Day two of the wedding started off okay. Matt had to work and I was off. With all the trauma from the night before you would think I was able to get some sleep but I was still up at a reasonable hour. I did the usual routine and got ready for the day. I had some small things still to get ready for the wedding, such as to make my wedding veil. So I sat and had a cup of coffee and did that while checking in with Mom and my cousin Steph at the hotel as well as the hospital. My godmother was still pretty out of it from what we could understand so we were trying to figure out how to get my mother and cousin on to a bus so that they could get in to Philly. This seriously is one of the few times when I actually wish I had a car and a license. But alas they got to understand how it is for me and millions of others to use mass transit.
Of course my mother has no patience and doesn’t listen to what I tell her about bus schedules… so she called a cab. $80 later, she calls me from the hospital in Philadelphia. Thankfully by that time I was already headed in to the city to meet up with my father. I stopped very quickly at the hospital to say hello rescue my cousin from the hospital to go with me to pick up my father and his girlfriend. This was one of the many other stresses living inside of me… my parents have not been in the same room since their divorce was finalized my senior year of high school. Steph and I hopped a cab to cross the city, Dad and Terry were arriving at 30th Street Station in West Philly and I was already running behind from stopping at the hospital. And for the first time in over 24 hours, a form of transit arrived on time! So poor Dad was waiting for me for 30 minutes because traffic in the city on a Friday is retarded, always.
We arrived at the train station and there were hugs! There was no drama!! I was so happy to just hug my dad and not have to call an ambulance!
has now come and gone and thankfully the stress has gone with it. There was no way anyone could have prepared us for the complete roller coaster events that would come with getting married. Let’s start at the beginning… Thursday.
My mother and godmother were due to arrive at 4:15, and were delayed until 4:50pm. My cousin and matron of honor was supposed to be arriving at 5:30, but we had already been informed she was seriously delayed. Upon getting to baggage claim, my godmom stepped outside for a smoke. My mom and I followed so we could figure out what to do about my cousin Steph’s flight being delayed about 5 hours. Damn lightning storms in California. My godmom passed out and fell, hitting her head on the concrete and had a seizure. Thankfully my mom is an emergency room nurse and was there to start caring for her while I ran to get 911 called.
We then cared for my godmom while waiting for the ambulance. The ambulance arrived and we got her and my mom loaded in for the trip to the hospital. The EMT’s told me which hospital she was going to be taken to and at exactly that moment, fiancee Matt arrived for us to head along to the hospital as well. In my shock, I had called him to let him know what was happening, but called the wrong number. Thankfully I called our home instead of calling a stranger.
So Matt and I headed to the hospital to meet up with my mom and find out what was going on. My mom was very happy with the care that my godmom received at the hospital which made me feel more comfortable. Of course during all of this I was trying to find out when Steph’s flight was going to be arriving. I called the airport to check on this and they said 2 am was her new arrival time. We were hoping that it would be earlier but what can you do. Little did we know that they were lying!! We stayed at the hospital until my godmother was transferred to their larger trauma center around 10:30 ish and then headed out to New Jersey and food and then a hotel for mom and then back to our house. None of us had eaten much for the day so we stopped in Burlington at The Dolphin Diner, a true NJ diner! While ordering our food, my grandmother called. She lives in Oregon so it was that late for her yet. My cousin had arrived!! A lot earlier than the airline had said she would. She had been texting me to let me know but since my phone had died while at the hospital I had no way of knowing. So using Matt’s phone we texted our way through getting Steph on a shuttle out to the hotel, as it would have meant another 2 hours of driving back and forth just to get everyone in the same place and Matt still had to go to work the next day.
It was an incredibly long day for everyone so we were happy to get home and into our bed around 2 am.
It has been a big week for me on the wedding front. Firstly, I have received the gifts I planned for my wedding party. Then there was the first of the dress fittings. I have a mere 33 days to go!
For my ladies in my wedding party, I decided to do something a little different for their gifts. I know that tradition dictates jewelry to wear for the wedding, at least that’s what I have always received. But I’m a little more practical than that… I had small custom totes made!! Or reuseable lunch bags… for my girls to use as they see fit!
I got these from the amazing Besu, from Etsy who I originally met on Twitter in the Blythe group. She was more than amazing about working with me to make these exactly as I wanted. I had found the fabric outside of Philadelphia, Ladybutton Fabrics, and then sent it to her. I thought that this would be a great gift as it is environmentally friendly, as well as much cooler than those on the market and matches the theme for our wedding.
Also this week was my first wedding dress fitting. I have always loved the fashion period called the New Look which was from 1947 – 1953 and inspired by Christian Dior. So of course this is the look that I have chosen for my wedding dress. Here is the dress that started it all for me… I loved this dress but knew I couldn’t quite pull it off as it looks here.
So I had my dear friend and co-worker Bobby Fabulous, design a dress for me that would be similar yet fitting for me. Bobby Fab is a costume designer by day and night and also an amazing guy. He understands women and how we come in all shapes and sizes with different styles. I love him dearly for working so hard on my dress and the wedding! I wanted it to be a little smaller of a skirt and strapless since the whole shindig will be outside. But felt that I should have my shoulders covered for during the ceremony. I would hate for my new family to think me a hussy! So this is what Bobby came up with for me…
The dress has a champagne satin base with an ivory lace overlay detachable sash/belt and lace shrug. Please excuse the photos as they were taken outside of my workplace and obviously makeup and hair were not done for this, and it was very sunny, hence the squinting. And so that I can have just one more element of the day of the dead theme, I had Besu make a little something for me and here it is…
The brooch is detachable with a zipper closure and the lining matches the sash/belt on my dress. If you are looking for an absolute wonderful clutch, bag or little wallet; I highly recommend checking out Besu on Etsy. She really is the best.