When we think of mothers in law, what typically comes to mind? Eh? EH? Be honest. Ok, maybe you have a great one – if you’re one of those lucky ones, CHERISH HER. Because great mothers in law are not considered the norm in society. Heck, in the world for that matter.
Enter stage left, Mary Elizabeth, today’s bride. Vania and Christine of Simply Bloom – the lovely ladies who shot this wedding – consider Mary Elizabeth… and I quote… “the type of girl as fascinating as a rainbow.” WOW. If I could choose to be described as anything I wanted, it would totes be THAT. Anyway, back to the matter at hand… tell me, what’s she got on? If you guessed “a dress,” you’re right; I made that question pretty easy for you; I realize today’s Monday and you might need a gimme. But, getting to the sheer heart of the matter… this dress is not your typical, everyday wedding dress, my dears. Not by a long shot. This dress? The dress that Mary Elizabeth wore on her wedding day? I’d like you to take a guess at who made it. Go ahead, guess.
Ok I’m sure you’ve guessed it by now since I totally made it obvious with the intro. That was another Monday morning gimme; you’re welcome. But, for the sake of discussion and those who haven’t yet sipped any coffee… Mary Elizabeth’s MOTHER IN LAW, Sandra, made her dress. Her just-sheer-enough, gorgeously textured, perfectly fitted, complete and total sewing-win of a gown. Go, THAT!
I like to think that I can tell from a set of photos how loving a relationship actually is in real life. Yes, that sounds like a God complex. But moving right along… it seems clear to me that Mary Elizabeth and her brand new husband, Christopher have a very loving relationship. But what’s more, it seems quite apparent that a parent didn’t get in the way, and, in fact, has served only to augment the bond of love between her son and her lovely new daughter in law. And that, I love… more than most things.
Relationships are everything… and when they work, oh boy do they make life grand.*
*For the record, I’m assuming Chris’ Mom didn’t shove this dress down Mary Elizabeth’s throat. … Kidding, Sandra, just kidding.
By the way, this arch of giant white paper flowers was put together by the cute couple you see beneath it. They constructed their own altar, people. Wow Factor numero dos in the hizzy.
Some words from our bride about her Big Day:
Our wedding planning was centered on two elements: music and design. For the music, we chose an eclectic array of songs that were meaningful to us by artists as diverse as Sigur Rós, The Replacements, and a whole lot of classic soul. We wanted the music to represent us as a couple and the story of our relationship in a way that everyone present would understand and be able to share in.
Working within a small budget, DIY methods were essential to implementing our design vision on a grand scale to compliment the venue. We were inspired by giant white paper flowers that appeared in a Chanel advertisement. The flowers brought a romantic softness to the venue’s sharp modern lines and served as the prominent visual element for the wedding decor. The construction of the flowers was quite a challenge due to the sheer [wo]man hours spent to handcraft enough flowers to make the impact we needed for the space. We are so grateful to both our mothers for spending countless hours cutting and gluing petals together for months leading up to the wedding day.
The dress was the other truly remarkable DIY element of the wedding. Christopher’s mom handmade the dress, personalized at each stage from the fabric choice to the shape of the bust and skirt line. It was a truly unique experience to have dress fittings every few weekends in an upstairs media room where we would deliberate for hours about every detail. Wearing the finished product was so special and the addition of my’s mom’s tiered veil with lace detail made the look all the more sentimental.
Hey, it’s Alison… I’ve got one more for ya, for the road…
That shot’s the kind you don’t take home to mama. It’s like the finale of a fireworks display… totally awesome. (You thought I was gonna say “bangin’ hot,” didn’t you. You thought I was taking advantage of the perfect metaphor between the loud bangs and oppressive heat of a fireworks finale, and relating it to the slang the kids use these days to describe a pretty lady. But that wouldn’t have been tasteful, now would it have. No… no it wouldn’t have been.)
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Photography: Simply Bloom Photography / Bride’s dress: Constructed by Sandra Watson (Groom’s mother) / Hair Stylist: Becky Dobbs of Elleven Salon / Make-up: Sarah Thomas / Shoes: Nina / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Anthropologie / Florist: In Bloom Floral Design Studio / Mullins Rentals & Party Plus Event Rental / Caterer: Bubba’s Silver Spoon Catering / Cake: Ellen’s Creative Cakes / Band/DJ: Billy Laing aka Captain Crunk / Venue: The Summitt at Big Spring
What’s your favorite part? The handmade-with-love dress she wore? The hand-made-with-love paper flower altar the couple constructed? Or is it imposseeblay to decide?
Also, did you ever think, in your wildest dreams, that a parking lot could be such a fabulous location for a shoot? (Me neither.)
xoxo! – Alison
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