|Sadly, mini-Betty Keira didn't realize that she would peak so early with her sartorial aspirations...|
I don't remember watching the Royal Wedding--the first one when everything went so pear-shaped--but I vividly remember getting a new dress for my sister Debbie's 1980s wedding (I was five.). She went with yellow and, though my mom must have worked her fingers into bloody nubbins for weeks before to outfit the entire family in yellow, I only recall that it appeared out of nowhere and was the prettiest dress I'd had before or since; light buttercup yellow, wide white sash, puffed sleeves, an elastic neckline (that I would sometimes pull off my shoulders to look even more awesome) and a deep ruffle-y flounce at the top. I was gorgeous. And I remember, as clear as day, checking my bad self out in a mirror and thinking that with my short, feathered hair I looked just like Princess Diana. I couldn't have known then that she'd filch my dress...
Fast forward thirty years.
Am I watching the Royal Wedding? I am so watching the Royal Wedding. (But why, Betty Keira? Why?)
Can I summon up any nostalgia for the monarchy? I. Can. Not.
But do I have no shame?! Look. I'm a proud small 'r' republican (in which the people, or some significant portion of them, retain supreme control over the government), and would have proudly carried pails of hot rifle shot to the beleaguered Patriots at Saratoga, Ticonderoga, Yorktown. Heck, one of my ancestors was scalped by a 'dastardly Tory'!
|Molly Pitcher, hero of the Revolution, looks dashing in a full length Betsy Ross number of crimson muslin and white cuffs...|
But doesn't this imply that I have silly wish to be an actual princess? Look. Not really. Anyway, no more than watching the NBA playoffs would give a man the idea that he could actually have a pro-level turn around jump shot.
Here's the beginning and end of it for me: Kate is a babe. Wills has nice teeth. And the fashion! Great googly-bear! The hats alone are worth the effort.
So I'll spend the day in a media black-out, fingers pressed over eyes and plunged into ears and watch it as civilized and sane people do...Dressed to the nines with a fascinator and gloves. (Pictures to follow.)The media black-out was difficult. Next time we do a brunch or something.
Well, how gorgeous was that bride? Yes, very Princess Grace-y but just breathtaking. (And sleeves! Maybe this will make it easier for brides to find sleeves!) For me, I really liked the heavily religious nature of the service--sort of the antithesis to being married by a hippie on the beach (regrets to any I may offend by that remark)--but the formality never eclipsed the nice family wedding.
It was such fun to get together with like-minded (read: hopelessly silly) ladies. Betty Kylene made an unbelievably gorgeous hair accessory for the event...