Hopefully MebWistress will be able to pull the wedding dress part of the saga of Li'L BLOOO over here; but I need to start this for those who love wedding dresses.
I'm in the market, and when it happens, I won't have much time, maybe 3-4 months. GG is already looking for me, bless her heart. I read about Trink's odyssey, and the thought of going thru that sort of anxiety is just not OK. zzPlus, I'm just not even close to being half as cute.
Since I married the same man twice, my first and 2cd wedding gown were one and the same. And I had planned to wear it since I was probably 12-13 years old, so I lived my dream. It was an antique Victorian tea gown of my Grandmother's. Of course, back then I was a size 2, now I'm a 'street' size 8. GRRRR! Nevertheless, I would not be wearing it for this wedding to a 'NEW" man.
I'd post a picture from each, but they're back in TX, and I'm NOT and neither is my scanner.
So for those who want to join the hunt, I'm looking for an ivory, champagne, blush, or gold gown. Kick train at the most - as this will be a small family affair, unless GL or other West Coasties want to attend. It will most likely occur in Palos Verdes, with the reception at Trump's golf course or an equally good restaurant. So the gown has to be really nice, but not extremely formal.
Next thing to note is that I've loved St. Pucchi for years. They used to have a shop in downtown Dallas, and my friend N and I used to gawk at the gowns every day on our morning constitutional, prior to making snide remarks about the Needless Markup windows. Oh, how we loved that shop.
My DN, Major Jen, also turned me on to Maggie Sottero. How could she not at 5'10" and a size 7 after her first baby? But like the mathematucian, I'm cheeep! So Miz M's suggestion of finding a good dress maker looks better and better. On the other hand, the good news is that in SoCal, I can find almost any couture wedding gown designer product I want. Hollywood and all, you know? The other thing to keep in mind is that year-round, the climate is predominantly in the 70's and 80's F.
The bad news is after 35 years I re-meet my first love and as soon as that happened I transformed from a size 2 to a size 8? Sheesh! At 5'3" that really just isn't in my happy place. I mean, I know it isn't a bad place, but I had always hoped ... At least we reconnected when I was thin.
OK, so I'm working on changing the diet a bit, and working out more regularly. So I'm sort of a low 8 headed to a 6.
The more aerobics, the better. And on the down side, I have old lady arms and legs.
Nothing will help old skin, but I've been reading BuunyB's posts about stimulating the skin and circulation by rough scrubbing, so I may give that a good shot and see what happens. Anyone want to comment on their progress?
So I've been looking for gowns with sleeves - like 3/4 length, with lace overlays. Also at Reem Acra's Grecian models. But I need to avoid slim A-line. and trumpet or mermaid skirts. I'm fond of princess cut or empire waistlines. A bolero type jacket would do since it's always pretty warm here. I don't quite have the warmth GL does, I'm on the coast and we have the ocean breezes. I also don't need anything like a chapel or cathedral train, but a dress maker could turn some things into a kick-train.
Add in the white South Sea pearls, and I'm truly looking at lace or chiffon, in gold or an off-white. Now the other consideration I haven't mentioned is an 8 color dragon with a firepearl on my left shoulder. Yepper, a huge 7" dia. tattoo. I am so bummed right now that I did that.
Most times I love it, but those Grecian gowns would let it show as would a lace overlay.
Now if you've made it thru this whole post; God bless you, and good luck in the search. Believe me, I'll be asking my cross-dressing friends how to cover that tattoo so it won't show. One of them will be doing my makeup and hair anyway. I wish I was that good with girl toys.