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Guest Post – Mother of the Bride Speaks Out! (Part 1)


I would describe raising Jennifer Giglio as what I imagine it would feel like to compete in the bucking bronco competition at a rodeo! What a ride it was! But how happy I am now that I survived the experience for she has developed into a wonderful daughter and friend.  My friend, Peggy (Jenny’s adopted aunt), quoting Albert Camus, always said that what didn’t kill us would make us stronger and she was right. I’m a better person because of having Jenni in my life.

The thing I noticed about Jennifer when she first starting dating Alex was how CONTENT she seemed. Growing up for her was stressful, confusing and she was always driven, never seeming to be able to appreciate her accomplishments or the moment she was in. And, though she was certainly moving toward a more relaxed view of the world (for Jenni), when she found Alex she seemed more genuinely happy and at peace than I had ever seen her. As her mother, I’m so blessed that she has really begun to see and appreciate the person she, herself, is. It is clear that Alex and Jen really love each other and the fruit of their relationship is evidence of that.

My hope in thinking about your wedding, Jen and Alex, is that you will have the party of your lives! Don’t worry about pleasing everyone else — do what you WANT to do for and at the ceremony and reception. I made the mistake of not enjoying my guests to the fullest at my wedding reception (including an uncle I would never see again), leaving in a hurry to get to the “honeymoon” and I regret to this day missing that special time with the people I loved most in the world (many of whom had traveled to be there from afar). Wear what you want, have the ceremony the way you want it, sit where you want, stand where you want, eat what you want, etc. Don’t let anyone pressure you into doing something you don’t want to do on this special occasion. Once the planning and preparation is finished (on the day of the ceremony), just enjoy it. Nothing is perfect but if you can truly enjoy the experience, you will take these happy memories with you throughout the rest of your lives.

~Laurie Leblanc

* Laurie Leblanc is a chemistry professor at Cuyumaca College and a maker of beautiful things at Ivy Gate Cottage. Check out her lovely blog here.

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For the Love OS – Warm Hues


Here we go with the warm hued colors – Red, yellow, orange… etc.

These will work great for spring and summer weddings.

What the hell, they’ll work for winter and fall as well!

Screw the color rules, if you want an orange wedding in December or a black wedding in the summer, do it. The closer I get to mapping out my own nuptials the more aggravated I get with set precedence, with the dos and don’ts of this wedding fiasco.

It’s a party, pure and simple. That’s it- wear what you want, do what you want, eat what you want, invite who you want… End of story.

Let’s look at some bad-ass kicks!

These are gorgeous – kind of shiny, but nice and high with delicate straps. Available in green too!

Bottega Veneta Yellow Mirror Leather Wedge Sandal - $1030

She can do more than put her hair up in a perfect french twist, folks!

Ivanka Trump 'Bulbli' Pump - $124.95

Sorry – I am doing this in every color. I cannot help it!

Christian Louboutin red patent calf 'So Private 120' slingbacks - $572.40

All right, all right, so I like stripper shoes. So what? These shoes are hot (pun intended) and you know it. Prepare yourself for lame jokes if you wear these puppies. Yes, yes, I know my feet are on fire…

Teeze 5 3/4" Flame Stilettos

Pretty and pink. Lovely slingback platform.

Giuseppe Zanotti Patent Platform Slingback - $595.00

Cutesy Toots! Love the chunkiness and just how darn unique these little girls are!

Melt the Pavement Heel - $134.99

Couldn’t help it!

Jeffrey Campbell San-Diego - $127

Sophisticated and edgy, lovely splash of color and intrigue poking from beneath your white (or not so white dress). Don’t you think? I’d bring flats for the late hours of reception land!

Stuart Weitzman Lovechains Red Glazed Croc - $172.5

Cuties! Look totally comfy and just the right shade of spring yellow!

Lovely People Goldie - $69.97

Tips for wearing bright accent colored shoes:

  • You can get as funky as you want, but you always strive to look put together. If you accent with shoes, pop on a sash of a similar color, some bright glass jewelry or cocktail rings. Use a fun barrette or flower in your hair. Coordinate the shoes with a belt or your bouquet.Not matchy-matchy of course, but highlight like with like!
  • Bright colors tend to make you appear pale while white and muted colors may wash you out. You don’t have to fake bake or spray yourself Jersey Shore orange, just be aware of how colors will affect your pictures. Good lighting can work wonders!
  • This is a great way to tie your wedding party together, have everyone wear the same shoes or perhaps your maid’s sashes can match your shoes, the sky is the limit ladies!

Thanks for reading! Sorry there are no flats… I am short. I’ll try to give some lesser heeled options with cool hues, nudes or metallic… all coming soon!

~Jenni G.

**PS – click on the pics if you want to buy, this goes for yesterdays options too!

 

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