Yes I know it seems forever since I posted but I do possibly have the best excuse ever….well I kinda got married! Yup a little out there I know but I guess I’ve kind of got ahead of the game when it comes to the very recent trend of frugal weddings’ which seem to have sky rocketed since Keira Knightly’s recent nuptials.
Well it was a cold and shoddy January when my other half had just returned from Switzerland on business when he announced he needed to take a trip to Las Vegas for the annual NAB show in April and thought it would be cool if we made it into a bit of a holiday. Well whoopee! I was one excited girlfriend.
Maybe it was because it was cold, maybe it’s cause we were sat in our local and the fire was roaring whilst the rain and sleet and the sky was trying to snow where we thought ‘fuck it’ let’s just get married. We've been together a while, nearly a decade in fact and whilst the idea of marriage was sometimes discussed we never took it too seriously as we never really had the money to put on some spectacular show. We were in quite a fortunate position due to the fact my partners work were paying for hotels/food/drinks etc etc so a wedding could possibly be at least financially on the cards. Telling family was another thing, disappointment echoed (I was actually quite offended by all this considering it was our day) no traditional church, no Dad to walk me down the aisle but what we had instead was no muss no fuss, glorious sunshine and each other.
First I needed a dress something that was easy to wear in the blistering heat, something tasteful (I can’t do strapless), something with vintage elements and something that was simple and something that wasn't going to crease in my suitcase. I didn't have a large budget in fact I didn't have any budget, Mum had kindly decided to pay for this one. Her chosen designer for this special occasion was Oleg Cassini a French born but American designer whose style was sophisticated and timeless. He was designer to Jackie O the first lady where is signature looks included Empire Strapless, Sheath and the A-Line he was once engaged to Grace Kelly and married the beautiful Gene Tierney. His designs were worn by the Hollywood elite including Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth and Natalie Wood. The glamour of this period appealed to me and I liked the fact ladies natural curves and beauty of this era were celebrated which would be the perfect complement to my pear figure. The colour was Ivory and made of a delicious silky feeling fabric (even though it was polyester) which was virtually creaseless. It had a paneled waste which was extremely flattering and ruched bust with some slight beading on the sleeve nothing too extravagant. If you love simple and classic designs I urge you to check out some of his designs for your big day some of them are incredibly reasonable our thriftiness in this matter went further when my dress was at my favourite discount designer store TK Maxx (or TJ) if you are reading from the states.
I was also given a beautiful vintage engagement ring from my husband to be that was worn by his Grandma when she married in 1945 (along with the band) that was fully engraved. The style of the time was a gold band set with 3 simple diamonds. My something old boxes were definitely well and truly ticked.
We had chosen the most famous of the chapels ‘The Little White’ and had decided on a time when the sun on the strip was just setting and glistened against the many ‘trip the light fantastic’ bulbs in the mass of casinos that littered the way. Our nerves were palpable yet nothing that couldn't be cured with a glass or two of Moet & Chandon Rose as we helped each other (yes that’s right) get ready in the hotel room before our limo driver summoned us for our short journey. A simple ceremony a simple wedding I couldn’t have asked for anything better. We then went for Steak at Morton’s, Champagne underneath the Eiffel Tower at Paris (with a little gambling along the way) and people beeped their horns and offered their Congrats as we watched the fountains at the Bellagio what an amazing day!!!! One I shall treasure with the fondest of memories…