A Fall Wedding

by - Thursday, November 20, 2014

I seem to switch between two dresses when it comes to wedding guest wear: a By Malene Birger embellished dress or a Lanvin x H&M black ruffled dress. The Malene B. dress has an open back and feels more summer-y to me (though the sparkly embellishments would fit well for NYE.) So I crossed that dress off my potentials list when I saw the mid-November date for my friend L's wedding. That left the Lanvin x H&M black ruffled dress. Black is always a safe choice and I figured the thicker material could help keep me somewhat warm (random justification on my part because any warmth is probably negated by the one-shoulder design?)

Before I fully committed to the Lanvin x H&M dress, I couldn't help but give in to the idea of shopping for a new dress to wear for a special occasion. I gave the Ann Taylor feathered hem dress a shot (runs large, tried on 00P), but sided with the majority and went with the Lanvin x H&M dress as the final pick.

black ruffled one shoulder dress, trench coat, lace printed clutch, blue suede pumps
The wedding was held at DAR Memorial Continental Hall, the smaller and older sister of the more famous Constitution Hall. Parts of the building were undergoing renovations when we were there (see random ladder in last pic), but that didn't detract from the beautiful architecture and elegant detailing found throughout. Case in point: the Pennsylvania foyer for the couple's first dance [photo below].
first dance at DAR Memorial Continental Hall
I loved L's entire look for her wedding day. The hair, the makeup, the dress (!) She looked gorgeous. The dress very much reminded me of old Hollywood glamour, which also complemented the venue perfectly. After I uploaded a couple photos to social media, one of my male coworkers (who doesn't strike me as someone who cares about fashion at all) made it a point to tell me that my "friend who got married looked so pretty. Some girls pick dresses that aren't flattering, but hers was perfect for her." What a nice thing to say :) Congrats L+S!
black ruffled one shoulder dress, lace printed clutch, blue suede pumps
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
necklace: gift from aunt (similar; similar)
dress: Lanvin x H&M via eBay (similar; similar)
clutch: Tory Burch Kerrington carryall (similar; similar)
shoes: Sole Society Desirae almond toe pump (similar; similar)

Outfit photos thanks to DH!

You May Also Like


  1. You look adorable in that dress - good pick. I think the feather one is trendy and cute but seems like it would have a boxy fit. The H&M dress seems much much fun and flattering.

    Jemily Life

    1. You're spot on about the fit of the feathered dress. Good eye!

  2. Gorgeous dress! I love that giant ruffle--very unique.

    The wedding looks like it was a blast!

    Style by Joules

  3. You look amazing! I love this twist on an LBD

  4. Got a chuckle out of the "random ladder". :p You look great! And the wedding dress that your friend chose is gorgeous!

    1. Now I wonder if I hadn't pointed out the ladder... would people even notice? Perhaps I shouldn't have drawn so much attention to it, haha.

  5. You look fabulous in that dress! And that building is amazing.. I never even realized it existed!

    1. Me neither! Have always heard Constitution Hall in the news but not Continental. Definitely swing by if you're ever in the area. The view from the Portico is amazing -- such clear and close-up angle of the Monument.

  6. WOW!!! So gorgeous. That black dress is amazing. Such a perfect look for a wedding party^_*)


I'd love to hear from you. Constructive criticisms welcome!

Disclosure: Affiliate links are used throughout this blog. Clicking through affiliate links may result in commission earnings.
© 2010 - 2018 to brighten my day | Powered by Blogger