Sisters – brides’ best attendants. I was not blessed with any siblings, but my daughters are. The have three sisters, four girls in all. Above is one of my favorite photos of the girls together…ok…perhaps the photo below is my favorite. As my oldest, the bride in the photo below says, “This picture is the Original ” ‘Til Death Due Us Part’.” Yes it is…yes it is.
Or maybe my favorite is this photo…the day I became a mother-in-law for the first time…
But this must be my favorite of all…when my most recent son-in-law became my son. So what is the same about all these photos? The four girls in them. There will most likely be four weddings. We have had two already. Who will be the SAME in all the photos? Who will stand up at the ceremony, who will throw the showers, the bachelorettes, give the bride a hug when she is over-wrought? Her sisters. Who will grin and bear it when the bride has a melt-down and declares she is upset with all her bridesmaids, that no one is there for her? Who else will wear the ugly dress, shoes and her hair exactly like the bride wishes, without complaint? Her sisters.
So Brides To Be…if you are lucky enough to be blessed with sisters, always include them, always pull them in, always choose them above all others to be in your wedding. No one will ever be the biggest constant in your lives. No one..
So if it comes down to a college room mate, a childhood friend, a new friend or your sister. Always, always choose the girl who grew up with you, who shares your parents, who knows you best, and always will.
Sisters of the bride —
Everyone wants to give their children what they didn’t have. And in one way, I’ve done that. Yes, I have many wonderful women friends, and a “close as a sister cousin’, Kim — but I am an only child. My girls have each other. How many women can say they have THREE sisters? Not many. And while they can bicker with the best of them – they are close, and I truly believe, always will be.
Getting our KK ready for her ceremony was surely a family affair. All her sisters had something to contribute, whether is was Julia putting on KK’s “Something Borrowed” (my silver marquisette necklace and earrings in the top photo), to Tess adjusting her headpiece, (mine – worn at my wedding 32 years ago, and most recently by Maggie at her wedding last year — think I can talk Tess and Julia into wearing it in a few years at THEIR weddings??? – Hope so…) – To Maggie adjusting the final satin covered buttons in the photo above.
I love how our photographer hung KK’s dress in the windows and created this romantic view in the picture above. As I think I told you in a previous post, I was right behind Hannah, our photographer, snapping her artistic creations with my little iPhone. 🙂 You may not have seen it, but KK’s dress had a lovely train. If you have a train, you must have a bustle sewn in. It is an extra, to be added by only an expert wedding dress seamstress – and there are many types, depending on your dress and fabric style. Check out my post, Wedding Dress Bustles, for more detail!
And in our final photo, my four girls are together, posing happily with their sister. KK has often said she doesn’t really resemble her sisters, favoring her dad, my husband, more than I, but I don’t know…I think I see a likeness…what about you?
Photo creds: All Mary P Karnes