Yep, there we were. Schmoozing like we knew what we were doing. The Inauguration Ball.
My old boss had an extra set of tickets since someone from his table couldn’t make it.
So, at 1PMish on the day “of” … found out we were going to the Ball and needed to be dressed and arrived on location before 6:30 p.m. In formal attire. Or best we could do. What what what? I don’t think so! But, we pulled it off, just about.
The dessert was heavenly.
Random Table decoration in the main ballroom.
The new Gov looks lovely in red.
First class entertainment courtesy of 2011 Rock and Roll Hall-of-Fame inductee LEON RUSSELL !!!! And while I was up front taking pics of Leon … guess what happened. I look around behind me and it was this:
That British Guy “Mr Bean’s” himself into a photo opportunity. I’m sure we all remember his fascination with the lady in red.
Work Friend Kathy has a son with an assortment of bowties, so the black suit from Kymmie’s wedding was jazzed up just a bit.
FASHION POLICE REPORT:
Not that I can throw stones about what anyone wore … because the closest I could come to formal attire in less than two hours was the “Mother of the Bride” dress from Kymmie’s wedding two years ago ….
Rushed home from work, stopping for eyebrow wax on the way and to CVS for a fresh pair of sheer pantyhose ….. got home, pulled out the little steamer contraption and got to steaming for about 20 minutes. Disaster almost struck with the shoe selection. Well it did strike, really. The shoes I wore to the wedding were sandals with bare legs and nice pedicure (wedding). Same shoes with sheer hose, not as good a look. Plus a lot less puffiness two years later, so they were about to slip off my feet. No other options, but did take a pair of black heels in a separate bag in case of emergency. I’m sure MOI would have had the perfect pair for me …
So, for my assignment ala Barky Dog, a Project Runway critique … uh, too much movement, too many crowds, no subtle way to photograph people, but I do have several of the back of dresses for said reasons. Let’s have a look, shall we?
It was like PROM for grown-ups!
Too prom-my above.
Distinguished local author and wife, very appropriately dressed.
Loved this one, and that color wasn’t quite black either … dark dark eggplant.
This lady above forgot that it wasn’t her own wedding. Actually, in addition to her, there were two others who forgot that it wasn’t their own wedding. Plus one who showed up in a bright yellow dress and one in bright orange. Wish I had the pics, you wouldn’t believe it.
I loved both of these above .. grayish/silver on both, age appropriate, both well done.
Random crowd scene – not many short dresses. Several, well many, of the one-shoulder variety.
Again, too prom-my. I have opinions about some of the people who attended also. Not the right place to ask. But if anyone wants my real opinion of certain people, just e-mail. I’m glad to discuss!
I totally did a screen capture on the official photog’s site (don’t tell on me)… here’s my dress. It had been full length, but had it shortened to tea length for the wedding. It is the best I could do on short notice.
Signing off for now,
Cinderella at the Ball