by Maggie Sefton
(Granddaughter Natale on the left beside Daughter Christine
and Granddaughter AnaSofia below)
At last! After three day-long trips to department stores and bridal salons in Northern Colorado and Denver, I finally found a "Mother of the Bride" outfit I like. :) It's a good thing I actually like shopping and going into stores and salons and talking with personnel. If I didn't enjoy the experience of "The Hunt, " I would have thrown in the towel after the first couple of days. But I had a certain type of outfit in mind, and I was determined to find it. So, there's a lot to be said for Tenacity.
In case I haven't mentioned it before (she says, smiling), my daughter Serena is getting married this coming April, consequently I had to begin The Hunt early. Wedding, bridesmaid, and Special Occasion dresses take several weeks to be delivered after ordering. Since it had been 25 years since daughter Christine's wedding, I completely forgot about those all-important "deadlines" that occur when planning weddings.
I had a re-introduction of sorts right before Christmas when I was back in Northern Virginia with family. Daughters Christine and Maria plus my 16-year old granddaughter Natale had made appointments at an area Alfred Angelo bridal salon to try on bridesmaid dresses. And youngest granddaughter AnaSofia got to try on Flowergirl dresses, too. It was great fun to watch. :)
Bride-to-be Serena told her three sisters (Christine, Melissa, Maria) and niece Natale that they could each choose whatever style they wished, but the colors all had to be Claret (wine). You can see from these photos I took that each one of them chose a different design. Some long, some short. Daughter Melissa in Manhattan just ordered her dress but she hasn't let on which one she chose. (Granddaughter Natale---right)
Serena is also keeping her wedding gown a secret, but I will get an early peek when her first fitting is scheduled, perhaps in early March in Texas. As for my Mother of the Bride dress, I promise I'll post a photo once it's ready. But, I can tell you this. . . it's Cherry Red. :)