so now that the big wedding is over - which i haven't recapped mostly because for some reason i don't feel ready to yet - i can do a little backtracking and share about the day we found the old lady's dress...es. heh.
she'd seen a post about a big sample sale was going to happen at a little shop in monrovia - one that's fairly popular and known for awesome deals on beautiful gowns. there was a whole list of guidelines for how the sale would go - each bride was allowed up to two guests. she was allotted a whole 30 minutes to find and try on dresses, and if more time was needed she would have to get back in line for another 30-minute session. all sales would be final, of course, and there was a small discount for paying in cash. it was kind of a lot of pressure, but i guess they figure you either find it or you don't, and if you couldn't get it done the next person in line probably would.
and so with her childhood BFF (who was also serving as their officiant for the wedding, an idea that i absolutely adored), we arrived bright and early on a sunday morning to get in line. the shop was scheduled to open at 9, and we got there at 7. there was one other bride already in line ahead of us.
the time went by pretty quickly, as we chatted and giggled about wedding ideas and got all caught up on what was happening in each others' lives. and then just before 9, a couple of employees came out to greet everyone and have them fill out a quick questionnaire.
look at how cute her bangle was - a gift from her soon-to-be MIL.
my baby. sigh.