Finally, the series continues! This time I'm showing you what our wedding party looked like on the big day (including Jamie and I!). Big thanks to all our closest friends and family who stood with us / put up with us and for all the hard work you put in to help us from engagement until our wedding celebration was over.
Up first are the ladies. I tried to make it as easy as possible for my girls - only asking for floor length black dresses in a neckline of their choosing. You would think that would be pretty easy to accomplish but black jumpsuits were surprisingly popular in mainstream stores. Each girl did end up finding an outfit that was comfortable and suited them. These were two very important factors I wanted to stress. I didn't see any benefit to dressing up my closest friends in something they would never normally wear and have to suffer throughout the day (and it was really hot that day). If you're in the process of planning a wedding right now, I would keep that in mind!
I found vintage gold lockets and a vintage black watch as gifts for of my bridesmaids, thanking them for putting up with me for hours on end. Forever grateful.
Our makeup was done by the lovely Lana Rae - she's super talented and nice to hang out with while you're getting pampered. She did such a great job at my maid of honour's wedding the year before that choosing her was a no brainer. My maid of honour was also put to work, curling my hair and her own. We had some trouble keeping the curls in my hair with the humidity and they fell out pretty quickly. Oops!
As for my dress, it was the unique two-piece Maggie Sottero Chesney in Ivory. After trying on a couple ball gowns (to live the Cinderella dream for a hot minute), the consultant at Kleinfeld's pulled this one out. My mom, maid of honour, and I all fell in love with the intricate beaded bolero that was removable. I ended up taking it off part-way through dancing and replaced it with a vintage necklace (shown below). Everyone loves a two-for-one.
Next up are the boys. It's kind of not fair how guys can just throw on a suit and look amazing but here they are, doing just that. Jamie and I agreed that black suits were classic and classy, but better yet, almost everyone has one. We let our guys wear their own suits and black shoes, and provided new white shirts, black suspenders, and pocket squares to complete the James Bond look (well, almost). The kicker: vintage German bowties. I stumbled upon six black bowties in decent condition one day at Southworks in Cambridge. I was incredibly excited about them (probably more than the guys) and they all fit! Bonus.
Our two teacher/comedian MCs wore the reverse of our groomsmen - black shirts with white suspenders and white vintage bowties (I found two of those as well, score!). They may or may not have been mistaken for waitstaff.
As with all photos in this series, they were taken by the incredibly talented Hugh Whitaker. I will treasure them forever. :)