Crown and Glory

Written by on September 16, 2011 in Elopement, Real Stories, Wedding Fashion - No comments

I have often wondered why British women love hats, and we women in America have shunned them for decades. (There is one exception I know of: Sunday church services that serve largely African-American communities may well have a sea of hats in the pews. These church-going women sport glamorous, formal attire, including big hats that would make the British proud!)

Recently I have come across a new take on an old theme among the Brits–fascinators! I see them at weddings, worn by mothers-of-the-brides as well as chic women in their twenties. They are something of a cross between a traditional hat and a headband (think Hillary Clinton in the early 90s). They have the decorations (feathers, flowers and what not) without the body of the “hat” of the large brim. It is a clever device, and I am sure they are much less expensive than their full bodied cousins. I suppose another benefit is that the ladies do not suffer from “hat head.” As one who would love to see hats come back into favor, I can only quote the Brits: Brilliant!

The slideshow includes some favorite fascinators from “my” weddings–and one of me in my office. Thanks to my darling Australian friend Kirsty, I now have my own collection of fascinators!

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As a professional ceremony officiants I believe in the power and effectiveness of ceremony and ritual to serve basic needs, both of society and you as an individual. In close collaboration with you and your loved ones, I love to create and perform personalized ceremonies that reflect your beliefs, your philosophy of life, and your personality.

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