As always, we had a wonderful week in New York City. I won’t start blathering on again about how much I love it, because repetition. There was a little extra magic this time, though, because we renewed our wedding vows.
The light had already faded by the time we got fancy, so the pictures are not all I had hoped for in clarity. But they do capture the moments and make me smile. I had agonized over a dress, to the point of frustration and even a tear or two. By the time I got super-serious about it, it was too late, and nothing could be ordered! (I’ll give myself a pass in that my external fixator wasn’t removed until late September, so I couldn’t try anything on.)
So I shopped my closet for this charming 1950’s satin dress. You can’t see the seaming details here, but they’re figure-defining. The waist is small and the skirt is full, aided by a crinoline. Although I didn’t find a “dream dress,” nothing about the event was diminished. My sister, who had shopped with me for dresses, texted me this and and made everything perfect: “No matter what you decide on you will be beautiful. Esp in Sandy’s eyes and that’s all that matters. Xo”
The Art Deco necklace was my grandmother’s, from her wedding in the early 1920’s. The pale teal gloves were via Amazon, and came in handy for the evening’s chill. I’m wearing a faux-pearl and crystal tiara, but my hair hides it.
Outside of our apartment, some kind passers-by took this pic. My handsome guy! I borrowed a real fur (not something I promote, but this one is from the 1960’s). Flowers from the corner bodega.
We changed our ceremony location to Washington Square Park, where we we were blessed with the music of an excellent street musician; he played Estrellita, a Spanish love song. Lucky to have the statue of George Washington over us, and the sculpture by Ai Weiwei at our side.
A night of magic and sweetness. And here’s one of my favorite lines from our vows:
Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.
Stay fabulous, and long live love, xo
In case you’re looking for an exquisite alternative ring, check out this stunning piece by a Japanese artist and sculptor, and husband of a dear friend:
And some dress-up pieces I love: