only once

It hangs in the back of a seldom used closet, zipped up tight in a garment bag.

The most expensive piece of clothing I’ve ever owned, it was $395 on sale, the most expensive piece of clothing I’ve ever owned and I haven’t worn it in almost 7 years.

I remember when I saw it though, it was exactly what I wanted but not at all what I expected to want… with its smooth cream bodice and its beautiful full skirt. When I put it on I knew it was the one for me.

My wedding gown was beautiful, but it was only for a day. My marriage will last a lifetime.

image by Stephen Jones Photography
This post was written in response to David’s question on Weekend Wandering; Do you have an item of clothing that you haven’t worn for more than a year?

If you’d like to answer this on your blog please link back to David’s Weekend Wandering post and leave him a comment to let him know. While you’re letting people know… leave me a comment to let me know as well… I’d love to see what you have to say.

19 thoughts on “only once

  1. belle says:

    I would have said a pair of size 16 (uk) trousers I bought 3 years ago in a moment of aberration and have never been able to get into … but I put them on yesterday :) The wedding dress is a fabulous one, mine is in the dressing up box … twenty years ago today!ps Are you running away to sea with me? I’m putting David in a kilt …

  2. Lilacspecs says:

    Oh, sweet post Cami. I’m supposed to wear my mom’s wedding dress I think…but I haven’t been the size my mom was for her wedding since I was like 13. And she was a B cup and I’m a DDD so the top half of it would have to be like, quadrupled in size….I don’t want to think about this anymore!

  3. Maggie May says:

    Ah well…. that is excusable! You wouldn’t be wearing it again but you wouldn’t want to part with it either!

  4. Martin Declan Kelly says:

    I remember how lovely you looked in it. I’d have proposed myself if it wasn’t a bit too late.

  5. Kami says:

    I just had the oddest moment on your blog. I got this new computer and didn’t have the favs (long story) and I was just getting around to setting them up and getting back to my reading…and I entered your address and got the old post where your motherboard was fried and you were about to leave for Disneyland and I was totally in the twilight zone for a full minute. I’m slow. Anyway, missed you and loved the post. You guys are so cute. And I know those boots were underneath – w

  6. sybil law says:

    That dress can be there for K, if she wants it, too!And we can cry like old, cheesey moms at our kid’s weddings.You are so lovely.

  7. holly says:

    absolutely gorgeous!!! mine was £50 rental. it was awful. i am glad i don’t still have it. i would swim in it now. absolutely lovely photo, my sweet.

  8. stephanie (bad mom) says:

    Loverly for sure. Isn't it strange how what we think we want isn't always what grabs us? I was sure I'd get something plain & cut it short but ended up with a mass of sequins and a bustled train. But Stu lost his mind over it so what could I do?Wanna wear them to the tiki party? heh.

  9. david mcmahon says:

    Love the photograph. Love the post. Love the avowal.Gotta love that in a friend.Soory I’m so late. Being playing catch-up after our Malaysia trip.

  10. CrazyCath says:

    Brilliant Cami. So glad you still have the dress.Even more pleased (for you) you still have the marriage.Congrats on POTD!

  11. Jo Beaufoix says:

    Oh that was gorgeous. And it looks so you, even though it’s not black or vamp or anything. Beautiful and perfect. You both look gorgeous.

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