After countless summers in Maine, day-long Law & Order SVU marathons, and a lifetime of holidays spent together, I watched my cousin Laura walk down the aisle last weekend in New Hampshire. She was such a beautiful bride. It was almost like she was born to wear the white dress because everything about being a bride came so naturally to her. So far, celebrating the newest Mrs. McGuinness among friends and family that I’ve known since birth has been the highlight of my 2014. Congratulations to Laura and Tim! I’m so looking forward to making new memories with you.
The groom, the bride, and me
The bride and her sisters
Photo booth fun
P.S. – If you’re wondering who caught the bouquet, it was ME! After the first bouquet she threw went into the chandelier, the bride grabbed a branch of flowers from a centerpiece and threw it over her shoulder to the single ladies. It fell right into my hands and I screamed like a schoolgirl as I danced with the bride to the rest of Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).’
I love weddings, especially June weddings. With summer fast approaching, my daydreams are filled with images of breathtaking outdoor weddings under the sun. Though there’s a certain etiquette to being a bride, bridesmaid, mother of the bride, etc. no one really tells you what to do or wear when you are just a guest at a wedding. Well, that’s all about to change.
Being a guest at someone’s wedding is just as much of an honor as being in the wedding, but with less responsibilities. Be sure to look fabulous by dressing appropriately for the theme, venue, and time of day. When with the bride and groom, don’t steal their spotlight. But, being the center of attention at your table or on the dance floor is fair game. Though catching the bouquet is always fun, you up your chances of being the next person to get married by hobnobbing with as many cute guys in the reception as possible.
What to Wear to an Afternoon Summer Wedding:
Just because I have yet to be invited to a wedding this summer, doesn’t mean that I can’t start planning my outfit.
1. Miss Selfridge Mint Lace Skater Dress: So cute and whimsical! This dress is also conservative enough to get the nod of approval from the grandparents who are bound to be at the wedding without being matronly.