Today’s Real Woman is Kelly Green. She is modeling Alfred Angelo dress style 1148 that she thought would be appropriate for a woman over 40 (cough like herself cough). Many women are waiting to get married much later in life or are possibly getting married again. While many would still love a dress that screams “dreamy bridal” they also might not want a dress that screams “full of tulle and lace and flowers”. Alfred Angelo has dresses of all styles and kinds no matter what your style, taste and opinion because you should buy whatever dress you like for your wedding day.
Kelly is wife to Matt and mother to Daniel. In what little free time she has available she loves to volunteer at Give Kids The World, write music (she is writing a song for my vow renewal) and she loves to entertain. Kelly throws the best parties and if you throw a party and invite her as a guest, she will throw your party as well. She is one of those people who is good at everything she does and since she does so much that is probably a good compliment. Kelly really enjoyed participating in Real Women/Real Brides not just modeling for the camera but taking pictures as well.
Here is what Kelly had to say:
Tell us about Kelly, what makes you, you?
My life is a tapestry. There are threads that are bright, beautiful and fun representing lessons learned, new ideas, moments of creativity, family, friendship, and joy. There are blue ones for the ocean and all its inhabitants that stir me. You’ll also find bright pink ones for good intentions, red for leadership roles, but also a few thick grey ones of self-doubt, and even some black for heartache, mistakes, and disappointment, especially when they’re colored by people who were trusted. There are boring colors for boring days (like the times I clean house without Light it Up by Fall Out Boys playing REALLY loud), and psychedelic colors for when I’m singing a song I’ve written before an audience or sitting in an orchestra absorbing every heart-stirring note. When you look at it, as a whole, you know that it all adds up to something unique, something me. I love seeking out the beauty in others’ patterns, too, and try to help encourage them to see the beauty emerging in their own yet-to-be-completed piece of art.
You are already married. How long have you been married? Any advice for the brides to be?
It’ll be 10 years in March. Wedding advice: Make it as much about you and your fiancé as possible. What do you enjoy? What makes you smile? Marriage advice: Find someone who “gets” you, respects you, and supports your dreams. Wash, rinse, repeat and return the favor.
Tell us about your original dress, rumor has it there is a back story there?
We had a vintage 1940s-themed wedding. I bought my dress on eBay, then took it to a seamstress to alter it into the design in my head. I wanted 1930s-‘40s tri-ruffled sleeves, a la Ginger Rogers in the Golden Age of film. I also wanted the front cut a little lower than the dress’s original silhouette to show off the features I like about my body, and draw the eye away from those I’m not so crazy about. The candlelight satin shimmered when I walked. My dress and the crocheted snood I made for a veil made me feel like a movie star, beauty queen and goddess all rolled into one. Even though I don’t find myself ideal physically, I adapted a dress to give the illusion of at least “pretty darned good,” if I do say so myself. I’ve never felt prettier before or since.
Would you consider a vow renewal and if so to what degree?
I would love to go back to Fantasy of Flight where we were married, and have a vow renewal, followed by a giant Big Band-style party! If possible, I’d even wear my dress again. It’s timeless. If that wasn’t possible, I’d chose a modern dress with that sort of “look,” because I just can’t seem to get away from my passion for bygone-era styling, whether it’s a period-piece, or modern vintage. Swing dancing, amazing food, everyone dressed up in period-appropriate clothes… I can’t think of a more fun get-together with our aviation-minded friends and vintage-style cronies. Plan B: Rent out a movie theater and play an old Fred and Ginger flick, or something that’s a throwback to that era of classic glamour. Plan C: Go to NYC for a bash in one of the classic hotels, and hire my friend’s big band to play. And yes, I’d sing.
Why did you gravitate to this Alfred Angelo dress 1148?
The silhouette is flattering for women with a large bust and the side ruching on the bodice is… shall we say… forgiving for a body that is not model-sized. It’s also a dress that allows for options about where the straps fall on the shoulders. I like, too, that it’s a dress that would not be out of place in the 1940s or in the here and now. Classic design will still look amazing 10 or 20 years later when viewed in photographs.
For my fiscally-responsible side, I like that it’s reasonably priced. Its simplicity of design could go to the next level of glamour with a stunning jeweled sash (Alfred Angelo’s Sash 26 would be amazing) and veil with crystal beading or embroidered details. Choosing a wedding gown that can be left simple and classic or elevated to runway stunner is, a great way to have options. Pick a dress that makes your body look its absolute best first, then add layers of elegance and bling as your dreams dictate, or your budget allows.
How did you feel when you took part in the Real Women/Real Brides campaign?
It was so much fun! Ages ago I modeled a bit, and some of my favorite times were when I’ve worn gowns. Like most women, I love to dress up, and there’s just something about putting on a beautiful garment that makes you feel absolutely special, and the gowns at Alfred Angelo did just that. Because I shared the experience with friends, that made it even more enjoyable.
Years ago I got to sing a song I wrote IN a wedding gown at a ladies’ event. At my wedding, I sang “I’ll Be Seeing You” to my groom at the reception. Those moments are white satin ribbons woven into my tapestry, the ones I rub with my fingers in my mind when I want to remember with clarity the sheer joy of what my wedding was, and all weddings should be about… a celebration of love, and a swatch of the fabric of life together… just beginning.
A huge thanks goes out to Kelly for participating in Real Women/Real Brides. If you would like the chance to be one of our “models” please apply by sending an email to [email protected] with your name telling us why you think you would make a unique choice for this campaign! Make the reason completely your own, it can be physical, intellectual, emotional, you name it we want to hear it! Write to us and you could be the next Alfred Angelo Real Women/Real Bride!