Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sparkles galore!

Isn't this hat fabulous?

I know it must seem like I have forgotten about the part of "my world" that includes research, reaction and millinery.

Let me just say, no, I still very much love millinery, but a lot of other things have been going on lately.

Doing research on Mid Century Style for instance...

Witness: A vintage 1955 bridal gown, part of a historical gown display shown at the Salt Palace Convention center two blocks from our apartment.

Isn't it fun to see the "back then" style, including a picture of the 1955 bride herself?

A 1978 wedding gown...ah yes, the flounce at the bottom, full sleeves.
Yup, I'd recognize a bridal gown of that era anywhere.

Then there was a gown from just a few years ago. I looked closely at the hand sew flowers tucked on one shoulder and on the hip of the gown.

Wasn't this gown pretty? Apparently it was the gown worn by the daughter of the bride married in the 1978 era gown, who in turn was the daughter of the bride who married in the 1955 gown.

What fun to see the three eras represented.

Isn't it interesting to see how bridal fashions have changed over the years?
I wonder what bridal fashions will look like in the future?
Wonder what a Bride who is getting married, say, in late April of 2009 will chose to wear?
Maybe I should do a little research to see what I can find out.
I'll start by asking a future bride about what she plans to wear.

Maybe it is too soon to really know the answer to that question.

Less than 24 hours after becoming engaged on January 9th 2009 really is a tad soon to be sure of exactly what kind of dress one will be wearing on one's wedding day four months from now in April.

I'm not sure about what kind of dress she will be wearing, but I do know this:
This particular soon to be bride is about to become my daughter-in-law!

Rachel and Jeff...
Seven months ago they met at church.
They fell in love...they prayed...they considered....
they agreed that they want become one in the sight of man and God.
It will be a church wedding in her home town of Santa Rosa California.
We'll have to wait till then to see what kind of dress this 2009 era bride will be wearing.

As well as what kind of cake will be served, and flowers, and invitations and music...things that seem to change with each passing era.

At least the most important part of the bridal wear has already been donned.

The most important part.

The one thing that makes bridal gowns of any era so delightful:

The bride-to-be's smile.

The distinctively radiant smile of joy.

Congratulation Jeff on choosing a lovely bride to be.
Rachel: thank you for agreeing to marry our son!
God blessing on you both and all your upcoming wedding plans!


Anonymous said...

Jill, thanks for capturing the wonderful photos of the events. I look forward to future posts and the exciting times ahead. And yes, blessing to both Rachel and Jeff. B

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way to announce Rachel and Jeff's engagement! Yes, I think she has the bride's sparkle down pat. I'm looking forward to hearing about all the upcoming festivities!

Wow...a new home and a new daughter-in-law this year! May this be a year of many blessings for you all.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! Congratulations to your son and your future daughter-in-law :)

Dawn said...

Let the planning begin!
She will be a stunning bride.

I had to do a double take when I read Rachel and Jeff...since my Rachel is married to her Jeff.

Lovella ♥ said...

Oh Jill, such a delightful post. . I was thrilled to meet your future dil by the pictures. She looks so delighted with her sparkly new ring and oh I can't wait to see what dress she'll pick, whatever, I'm sure it will be stunning on her.
Many blessings on Jeff and Rachel as they prepare for their life together.
Oh and my mils dress was so close to the lace 1955 dress.

Judy said...

How exciting is that? 2009 is the beginning of many new things in your life. Many blessings to your son and future DIL!

And...I'm wondering if we'll be seeing the hat the mother-of-the-groom will be wearing?

Anonymous said...

How exciting this year is going to be for you - and congratulations to Jeff and Rachel! Lori T

Marie Christopher said...

Congratulations to all! And I love those three bridal dresses -- proper dresses for lovely brides.

Unknown said...

I think everyone has said my sentiments exactly already! Congratulations to all of you--you and Bernie, proud in-laws to be; and Rachel and Jeff in their pre-wedding bliss!

Vee said...

What a surprising twist this post took! Congratulations to you on gaining a new daughter!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

I enjoyed the trip down memory (and pre-memory) lane with the bridal gowns. My fave is the last one, with the hand sewn flowers....gorgeous.

And so is your soon to be DIL. She looks so very happy too....congratulations to Rachel and Jeff.

Becky said...

Oh, Jill! She is beautiful!! Congratulations to Jeff, Rachel and you & your's!
Also, I loved see the historical gowns. Takes me back to that course I just took. I wore my Mom's 1955 wedding dress. It still hangs in the closet, unfortunately, with a stain. I hope that the wedding plans go well,and that this is time of rejoicing for a very long, long time!

Kate said...

Oh how lovely!!! I'm so happy for you and Jeff and your whole family. What a great way to begin the New Year. Mazeltov indeed! K Q:-)

PhantomMinuet said...

I really like the cake. And your little snowflake effect is freaking me out every time I come to you blog. %-)

Anonymous said...

Congrats to all of you!! I didn't know! Again, what a wonderful announcement!

Virginia in Texas

Anonymous said...

We are happy for Jeff and Rachel. The ring is beautiful. Jeff made a good choice of rings. Rachel will be a lovely bride. They are a good looking couple. We are looking forward hearing any further news about the newly engaged couple and the continuing progress on your new home. Love, mom S.

Anonymous said...

From Gail in Colorado Springs
Congratulation to Jeff and Rachel! May the Lord bless you with a love that only grows stronger with every year. Jill and Bernie and Laura congratulations to you too for gaining a new member of your family!

Julie said...

Ohh Jill ! I never guessed where your 'innocent' lead in was heading !!!
I'm sooo excited for you!
Congratulations to the happy couple and to YOU, Jill!
Rachel looks like a gem and a keeper!
I pray God's ricest blessings on them as they prepare for their wedding and Rachel will be a beautiful bride no matter what 'vintage' or 'modern' gown she chooses!!