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Gina and Julie's Wedding
by: Janis Elizabeth
The first Saturday in December had been an exciting time for both our family and our future extended family. My brother Gene, or more appropriately, my little sister Gina made a successful debut to society that evening. Along with her fiancée Julie, she was presented to society during a gala dinner and dance at the club where Julie's parents, John and Alice Miller, were members. Both Gina and Julie looked lovely in their formal white gowns. The official photographs taken that evening now reside in a place of honor, both in my home and in my Mom's home, beside my wedding pictures when Gina was my bridesmaid and the pictures taken when Gina wore my wedding gown. Julie's parents proudly displayed the pictures of both Julie and Gina that were taken that night. Now, it appeared that Mom, Alice and I would need to start planning for the upcoming wedding.
Shortly after their debuts, Julie and Gina successfully went through their exams and were finished with their first semester of their senior year. Prior to their getting home, I had talked to Julie about arranging a shopping trip where the three of us would shop for our Christmas outfits. It was agreed that we would go shopping the first Saturday after they got home, which would be the Saturday before Christmas. Julie assured me that it would definitely be Gina, and not Gene, which would accompany us on our shopping trip.
Actually, I was shopping for an additional Christmas outfit beside my own. No, it was not one for my daughter Lisa. Mom had already found her an adorable Christmas dress a few weeks ago. It was red with white smocking. The full skirt covered a crinoline. It fit perfectly and Lisa looked very cute in it. This extra Christmas outfit was for someone very special to me, my husband Allen.
It seems that he had been wearing women's clothes for several years. Whenever he traveled, which was often, he would take his special suitcase that he kept hidden in the trunk of his car. This would allow him to indulge in his favorite pastime. It was just after Gina's debut that Allen came to me and admitted to his long-held desires to occasionally dress as a woman. He knew all about Gene and Gina from what I had told him and the pictures he had seen. He knew of my complete acceptance of my part-time little sister. Allen was hoping I would be as accepting of him with his femme side as I was with Gene and Gina.
While I was totally surprised by this admission, I readily accepted Ellen, as he referred to his femme alter ego, as quickly as I had accepted Gina earlier on. Although I was concerned with my little sister, I should have noticed the signs in Allen, especially the way he commented on the different things that I wore and the way he would touch my lingerie clad body at night.
After his admission, I wanted to see and meet Ellen and help her increase her enjoyment of feminine finery. Allen is my height and he is very close to my size. With a little help from a high-waist panty girdle, he was easily able to fit into my things. We have had a few dress-up sessions since his admission. As Ellen, he looks absolutely adorable in my outfits and is now very comfortable wearing them in front of me. We both now sleep each night in a satin nightgown. With this added sensuous touch at night, we have to make sure that Lisa is sound asleep before we start to caress each other's satin clad body.
Lisa has seen her dad while he was wearing a nightgown and she thought nothing of it. In fact, she even commented that Aunt Gina also had some very pretty nightgowns. Lisa even calls her dad her Aunt Ellen when he is dressed en femme. Allen simply beams whenever our daughter addresses him as Aunt Ellen.
Given that Lisa knew about and accepted Ellen, I felt that it was only right to tell Mom, so that she did not receive too great a shock the first time she met my lovely Ellen. Mom accepted my disclosures about Allen and Ellen with a smile and the comment, "Well, I now have a daughter, a son, a part-time daughter, a son-in-law, a part-time daughter-in-law, a soon to be daughter-in-law and a granddaughter. My, how quickly my little family has grown."
After one of our lovemaking sessions, before we both drifted off to sleep, I asked, if things would work out, would Ellen be willing to be a bridesmaid for Gina and Julie. She said that she would love it and would hopefully be completely passable as a woman. I assured him that his features were already soft and with just a little makeup, she would be very pretty. Ellen then voiced a concern about her hair not being long enough to carry the off the deception. I assured her that a nice wig would quickly solve that problem. Thus assured, my beloved Allen/Ellen curled up in my arms, our satin covered bodies in close contact, and we both drifted off to deep and pleasant sleep.
Julie and Gina would be arriving shortly. Ellen and Lisa were going to spend some quality time getting to know each other better while we were out shopping. I had Lisa dressed in a nice green dress, white anklets and Mary Janes. I helped Ellen into a full-skirted, light blue, short sleeve satin dress, with the appropriate satin lingerie and breast forms. I did her makeup in an understated manner. After I put a wig on her head and styled it a little, she looked very feminine. When Ellen looked into the mirror, I think the full effect of her transformation both pleased and surprised her.
I had just finished with Ellen when Gina and Julie arrived. Before I could say anything, Lisa went running to greet them saying, "Aunt Gina! Aunt Julie! Come see my new Aunt Ellen." Naturally they were both curious about Lisa's statement since they knew that my husband and I did not have any sisters. Once they were inside, I introduced them to Ellen. My Ellen stood there, the picture of femininity and gracefully extended her hand, first to Julie and then to Gina. It took a few seconds before Gina realized that this was actually my husband Allen. When Julie grasped who Ellen was, she quickly hugged her future sister-in-law and smiled broadly, saying she was glad that Sharon had someone as nice as her Gina.
After a few minutes chatting, we were off. Lisa waved bye-bye to her aunts and I. Gina and Julie had dressed in a similar style. Each wore a plain blouse, a knee-length, A-line denim skirt and two-inch heels. Gina had used a light amount of makeup and had styled her hair into a simple but feminine style. I drove to the department store and we went to the special occasion department. On the way, Julie mentioned that her mom and dad were hosting a dinner for all of us on Christmas evening. She also indicated that Ellen was more than welcome. I thanked her for her parents' kind invitation and their thoughtfulness.
We all found that special outfit that we wanted to wear on Christmas. Mine was a long green satin skirt and a red long-sleeve satin blouse. Gina found a lovely, blue satin hostess dress with short sleeves. Julie found a gray satin column dress that showed off her figure nicely. After we found our outfits, I asked their opinion on what Ellen should wear. Gina said that she was still getting used to having Ellen around. We finally decided that, on Christmas, Ellen would be wearing a lovely, red satin, knee-length sheath with long sleeves. We then shopped for the lingerie and accessories for our new outfits. In addition to finding what I needed, I was able to get Ellen red satin lingerie and three-inch heels that perfectly matched her new dress. Gina and Julie found shoes, lingerie and jewelry that went with their new outfits.
After a light lunch, we returned home, loaded with packages. When Ellen asked what I had bought, I showed her the things I had gotten for myself. As for the rest of the packages, I smiled and told her that she would have to wait until Christmas to find out what they contained. I also told her that the Millers had invited all of us, including Ellen, over for Christmas dinner. She seemed pleased with the invitation, but was concerned over whether she had anything to wear. Again I simply smiled and told her to wait for Christmas.
After we had gotten Lisa to bed on Christmas Eve, we sat in front of the family room in front of the fireplace. Ellen and I were both wearing satin and velour robes over our satin lingerie. This was the time we took for ourselves, to exchange our presents in one of those infrequent quiet moments. I handed Ellen her packages from my shopping trip with Gina and Julie. As she opened first the shoes, then the lingerie and finally the dress, I commented that these clothes were intended to be her Christmas outfit to wear to the Millers. She smiled and thanked me for the lovely outfit. Ellen told me that she looked forward to wearing it later.
I opened my presents and found that Ellen had gotten me two beautiful satin, skirt and blouse sets and some perfume. I leaned over and kissed her to thank her for her thoughtfulness. With the fire going strong, Ellen and I snuggled up together and soon were asleep in the family room.
We were awakened by our energetic daughter, rushing into the room to see if Santa had left her any presents. Of course, she found toys, games and books from Santa and many new clothes from her parents. Since we were not due at the Millers until sometime after noon, we had a leisurely, but light breakfast, and watched as Lisa played with her new things.
I took my bath first so that I could help Lisa and Ellen get dressed. After drying myself off, I put on my new set of red satin lingerie and my stockings. I put my robe back on so that I could assist the others without ruining my outfit. With my hair and makeup done and needing only to put on my skirt, blouse and heels, I had Lisa and Ellen come to their rooms to begin getting ready.
While Ellen showered, powdered and dressed in her new lingerie, I got Lisa ready. In her red dress, crinoline, white anklets and black, patent Mary Janes, she looked very grown up. I asked her to sit nicely and read one of her books while I helped Aunt Ellen get ready. Since she loved to read, she readily agreed, sitting prettily on her bed with a few books.
As I walked in, Ellen stood there in her red satin lingerie, her garter belt holding her red stockings taut, and her panties protecting a carefully tucked and padded portion of her anatomy. She was just about to put on her lacy slip. I went over to my vanity to wait for her. Ellen carefully seated herself before me and I started on her makeup. After using foundation and powder to give her face a soft and smooth appearance, I did her eyes with eye shadow and mascara. I thinned the brows a little, giving them a more feminine appearance. Blush was placed on her cheeks. I noticed how carefully she was paying attention as I applied each of the cosmetics to her face. After coating her lips with lipstick, I sprayed some perfume on her. Finally, I got her blond wig, the same color as her natural hair and placed it on her head. The style was shoulder length, with the ends flipped out. After combing the front of the wig so that Ellen would have bangs, I sprayed I with hairspray. Ellen thanked me for making her look special.
We quickly got dressed, me in my satin skirt and blouse, and Ellen in her new sheath. We both wore gold jewelry including earrings, necklace, watch and bracelet. I handed Ellen her purse and picked up mine. I called to Lisa, who came out from her room. When she saw Ellen, she gave her a big hug and told her how nice she looked in her dress. Needless to say, Ellen simply beamed over Lisa's comment. With that, we headed for Christmas dinner at the Millers.
We were the last ones to arrive. Julie, naturally, had already told her parents about my Ellen. John and Alice warmly greeted us at the door and welcomed us inside. Alice told Ellen how nice she looked, which cause Ellen to again beam with pleasure. Mom greeted us both with big smiles and big hugs. Gina looked lovely in her hostess dress, her hair and makeup tastefully done, as she also greeted us with big hugs. As always, Julie was the picture of femininity, especially in her column gown. The Millers were amused as Lisa hugged her Aunt Gina and her Aunt Julie and began a rapid-fire listing of all the presents she had gotten from Santa. Mrs. Miller told Lisa that, after dinner, maybe she should look under their tree. Perhaps Santa had visited there for her also. Lisa was very excited by what Mrs. Miller had said. Alice then suggested that we get ourselves seated around the dining room table.
Gina sat between Julie and Mom on one side of the table and Lisa sat between Ellen and I. Alice sat at my end of the table, so that she, Mom and I were able to talk throughout the meal. Dinner was outstanding, as Alice had prepared many delightful dishes. After we had finished dessert and the dishes were cleared away, Alice suggested that John and Ellen take Lisa into the family room and see what they could find under the tree. She smiled and then looked and Gina and Julie, saying that we were going to discuss wedding plans. This caused them both to smile broadly and to blush slightly.
Gina and Julie had previously expressed a desire to get married as soon after graduation as they could. This meant that we had less than six months to plan a June wedding. Since the girls were graduating on the first Saturday of June, the discussion centered on whether the following Saturday would be time enough. Both Julie and Gina felt that waiting any longer than the second Saturday would almost be too long a wait. Mom and Alice both agreed that the second Saturday of June would be an ideal date for the wedding.
Before anyone could say anything else about the wedding, Alice made a unique suggestion. "Since she has become a part of our lives, and soon to be a part of our family, we have come to regard Gina with special affection. At times, I feel that I am gaining another daughter. This was especially true as I watched as both girls made their debuts earlier this month. While Gene is a fine person, I am sure that he would like to get married as Gina, wear a white wedding gown and walk down the aisle to his bride Julie. I know from my conversations with her that this is what Julie truly wants. Therefore, I propose that there be two events for your wedding in June."
Alice continued, "The first would be a small intimate wedding where both of the girls will be brides. Sharon, you would be Gina's Matron of Honor and Ellen would be Julie's Matron of Honor. Of course, Lisa would be the flower girl for both brides. Your mother and I would escort our daughters down the aisle. John would play the organ for the service and a dear friend of ours would perform the ceremony. I have already made a tentative request of Pastor Cheryl to perform the wedding ceremony for our brides Gina and Julie at the church and she was receptive to the idea."
"The second event would be a reception at the club at some later date where our friends can celebrate and rejoice in Gene and Julie's recent wedding. It will be like the typical wedding reception, except that the bride will not be wearing a wedding gown. Allen could serve as the best man and make the wedding toast to the new bride and groom. This way, the girls would have the small, intimate, feminine wedding that they so earnestly desire and then they would have the typical big reception later. What do you think of this suggestion?"
We sat there for a few seconds, stunned by what Alice had proposed. Even Gina and Julie had no idea that this was going to happen. I could see Mom thoughtfully weighing the pros and cons of the idea. The silence was finally broken, not by someone around the table voicing her thoughts, but by Lisa rushing in to tell us about the things that Santa had left for her at the Millers'. We all laughed and smiled at her natural exuberance. We told Lisa that we would be with her shortly and to return to the family room with her Aunt Ellen.
When we returned to talking about the wedding, it seemed like everyone was in agreement with Alice's suggestion. Both Gina and Julie went and hugged Alice for her thoughtfulness. I voiced my approval, not only for myself but also for Ellen and Lisa. I had always wanted to be the Matron of Honor in my little brother's wedding. I never realized that it would be for my little sister instead. I was almost as thrilled at the thought as were Gina and Julie. In very short order, we were all in agreement on the basic plan for the wedding and the date. Now, all we had to do was find gowns that we liked for the ceremony.
We then joined John, Ellen and Lisa and informed them of the plans that had been made. Ellen seemed pleased at the thought of being Julie's Matron of Honor. Lisa was so excited about being the flower girl for her Aunt Gina and her Aunt Julie, we thought she would never settle down. She finally did settle down long enough to show us all the new things she had found under the tree. I looked at Alice, trying to convey the message with my eyes that they had done too much for Lisa. She responded silently, indicating that it was good to again have a little girl around at Christmas to spoil. I nodded my thanks to her. After another pleasant hour together, we gathered our things and headed home. Naturally, before we left, everyone hugged Ellen and me. Mom again told Ellen how nice she looked and that Sharon was lucky to have someone that is so tender and caring. Ellen blushed and I good-naturedly pushed her out the door. This certainly had been an enjoyable evening for all.
With the beginning of the New Year, Gene and Julie returned to school for their last semester before graduation. Based on Julie's inputs, Alice had agreed to see if she could find a wedding gown for her daughter, as well as her own mother of the bride dress. Julie also had some suggestions for Ellen's Matron of Honor gown, which were duly noted. She thought Ellen would be perfect in a satin gown that was fitted to the waist and flowed into a long full skirt, preferably in dark green. She did not think Ellen would look good in a gown that required a crinoline. Julie also suggested that, when making our gown selections, we consider ones where we could also wear elbow length gloves. Neither Gene nor his femme persona Gina gave us any ideas about what she wanted in her wedding gown except that it should be a very feminine, satin and lace creation with a fitted bodice and a full skirt. She left the rest of the details to us. She also didn't have a thought about what my Matron of Honor gown should look like. However, Julie came to Gina's rescue and suggested that my gown should be in a style similar to Ellen's except the color should be gold or black. I was relieved to hear that I would not be wearing a crinoline under my gown.
The easiest gown of the four we needed was for the youngest member of the wedding. Early in January, Mom and I found the most charming flower girl's dress. It was in white satin with short sleeves. The bodice was accented with simulated seed pearls. Satin rosettes adorned the waist. Also, it had a full skirt with attached crinoline and decorative lace around the arms and the neck. Lisa tried it on and loved how her dress felt. She also looked absolutely adorable. The dress needed a little alteration to fit Lisa perfectly and the sales associate quickly had the necessary information on a service order. We also got Lisa a fitted white satin slip, a hair flower spray of white satin roses with simulated pearl trim to pin in her hair and wrist length white gloves with floral trim. I would get her white shoes later.
On the same shopping trip, Mom found a lovely long knit dress and jacket in light blue. It fit her beautifully and looked very nice on her. We also saw several possible gowns, any of which would look lovely, that Gina might consider for HER wedding gown. Nevertheless, one weekend, she was going to have to come home from school to try them on, choose THE gown for her wedding, make sure it fit properly and have any necessary alterations made. However, from my viewpoint, this trip did not yield anything promising for the Matrons of Honor gowns that Ellen and I were seeking.
The following Saturday we had another shopping trip, looking for our Matron of Honor gowns. I helped my husband get dressed as Ellen. With her wig on her head, properly done makeup and wearing satin lingerie, a short sleeved blue satin sheath and matching heels, she was the picture of the suburban housewife ready for a day of shopping. Since Mom and Lisa already had their dresses for the wedding, Mom agreed to come over and spoil, I mean, watch her granddaughter while Ellen and I looked for our gowns. When Mom arrived to watch Lisa, Ellen and I picked up our purses, hugged Mom and Lisa and headed out.
We went to a bridal salon about an hour away from home. This time we were more fortunate. I felt that we had found the gowns that we desired. Ellen fell in love with a dark green satin gown with short sleeves, a rounded neckline and a bow with streamers down the back. The gown was fitted to the waist and then gently flowed into the floor length skirt.
While she was reluctant, at first to go into the fitting room and try it on, Ellen soon had changed out of her dress and was wearing the gown. It fit her well and required absolutely no alteration. We also found a green satin headpiece of roses, which could be pinned easily into her hair. Ellen also got matching satin lingerie and selected her four-inch heels, which the sales associate assured us could be dyed to match the gown.
At the same salon, I found my ideal gown. Somewhat similar in style to Ellen's, it was in gold satin with a draped cowl neckline. However, it did not have a bow and streamers in the back like Ellen's. Nevertheless, I loved the look and feel of my Matron of Honor gown. Except for the color, my headpiece matched Ellen's. I selected matching satin lingerie and four-inch heels. As she wrote up the order, the sales associate again assured us that our shoes would be dyed to match the color of our gowns. She promised that they would be ready in a week.
Ellen and I then went to a nearby mall and shopped for clothes for both of us. I was enjoying helping her increase her wardrobe, especially her lingerie collection. Ellen had such lovely tastes with her satin and lace confections. We stopped for a light lunch in the mid-afternoon. I watched Ellen perform flawlessly as a young woman eating her lunch. After a little more shopping we returned home so that our daughter would not become any more spoiled by her grandmother.
It was the middle of February before Gene could get home from school for the weekend. We agreed to go shopping for Gina's wedding gown that Saturday. Lisa would stay with Ellen while Gina and I were shopping. With the possible gowns that Mom and I had found during our initial shopping trip, I hoped that Gina would be able to quickly find a gown that she liked, rather than have to prolong the selection process.
I went over to Mom's to pick up my little sister. Gina came bouncing out of the house wearing a satiny print shirtwaist dress and four-inch heels. Her hair had been pulled back into a nice ponytail and it was held in place with a print scarf that seemed to match her dress. She had only applied a light amount of makeup to her face. As Gina, slid into the passenger seat, Mom came out of the house to speak briefly with me. She was smiling as she told me how nice my little sister looked. Mom seemed to be enjoying having her around as much as Gene enjoyed being Gina. After a few minutes of chatting, we headed for the bridal salons.
In the first one, Gina looked at the three gowns that Mom and I thought might meet with her approval. However, even without trying any of them, Gina knew that HER dress was not there. We then headed to the next salon. At that salon, Gina looked at the gowns we had suggested and tried one on. While it fit her beautifully and looked lovely on her, Gina was not really happy with it. It just did not have that special look that she was seeking. As she undressed, the sales associate commented that they had just received some different gowns that were being unpacked now. She indicated that she would have a few of these gowns in Gina's size brought in so that she could look them over and perhaps make a selection.
In a few minutes, the sales associate returned with three very lovely gowns. As Gina looked over the selections, she seemed to linger over one in particular. The sales associate noticed Gina's interest and indicated that she should try it on. Quickly the gown was out of its protective plastic cover and Gina was ready to try it on. I helped Gina into this lovely satin and lace creation. Even before Gina looked at herself in the mirror, I felt that this gown was breathtaking and that Gina looked absolutely lovely in it. When Gina observed herself in the mirror, I heard a small gasp followed by a deep sigh. When I looked at her, Gina was smiling. "This is MY wedding gown, Sharon. I love it. It is so beautiful and I feel like a fairy tale princess wearing it."
Gina's gown was made of white, not ivory, satin and had lace, sequins and simulated pearls adorning the princess-style bodice and Empire waist. The full skirt flowed gracefully from the Empire waist. It also had short sleeves and a square neckline. The chapel train fell about 72" from her waist. Pearls and sequins adorned the train. Additionally, the gown showed off Gina's feminine figure to the best possible advantage.
The sales associate had Gina step up onto a platform so that she could note any needed alterations. Other than taking it in a little at the waist, the gown was fine. The length was a perfect fit, especially since she would be wearing four-inch heels just like she was now wearing. Gina was pleased that her gown would not need many alterations.
After she changed back into her shirtwaist dress, Gina looked at the selection of veils in stock. After looking at several and having the sales associate place them on her head, Gina finally selected a lovely fingertip length veil that fell from the headpiece which was adorned with satin roses, simulated pearls and lace. Gina also selected her white shoes, her white satin bridal lingerie and stockings and her bridal garter. I reminded Gina that she should also pick out some items for her trousseau while we were here. She picked out three lovely negligees, all in white satin, with ankle-length nightgowns and sheer peignoirs. All were lavishly covered with lace.
We left a deposit on the gown and paid for the shoes, lingerie and veil. The sales associate set up an appointment for April for Gina's next fitting. She told Gina what a beautiful bride she made when she was dressed in her gown. Gina blushed and said that the sales associate probably told that to all her bridal customers. The associate assured Gina that she meant every word. Gina smiled and thanked her for her kind words.
On our way home, we stopped for lunch. Throughout our meal, Gina talked about the upcoming wedding. She could not believe that she had her gown purchased and it only needed slight alterations to fit her. I kidded her to keep her weight constant or she might need to wear a corset in order to fit into her wedding gown. Gina smiled and said that she and Julie had discussed wearing corsets several times and she looked forward to experience the joys of being laced into the restrictive, figure enhancing garment as well as lacing Julie into a similar one.
When we got to Mom's, Gina was so excited that she had to show Mom all of her purchases and describe, in detail, what her gown looked like. Mom listened patiently as Gina talked and talked. Finally, she reached over and hugged Gina, telling her how proud she was of her second daughter and how glad she was that Gina had discovered her softer side. She was happy that Gina would wear a lovely gown when she got married and that her fiancée would accept her in satin and lace. Gina smiled and thanked Mom for all of her understanding and support, even from Gina's first appearance. I took my leave of Mom and my little sister as they discussed what Gina's old and borrowed would be to fulfill the old bridal chestnut of "Something old, Something new "
February quickly gave way to March and the beginning of spring. After her successful shopping trip, Gina had returned to school. She was virtually floating on air as she headed for her car and the drive back to finish her studies. Gina assured me that, as soon as she got back, she was going to tell Julie of her success and try to describe in detail HER wedding gown and veil. Mom and I said that we would select a very nice outfit for Gina's going-away attire when she and Julie left on their honeymoon.
In April, Gina came home for her, hopefully, final fitting. When she tried on the altered gown, Gina was pleased to see that it fit all over. No additional alterations would be needed. Also, she had kept her weight constant so a corset would not be needed. As the gown was replaced in its protective plastic bag, we paid off the remaining balance due. Gina carefully carried her gown out of the salon and gently placed it across the back seat of the car.
While we drove home, Gina chatted about many things concerning the wedding. Julie's friends at college had surprised her with a bridal shower. I could see a wistful look cross Gina's face as she thought about a bridal shower. Gina also indicated that Julie's parents were going to have a small gathering for some friends and associates next month. In essence, it would be Julie's second bridal shower. She felt sure that all of us, including Lisa and Ellen, would be invited. I offered Gina some understanding, knowing how she would like to have a bridal shower but knowing that, if she did, it would reveal her carefully preserved secret that only a selected few knew.
Gina also told me about next month's Senior Prom. Julie already had her gown for the event and Gina was looking forward to wearing it after the prom. It was a strapless black satin full-length sheath that Gina indicated really fit Julie well. They had considered getting Gina a pretty gown also for the prom but quickly ruled that out when they realized that too many people in their class knew of Gene and Julie as a committed twosome. Gina would just have to satisfy herself with wearing the gown in the privacy of Julie's apartment.
A few days after Gina returned to school, Alice Miller, Julie's Mom called and we chatted for a bit. She told me about the informal bridal shower for Julie the first Saturday in May and said to make sure that Ellen and Lisa attended. She asked about our dresses and I proceeded to describe both Matrons of Honor gowns and the flower girl's dress. Alice seemed pleased with our selections. In turn, she described Julie's gown and veil. Julie would be wearing a satin sheath gown with a scalloped neckline. Lace, sequins and simulated pearls adorned the bodice. The Basque waist descends to a sophisticated straight skirt with back walking slit. The gown also has a detachable semi-cathedral train fell about 70" from Julie's waist. Satin covered decorative buttons cover back zipper. Her veil would consist of a regal tiara headpiece with a fingertip-length veil. I told Alice that the gown and veil both sounded lovely and that Julie would be a beautiful bride. As we parted, I assured her that all of us would show up for Julie's shower.
When there is a wedding in the offing, time seems to fly by. The first of May quickly arrived and with it was Julie's bridal shower that Saturday. I had taken Ellen's wig to the salon so that it would be freshly styled for Ellen to wear to the shower. Lisa and I had our hair cut and styled also. On Saturday, we all got ready. Ellen took her bath first, so that she would have the added time necessary to get into her satin lingerie and to do her makeup. While Ellen got dressed, I helped Lisa into a pretty pink satin party dress with puffy sleeves, a full skirt and a big bow in the back. I pinned some pretty silk flowers to her hair and sprayed her with some perfume. She enjoyed being fussed over.
I then went to get myself ready and help Ellen, if necessary. Ellen sat in her white satin lingerie at the vanity doing her makeup. I looked at her face and saw that she was doing a fine job applying her cosmetics. I put on my white satin lingerie and started doing my makeup. Ellen and I seemed to be competing for the available space in front of the mirror. My good-looking husband looked very pretty sitting there at my vanity. I took her wig from the stand and placed it securely on her head. A few touches with the comb and Ellen's hair looked nice. I then finished my own makeup while Ellen sat there. I picked up my perfume and sprayed some on both of us.
Ellen wore a nice satiny sheath in blue with three-inch heels and gold jewelry. I wore a full-skirted satiny dress in dark green also with three-inch heels and gold jewelry. Finally, we were all ready and left for the party. Ellen paused in front of the hall mirror to check hr makeup. Satisfied that she looked all right, we departed for the Millers.
Since this gathering was essentially a hen party, I did not expect to see John Miller anywhere in evidence. When we got to the door, a lovely young lady attired prettily as a French maid, including five-inch heels greeted us. She escorted the three of us into the family room where Julie was the center of attention, talking with some of the people there. Alice arose and came over to greet us. She hugged Lisa and made over how cute she was. She then turned to Ellen, saying how glad that Julie's Matron of Honor could attend. Alice then gave Ellen a big hug. Ellen reacted by blushing prettily. Alice complimented both Ellen and I on our outfits. Mom was already there and she had Lisa come sit beside her. As I suspected, John was nowhere in sight.
Julie sat amidst a pile of presents. She had Lisa come sit beside her and help her open each one. Julie would look at each gift, thank the person that gave it and then pass it around for all to see. Some of the gifts were practical things that could be used in their home after Gene and Julie were married. Some of the gifts were lingerie for Julie's, and perhaps Gina's, trousseau. Lisa took her task of helping Julie open her gifts seriously.
While Julie was opening her things, I happened to glance into the dining room. There I saw two young ladies, both dressed as French maids, setting out the food on the table. The one was the young lady that greeted us upon our arrival. The other, if I didn't know better, was my little sister Gina. However, this young lady had blond hair that fell to just below her shoulders. Her makeup also was done differently than Gina usually did hers. Still, this young lady, attractively attired in a black satin French maid's uniform, white lace apron, white cap, two starched crinolines, black stockings and five-inch heels, could almost have been Gina's twin sister.
After all of the gifts were opened, acknowledged and viewed by all, Alice told us that there was a light buffet meal spread out on the table and that we could help ourselves. I will say that, in this instance, Alice was the Mistress of Exaggeration. This was not a light buffet, but rather a full spread with a variety of choices. I whispered to Ellen to help Lisa while I checked on something. While everyone returned to the family room to eat and to talk, I proceeded to the kitchen where the two maids were waiting. I looked at the young lady that greeted us and asked if I might have a few moments of privacy with her colleague. The young lady, Linda by name graciously retired, seemingly to go to the bathroom. I looked at the other maid. Even though she had her eyes looking down, there was no mistaking Gene's features. When I spoke his name, he looked at me and smiled. To the questions in my eyes, Gina answered.
"Sharon, Julie and her mom both wanted me to attend the shower. But since it was a ladies only event, I could not easily come as Gene. If I came as Gina, some people might make the connection between Gene and my feminine persona. Alice suggested that I dress as a French maid, both to help her out and at least to be at the shower. The hair is a wig to disguise my appearance, although Mom smiled knowingly when she first saw me. She simply nodded at me and then went into the family room. Today, I am merely Melissa the maid. Through watching Julie, I am vicariously experiencing the joys of being at a bridal shower."
I looked at my little brother/sister and nodded in understanding. I complimented her on her appearance. She blushed and told me how different it felt wearing a dress with this a skirt so very short. I smiled at her, excused myself and rejoined the other guests. Ellen raised her eyebrows questioningly. I simply mouthed the word 'later' to her.
Soon after everyone finished eating, the guests started to depart. Linda and Melissa had cleaned up the dining room and Linda had departed. Mom, Ellen, Lisa and I were the last ones to leave. We each thanked Alice for her hospitality and wished Julie well when she married Gene. As I hugged Alice, she whispered to me, "Did you find out?" I looked at her and nodded. I quietly said that for both of their sakes, I was glad that Alice had come up with this novel means of having Gina attend. As we departed, I told Alice that I would be in touch with her before the wedding to iron out any last minute details.
On the way home, Ellen wistfully commented about the two French maids. I asked if she was hinting for similar attire. She smiled at me and said that it would be something different for her to wear. By this time in our drive, Lisa had curled up on the back seat and had fallen asleep. I asked Ellen if she realized that one of the maids was Gene/Gina. She said that she only caught a glimpse of the blond maid and did not really get a good look at her. Ellen was very surprised when she found out that Gina was the maid.
Ellen again commented on the satin maid's uniform, crinolines and heels. I looked at my darling and said once we got through the wedding, maybe I would help my Ellen become my French maid Yvette. A big smile crossed Ellen's face when I told her that. Her response was that she would eagerly wait to become my French maid.
Before long, May was history and Gene and Julie's college graduation was upon us. They both had passed all of their courses with ease. Also, according to Gina, they both really had a good time at the Senior Prom, even though they both wanted Gina to attend, but knew that it was not possible. Gina told me also about her enjoyment of the time after the Prom, which was evident from the pictures taken that evening. The first half of the roll showed an attractive couple, he in a tuxedo, she in the strapless black satin evening gown, elbow length satin gloves and four-inch heels, enjoying the evening. The second half of the roll was devoted to Gina's prom experience. The pictures showed her wearing her fiancée's gown, gloves and heels. Even though this was the first time Gina had worn anything strapless, let alone an evening gown, the pictures showed that she didn't seem to have any problems while wearing it. You could just see Gina beaming at the camera while wearing the gown and gloves while Julie posed her in many different glamour shots.
Allen, Lisa, Mom and I drove to the college the morning of the graduation. Even though he could not be his feminine persona Ellen, my husband still was enjoying the sensual benefits of the satin lingerie under his male attire. We met the Millers in front of the field house where the ceremonies would occur. As we sat inside, we watched the graduates enter, listened to several speeches and then watched as each senior received his or her diploma.
When Gene's name was read out, it was announced that he was graduating with highest honors. This caused all of us, including the Millers, to smile broadly. Julie's name had been read out shortly before Gina's. She also was graduating with highest honors. As with Gina, all of us beamed over the success of a family member. Since Gina and Julie would be married next Saturday, both sides had come to regard the other as family.
Afterward, we met them in front of the field house for pictures. Gene jokingly lamented that it was a shame that an academic gown was not as soft and feminine as some other gowns that he had worn. This drew a chuckle from all of us. Gene did admit though that he had to have a part of Gina with him on graduation day. He said that he was wearing white satin panties, a lacy, white satin camisole, garter belt and black stockings under his suit and shirt. Additionally, he confided to me that he was wearing the necessary feminine protection in his panties. His admission caused me to smile knowingly.
We went out to eat to celebrate the twin accomplishments of Gene and Julie. During the meal, discussion centered, obviously, on the upcoming wedding. Alice said that the rehearsal would be Thursday evening. After the rehearsal, they had reserved a small room at the club for the rehearsal dinner. The wedding would be on Saturday. Gina's bridal bouquet and my bouquet as the Matron of Honor would be delivered to my house early Saturday morning. Lisa's basket of rose petals would be waiting for her at the church. Since Ellen was Julie's Matron of Honor, she should come over to the Millers very early Saturday morning, both to dress and to help Julie dress. Alice assured us that her hair stylist would be there to do Ellen's makeup as well as Julie's. On the wedding photographs, a photographer would be there early to catalog Gina's bridal day. Julie would be receiving the same photographic treatment. Lastly, the limo would pick Gina, Mom, Lisa and I up and deliver us to the church.
Pastor Cheryl had provided pre-marital counseling for the couple. She was on campus once a week, taking a continuing education course. While there, she had met with Gene and Julie. On one occasion, Gina attended at Pastor Cheryl's request. Gina made a nice impression on the pastor. After the counseling, Pastor Cheryl felt that these two young people were well informed on the responsibilities of marriage and were willing to work at it. There was also a high degree of understanding between Gene and Julie and a total acceptance of Gina by Julie. She felt that their marriage stood an excellent chance of succeeding.
Gina and Julie sat there, throughout the meal, listening to all of this like a pair of lovesick teens. They knew that by this time next Saturday, they would be Mr. and Mrs. (Ms and Ms?). They had waited so very long for this day and now they could hardly wait for it to occur. When Alice asked if they had any questions about what would be happening when, they said no. When she asked if they understood everything, both simply nodded their heads.
One more week to go before my little sister would don her wedding gown and get married. I was looking forward to having both a sister and a sister-in-law.
Rehearsal on Thursday night went flawlessly. It took Lisa once or twice to properly learn the slow walk down the aisle, dropping rose petals as she walked. Ellen had to learn the slow step and stop that brides and bridesmaids have used when coming down the aisle. Gina looked lovely in a black knee-length sheath with nude stockings and black three-inch heels. Ellen wore a white silk blouse, a lightweight ankle-length skirt and heels. Pastor Cheryl advised each of us where we were to stand during the ceremony. She would first look at Mom, asking who gives this woman to be married. She would then ask Alice the same question. After both had answered, they would take their seats in the front pew. Ellen and I would hold Julie and Gina's bouquets during a part of the ceremony. We also would lift their respective veils just before Pastor Cheryl pronounced that Gina and Julie were married. The first kiss of the marriage would then occur just prior to us recessing out.
All of that was now behind us. Friday evening, Mom and Gina came over to spend the night. We each washed our hair and put it in rollers. Mom put rollers in both of her daughters' hair and I rolled hers up. Satin sleep bonnets covered our rollers. Ellen, Gina and I behaved like sisters at a slumber party as we painted each other's fingernails and toenails. With all five of us in satin sleepwear, it seemed like a pajama party. Gina and Ellen looked cute in their satin nightgowns and their satin sleep bonnets. Mom wore blue satin pajamas and Lisa wore pink baby dolls. The rest of us wore ankle-length satin nightgowns in different colors. It was so nice to apply nail polish to both Gina's and Ellen's toenails. It was equally as nice to have them both return the favor when they did my toenails.
Saturday morning, we were all up early. Mom was the earliest riser and had breakfast waiting for all of us. After we ate, I helped Ellen with her wig after she had put on a nice skirt and blouse. She had her gown, headpiece, lingerie and shoes as she headed over to serve as Julie's Matron of Honor. Just as Ellen was leaving, the bouquets arrived. Additionally, there was a lovely corsage for Mom and a carnation corsage for Lisa.
Mary, my hair stylist, arrived shortly thereafter. While Gina and I changed into our lingerie and our robes, Mary combed out Mom and Lisa. As I put on my gold satin lingerie, I watched as Gina did the same with her bridal lingerie. She seemed to glow as she put on the white satin apparel and properly positioned both her breast forms and her sanitary pad. I made sure that Gina had her blue bridal garter on her leg before she put on her long slip and her heels.
Mary was just finishing with Mom and Lisa when the photographer arrived. She quickly started taking pictures as Mary combed out my hair. When I was done, Gina received Mary's full and undivided attention. She had known of Gina from the beginning and was a willing accomplice in keeping her secret and making her pretty. I sat and watched as Mary first started on Gina's makeup, taking care to create the bridal glamour look. The entire process was carefully recorded in pictures. Mary used more blush than normal to emphasize Gina's cheeks. Both upper and lower lashes were coated with mascara. The eye shadow she applied to Gina's lids created a dramatic appearance. After carefully lining Gina's lips, Mary applied the creamy red lipstick, giving Gina's lips a full and luscious appearance. She then combed out Gina's hair, making sure that the bangs were nice and even over her forehead and that the style had a nice outward flip to it. She then told Gina that she would do a touch-up after Gina had her veil and headpiece in place.
While Gina was getting her hair and makeup done, Mom had gotten dressed and had helped Lisa get dressed also. Mom looked very nice in her light blue knit dress and jacket. Lisa was absolutely adorable in her white flower girl's dress. With her hair and makeup done, I took Gina back to get her ready. First, I put on my gold satin gown and heels. I pinned my headpiece to my hair.
Gina, still attired in just her lingerie and heels, looked at me and asked if I was nervous the day that I got married. I assured my little sister that every bride experienced a little nervousness on her wedding day. I then asked Gina if she was ready to put on her wedding gown. She looked at me, smiled and said, "Sharon, I have been ready for this all of my life." I smiled back at her.
Mom came in to help me get Gina into her wedding gown. We lifted the satin and lace gown over Gina's head and lowered it into place. As I zipped up the gown, Mom straightened out Gina's train. Mom and I helped Gina with her elbow length gloves. Before I put her veil on her, I sprayed Gina with some very feminine-scented perfume. I then had Gina bend down slightly so that I could attach her headpiece to her hair. Mom straightened Gina's veil for her after the headpiece was attached. Mary came back to see if Gina's hair needed any last-minute touch-ups. When she saw Gina, she remarked on how lovely a bride Gina made and that she would be a beautiful vision in white for Julie.
Mom placed her mother's pearl necklace around Gina's neck. For my wedding, I had worn grandmom's necklace as my something old. Now Gina also would wear it as her something old. I handed Gina the lace handkerchief that I had carried at my wedding for her something borrowed. At this moment, Gina seemed so very happy. It took a lot of effort from all of us to keep from shedding tears of joy and happiness.
The photographer proceeded to take the posed shots. First was Gina's official bridal portrait, which I knew would be displayed prominently at Mom's, next to my bridal pictures and Gina's first pictures as a bride in my gown. Pictures of Gina and Mom, etc. were posed and taken. The last posed shot was taken just as the white stretch limo arrived.
Mom got in first and then helped Lisa get in and get seated. Gina got in next as I helped keep her train straight for her. Lastly, I got in. The photographer shot a few more pictures of all of us in the limo before we departed. All of us were radiant as we smiled for the camera.
We arrived at the church and got out of the limo. I helped Gina as she walked into the church. Just before I went inside, I saw the second white stretch limo arrive carrying Alice, Ellen, the Matron of Honor and the radiant bride Julie. Our party waited in a room on one side of the narthex, while Julie and her party waited on the other side. John had been playing various pieces on the organ as we arrived.
At the appointed time, our party emerged from our waiting room to process down the aisle. I lowered Gina's veil over her face. Lisa picked up her basket of rose petals and slowly started walking down the aisle, gently dropping them one at a time. I followed Lisa to the front of the church. While I was happy for both Gene and Gina, I think that I was more nervous making this walk for my little sister than I was when I walked down the aisle to get married. Now I understood how Gina felt when she was my bridesmaid.
As I got to the front, I hear the beginning notes of the Wedding March. I saw Gina take Mom's arm and slowly proceed to the front of the church. She truly was a lovely blushing bride. As Gina reached the front, I saw Ellen start down the aisle. For a novice bridesmaid, she walked very well, holding her bouquet in front of her as she made the measured steps down the aisle. Again, I heard John begin the opening notes of the Wedding March. This time I saw a veiled Julie take her mother's arm and proceed down the aisle. Julie's gown was everything that Alice had described and more. With love in her eyes, Gina looked at the vision of loveliness in white that was approaching her. Julie was looking at a similar vision in white waiting for her at the altar rail. Both girls were beaming broadly.
The ceremony itself was routine, having been witnessed many times over by many different people. What was not routine was when Pastor Cheryl addressed the couple before they exchanged their wedding vows. "Gina and Julie, you come here today to be joined in the holy institution of matrimony. This is an obligation that is not to be taken lightly and I know that you both are treating this with the seriousness it deserves. Gina, you are a very unique individual as you stand before us today in the white gown and veil of a bride. You have found within yourself a softer side that you have chosen to express, in part, through the clothes that you choose to wear. However, the clothing does not define who you are as a person. It is only an outward covering of the inner person. As the unique individual that you are, you have expressed your love for Julie through both your male and female sides and she has accepted you totally into her heart. Today, you are here to openly declare that love for Julie now in the presence of these witnesses."
Pastor Cheryl then turned to Julie and said, "Julie, you also are a very unique individual as you stand before us today in the white gown and veil of a bride. You have closely examined Gene and Gina and looked beyond the superficial outside covering of the choice of clothing and looked at the inner person. What you found was an individual that was kind, caring and considerate, one that loved you and one that you wanted to be with for the rest of your days. These characteristics were not dictated by the clothing that Gina wore but by the person that she truly is. You have expressed your love for Gina and now are here to openly declare that love for Gina in the presence of these witnesses."
The Pastor then addressed Mom saying, "Who gives this woman to be married?" Mom very proudly said that she did. Pastor Cheryl then turned to Mrs. Miller and asked the same question and received the response "Her father and I do." The ceremony proceeded as the vows and the rings were exchanged. I glanced once or twice at Ellen during the exchanging of the vows, and noticed a wistful look in her eyes, as if wishing that she could have worn white when we were married.
After the vows and rings were exchanged, I helped Gina with her gown so that she could kneel at the altar rail while Ellen assisted Julie in the same manner. Both girls received communion, as the first official action of their marriage. Pastor Cheryl helped both girls with the wine to ensure that none spilled onto their gowns. After a prayer, I helped Gina stand and straighten her gown while Ellen repeated the process with Julie.
As I lifted my little sister's veil, I smiled at her. She was absolutely beaming as she looked at me. She then turned to Julie and they kissed. It was a tender sight to see these two officially married. Pastor Cheryl had them turn and face the back of the church. Pastor then spoke "I now declare Gina Michelle Reagan and Julie Ann Miller to be duly married in the eyes of God and per the laws of this state. What God has joined together, let no one put asunder." John immediately began playing the recessional. It was nice to be walking arm in arm with my beautiful Ellen while she was dressed as a Matron of Honor.
Mom and I helped Gina change into her going away outfit while Alice and Ellen assisted Julie. Just before the girls left on their honeymoon, hugs were given all around. Julie hugged Mom first, then her niece Lisa and then Ellen and I. She thanked Ellen for being her honor attendant. Gina was hugging the Millers as they welcomed their new daughter into the family. Gina then turned and hugged Mom. When she hugged me, her eyes were starting to mist as she said, "Thanks Sharon for helping me to achieve this wonderful day. Without your support I may never have taken my first steps as Gina."
Gina and Julie enjoyed a weeklong cruise for their honeymoon. On their return, the Millers hosted the reception honoring the recently married couple. In a way, it seemed strange seeing Allen offer a toast as the best man after seeing him serve admirably as the Matron of Honor.
Gina and Julie have now settled into the routine associated with the first year of marriage. We see them on occasion. They even take care of Lisa so that Ellen and I may have some free time. After watching Ellen during Gina's wedding, I wonder if my wedding gown will be worn once again, this time by my dear Ellen. I will talk with Gina and Julie to see if they will assist me in having Ellen become a bride. After all, this was the way it began for my little sister Gina.
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