Gwen’s social life is picking up this spring. Last weekend she was a flower girl in the wedding!
Gwen’s caregiver Elisabeth was the bride. The colors were black and white with red accents. Elisabeth wanted Gwen in a dress with a black bodice, a white skirt and some red trim somewhere. I went ahead and made a duplicate of last year’s prom dress using silk dupioni in black and white. It was very scary to be sewing that beautiful thin silk, but dupioni is surprisingly strong and nice to sew. Pin marks didn’t show on either color. It is imperative to zigzag or serge ALL raw edges because the stuff ravels. Fluffy black threads are still wafting around my sewing area.
For the red trim, I made a ribbon ladybug because Elisabeth’s mother has called her “ladybug” ever since she was a tiny preemie many years ago. The florist decked out the back of the wheelchair with white tulle, white ribbon and a cluster of red roses. We couldn’t get any smiles out of our usually happy girl. We thought it was because she was tired, but it turned out she was on the verge of being sick with a nasty virus.
OK- on to the pics! A view of the ladybug:
Gwen with her boyfriend Alexander, who served as the ring bearer. Gwen will be attending Alexander’s prom again this spring. She will wear the same dress but we will glam it up a little.
There were lots of kids in this wedding. Gwen and Alexander both needed escorts to get down the aisle. These handsome dudes (ages 5 and 6) did a great job. Gwen’s escort, J, is a pro at posing for pictures. Doesn’t he look suave in that tux? At the rehearsal I asked him what he was going to wear in the wedding. He said, “Fancy shoes!”
Gwen and Alexander were great attendants. They only made a little noise. Alexander’s mother and I were strategically seated on the front rows in case somebody got a little too rowdy but everyone behaved beautifully.
In the lobby after the ceremony. Aren’t Gwen and her daddy just two peas in a pod?
Elisabeth has taken care of all of these kids at one time or another. The boy standing up is not handicapped, but is the twin brother of the boy in front of him.
We are hoping that the wedding photographer has at least one pic of Gwen with a smile. She did perk up a bit at the reception, because after all it was a party!
This made for a tiring weekend but it was a lot of fun. I was a flower girl three times and it was fun to see my sweet baby have the experience too. Even if she had no idea what was going on.