The Bride. Of course.
It was a great relief not to be faced with ANY bared bosoms, but that wasn't it. The bride and groom glowed with their love for one another and excitement in plighting their troth, but that wasn't it either. The best I can summarize it is that the hand of the Almighty was upon every detail of this day, and this was continually and publicly pointed out by those in attendance.
Why would the LORD God especially pour out His blessing on this wedding? I suggest because the hearts of the bride and groom and their parents have for a long time been devoted to loving Jesus Christ above any other. They have been willing to change the way they live in order to glorify God foremost. I saw this reflected in many small details. As the Scripture says, "...Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments," and, "By their fruits ye shall know them."*
*Psalm 112:1, Matthew 7:20
see here for BN photo]. We agreed that small buttons, tiny button loops, and nervous/hurried fingers were not a good combination. But Charmagne has a trick or two up her sleeve.
Another secret to preventing The Great Gape on a square neckline is to stitch one end of a strip of elastic to each corner of the neckline and the other to the corresponding side seam under the bust. These bands were hidden between the silk outer and the cotton lining, so I wasn't able to snap an illustration of this. The bands provide a subtle downward pull and thus keep the fabric close to your body. [More details on how to achieve this here.]
"I haven’t seen any of the wedding photos but I hope that some will capture the beauty of Charmagne’s wedding dress. It was a spectacular production. Charmagne designed and drafted the pattern and executed the dress in such a short time. It had a square neck, cap sleeves, princess lines at front and back.The dress was fitted around the bodice and then flowed out over a netted underskirt and ended in a curved train at the back. The skirt split at the front up to waist level to reveal a gathered netting fabric underneath. The split and train were all bordered by a braid containing a hint of gold. The dress itself was a white silk. The netting was curtain fabric – a hallmark in everything Charmagne creates. It always contains curtaining somewhere! Charmagne utilized a gold and crystal broach at the top of the split and sewed gold and crystal beads over the front of the dress in a spray pattern from the broach. It was all absolutely beautiful!"
Thank you, Genevieve!
If you'd like to read more about the ceremony and reception, click here and page down to entries from the 11th and 12th of September.
Who was there and what did they wear? Next week, more photos of the wedding and reception.