When my friend Adrienne sent me a picture of the pair of shoes that were her Christmas present this year, my immediate response was, “those are event shoes… you must be going to a ball.”
It turned out to be better than that: Adrienne and her fiancé Tom had secretly tied the knot.
On Christmas Eve, under sleeting DC skies, accompanied by only their parents (with an in-home cameo by Buddy, their dog) they stood under an umbrella at the DC War Memorial and pledged their vows to each other.
My first question was not how did you pull this off or how long had you planned this secret event but, of course, “what did you wear?”
The bride was stunning in an ivory one-shouldered Tadashi Shoji dress, protected against chilly temperatures by a classic winter white J. Crew coat. For a subtle nod to the holidays, Adrienne added the aforementioned festive green pumps, while the groom donned equally fun green socks. Emerald brooches adorned her coat.
Hair done up by not only the best stylist but the best secret-keeper in town (how my long-time hair stylist Mickey Bolek didn’t confide in me that he was doing Adrienne’s wedding hair when I popped into his salon the day before the blessed event, I do not know) the bride looked gorgeous.
As Adrienne demonstrated, one does not need to spend a fortune to look fantastic on her wedding day. She could wear the dress to a black tie event in the future, but if she doesn’t, pangs of guilt should never plague her as they do many a bride who overspends on a wedding gown. I expect her emerald shoes to get repeated use and of course, the coat is a classic. But most importantly, the memory of the lovely elegance of this day will last an eternity.
Closet Stylist – Chelsea Henderson
Photography Credit: Jessica Shepard