Finally, after a ridiculous and over-the-top amount of lead-up, the time came to face my fear of the bridesmaid dress.
The other ladies slipped into their dresses without flinching (actually, that’s a lie — Catherine was an excellent partner in tight dress misery!) while I worried about what I would do if I ripped the seams of mine while participating in some sort of high-impact sport like breathing.
Somehow, however, we all found ourselves successfully zipped into beautiful folds of satiny chocolate chocolatey satin:
PHEW … and thank you to my sister Emily for the loan of her life-saving Spanx!!:-P
AK, photographer extraordinaire, went to work arranging us for ultimate pre-wedding photogenicity in the Gunn backyard:
Photography is an action sport, fyi:
And here we are with our special special bride (because, ummmm, this day was about more than just my dress saga), Erin Gunn Mrs. Brennan-to-be:
The limo arrived, and we were magically transported to a world of cheese and crackers, aka the bridal suite at the wedding site:
We did a little bit of prep:
… and then got ourselves lined up for the big moment!
I even managed to read my piece and command the new couple to go forth and multiply without splitting any seams!
And then came the big moment:
Awwwwwwwwwwww. Once again, totally about more than my dress 😛
More bridal suite apps during photography:
Cheese, crackers, fruit, sundried tomato tarts, chicken satay, spanakopita:
Best picture EVER:
Bustling is apparently a VERY involved project:
Bridal suite beverage service was lacking, so some of the boys took it upon themselves to release a few beers from behind the bar. I took advantage of the opportunity to drink my first beer ever. I usually hate beer — I don’t know why it tasted so good at that moment!
After the photos, we went out to join the party. I am so in love with these centerpieces that Erin’s sisters made:
I ignored my minestrone soup and watched the dancing children instead:
The bar was open (thanks to Erin and Mike!!), so I asked for a cocktail of Grey Goose, soda water, and a slice of every fruit possible:
I squeezed and mashed my orange, lemon, lime, and cherry into the drink and ended up with a brilliant fresh fruit concoction. And then I did it again. Three more times 😛
I went Trick or Treating at Erin and Mike’s table:
Erin said, We put the candy here for the kids, but I have a feeling we’ll be seeing you more often! Oops 😛
And then it was time for cake-cutting!
How amazing is Siobhan’s cake?????
Before they wheeled the cake off to cut for the masses …
… I snagged a prize: the discarded gum paste pumpkin from Erin and Mike’s slice!
I also snagged a photo with the Captain himself, aka father of the bride:
And then the entree of salmon with sundried tomato glaze, rice pilaf, and green beans with almonds:
QT with the princess of the night:
(Yes, I definitely 86’d those straps on the dress as soon as the official photos were done!)
And QT with the prince!
The cake came around, and I had my slice … plus the slices of about four other people!
Pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing must be eaten at all costs (especially when it involves a change in tongue color, and especially when the new color is purple):
Congratulations to Erin and Mike … aka the Brennans!!! And thanks for throwing the best party ever to celebrate your marriage 😀
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