So a little less than a year ago, I posted some early pictures of dress choices for our wedding. Of course, I knew at the time that there would be more than one (or even two) dresses, since Asian weddings just don’t work that way. Combine that with my wardrobe mistress background and the help of several lovely attendants, and you have a costume change wedding. Selected photos from the event and some dress pictures, mostly because people have asked. I’m still in the process of putting up the official gallery website with all the guest photos, so hopefully this will buy me some time until that’s set up 🙂
Dressed for the civil ceremony the day before. There’s a poofy petticoat under that dress that made it VERY difficult to get into the front seat of the car.
On the way to the reception. T was totally rockin’ that morning suit.
Front of the church gown.
Side of the church gown.
Back of the church gown. There was a tie-up ribbon to turn the train into a bustle, but it proved so hard to find in the rush of the day that we never used it.
The veil. Which managed to go flying out of my hair at one point, but was thankfully saved.
A comfy little satin shrug, because there was no way I was going strappy in October.
Side of the shrug. This was also great because it went well with all three white dresses.
Back of the shrug.
The whole retinue outside the church after the ceremony.
An awesome shot of my gorgeous bridesmaids.
This was the same short asymmetrical dress I used for the civil ceremony, sans the petticoat. It was dubbed the “dinner dress” because it was the only one that I could comfortably move around in without tripping, which was important while making our way back and forth from the food tables.
Front of the dinner dress, without the shrug.
Side of the dinner dress.
Back of the dinner dress.
Then we had the Chinese tea ceremony part of the evening.
Front of the tea ceremony gown. Red is the color for weddings in China and Taiwan.
Side of tea ceremony gown. Yes, that slit does go really high up on the thigh. I totally had garter belt showing.
Back of the tea ceremony gown. That’s a phoenix pattern on the jacquard, if you’re wondering.
Then we had the dancing portion of the evening.
Front of the dancing gown. I also love this one because it’s totally re-wearable for many other occasions.
Side of the dancing gown. It was really fun because those chiffon strips moved when I twirled.
Back of the dancing gown. This was by Sue Wong, and the only designer garment I actually bought.
Me, T, and my family at the end of the evening. On later reflection, I should probably have had T change into white tie for the latter part of the reception, but that would have probably been too fussy for him.
A shot of my bouquet.
A shot of the Irregular Choice platforms that nearly stole the show.
They matched the colors of my dresses so well that I nearly fell out of my chair when I first saw them.
I loved what Nicki did with my hair. And how well it lasted all day!
The wool Lolita coat to go over all of the dresses as the night wore on.
It had to have a full enough skirt, in case I was wearing one of the petticoats at any time.
Love the corset detailing on the back of the coat, though we didn’t have time to proper corset lacing on it.
It also had a cute detachable capelet!
I full plan to wear this out again at some point.
It also came with detachable faux fur trim.
Which probably is a bit over the top, even for me.
Then again, this IS Finland, so fur doesn’t raise eyebrows nearly as much as anywhere else.
The cute printed lining of the coat.