Are there two brides in this picture, or one bride and a very well dressed matron of honor? The back of the photo gives no clues, reading only “Gail, Bill, Barbara, Ruth, 6/10/67.” The father doesn’t look happy, but who can blame him if he had to finance two weddings in one year.
It is the mother of the bride/s who caught my attention. How does an older woman pick an outfit for such an occasion? My own daughter shows no sign of get married anytime soon, and she is hardly the white dress type, but I still worry about what I might wear. This mother decided on a lacy outfit in light turquoise. It is hard to see the structure of her dress under the sleeveless coat, but it looks like it might be a sixties style sheath dress. The exactly matching lace hat must have been sold as part of the ensemble.
Note that the two younger women have covered their arms. The young bride in white has lace down to her wrists; the one in off white has sleeves to her elbow. By contrast, the mother has chosen a sleeveless outfit. You can see quite clearly that this was not her usual choice—the top of her arm is white, while the bottom is tanner. If she had asked me, I would have told her to follow the younger women’s lead and add sleeves to her lace coat.