The best photos were, of course, taken at home by the babysitter before we left. The ball is candlelit and always too dim for a good photo without a major flash.
There were a good number of figure dances, and my HB and I are getting a little more confident about couple dancing, so that was nice, too. undycat's husband danced a lovely schottiche with me as well.
I am really a terribly shy person, but I've become well enough acquainted with several of the group members to make light conversation. I spoke with the organizer about the events I would like to coordinate for 2013.
About the dress: I spent about 2.5 hours in the sewing room the day of the ball, doing the last little bits. It was difficult for me to tack the pleats at the top of the bodice tails properly, since a slight variation in the angle totally changed the way the tails hung. It was easier after applying the lower bows, since the weight helped the tails to hang properly. I am seriously in love with the bows. I used leftover white silk taffeta and green floral ribbon from which I removed the wire, then cut 6" pieces and tacked the loops to a small circle of interfacing.
I felt very floral next to all the bling on the other ladies. Everybody was in beads and glitter and jewels. The only jewelry I wore was small pearl bead earrings.
I am not convinced about the lace at the neckline. It felt thick and clunky when I was hoping for something more elegant. I may replace it at some point. I LOVE the skirt, though, especially the tabs. I can't believe I almost skipped them. The tabs are cut from 6.5" strips of teh pressed satin tubes and the top edge is finished with a length of 1/2" rayon grosgrain ribbon.
Overall, I felt not entirely unlike a giant frosted cupcake at 6-year-old's birthday party, but not completely in a bad way.
Side view in the basement dining room at the hall, the only place with electric lights on.
I spent about an hour on my hair, and totally failed to recreat this. I went with plan B, which was almost as good, but the shape was a little too doorknobby. The curls looked great, though!