I could say the same for my bangs…

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Every time I look at that picture, I think, “We were so young!”

And, “Why didn’t someone tell me to grow out my bangs!?”

Oh well. You can’t get it all right.

Here’s an up close of the lace detailing and also the headpiece. It matched the rosettes at the waist of the back of my gown.

Okay, so maybe it was a *little* dated. I’m sure no one has rosettes on the backs of their dresses nowadays, but then, considering that half the bridal gowns at the time had BOWS on the back… I did well, my friends. I did well.

Also? This was my cake.

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I love, love, LOVED our cake. The fondant frosting was amazing. It looked like porcelain, and it tasted divine. I still dream about eating that wedding cake. Maybe for our 20th wedding anniversary, I should order a single layer. Wouldn’t that be fun!?

How about you? I’d love to hear about your wedding dress.

And, are you into the Royal Wedding hype? Or no?