From pastels to camouflage

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 13, 2010

Pat Thompson, owner of Town and Country, talked about changes in wedding styles through the years.

She brought models with her, including Ava May, who wore the bridesmaid’s dress Thompson wore in Lucy Brady’s wedding in 1962.

“You remember, the bridesmaids had to have a little hat,” Thompson said.

Bridesmaids now wear much darker colors, Thompson said, pointing out that Daphne Posey was modeling a “chocolate” bridesmaid gown. Short dresses are also in for bridesmaids, she said.

Carson Posey modeled a bridal gown with a modern look, while Bethany Godwin modeled a new dress that has a “Great Gatsby” look. Daphne Posey said the style of the wedding dress is quite popular for evening wear.

Thompson also brought the pale blue linen mother-of-the-groom dresses she wore to her son’s wedding almost 20 years ago, as well as the pink dress her mother wore.

“We have mothers coming in to look for these all the time,” she said. “I’m sorry to say they don’t make them like this now.”

Thompson said one of the most unusual weddings for which she’s put together the wedding party’s attire was last summer.

“We had gotten in an really unusual dress and one of the prettiest dresses in the shop,” she said, adding that the wedding gown featured a satin band at the waist. The bride had the band removed and replaced with camouflage fabric.

The bridesmaids dresses were burnt orange, dark green a golden yellow, she said, “and they added camouflage to them, too.”