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Saturday, July 3, 2010

What to wear?

I'm shooting a wedding today- a photographer's assistant. I feel like the saying "jack of all trades, master of nothing" was coined with me in mind. Anyway...

I have to leave in about 90 minutes and I hate all my clothes. I had planned on black trousers and a white blouse. Well, after our beautiful week of weather where it's been sunny/ partly cloudy with highs in the low 70s, today is going to be a lovely sunny, humidity around 60% and in the high 80s. The wedding is indoors; the reception is in the middle of godforsaken nowhere in a rock quarry.

I don't have clothes that are going to accommodate this. At all. I need to look professional. I need to be able to bend and climb and stretch and maybe even lay on the floor, squat, just to be able to MOVE comfortably. It's a damn wedding so I have to be slightly dressed up because I need to look professional. And because it's a wedding. (What I wouldn't give for this bride to be all hillbilly so I could just wear jeans...) So because of the bending and movement, skirts and dresses are out. So are high heels.

I thought nice black trousers would be good. But they're going to be hot. None of my khakis are "dressy" enough; nor do they fit well. My white blouse is going to be hot because of the material. No flip flops.

I have nothing that's professional, cool, comfortable, and perfect for a rock quarry. So the black pants stay. I'm wearing a simply white cotton t-shirt. It's brand new and in perfect shape. And I'm wearing black loafers. I'm not looking forward to this at all. It's going to be a hot miserable day.

But the up side? At least I'm not the bride!

Mags

5 comments:

Evil Pixie said...

Don't wear black and white - guests will think you are part of the catering staff. I tend to wear black pants because they are more forgiving when it comes to getting dirty (you really only have to dust yourself off), but the shirt is important. Go for something light-weight, short-sleeved, and a higher neckline (the reason for the higher neckline is when your bending - people will be able to see the sisters if you've got a lower neckline). Wear shoes that are comfortable, no heels, and allow for being on your feet (and climbing) for long periods of time. I typically wear my sneakers (no one says anything because I'm the photographer).

Black trousers, white t-shirt, and black loafers... Good choices. The white t-shirt will set you apart from the catering staff, and the cotton will absorb the heat a little better. Remember your SPF and always carry some water with you. You would be amazed how quickly the heat will get to you before anyone else. Good luck! :)

Maggie said...

Evil P- my first thought with the black and white was the "they'll think I should be handing our canapes." But there is NO catering staff at this wedding. there's a small cake and punch reception at the church afterward, and the bride's friends are serving and such. The dinner/ food at the rock quarry is a buffet and the bride and groom's aunts and uncles are taking care of all that.

I do another wedding in 2 weeks and it's much fancier, so thanks for the tips on clothes! I need them!

Vintage French Hen said...

HI LOVE, JUST BE COMFORTABLE! IT'S NOT NECESSARY TO WEAR BLACK AND WHITE. AFTER TODAY, GO SHOP FOR A FEW PIECES THAT YOU CAN CHANGE AROUND. YOU WILL BE MUCH HAPPIER AND PRODUCTIVE IF YOU ARE COMFORTABLE! MARCIA

Debbie's L'Bri said...

I hope the day goes well for you.

Wiley said...

What's the deal with having the reception in a rock quarry? Presumably the site holds some significance to the happy couple?