At the end of August, I ordered my wedding gown and it arrived three days later. I was shocked at the speedy arrival considering I was told it wouldn’t get here until December 3, and when I went to pick up the dress I found out why. They were trying to give me the Sample gown as my “brand new” wedding dress. I could tell because the dress had a pick in the fabric across the chest and I immediately recognized it. Of course I made them order a new dress which they “rushed” and it ended up taking a month to come in. I was so excited at how quickly the first dress arrived that I went ahead and made plans to have my bridal portraits taken at the end of October so it could be a fall shoot, complete with pumpkins and the beautiful fall leaves. I had my heart set on this idea since it is my favorite time of year, and every day that I had to wait on my 2nd dress to come in was a reminder of my dream bridal shoot slipping away.
Finally, my 2nd dress came in yesterday. When we got to the store, I thoroughly inspected my dress and found this one to be perfect. I was thrilled! Now I just needed to purchase my undergarment that I tried on with the dress and I was headed to the alterations shop. Wouldn’t you know, they were out of my size! Luckily, the other boutique in Durham had one in stock. I called and bought the non-refundable undergarmet from the Durham store and thought it would be no problem to head there first, then head to Cary for my fitting.
No.Such.Luck. It was pouring rain all day yesterday, which to drivers in Raleigh translates to “forget everything you learned about how to drive properly.” By this time, nearly 6pm, I-40 was a complete parking lot. There was no way I could make it to Durham, then back to Cary in any reasonable amount of time. There I sat in traffic, with pouring rain, and stressed to the max. My mom doesn’t do well in these situations, but she did try really hard to be reassuring and calm. We finally pulled up to Olga’s house for my alterations appointment a hour late.
Let me tell you a little about Olga. Olga is a small Russian lady, with a LOT of spunk. She was a referral from a friend and after reading her reviews online, it turns out she is apparently a seamstress QUEEN. Earlier on the phone, she told me she was booked solid through November and there was no way I could have even one fitting before then. I guess she could hear my disappointment because she said “You get dress tonight, you bring to me, I see how hard to finish by October”.
When we arrived, we were greeted by our now favorite Russian lady and her cat, Ninja. She informed me his full name is Big Bad Ninja Cat. I was still nervous about going to my fitting with no strapless bra. She kept saying to me “I makes and fix dresses long time–and I know man. Man NO WANT a bag of bones, you see! You will be bag of bones with corset bra!” I wanted to ask her if that meant I could keep eating ice cream on my pre-wedding diet.
After getting my dress on, my shoes, and my pearls… I just couldn’t help but feel the stress of the entire day and night melt away. I remember thinking that’s probably what my wedding day will be like. All of the stress over details and decisions in the days leading up will just melt away when I get into my dress and my shoes and my pearls and walk straight towards my groom.
Much to my surprise and complete joy, Olga will have my dress finished by October 24th, just in time for my 25th birthday three days later and my bridal portraits. Don’t you just love it when things work out?