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29 November 2010 @ 09:15 pm
Wedding of Geek and Cute  
Man, what is it with the rash or Jara weddings with the Geeky-Cute Overload? And they just keep getting more and more dangerous to one's bloodsugars...  ;)

The weekend before last corvusjoyous  got married and I was proud to be one of her bridesmaids. I was too busy/excited to get any photos (even on my dorkPhone), so I can't wait to see the official photos! The weekend ended up being sort of a whirlwind,  so I'll just summarize.

Friday started slow enough, I slept in, went for lunch at Mediterranean Grill, looked for a pashmina at the Art Geckos, and ran some errands. Then I popped over to corvusjoyous' parent's house to steam the dress again and do some alterations on said dress. Soon after, more folks showed up and I hung out with the bride, AJ (one of the bridesmaids) and her boyfriend, and the parents of the bride. Sharon, the other bridesmaid, needed a ride to the rehearsal dinner and I wanted to have her try on the dress, so I offered to go fetch her and do a fitting. This turned out to be a very good call, since the dress was a size and a half too small. Doh! She'd tried it on months earlier and it fit then, but she'd had it shipped to my house so she would not need to bring it on the plane. At this point it was 30 minutes to the rehearsal dinner, so we quickly evaluated our options. Option one - take the dress out! Easy, I so can do that! ... unless there is less than an 1/8th of an inch of seam allowance. Fail! Option two - new dress! Called David's looking for that dress in the right size in Brown... then ANY dress in the right size in Brown. No such luck - strike two! Option 3 - put in a panel up the back and lace it up... except it was nearly 6PM by then - by the time we did dinner and rehearsal and set-up, there was no way I would be able to get to a fabric store before they closed. arebekah  to the rescue! I called her up with a shopping list and she went to JoAnn's for me, completely flying blind since she had not seen the dresses, and she brought the supplies to the hotel for me and left them at the front desk. Dinner was tasty, the rehearsal was mostly decorous, we did what set-up we could, and then I scooted out of there double-time. I spent the next few hours sewing in lacing rings and making the placket.  I showered and was In bed by 4:30AM and called that a victory.

Saturday I was at the hotel by 8AM for the set-up, then 10AM at the Thompson's for hair-braiding and more dress-steaming. The dress fix worked reasonably well - apparentlycorvusjoyous  noticed the panel and wondered why the dress had a white panel, but didn't worry enpugh about it to ask until much later that night, so that was a win. Speaking of the bride, she was entirely lovely, and even in a giant poofy dress, she was still very much Deena... particularly in the photos where she was wearing her work boots! We ran a bit behind schedule while getting ready, but the photographers were efficient and got us back on track. (General note - short sleeveless dress in Wisconsin for outdoor pictures? Eeek! I think I had goosebumps bigger than my nose!) I can't wait to see the photos, though - there were some really great scenery options both at the Stock Pavilion and in the greenhouse. Then it was back to the hotel and go time... the wedding was short but incredibly sweet. There was some sort of misunderstanding about the reception room - they did not want to open up until the bar was open, even though we assured them that no one would care and it would be better than cramming the hallways. However, the delay allowed us to identify and correct a table-numbering error - the wedding planner was Not Pleased with me switching the numbers but we set up a system to quickly double-check all the tables and just fixed the errors over her objections. I'm not sure what happened, but the first seven tables were all scrambled, the rest of the hall was fine. The reception was a very good time - the steak I had for dinner was fabulous, the games and activities were fun, the music was good (they even played some Cure!), and everything seemed to go off without any obvious problems. Clean-up nearly killed me - I was running on less than four hours of sleep and it was cold! I'd forgotten my "real clothes" in the car - brrrr! Unloading the prezzies at the house made it totally worthwhile, though! We took all the leftover dove charms and hid one in every nook and cranny we could think of. :) They'll be finding doves for months! Hee!

Sunday I got up early to go to the brunch. I considered not going since I had a headache, but there were people I wanted to see and I'd promised to be there. Turns out it was a good thing - I wasn't the only one to need headache meds and I was happy to share my candies. I didn't stay long, though, and soon went home to sleep it away. Then, there being no rest for the wicked, I drove up to the Dells for dinner and some gambling with my dad at the casino. I tapped out pretty early, though, and headed home to get to bed early... 

Congrats to corvusjoyous  and T - I couldn't be happier for two such fabulous people and such a wonderful couple!
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jtdiiijtdiii on November 30th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
It is annoying how little seam allowance many of those dresses have. I have had to work magic a few times, but rarely on the short term that you did...

Good save.
eithni: jumpingeithni on November 30th, 2010 07:16 am (UTC)
Thanks!
whymcwhymc on November 30th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
Any side bets on who requested the cure? =>
eithni: greeneithni on November 30th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
I can't imagine... ;)~
PonderousMandghall on November 30th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
Wow, I knew there were some wardrobe malfunction issues, but that was a doozy indeed!

And I still owe you a khorabushka or two... :)
eithni: embroideryeithni on November 30th, 2010 07:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was just glad it wasn't the wedding dress that needed that sort of overhaul... although THAT dress had nice reasonable 1" seam allowance.
corvusjoyouscorvusjoyous on November 30th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
You were a lifesaver in about a million ways that weekend. I can not thank you enough for all your help on these issues(dress modifications, migranes)and many others. Lemme know if there's any way I can return the favor.

and P.S. on music - Pre-planning with the DJ, I let him know Bowie and the Cure were two of my faves. So I wasn't too shocked to hear "Just Like Heaven." Not too surprised if it was directly requested either though...
(Anonymous) on February 15th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Thanks for summing it up so well. I think I’ll be returning here often. Best Regards.