It’s been a very busy and wonderful couple of weeks for our family. My youngest son got married, and now I have a beautiful daughter-in-law! Since I began writing about what to wear to a wedding as a MOB, MOG or Guest last spring, I thought you might be interested in reading about the actual event.
Yes, the wedding was in Dallas, Texas in August! Their first choice was Labor Day weekend, but some friends grabbed that date and they had to move to Plan B. If you’ve been involved with any type of wedding planning, you may know the venue sets the tone for everything and dictates the date. When they asked if August 4th (my birthday) would be alright with me, my immediate answer was ABSOLUTELY! It was the BEST Birthday!
Doing all of this long distance can be a little tricky at times, but thanks to Pinterest, miles on Southwest Airlines, two additional trips to Dallas this year, we pulled off our duties. And let me emphasize a fact most everyone knows. Being parents of the groom is much easier in many ways!
The Dallas Metroplex is very spread out. We arrived four days early and spent many hours in the car driving from place to place. This was from my Instagram story… which doesn’t even do justice to what we covered as there were a couple places not on this map.
We stayed in Flower Mound near the venue. We made two different trips to Ft. Worth to the couples’ apartment. My in-laws live in McKinney, my sister in Plano, my oldest son in downtown Dallas. Makes me tired just thinking about it again
We needed to put together gift bags for out of town guests and rehearsal dinner finishing touches. Our hotel room was a busy place!
The Rehearsal and Dinner
We have a standing joke that almost every restaurant is Mexican or BBQ. The biggest challenge for us, was finding a restaurant with a large enough room. They had a rather large wedding party, and with guests we needed room for 60.
We started the search in February and honestly fell short. We finally went with one of the chain Mexican restaurants that had a large room. While it wasn’t what I had in mind–it worked! They were so accommodating, the food (fajita buffet) was delicious, and it was just a great night.
I kept the decor very simple: Red bandanas (from Walmart) on white tablecloths. I found the chargers at Hobby Lobby. I re-used the mason jars I purchased for the engagement party in December and went with the sunflower theme. I am NOT great at floral arrangements, was concerned about the timing for that day, so I sought professional help on that one! I loved the way they turned out.
I sent my original ideas to the step-mom of the bride, and she found the perfect little signs (thankful, blessed, grateful) at Michaels which I thought set it off. I purchased the photo holders from Amazon. Very easy and pretty inexpensive overall.
Well, since this IS a fashion blog, here are a couple shots from the rehearsal. Unfortunately my dress is no longer available. It was a LTD Cabi piece. Shoes are old but I found them at Amazon! This brand–Helle Comfort has been a good one for me. The foot bed is very cushioned, low heel, yet they look dressy.
I’m always hesitant to wear bigger earrings like this, but with that neckline it calls for more of a statement earring. A larger necklace seemed to compete with the print when I tried. Note from pictures in the link below how these earrings are two pairs in one. You can wear the white piece separately! Jewelry: Stella & Dot Kari Necklace and Sefina earrings
And my tan is completely fake. I’m a fan of Organic Bronze Bar and Vita Liberata Mousse. It is the most natural, streak-free, scent free and chemical free product I’ve found! At the bronze bar, you can pick the level of color you want. I go lighter so it looks more natural.
The professional photos from the wedding are already complete. I can’t wait to share those next time! Here is a just a peek..