(Jean’s wedding, not mine)
It was a bit of a whirlwind weekend, so I don’t really know where to start and end. Jean’s in town for Thanksgiving and to sort out a lot of the wedding planning for her and Joe’s big day next summer, so I helped out as best I could, which mostly involved driving, drinking (not at the same time of course [grin]), providing decision making support (“yeah, I like that dress too — so far you look amazing in all of them!” — very helpful!), sampling wedding cake (twist my arm) and documenting the whole extravaganza with the camera. Fun, a little overwhelming (and hell, I’m not even the one getting hitched!) and very exhausting.
We whirled through three bridal shops — in one, Jean tried on at least 20 dresses — and there is one more to go before she makes up her mind. In one of them, they actually let us photograph (which, from what I gather, is a little unusual) and while I did take about a million pictures, as the dress is not to be seen by the groom, I won’t post them publicly. Here are a couple of me though, trying on a bridesmaid dress. Jean’s pretty much settled on those at this point and the color (claret) doesn’t even make me look like Barney the dinosaur (or whatever Barney is suppose to be; the dress is the one I am wearing in the picture of both of us, but in the red/”claret” color). Dress decision making is hard. I mean, it’s easy to narrow down to a few contenders, but them deciding between those is a wracking decision.
We also checked out the venue, Pleasant Point Inn on Kezar Lake in Lovell, Maine. It reminded me a lot of one of those old-fashioned resorts from like the film Dirty Dancing (only smaller). It’s got a main house with some quirky guest rooms and the function room and then a lot of cabins. It’s right on Kezar Lake and the perfect place for an August wedding (of course, if you could eliminate all mosquitos, it would be even more perfect!). Of course it is closed for the winter now and even the heat was off so we could see our breath as we looked about the buildings and rooms. Great atmosphere though and the owner who met with us was very nice and accommodating.
If you find yourself in Conway, NH (right across the state line from where the wedding will be), make sure to stop in Riverstones Bakery (don’t think that they have a website). They will be doing the wedding cake and we, of course, had to sample [grin]. I’m not a big fan usually of carrot cake but it was to die for. I suspect that people will be fighting for every last piece of it (I hope I’m not giving away secrets here, but the cake will have a chocolate tier, a vanilla-chocolate chip tier and one of carrot cake – yummy!)
Today it’s meetings with the florist and photographers. I’m back in Boston while Jean stayed up there with her mum and aunt and uncle for a few more days. Wednesday afternoon we have one more dress fitting appointment for her and then hopefully that will be sorted too. Even though I am very work busy today, that is almost more relaxing than running around with appointments for her!