A lot of our wedding attire came together last-minute (really, it’s us”¦could it have happened any other way?)
You might remember that I bought my dress, the J. Crew Sophia in silk chiffon, really early, about a month after we got engaged, so about a year before the wedding.
It was a really, really comfortable dress (and my something new!). A bunch of people were asking me at the end of the night if I wanted to change out of it, but I swear it felt better on my body than yoga pants would have! It’s free of embellishment, and, aside from the hem, fit well, so it felt more like wearing a nightgown than a ballgown.
I bought it early, yes, but it took me up until the last minute to decide on how to wear it! In the end, I didn’t even pack the lace top.
The moose on the garters were a little call-out to how Mr. Dragon calls me moose instead of dear. Those, I settled on early.
The hair flower was supposed to go in after I took off my veil. I had intended to take the veil off right after the ceremony, but I felt pretty comfortable wearing it. I left it on until it started to hurt my head too much—and then it just felt like too much effort to go find the hair flower and put it in. And, I forgot to wear my rehearsal hair flower, too.
Being a classy lady, I asked MOH Michelle to take my veil out while we were still under the reception tent”¦and there it stayed, tossed aside in a corner, until she and Rozy found it while cleaning the next day.
[Photo from Rozy's Instagram]
Speaking of the veil, after all my decisions and drama I was still unsure about it—I even asked Mr. Dragon, after the ceremony, if he thought my veil looked stupid. All the little girls kept asking me what was on my head. But”¦looking at pictures after the fact, I’m glad I went with the poof!
My moccasins, which I bought just before the wedding, came out after the rain was most definitely stopped, but I still got them wet and muddy on the lawn. Oh well!
The necklace was a cheapo F21 find, but I think it worked well with my outfit. The vintage bracelet was especially meaningful, not just because it was my something old—it was filled with photos of loved ones who have passed away. And, the brooch was my something blue, from my grandma’s jewelry box. I’ll show you where it ended up being pinned, soon!
I bought a cream shrug off Etsy about a month before the wedding, which was covered in gold sequins. I thought it might be a bit over the top, but in the darkness of the tent it wasn’t quite so in-your-face sparkly. And, it kept me warm!
[Side note: You may be wondering why we have a photo with WKD and MOH Michelle's tongue sticking out. We used to drink WKDs way back in the day, but it was discontinued in Canada. I rediscovered it last summer and Michelle insisted on bringing a ton of it to the wedding for old times' sake. As for the tongue? We were trying to recreate this photo from memory:
We didn't quite get it! We'll have to try again at some other wedding!]
An important part of our attire was, obviously, the rings.
You might notice that Mr. Dragon’s ring is a lot shinier this time around, from the last time I showed it on here. He was bothered by the fact that it said Made in China on the inside, and there were a few nicks in the metal. So, he (kind of scarily) took a Dremel to it the week before the wedding (OMG), and polished it so much that he took the brushed finish right off!
The bees! I’m so happy I had these. They were an awesome reminder of all the brides before me who have written for this site and worn the charms during their weddings. They also inspired Andrea to place my grandma’s brooch uniquely. We were going to just attach it to the lace covering the stem of my flowers, but she had a last-minute flash of genius and did this:
My mom did all of our florals. I couldn’t decide if I wanted colour or white for my bouquet so I left the decision up to her”¦and she, too, wavered back and forth up until she HAD to decide! I’m happy she went with the bright, fun blooms.
These are the guys’ bouts. I don’t know what the flowers are”¦but they’re pretty!
Mr. Dragon bought the men yellow shirts from Lands End. They each supplied their own pair of dark pants, a “forward slash” tie, suspenders, and shoes. I have no idea what they wore on their feet, now that I think about it! He’s already mentioned that a lot of their stuff was purchased with little time to spare, but they all looked quite charming.
It may have been rushed, but I think it all looked good! Did you have your attire sorted long in advance, or did it come together in the last few moments?
Did you miss a recap?
- Our journey begins with a bit of reflection on our wedding.
- We road tripped down Highway 11 to Brockville.
- Sadness came before our joy when we found out a family member passed away.
- We rehearsed, ate pizza, baked a cake, and hot tubbed!
- The girls got up bright and early for a hair appointment.
- We put on our makeup and did our nails while everyone else took care of wedding prep.
- I became a (nervous) bride, and with dress, accessories and makeup on”¦waited.
- Mr. Dragon shares his side of the story.
- Both of the Dragons were jittery, but we managed to get the wedding started.
- But”¦where was Mr. Dragon going?!
- Everyone made it up the aisle, and it was time for the ceremony.
- We sealed our vows with a kiss.
- Inside the house, we signed our license, and took a few relaxing breaths!
- After a rocky start, we breezed through family photos.
- Most of our wedding party photos were candids, because we wanted everyone to be able to eat.
- We dug in to delicious BBQ food and sweet treats.
- Speech! Speech! Speech!
- Mr. Dragon and I did the high school shuffle, then we danced with our parents.
- The party began for real, on the dance floor and elsewhere.
- All the single ladies and dudes made their grabs for the bouquet and garter.
- Growing sleepy, we said goodbye to our guests.
- I showed off our decor details.
All images not otherwise indicated by Rozy Seitz. Those marked with an asterisk were edited, with permission, by me.
- Sioux Lookout/Brockville, ON
- Wedding Date:
- September 2012
- Mother of the Bride's Residence