Set your time machines to November 20th, 1971 and let’s talk about going away outfits. I’ve heard they’re supposed to be stylish and sophisticated and perfect, carefully chosen ensembles you wear for the last dance at your wedding reception before embarking on your romantic honeymoon and the beginning of your new life.
Does anyone even do those anymore? I’m so out of touch with what goes on at weddings. I was completely out of touch at my own. It would have made me so happy to get married barefoot on the beach or to simply elope. W was all for that too, but our families were both big on tradition and we got swept up in the kerfluffle. I’m pretty sure my mother and my mother-in-law did more sighing and eye rolling at my lack of interest than I noticed at the time. They kept asking me questions even though they hardly ever liked my answers.
Things we didn’t get quite right –
- There was no engagement ring. We couldn’t afford one and picked out inexpensive gold wedding bands instead. I would have lost a diamond. I lost my wedding band three times.
- There was no veil. I made a hooded dress with braided silver trim. It cost about twenty five dollars. I wanted my sisters hooded dress to be deep purple, but they couldn’t find suitable material in that colour, so it was royal blue. Close enough.
- There was no hairdresser. By the time this picture was taken my self inflicted bouncy curls had bounced their last and I looked more or less back to normal.
- The best man (W’s brother) and the ushers (my brother and a friend) all had different coloured suits and shirts and ties and probably socks, for all I know, because we told them just to wear whatever they had.
- The flowers were artificial. It was November. There was freezing rain. We had a church ceremony, a church basement supper, and a get together at my family farm house after that. The dance was a week later a thousand miles away with the grooms side of the family.
- We forgot to book a room somewhere, so spent our wedding night at my girlfriend and her husbands house after banging on their door and waking them up. Good thing they both had a sense of humour.
- We had no honeymoon, unless you count a two day drive from my home town to his.
Oh, let’s just stop at lucky number seven, shall see? There’s lots more but this is getting depressing, and besides, I want you to look at those going away outfits! I must have pulled some random thing out of my closet because my face is saying “I’m married! I don’t care!” And W is wearing his university blazer (that’s confetti, not dandruff) but it’s hard to focus on his clothes because of those sideburns! I can’t even. I’m sure you can’t either. Proof that love is blind is all I can say about that.
Weddings make me hungry. Handbag under my arm, mouth full of cake, ready to blow this pop stand and set the world on fire. Maybe starting with that brown and beige thing I’m wearing….