...Pink and Gold. Sort of! I was recently bridesmaid at the wedding of one of my dearest friends, the Other V, and here is what I wore. The theme was pink and gold but I was given quite a large amount of freedom to interpret that - my friend was a very modern and open-minded bride - hence this dress in a digital floral print with orchids in shades of pale rose and candy pink mixed with roses in a deep golden olive.
The Other V is Spanish and her parents, who I've met many times over the years, came over from Spain for the ceremony. Here I am with the proud Mother of the Bride resplendent in gold sequins and feathers. The Spanish don't do dressing up for weddings by halves!
The Other V and I met at Cambridge where we were both studying and were members of the same college, Trinity Hall, one of Cambridge's oldest colleges. She chose to get married in the college grounds with a reception in the picturesque college gardens, part of which is pictured behind me. That little door pictured above in the wall dates from about the twelfth century if memory serves me correctly.
I wanted to get a dress I would get some wear out of after the wedding ceremony so I quickly ruled out a dress that was too much like full on evening wear. I was always a big fan of Alexander McQueen and the historic references to previous eras the house incorporates into modern designs. I loved the drama of the corsetry and pannier hips in this McQ dress but at the same time the unusual modern floral print means it could be dressed up for evening, or down for daytime events and garden parties.
Although it wasn't a traditional Spanish wedding as such there were a few lovely Spanish touches thrown in on the day. I got to wear a flower in my hair as if I was going to a Spanish feria. I wore large flamenco style earrings in pink and gold which I bought to go with the dress. I found out some time afterwards that they were actually designed by a Spanish jewellery designer.
The Mother of the Bride also bought me a lovely present of an elaborately painted, carved wooden fan, a lovely traditional touch I thought. Although she hadn't seen my dress beforehand the colour of the fans painted flowers matched it exactly! With fan, flowers, big earrings and coiffed curly hair all in place the Mother of the Bride marvelled that I looked just like the flamenco dancing Andalusian I regularly pretend I am. "Que Jerezana te has puesto!" she exclaimed when she saw me (I'll take that as a compliment!).
And here is the blushing bride, the Other V, resplendent in pale cream lace and a carved wooden white fan of her own. She made a truly beautiful bride! I shall have to post on the nuptials in more detail in another post. We were both grateful for the fans in the end because the Spanish touch extended to the weather - it was absolutely roasting that day, with gorgeous sunshine and delicious afternoon heat, just perfect for a wedding.
Linking up to Monday Bloom over at DC in Style where there is a wedding guest theme this week and Verizon Voices Fashionista Style Hop over at Modly Chic.
Bridesmaid Dress: McQ; Pink suede heels: Alexander McQueen; Earrings: Anton Heunis; Embroidered Clutch: Kate Moss for Topshop via Ebay