I felt really awkward asking people to come with me to shop for a wedding gown when I wasn't even engaged. But I really wanted someone there with me. Well I ended up with three people: my mom, my future sister-in-law turned bridesmaid, Melyssa, and my friend Mel turned maid-of-honour (or matron of honour? I hate the word matron...). The sale was from 9am - 4pm. Señor said I needed to get there as early as possible to get the best selection so we lined up at 7:30am. In the freezing cold.
All I kept thinking of was the episode from Friends when Monica shops for her dress and pretty much assaults other crazy frantic women to get it. This is what I thought I was in for. When we got there, there were about 5 "brides" ahead of us. (I use quotations here because I think it's fair to assume that not every person buying a dress that day was actually a bride...ahem.) We waited outside for about 45 minutes until they let us inside the building to wait some more. To get in to the boutique, there was a long, narrow stairwell that lead to it. All of the "brides" along with their entourage were sitting and standing in the stairs, waiting. Then 5 minutes before 9am, one of the store employees explained to us that only 10 "brides" along with the people they brought with them would be allowed on the floor at a time. They could choose 3 dresses to try on. First to arrive at the dressing rooms (there are only 2) first serve. If you didn't find your dress out of the 3 you tried on, and you wanted to look some more, you had to go to the back of the line. By this time, the line was trailing into the parking lot...
To keep track of the "brides", we were all given numbers from 1 to 10. I was number 5 and we were lucky to be in the first round on the floor. We split up and found 3 dresses that we decided I should try on. I was the third person to arrive at the dressing room. (Which was a miracle, since those women were absolutely insane. I was being shoved and blocked and given the nastiest looks. It was kind of funny actually.) When it was my turn to go in, I was accompanied by the seamstress that works there. She tied me into the first dress and instructed me to lift the front of it, then she would open the curtain for me and I could go out to show my mother. So I reached down, picked up the front of the dress, and as she opened the curtain of the dressing room, I took one step out and nearly tripped over Señor, who was right in front of me, on one knee, in a suit, holding a ring.
Now, Señor is a shy person. So for him to be proposing in public was HUGE. I looked up at my mom and bridesmaids and they were smiling in a way that told me they were all in on it. Then I looked around the room and noticed that all the crazy ladies had stopped rifling through the gowns and were looking at us. Then all at once (it seemed) they said: awwwwwwww!! Then as the people waiting in the stairs wanted to know what was going on, and someone explained it to them, we heard another wave of awwwwwww!! It was pretty great.
So obviously, I said yes. And luckily, the gown I came out in when Señor was down one knee is not the one I bought. I did find a dress that day though. But you can't see it. Not till after the wedding :P
(I did ask Señor what he'd done with the children, as he obviously didn't have them with him, turns out he left them with his brother who had instruction on when and where to take the kids for their sports if Señor hadn't made it back in time...which he did.)
The week following the proposal, I was less than 2 weeks away from a craft show, less than one week away from our St. Patty's Day party and had Señor's brother and my future sister-in-law Melyssa staying with us for the week. They are getting married in August and Señor and I are both standing in their wedding. So needless to say, very little craft show prep happened, less than desired St. Patty's Day prep happened and A LOT of wedding planning occurred!
Finally, those first few days of "bride brain" passed, and I was finally able to focus on becoming Irish for a day.
In the midst of the craft show craziness, I had a cake to make - another retirement cake for a co-worker! This time, though, I had some help. My friend Brandon promised to come help me out on the Sunday night, to have the cake ready for a surprise lunch last Monday. All I had to do was bake the actual cake on the Saturday night. But, after coming home from the craft show that day, spending some time with the kids and then sitting down to relax (before heading back to the craft show the next morning), I completely forgot! That is until Brandon texted me on the Saturday around 9pm to tell me that he'd remembered to pick up the fondant and that he got it on sale! Well! Trust me when I say I've never baked a cake faster in my life. And it turned out great.
Then on Sunday, Brandon arrived at my house and we got to work. (I'm determined to teach him everything I know about decorating cakes and cookies for some reason.) We didn't really come up with this design ourselves. We Googled the idea and came up with this combination of a bunch of our findings. And as you can see, we chose the most difficult flags to replicate :P
For the distressed look of the suitcase, we coloured the base fondant a tan colour and covered the cake. Then before putting the straps and flags on it, we put some globs of brown gel food colouring in random spots on the cake and then with paper towels, we spread the food colouring around, making sure to keep some areas darker than others. It was super easy and we're kind of geniuses :P Oh, and the retiree's reaction to the cake went smashingly.
So the craft show is done. Easter is over. I recently finished a course in creative writing. With a hall & dj and other major things already booked for my summer 2014 nuptials, the wedding planning can be put on the backburner for a while. I should feel like I have nothing to do right now, right? Wrong. With an application to prepare and send in by the April 10th deadline for the Sudbury Keepsakes Christmas Art & Craft Show in October, and a shop to set up on Etsy.com, I still feel pretty busy. To top it off, I figured that since I just finished a class, I should take another one!! But what, oh what should it be!? Well, with my job being safe for now, but certainly not forever, my fiancé thought it would be a good idea to take some courses that would allow me to qualify for a wider spectrum of positions within my workplace. Logically, I just couldn't argue this. So I signed myself up for the first course of the Bookkeeping Certificate Program: Introduction to Accounting. After getting my books:
And so, while I should be reading the first pages of my course book, adding items to my newly established Etsy shop, preparing my next craft show application or even making items to be sold, instead I've chosen to alternate between writing this post and reading Batman: Arkham City. I'm totally off to a great start :/ Batman rocks.