Style Notes: An Evening Wedding in Westchester, New York

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The older I get, the more rules and regulations I learn about weddings, bridal showers, and the like.  I never knew there were so many “rules” attached to functions that are meant to be fun and celebratory!  Of course I know the obvious, such as “Don’t wear white to a wedding,” but I’d never heard that you could not wear white to a bridal shower either!  I learned that the hard way when I showed up to a bridal shower this year in white bottoms and a white top thinking I was cute, only to be met with confusing frowns.  I overheard someone talking about someone else clothed in all white.  Hahaha.  Luckily for me I was in from out of town, travel bag in tow, and was able to change – immediately!  As much as I study fashion, I’m sorry, I can’t keep up with all of the rules.  The way I think about fashion is; fashion is not fashion unless rules are broken!  But let’s be real;  there is something very romantically fashionable about keeping traditions on certain occasions, not to mention that rules sometimes allow you to stretch your fashion imagination even further. :)

Anyway, with rules aside, I love weddings.  I was invited to a wedding this weekend held at an upscale location, the Glen Island Harbour Club, in New Rochelle, NY.  The Glen Island Harbour Club is a dreamy location to tie the knot.  This place has mastered the idea of bringing outside elements of the Long Island Sound and uniting them with fabulously outfitted indoor ballrooms joined together by floor-to-ceiling windows.  The scenery of watching two people join in holy matrimony behind a setting sun while guest sit comfortably indoors is priceless, especially during the tail end of August.  This particular wedding made the moment even more romantic with the addition of a releasing of doves.  Very special.  Even more so because I didn’t have to get up out of my seat to go outside to watch.  Here’s a stamp for amazing structure and fabulous wedding planning!

So what do you wear to an evening wedding that happens behind the setting sun along the Long Island Sound?  What are the rules?  For all invitees paying attention, the couple set the color tone in their invitations.  The silver invitations lined in a dark plum foreshadowed bridal party colors.  The bridal party was sweet and small (Ain’t nobody got time for a 24 person bridal party), consisting of three Bridesmaids and a Maid-of-Honor, along with a Best Man and three Groomsmen.  The ladies wore long, strapless flowy plum-colored dresses with a sweetheart top.  The men wore traditional tuxedos with purple accents.  The bride wore a beautiful fishtail bottom strapless sweetheart dress with a corset laced back, and her groom wore a silver tuxedo with black trimmings.  Gorgeous and handsome.   The guests wore cocktail attire, women in shortened cocktail dresses and men in button downs, ties, and slacks.  As generally expected in an evening wedding, a lot of women wore darker colors including little black dresses, a widely accepted fashion statement at an evening wedding (It’s almost a rule, but not quite).  I of course had to go against the grain with a brightly colored cocktail dress that gave me issues all night in the top area but was fab nonetheless!  Check out some of the style stamped, super chick ladies in attendance!

The beautiful bride!!

The beautiful bride!!

 

 

 

Beautiful black and white patterned dress with red shoes! Stamp.

Beautiful black and white patterned dress with red shoes! Stamp.

 

 

Cute LBD with leather trim and open toe shoes. Beautiful smile. Stamp!

Cute LBD with leather trim and open toe shoes. Beautiful smile. Stamp!

 

Here is another LBD, with a wonderful front neck split played down by a chunky gold necklace and matching belt.  Black and gold will get a stamp every time!

Here is another LBD, with a wonderful front neck split played down by a chunky gold necklace and matching belt. Black and gold will get a stamp every time!

Beautiful Bridesmaid!  I love the way this dress fits so perfectly on her. Hair, makeup, skin-tone, dress, color, all perfect!

Beautiful Bridesmaid! I love the way this dress fits so perfectly on her. Hair, makeup, skin-tone, dress, color, all perfect!

 

 

 

I love this flirty lace LBD. And the shoes are super cute! Cheers to 1920s fashion reincarnated.

I love this flirty lace LBD. And the shoes are super cute! Cheers to 1920’s fashion reincarnated.

 

No rules for fabulous and pregnant here!  The stylish Maid-of-Honor :)

No rules for fabulous and pregnant here! The stylish Maid-of-Honor :)

 

 

The LBD is a staple, and must have. We know this. But in this instance, it comes in handy for post-pregnancy, 10 days to be exact. Go girl!

The LBD is a staple, and must have. We know this. But in this instance, it comes in handy for post-pregnancy, 10 days to be exact. Go girl!

 

I chose to brighten things up, as always, with some black bow D'Orsay pumps and Kate Spade's "Normandy" dress.  Not particularly fitted for those of us with more blessings up top but I loved it anyway! It had pockets. Of course I loved it. :)

I chose to brighten things up, as always, with some black bow D’Orsay pumps and Kate Spade’s “Normandy” dress. Not particularly fitted for those of us with more blessings up top but I loved it anyway! It had pockets. Of course I loved it. :)

 

 

Simple jewelry at weddings is a rule. Lol

Simple jewelry at weddings is a rule. Lol

 

I love to wear at least 4-5 chunky bracelets at a time. Tone the jewelry down for special events.  You'll survive.

I love to wear at least 4-5 chunky bracelets at a time. Tone the jewelry down for special events. You’ll survive.

 

 

 

 

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