Bromeliad pink is one of my favourite colours.
It is also a colour that looks beautiful amidst the lush greenery of Hawaii.
Not surprisingly, when Mr Dreamy and I picked a wedding location set in tropical gardens on the slopes of a mountain in Hawaii, bromeliad pink was one of the first colours I thought of for the bridesmaids.
Unfortunately, I said “Pink” and two of my four bridesmaids said “Ewwww….no….” The other two bridesmaids were very obliging and said “Oooh, pink!” and “It’s your wedding, I’ll wear whatever you want me to” respectively.
Being the sweet, accommodating person that I am (only slight sarcasm intended), I offered the two recalcitrant bridesmaids green, which they agreed would be much preferable.
And then of course I went out and bought lots of bromeliad pink chiffon (which I loved) and muted jade green chiffon (which was OK), and showed both fabrics to the bridesmaids, and the recalcitrant ones said “Oh….that colour pink! We would wear that.”
Well. Thanks. Too late.
I first designed both skirts and tops of the same bromeliad pink or jade green chiffon, but then decided that I wanted to include a Hawaiian twist, and wanted to include a print, so I found a beautiful tropical print barkcloth for the bodices, and also for the groomsmen’s shirts.
I made the skirts myself, and my lovely (honorary) Auntie Artie made the bodices and groomsmen’s shirts (and the father of the bride and groom shirts).
She even brought her sewing machine to the Lodge the day before the wedding, and made sure that everyone’s top fit them perfectly.
And then, at the last minute, my fourth bridesmaid couldn’t come. So I had two in pink and one in green.
But my three bridesmaids were darling and wonderful and looked amazing – like bright hibiscuses, or little tropical fairies.
And no, I’ll admit that their outfits aren’t particularly practical or wearable again, but I paid for them, so I think I’m allowed that indulgence!