Having acquaintances in the adult industry means having all sorts of useless information at your fingertips. Did you for instance know that the subway scenes in most NY-produced porn flicks are usually shot at nighttime around 3AM, on the A train between 59th and 125th Streets? I am sure this giggly bride (pictured right), who had her wedding pictures taken on the uptown A the other day, on the aforementioned express stretch, had no idea...
Forget how tacky it is to have your wedding album shot in the MTA system, and in particular on the porn stretch of the A train. As I sat there snapping away with my pocket camera (that's right, I have no shame), I was actually more disturbed by her dress. Why do all brides have to look the same - like giant pastries? I will scream if I have to lay my eyes on another strapless wedding dress, ballroom style with a satin bodice, tulle skirt, embroideries at the bustline, and organza ribbon decorations... (well illustrated by the runway looks on the left and the '08 Bridal Market look at Atelier Aimee on the right)!
I find it odd that women who are usually at least somewhat fashion conscious will throw every little ounce of personal style out the window when it's time to select a wedding gown. Now when bridal fashion is becoming more and more stylish and diverse, there is no acceptable excuse for dressing like a generic 2000's Princess Di on your big day, rather than to instead choose a bridal gown that incorporates your personal fashion trademarks!
I am one of those girls who could not give a rat's ass about my wedding ring. Rocks don't excite me that much - but oh, how fashion does! There is no way I could ever opt for a wedding dress that did not reflect my typical day-to-day fashion choices. So what gives? A quick peek inside of my closet will reveal my insatiable love of black silk sashes on white or ivory frocks and coats, as well as 60s mod shift dresses and almost anything faux fur. Needless to say, I would be thrilled to tie the knot wearing any of the looks below, from Anne Barge, Kate Spade and DVF, respectively (with my hair down just like in the third picture, please). Yes, I am aware the second and third looks are not bridal per se. Who cares?
Moreover, I would probably not hesitate to schedule my wedding (if it will ever happen) during the winter season, so as to have an excuse for wearing a white, fuzzy coat or stole when walking down the aisle! Below: bridal winter look at Karen Sabag (try to ignore all the bling and the big poufy sash... it's the fur that I adore!), embroidered wool/mohair dress combo by Molly Spinach (modeled by yours truly... I am trying to keep pictures of myself at a minimum in here, but sometimes posting them is inevitable), 60s bridal vintage look at Dior.
Please note I was in no way born with this non-traditional attitude. At the age of 18, I was orchestrating three-day weddings in my imagination, and they were all about cathedrals, diamonds, Vera Wang-esque gowns, mile-long trains and veils.... now, on the other hand, I would really prefer to just slip into a lacy shift, walk over to one of the community gardens here in the East Village, exchange vows and then hit the nearest sidewalk cafe for a glass of Pinot. To me, a spontaneous, low-maintenance ceremony like that would be much more romantic and memorable than an event such as the one I was dreaming of as a teenager.
There would be no A train photo session, though! Aging might have replaced my appetite for romantic ruffles, princess tiaras and heirloom embroidery with a more casual and relaxed outlook on the "big day" - but I need to draw the line somewhere!!! :D
Man in a Can, 57th & Madison. - Because we all need a break now and then.
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