Readers, thank you!
It's not often that one receives advice from more than a hundred of one's closest friends, but so many of you came through for me about what I should wear to my friend's wedding. And I listened!
Let me preface this by saying that my friend David knows me extremely well. In response to yesterday's post, David himself responded on Facebook that he was excited to see what I chose to wear. He was into it. Also, his now-husband, Howard, who's British, wore a crystal-encrusted Indian sherwani, so I wasn't in any danger of outshining him. He literally glittered!
Here is the happy couple, David and Howard.
This was the most memorable wedding I have ever been to. Part of what made it so meaningful was that, for legal reasons, David and Howard have had to wait eleven years to get married. (I met Michael only a few months before David met Howard.) Also I've known David for nearly forty years -- a long time -- so we have a lot of shared history.
The space, 54 Below (the basement of what was once the famed nightspot Studio 54) is lovely; the officiant made the ceremony intimate, moving, and extremely funny, and there was even a live performance by cabaret artist Liz Callaway. Also marvelous food and drink!
So what did we WEAR, already?
I made the crosswork puzzle shirt, of course; the jacket and pants are his.
And here I am:
As you can see, I opted for the suit, but without the black tie (or hat). We probably both would have benefited from white (or light) shoes, but it is before Memorial Day after all.
The response to my outfit was, frankly, tremendous. The compliments started with strangers on the subway ride up, countless passersby on the street, and just about everyone I met at the wedding. People seemed blown away by the suit, particularly the Brits (who were more than half the attendees at the event). When they asked where I'd purchased it and I admitted I made it, they nearly hit the floor. When they heard it was a vintage 70's Springmaid bedsheet from the Salvation Army -- well you can imagine. Michael's shirt also drew raves. If I had my own custom clothing business, I could have drummed up quite a bit of work.
|With brilliant officiant Barbara Ann Michaels|
But truly, readers, so much of the credit goes to you. Those who were rooting for me to go with the full-on floral gave me a new-found confidence. And those who warned me not to successfully fueled my defiant side. So thank you ALL!
In closing, I was blown away by the whole wedding experience. Will Michael and I ever get married? Maybe it's time to start scouting out more floral bedsheets!
Have a great day, everybody!