Mother-of-the-Bride Dress

January 7th, 2015

My daughter Kira got married in November of 2014 (you may have seen my blog about her vintage dress).   I’ve shopped with mothers’ and for myself for Mother-of-the-bride/groom dresses.   I realize some brides want the mother of the groom and mother of the bride to be dressed to the brides desires.  This can be a rather difficult situation as the bride may have one thought and the mothers’ are uncomfortable dressing as the bride prefers.  I was lucky, my daughter was relaxed about what we mothers’ wore and left it up to us.  However, when choosing a dress I did take into consideration the following:

A. I didn’t want to upstage the bride or “stick out”,  rather be a compliment to the wedding party.

B. I chose to dress with a specific detail from my daughters dress, again not to stand out rather to dress in the style of the wedding yet with the elegance she wanted to express for her theme.

C. I wanted to dress comfortably and express who I am.

D. Last but not least I was NOT going to dress like so-called mothers-of-the brides dressed from years ago, who doesn’t recall the dreaded long dress with a sparkly jacket!

My daughter had lace, therefore I wore a subtle lace dress.  Her dress was off-white so of course no off-white or whites which would’ve made me be equal color-wise to my daughter.  It was her day to shine, not mine.  Black for my dress seemed  dreary and had I worn a navy dress I would’ve matched the bridal party.  Therefore I chose a deep raspberry color since Kira had raspberry colors in her bouquet.  I wore vintage earrings and a vintage bracelet from my mother-in-law to bring in the era of Kira’s vintage wedding dress.

Voila!   I felt I complimented the wedding party with my own personal style rather than stood out as I look back at the pictures taken.  If your son or daughter are getting married my suggestion is to understand the theme of the wedding.  Is it tremendously fancy?  What type of venue will the wedding and reception be held?  What style of dress is the bride wearing?  What colors are the bridal party wearing?   Those are a few of the questions I would ask of you when shopping for a dress for your child’s wedding.



The Bridal Party


Mothers of the Wedding Couple


My Daughter’s Vintage Wedding Dress

November 5th, 2014

Exquisitely Kira

My daughter Kira and I shopped for her wedding dress for approximately three days.  After trying on 150 dresses (a bit of an exaggeration), which needless to say, my daughter looked gorgeous in all, we were taken aback at the price tag.  I’m the first to say I love uniqueness and quality but put the word “wedding” in any sentence and the price soars!  Though the prices were exorbitant we always commented the way we could tweak this or that to make it perfect.  News Bulletin:  We are not the “Warren Buffets” of the world and I told my daughter she could build two or three closets for the price these dresses cost to wear for the day and use for a much longer time.   After much discussion I told Kira “none of these dresses expressed who she was.”  Kira’s always been the one to find vintage clothing and re-style it to her body and give it her unique artistic flair.    She agreed and began searching her grandmothers’ closets, thrift stores, Etsy and E-bay.  She purchased roughly 5 dresses from online that were possibilities, which are stored in my closet and soon to be resold.  Finally she came upon “THE DRESS” a 1960’s vintage dress by designer  “George William Cahill”.  She felt beautiful and unique in this dress purchased for $150.00.  Kira had the back altered to a low V and a bustle made for minimal cost.  After seeing Kira on her wedding day all I can say and think as a Mom and an Image Consultant: Exquisitely Beautiful…Exquisitely Kira.




WW II bomber designer to Wedding Dress designer

October 29th, 2014

“The Graduate” Katherine Ross

My daughter chose her Vintage Wedding dress designed by William Cahill.  Being the curious person I am I had to learn more about the man that designed Kira’s exclusive dress.

 Who was William Cahill?

William Cahill was born in 1918 and designed bombers during World War II as a member of the design team at Lockheed Martin.  Following the war Bill and his brother, John T. Cahill envisioned a business opportunity.  Many soldiers were returning from the war and abundance of weddings was anticipated.  His artistic talent shifted from designing airplanes to designing wedding gowns. William Cahill designs were used in motion pictures; most memorable was the 1967 movie, The Graduate.  New York socialites and Dallas Debutantes pursued his gowns.

A world-renowned wedding gown designer for more than four decades was considered the ‘King of Bridal’ during the 1940s to 1960s. His creations express a timeless elegance was designed with much attention to details and defined quality in bridal wear during this period with its use of exquisite fabrics and fine craftsmanship.

Gowns by Cahill dominated covers of Wedding Wear Magazines for three decades. Cahill gowns were considerably more expensive than most gowns back then. To be a Cahill bride really meant something, as it continues to this day.


Dress by William Cahill







Wedding Bells or Wedding Bills?

January 8th, 2014


My beautiful daughter Kira is getting married November 1, 2014.  Since October 2013 we’ve searched for THE PERFECT wedding dress.  We’ve hit Bridal Salons in Austin and Dallas.  While the gowns Kira tried have been gorgeous we almost gag when we see the price, plus trade huge stares and twisted mouths with one another before telling the salesperson “it just isn’t Kira’s style.”  As always we choose the most expensive dresses and she tries some that hugely over budget.  Why not dream before the nightmare hits?  The Bridal Salon treats us to a mimosa (believe me it’s ONE mimosa).  Had we been served more mimosas we would’ve purchased a dress on the spot.  Bridal Salons know how to hit the pocket closest to the heart.  After Bridal Salon 95 we looked at one another and questioned why buy a gown for 6 hours of wear for $2,000 plus dollars?  Myself being the accountant said “Kira you could build 4 closets for the amount you are paying for a dress that you will wear once.”  Ladies, correct me if I’m wrong, but how many of you have worn your wedding dress more than once or have your wedding dress displayed on your wall?  Where is it?  In the closet?

Over a few glasses of wine we talked about Kira being true to herself and what she wants to convey on her special day.  One of Kira’s special talents is buying and altering vintage clothing to enhance her body shape and more importantly to express her personal style.  It may be removing the sleeves, taking up the waistline or altering the neckline.  Quite honestly I’ve never seen a flop in her redesigns.  Kira has purchased a few dresses online that I can assure you will be THE ONE.

Some brides may feel it’s just as expensive or more of a hassle or don’t have the eye for design or know a great tailor.  It’s not for everyone.

Kira will spend approximately a fourth of what a new wedding dress costs and have a one and only unique design especially for her that will make her fiancé Larry cry because she’s ever so beautiful rather than cry for the cost of 4 closets he could have built.  Smart choice Kira!  Stay tuned for the unveiling of the dress in November 2014!



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