Thursday, August 16, 2007
The dress that started it all - the Cordova doll wedding
By Veronica Vinson
To make a long story short, about late May or early June, my niece, Gabrielle Jones said her doll, Ariel (from “The Little Mermaid” movie) was getting married and asked if I would make the doll a wedding dress. I did. I took it to work; they loved it, and suggested I make bridesmaid dresses, too. I did, and also made the three groomsmen’s outfits as well.
Since Gabbi’s birthday was June 30, we decided to have a combination birthday party/doll wedding for Gabbi at our home. The wedding day was July 7, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon at 8234 Planters Grove Drive, complete with a wedding ceremony with my nephew serving as the minister and a reception afterwards!
Many of the 50+ people to whom invitations were mailed attended the event, which was held in our back yard. The wedding lasted approximately 20-25 minutes.
Every day, the paper and television report all the terrible things happening in our city and world. I decided to step out of reality and coordinated an event that my family and friends thoroughly enjoyed planning and attending.
Most of all, the quality time I spent with my sister, Mia Jones, and her precious girls in preparing for this event was just priceless.
Some of my co-workers helped with and/or provided the decorations.
The children and I wrote a complete program for the “wedding,” including funny marriage vows for the dolls.
We had a barbecue dinner reception prepared by my dad, Claude L. Vinson Sr., immediately after the wedding. We had a bride’s cake, groom’s cake, plus a real champagne fountain and hot chocolate fountain!
We gave each guest a small gift box of chocolate candy as a parting gift! Darby Dunnagan, co-worker and professional photographer, took the pictures. Needless to say, we had a wonderful time!
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