Highway to Happiness: Getting Spiffy

Primping and preening done, it was time to get into the dress and move onto the more public parts of the day.

I nested the crinoline inside the dress before stepping-in, at that point the dress nearly stood up on it's own! | all images via Pink Shutterbug Photography
I nested the crinoline inside the dress before stepping-in, at that point the dress nearly stood up on it’s own! | all images via Pink Shutterbug Photography

While I’ve put on the dress myself several times, there’s that quintessential image of a mother helping fasten her daughter’s wedding dress. Mama Leadfoot and I, however, don’t really have that sort of relationship. It didn’t take me long to realize that if I was going to have anyone fasten the top hook of my dress, it was going to be Roadie.

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As far as ‘first looks’ go, I thought ours was pretty sweet.

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Once we were all put together, it was time to head outside for some couples shots.

Just want to take a moment to point out how well Roadie cleans up!
Just want to take a moment to point out how well Roadie cleans up!

Even though we had fun during our engagement shoot, having a bit of an audience this time made it a touch on the awkward side (not to mention the fancier that usual clothes–I’m sure that didn’t help). Still, I managed to stand still long enough for a few shots while the family filtered into the cottage and sorted out their corsage and boutonniere situations.

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And speaking of boutonnieres, we got halfway through couples portraits only to realize Roadie wasn’t wearing his! So off he went into the house to get pinned while I tried not to be completely awkward in front of the camera alone.

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Okay, so here’s the question: what lapel does the boutonniere go on? I say it goes on the left lapel, over the heart, but Dr. Aunt was adamant they went on the right.

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The rain have abated, but we still had a strong breeze to contend with this morning.

Brother: You know not to argue with a H—r.
Me (as I switch Roadie’s boutonniere to the other lapel): Well, I’m a H—r, too.
Me: Besides, I’m the bride, and that’s the way I want it.

I think I pulled that card at most twice on the wedding day, but I can’t remember the other circumstance so maybe I really didn’t. Either way, I still think I was correct on the left lapel issue, but Dr. Aunt will probably never admit it. That side of the family is known for being right on everything, though usually (as with today) it’s done with a big dose of humor.

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And with a few last shots of us, it was time to move on to family pictures.

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