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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Floral dresses and family wedding fun

I am extremely behind on blogging due to difficulties with brain fog, physical and mental fatigue, and depression. I seem to be slowly getting my mojo back now though (praise the Lord!), and have finally been able to work out a feasible routine that enables me to get a tiny bit of writing done each day, so I am determined to catch up over the coming months. I have so much to write about!
After my last post I thought it would be fun to blog about the last couple of weddings I attended and what I chose to wear.

These blogworthy weddings were those of relatives that took place in December 2013 and March 2014. I told you I was behind on blogging!

I will not be sharing photos of brides though as I haven’t asked for their permission and I just don’t feel right about posting them on a public site.

My Uncle’s Wedding, December 2013

My uncle had a stunning, small and intimate outdoor garden gazebo wedding. Fortunately the weather was glorious – not too hot, not too cold.

It was such a bright and cheery summer wedding with a short and sweet ceremony, surrounded by gorgeous flowers and magnificent trees which provided a perfect romantic setting. It was just a lovely place to celebrate, enjoy some finger food, and have a laid back afternoon outdoors with family and guests.

I thought it would be appropriate to wear the latest addition to my wardrobe, a Jump floral print dress from Myer. It caught my eye while I was flicking through Myer’s spring catalogue a couple of months prior to the wedding, and I decided to order it online.

When it arrived I immediately fell in love with the soft pleats and its slimming effect. Given that Humira caused me to gain a fair bit of weight, making me feel frumpy, I wanted to wear a dress that made me feel fabulous. This dress did the trick.

It concealed all of my problem areas while retaining a classic and feminine fit. I received compliments and some of my confidence back. It was the perfect dress for a garden wedding.
My mumma got a new dress too. Floral dresses are the best kind of dresses.
While I was confident with my choice of dress, I wasn’t too happy with my choice of makeup. I foolishly decided to forgo a practise makeup run and wing it on the day; a very bad choice considering I had to get up and get ready early when my brain usually doesn’t function at its best. In addition to brain fog I also had to battle a bad feeling sick/fatigued day. This combination heavily contributed to a slapdash job of my makeup.

You think I would have learnt by now to seriously take these things into consideration, but no. Sometimes I still think like the old healthy me did.
In hindsight, given how pale I was that day, I think it would have been better to ditch the red lipstick. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful day I enjoyed celebrating.

My Auntie’s Wedding, March 2014

I was ecstatic about my auntie’s wedding. She has been through a lot, so it was beautiful to see her so radiant with joy on her special day. I am very happy that she finally met the right man to marry and spend the rest of her life with.
The lead up to the wedding was super exciting. I really enjoyed going wedding dress shopping with my auntie and mother and helping pick out a dress; it was such a special experience.

My auntie settled on an elegant dress with a beautiful buttoned train, which wasn’t the type of dress she had in mind, but it just suited her so perfectly.

I also worked very hard on putting together a handmade wishing well and couldn’t wait to give my auntie and new uncle a beautifully decorated table where guests could leave their gifts and well wishes.

It was the biggest and most challenging craft project I have undertaken, but I had a lot of fun planning and making it. I put a lot of time and love into it as it was a special, one of a kind wedding gift from me.

I took great delight in contributing to their wedding in a small way; it gave me a purpose and made me feel useful for a change.

The wedding was held at Nathania Springs, a venue nestled in the Dandenong Ranges. It was a typical chapel ceremony followed by a convenient on-site reception.

Doesn't my mother make a gorgeous bridesmaid?!
The chapel and reception rooms were nice enough, although a little too dark for my liking. The forest backdrop, however, did provide a tranquil atmosphere, and the chandeliers in the chapel added a nice romantic touch. Outside was picturesque and perfect for photos.

I was really impressed with the service at this venue. I thoroughly enjoyed the reception; the speeches were beautiful as was the food, too. Inevitably I overindulged as the dazzling selection of warm and cold desserts made it impossible not to. I even had some sparkling wine which is a rare occurrence.

I always feel like such a rebel when I do have alcohol given how many of my medications come with the warning label: THIS MEDICINE MAY INCREASE THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL. But I know I am usually fine with one glass on occasion; I just can’t make drinking a regular social habit (which is probably a good thing!).

As this was another family wedding, I didn’t want to wear the same dress that I wore to my uncle’s wedding. Wearing the same dress for family wedding photos is a no-no in my book. And besides, to my surprise, I managed to lose weight before my auntie’s wedding, so the Jump dress was a couple of sizes too big anyway.

I had to find a new party dress.
Initially I wanted to find a stunning semi-formal maxi dress to wear as I wanted to hide a stubborn uneven tan line on my shins from the summer. I looked in a few stores and didn’t find a dress that I was happy with.

As I wasn’t up for hours of dress searching, and considering that there wasn’t as much choice with maxi dresses, I decided to get the next shorter length dress I liked and apply fake tan to disguise the tan line.

So as a reward for my weight loss I treated myself to this chic, figure flattering, summery ‘Grace’ dress from a Review clearance outlet. It was my first purchase from Review and I was elated.

I had been wanting to buy a dress from the store for many years and actually wanted the Grace dress when it first came out, but for some reason I decided to wait until I lost some weight.
When I walked into the outlet store I wasn’t expecting to find the Grace dress as I knew it was an older style that had probably sold out. So I was very surprised to find it on the first rack of dresses that I looked at, even though there were only two sizes left.

One size that was left was a few sizes too big for me. The other size left was my pre-sick dress size and I thought I would be certainly pushing my luck to have it fit me. But I decided to try it on anyway, just on the off chance that it did fit.
I nearly squealed in the changing room as I was completely shocked and over the moon to find that I could finally fit back into my pre-sick dress size again! It was just meant to be. I am convinced that God saved that dress especially for me.

I’m glad that I waited until I lost some weight and didn’t have to pay full price as it made the purchase more special and exciting. It’s a dress I am now proud to have in my wardrobe. It reminds me of how far I’ve come and how much I have overcome. It gives me hope.
To conceal my pesky tan line I first tried fixing it myself with some tanning lotion, but unfortunately the tan turned out too blotchy, so I scrubbed it off and resigned myself to the fact that I needed professional help.

I ended up opting for a Tuscan Spray Tan at my local beauty salon. I took a risk and got sprayed the day before the wedding.
While I was excited about getting my first professional tan, I was also a little worried that it would turn out orange and that I would have to go to the wedding looking like an oompa loompa.

But I was right to trust my beautician, the tan was amazing! I was very happy with the colour; it wasn’t the slightest bit orange and it looked really natural.

I loved how it made me look slightly slimmer and feel more confident. I didn’t blind anyone with my pastiness or look washed out in photos for a change. It was definitely worth getting a professional Tuscan Tan.

Oh I do enjoy getting glammed up.
After my auntie’s wedding I found myself feeling a little sad that her big day was all over, as I had been excited about it for months and then, suddenly, there wasn’t much to look forward to.

However, I also do like that the weddings I have to attend are few and far between, as they exacerbate my symptoms and take me weeks, and sometimes even months to fully recover from.

*** FYI: this is not a sponsored post


tigerlille said...

Hello Emily,

I have several autoimmune diseases which result in symptoms that are largely similar to yours, and have recently started a new medical treatment which has helped a lot, so I wanted to suggest it to you. Last summer I started seeing a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and have been getting weekly acupuncture treatments. What I have learned is that TCM is really good for autoimmune diseases, an area which western medicine sort of fails with. They diagnose and treat according th their very complex theory of medicine, so you have to let go of the notion of being treated for specific western diseases, and let them treat your symptoms, many of which they can actually heal. TCM & acupuncture are also fabulous for pain relief. In the past few months I have become significantly more flexible, and my body has started working properly again. It is not an instant fix; the longer your illness and severity of symptoms, the longer you will need treatment, but we are talking in terms of months here, not years. Also, after treatment I am exhausted for a day or two, again in proportion to the length and severity of illness. They should be able to treat your chronic headache as well. I hope you will give it a try, and if you have any further questions, I will be happy to answer them. This is the first treatment in decades of illness that has helped me. Best of luck--

zerry ht said...

How lovely wedding pictures!! Your outfit was truly gorgeous. You know I also have such floral attire on my sister’s engagement party. She had a grand party at the Chicago event space. We all had so much fun in the party.

Emily said...

tigerlille: Hello! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me, it's so thoughtful of you. Unfortunately I haven't had much luck with acupuncture but I will defintitely be looking into chinese herbal medicine and consulting with my naturopath. I am thrilled to hear of your success and hope things continue to get better and better for you. Thank you for reminding me that there is hope for improvement.

zerry ht: Thanks a lot, and congratulations to your sister!

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