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I Had a Vision of Love


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Ahhhhhh now we reminisce about the 90’s. Shiny Happy People bopped away to REM, the movie industry developed new techniques called CGI and were used in block busters Jurassic Park, The Lion King and Toy Story. Kylie Minogue starred in the movie Street Fighter (if you have not seen it though you are not missing much!) and through all of it Mariah Carey and Celine Dion battled it out for the title of Wedding Ballad Diva (however in the mid to late 90’s they were then up against Savage Garden). Celine made brides to be all choked up and Grooms to be, numb from the brain down with her version of power ballad “Power of Love”. Mariah meanwhile had the brides to be swooning and the Grooms to be drooling as she pan piped her way through “Vision of Love”.

I think the 90’s was the hangover, recovery period from the hype and fast pace that was the 80’s. Everyone walked around with either Hypercolour or Mountainn Dew t-shirts. Teens ditched the neon colours and leg warmers for baggy jeans, black t-shirts, plaid shirts and sang along to Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Silver Chair. The era of Grunge was born but gave way to the perkiness that was Hanson, Aqua and the Spice Girls later on. Matte was the trend with make-up, with more darker & warmer colours which then amped up to bright blues, purples and silvers in the late 90’s. My mum was a fan of a burgundy shade of lipstick. I was a fan of the X-Files and I idolised Gwen Steffani. Her song I’m Just a Girl spoke to my tortured 14 year old soul – no one understands just how hard it is to be a girl but Gwen spoke up for us!

I never went to weddings during the 90’s. After the curious rash of the 80’s my parents opted to have us babysat whilst they went to the weddings instead. Gowns in the late 90’s ditched the froufrou in favour of a more streamlined silhouette with touches of 30’s and 50’s inspiration. Early 90’s still had the mad wedding gowns as worn by Mariah Carey when she wed Tommy Matola and Rachael Hunter when she wed Rod Stewart in the 90’s. Receptions in the late 90’s also became a little more streamlined and chic too. Because I had never been to a wedding in the 90’s I shall make up my own 1990’s style Special Day…

All the wedding stationery would be printed on cream paper, laser cut lace and Script fonts. My ceremony would be in a church with little tulle aisle decorations. I would wear something sleek – Vera Wang inspired and my bridesmaids would be in long burgundy coloured dresses with the groomsmen all in classic suits.

My reception would be a sit down affair, decorated with flower filled table centrepieces, tea lights and crystal scatters on cream table covers. I’d have a wedding cake topper of the Bride dragging the Groom and our first dance would be to the song made famous by the film Four Weddings and a Funeral – “Love is All Around” by Wet Wet Wet. I’d probably also go with a release of white doves (I have heard of quite a few weddings in the 90’s where they released doves). My parents once went to a wedding at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in Sydney (94). My mum had borrowed her best friend’s jacket and was thrilled to discover during the ceremony that there was a Bounty chocolate bar in one of the pockets. Mum was starving and ate the chocolate only to learn when she returned the jacket that the chocolate was left in there after being bought in London a few years before! There are some things in the early 90’s that should be let be – old chocolate bars in jacket pockets being one of them! Mum’s fine though, she said the chocolate was delicious!

 



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