My cousin Amy would still have been a teenager when I got married back in 2010. I remember that she looked amazing in this gorgeous red dress – and that she came up to apologise to me at some point during the day, because nobody told her that the bride would be wearing red too.
Of course, it didn’t bother me in the slightest – it’s not like anybody was going to mistake us for each other – but I still thought it would be funny to reach out to her on Facebook ahead of her own wedding last month to let her know that I had picked out a yellow dress. Except I then showed up wearing mint, managing to confuse half of my family.
There was a good reason for it though. The yellow dress was actually my annual birthday party dress (if you remember, I like to buy myself a new dress to wear on my birthday each year) doing double-duty. But then SimplyBe got in touch with the offer of something new from their selection of occasion dresses to wear instead – and it would have been rude not to, right?
(So, funny story: I was crazy busy in the run-up to the wedding, and found myself so spoiled for choice on the SimplyBe website that I was really struggling to narrow it down. The gorgeous mint-coloured lace bodice dress I’m wearing in these pictures was actually chosen by my sister, three hours removed in a WhatsApp chat while I was reviewing the Take That concert at the Hydro. She always did have a better eye for these things…)
As I think I said last time I wrote about SimplyBe, theirs has never been a site that springs immediately to mind when I’m shopping for clothes. What that means is that every time I do visit, I’m staggered by all the options available. The site is really easy to browse, with a wide range of clothing, shoes, lingerie and accessories catering up to a size 32; and boasts a wide range of designer and high street brands as well as their own labels.
I’m not sure if I would ever have picked this dress out for myself: I always worry that below-the-knee skirts make me look shorter and bigger than I am, while a high neckline isn’t always the most flattering choice for the larger bust. But mint is one of my favourite colours to wear at the moment, and I trust my sister, so I was willing to give it a go. I actually sized up in this, based almost entirely on a review by another customer which included a photo of her looking absolutely bangin’ in the dress, but even then I was not prepared for just how comfortable a fit it would be and how good I would feel in it.
Pros: a swooshy skirt, figure-skimming silhouette and none of that horrible constricted feeling I can’t have been the only person to experience in her fancy dress after dinner. Amy and Allen, her husband, had laid on a Krispy Kreme donut buffet for the evening reception, and what a waste that would have been if I hadn’t been able to eat properly. Cons: absolutely none.
The shoes are also from SimplyBe*, and I anticipate getting loads of wear out of them this summer. The black and white floral pattern means they’ll go with just about everything, and they’re surprisingly wearable despite the chunky three-inch heel. I’m not a heel-wearer at all, but it was after dinner before I begged my brother to pick up some flats for me on a trip back to the house. The star halo crown had been on my Crown and Glory wishlist for the longest time, and the bag is an old one – but its pastel vintage radio vibes are the perfect accompaniment to just about any look.
At a little over a hour outside of Glasgow, Cornhill Castle Hotel was the perfect location for a wedding: gorgeous surroundings, great food and hospitality, and just far enough out of the city to have a little of the excitement of a “destination” wedding. I mentioned in my May round-up post that we made a weekend of it as a family by taking over the nearby Toftcombs Mansion House for a couple of days of wine, song and an unbeaten Celtic title run. Occasions like that don’t come around often enough, with everybody so busy and spread out throughout the country. But that’s not to take away from the wedding itself, which was such a perfect day full of gorgeous, personal touches; right down to tables named for special dates in Amy and Allen’s relationship and wedding favour portraits of their dog Oscar done in tablet.
Congratulations, Amy and Allen. I hope you find a little something in every day of your married life together that brings you the same joy as the first day of it did.
This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased.