So we had the dress picked out, ordered, made, and paid for….but I still hadn’t found what I liked for myself! And since I wasn’t going to marry my Faerie Princess unless I looked suitably like a Prince, doublet-shopping I went.
We found something that was very interesting that we both liked quite a bit, but disappointingly the vendor was…challenging to work with. Undeterred, we continued our search, and found Judith on EBay. She makes doublets like this one:
…and precisely my size! It is now hanging in my closet for the Big Day ™. It fits like it was made for me, and works very well to give me that suave princely air. 🙂 So that’s one of the big items off of my personal checklist.
For a top, I’m planning on something fairly blowsy and frilly, with black pants (silk!). I’m eying a pair of boots from Museum Replicas pretty thoughtfully as well. So the next question is, what if anything do I put on my head?
I’ve received permission from Candace to post her sketch of my dress…
So, I’ve been in love with Gypsy Moon designs for, like, ever, though I have sadly never purchased anything, as the sizes there are a wee bit small for me. In contemplating our new Fae inspiration for a theme, however, I went trawling that site and a few others, looking for ideas for a dress. I saw lots and lots of very pretty things that suited exactly the sort of thing I’m envisioning, but are completely infeasible unless I lose about four inches… not really the best way to deal with a dress for the big day, that.
In poking around the website, however, I came across a few mentions of being able to accomodate custom orders and on a lark, really, decided I’d write and see if they’d even consider doing something in my size.
Candace, the owner, replied to my email in under half an hour, letting me know she’d be pleased to work with me on something for the big day. We’ve gone back and forth in email a few times, I’ve sent her my measurements and a few photos, and now… the designer whose work I’ve adored for years is custom designing my wedding dress! ~squeeeeee~ And for less than Himself and I had budgeted to spend! Eeeee!!!! ~muppetflail~
Originally, we were planning to go full-bore Neo-Victorian for our little party. We’ve decided, however, that it’s a bit too rigid and we fancy doing something a little more, well, fanciful.
Having sorted our rings, the design has rather put me in mind of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. Inspired by that and a few other things, we’ve decided to go with a woodland faerie tale theme, instead… think more Froud than Disney, of course.
This will ease up attire options rather a lot… Anything Steampunk or Neo-Victorian, Faerie-inspired, Bohemian, or in the tattered romantic vein will fit in quite well. Even Renaissance or pirate-wear works! We’re not enforcing a dress code or anything, just inviting folks to play along.
We’re waffling a bit on colours, but this sort of thing does rather lend itself to shades of green rather nicely.
We’re still planning this to be a garden party (under a tent, of course!) with a light tea to be served after the ceremony… quite possibly with croquet after (flamingo optional). We strongly recommend not wearing heels or other terribly impractical shoes for walking in grass.