Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Way We Were~Way Back Then

These are a few pictures I ran across yesterday and I think haven't been viewed by human eyes in a very long time. I have a feeling our kids have not ever seen them actually. They depict the first few hours of our married life together back in 1968. And I added one of my bridal shower at the end just for fun.

This is our cool ride to our reception after the wedding.

I love this photo but could someone please photo shop the cat glasses and the goofy head dress? The ride is Jim's Grampa's 55 Chevy...an antique even then and the coolest car. I think it is Jim's brother, Gary, that was our driver!

The receiving line at our wedding reception
with my smokin' hot (baby) HUSBAND and my cute Mom and Dad.

Our little Volvo!
It had the shiniest black paint you ever did see and hubcaps full of rocks thanks to our clever brothers. We stopped here in Lafayette to remove them before going to a late dinner in a romantic, little restaurant called Petar's. The restaurant still exists in Lafayette but has moved to a new location.

This is a picture of the first dinner (spaghetti and salad) that I cooked for Jim in our first San Francisco apartment when we first got married. Lots of firsts! It shows our wedding china and flowers still left over from our wedding and our hot chrome and Formica kitchen set that someone gave us with the vinyl tablecloth which was the latest and coolest tablecloth you could get! No ironing~just wipe it off! Cool ( not). We left the next day for our honeymoon at Lake Tahoe.

This is my bridal shower at my friend, Judy's, house. She was my maid of honor and best friend since 7th grade. Last year we attended the wedding of one of her daughters. Ah, the circle of life with good friends!

Check out my orange, wool, 2 piece dress with the fancy floral trim that I made (don't faint, K?) and the lovely hair....a hairpiece called a 'postiege' that was individually woven to match your hair exactly. It was essentially a long hair swatch like a horse's tail that you would loosely braid and set atop your head ala Barbra Streisand. Everyone saved their $25.00 for months and had one and they were quite fun and easy to 'do!'

The biggest advantage was you didn't have to sleep on those hard, uncomfortable rollers! I got my first hair dryer a few weeks after the wedding for my 21st birthday. Pure heaven even if you did have to get up at 3:00 am to shampoo and set your hair and then dry it under a big plastic cap attached to the hose of the dryer.

Yep, now that is VINTAGE, no?

But I digress...don't you love the yarn touch around the fancy braided bun? Such a fashionista, seriously! But the glasses...the cat glasses are the bane of my existence when I see any photos from this time period! And black... geesh, no blending here!

C'est la vie! As my friend Michelle would say, "It is what it is, Bonnie!" No do-overs.


Sister Susie said...

What wonderful memories!

I didn't have a hair dryer. I had the curlers you heated in water! I didn't use them very often.

Where do the years go? It definitely is a blink of an eye, an outward breath, on the timeline of Eternity!

Love to you and yours,

Julie Harward said...

It is fun to look back on all of that and poke fun...but I think the glasses were real cute and you are a doll...loved all the pictures! :D

LA Adams said...

Actually the cat eyes are smiling and keep coming back! My mom loved hers and is so sad they don't have them now. I loved the wedding pictures, you two are so good-looking and the yellow dress in your reception picture was back again at Macy's this year. I keep telling my kids to watch out because their kids are going to laugh and some older styles will come again.

Stephen Kent Ehat said...

You are very courageous to show us the hair dryer system. It brings back memories of the beginnings of our societal entry into the technology age. Automatic washing machines, hair dryers, motor-driven and then electric lawnmowers. All cute. But the eternal nature of marriage and the joy thereof, that is what makes this page most enjoyable. Some things make life easy; but other things make life important.