Weekend Reading: The People We Hate at the Wedding

June 9, 2017

Nancy McKeon

Sly, biting and at times tender, The People We Hate at the Wedding is a story of family dysfunction told hilariously. The perfect, cultured (and downright decent) Eloise is getting married, and half sister and half brother Alice and Paul…

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The Summer of 2017: What to Wear to a Wedding

May 16, 2017

Janet Kelly

…branches in DC, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Saloni’s dark floral print dress fills the bill for what to wear to an afternoon wedding late summer or early fall. $575, modaoperandi.com. The metal-plated belt accentuates the waist of this Halston Heritage jumpsuit….

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Weekend Reading: Standard Deviation

May 18, 2017

Nancy McKeon

…son’s wedding the next weekend to bulk out the number of guests—something to do with a lot of guests canceling at the last minute. “I don’t want to go to a wedding where I don’t know the people getting married,”…

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Summer Wedding Dress Code 2018

June 19, 2018

Janet Kelly

…summer wedding or three you’ve been invited to. Although the dress code on the invitation is likely not to be as specific as the one (“day dress and hat”) to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, and a fascinator will…

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Weekend Reading: Bertrand Court

September 8, 2016

Nancy McKeon

…before he can answer. Tad. She fiddles with her wedding band. He lost his in the gym locker room last spring and never bothered replacing it. And two weeks ago, when they dined at a pan-Asian restaurant with a big…

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Mother of the Bride Chronicles, Part II, In Which We Try a Four-Minute Facelift

March 31, 2015

stephanie cavanaugh

…what this does.” Perhaps I just need better training, but the only lemon I want to be sucking is at the wedding, in a gin and tonic. –Stephanie Cavanaugh More Mother of the Bride struggles coming up soon (before the wedding!)….

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Mother-of-the-Bride Chronicles, Part 1: Chasing My Chins

February 17, 2015

stephanie cavanaugh

…beard 40 years later. Does his wife know what’s under there? Meanwhile, I resemble a basset hound in a turtleneck, a situation that is reaching crisis level as my daughter’s April wedding approaches. To paraphrase Catherine Deneuve, At some point you…

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'Costuming The Crown' at Winterthur

April 30, 2019

Janet Kelly

…robe. Like the opening section, “Dressing the Part” includes well-known costumes, such as Elizabeth’s and Margaret’s wedding dresses and Prince Philip’s and King George’s military uniforms, replicated based on photographic records and film footage. To make Elizabeth’s 1947 wedding gown,…

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Weekend Reading, Chapter 14: Personal Happiness, National Tragedy

February 19, 2015

Nancy McKeon

vest. She didn’t want anything like a traditional wedding. Knowing I’d arranged my own three unorthodox weddings, she wondered if I would do one for her in France. I made a suggestion, which led to another and soon we had…

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'Downton Abbey' Doings

March 19, 2014

Nancy McKeon

…called for appropriate daytime frocks. Even wedding dresses of the era (far right) were more subdued than some of the Cinderella gowns seen today. Courtesy, Winterthur. Photography by James Schneck. Detail of a daytime dress worn to Lady Edith’s wedding….

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From Closet to Collection

May 27, 2015

Nancy McKeon

…her wedding to John Fitzgerald Kennedy.) / Photo courtesy of Hillwood. This modern dinner dress, made by Oldric Royce, Inc., New York, around 1960, is a variation on Post’s 1958 (fourth) wedding dress. / Photo courtesy of Hillwood. Thanks to…

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Green Acre #124: What Are Fronds For?

October 31, 2018

Nancy McKeon

wedding-reception centerpieces. A florist had given us a quote for what were really quite simple arrangements and after I scraped myself off the floor I thought, Surely there’s a more reasonable way . . . The wedding theme was a…

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Green Acre #24: Thinking Outside the (Window) Box

October 5, 2016

stephanie cavanaugh

…well, die. So I went online and hunted up fake boxwood, ordering five faux balls from a wedding-supply vendor. (Who uses fake flowers in wedding displays, I ask you? And then I answer, That would be me bedecking the gazebo…

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Hidden Treasure . . . for Almost 500 Years

November 7, 2019

Nancy McKeon

From the Musée de Cluny – Musée National du Moyen Âge in Paris, comes this wedding ring, the most technically accomplished example of goldsmith’s work in the Colmar Treasure. Its miniature dome and supporting arches mimic the imagined form of…

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Green Acre #201: Her Garden Makes Scents

June 17, 2020

Nancy McKeon

…gardenias in my bouquet, which horrified my ex-mother-in-law-to-be. “Oh no!” she said. “Don’t you know gardenias at a wedding are unlucky?” Why would I know that? I carried roses instead, though it didn’t matter, since the marriage was doomed before…

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Get Thee to a Fashion Exhibit This Summer

June 21, 2016

Janet Kelly

A 2013 haute couture wedding dress from Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel is the centerpiece of the Met’s “Manus x Machina” exhibit. Iris van Herpen’s dress with 3D-printed barnacles, seen in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts’ #techstyle exhibit. “Uniformity” at the…

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Weekend Reading: Pachinko

June 1, 2017

Nancy McKeon

…things for the winter. I’ll have to ask.” ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ The bride and groom met on their wedding day, and Yangjin had not been scared by his face. Three people in her village had been born that way. She’d seen cattle…

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Department Stores Were Us

April 30, 2020

Janet Kelly

…always crying). But the one I regret most has been gone quite some time: B. Altman & Co., Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. My great-grandmother bought the fabric for her daughter’s (my grandmother’s) 1906 wedding dress at Altman’s new Fifth…

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