- Mrs. DG
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: July 2009
Photo teaser: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/dg-photo-teaser
Chalkboard fail: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/chalkboard-art On Thursday night after a productive day with my chalkboards, I looked forward to a fabulous night’s sleep… Except that it was hot and hard to sleep. Thank goodness for sheer exhaustion, because I fell into a movementless, dreamless slumber!
Friday dawned and it was as if I had sometime in the night gotten onto a freight train that there was no stopping. Mr. DG’s family is a force to be reckoned with. If you want something done, they’ll get it done! People were arriving. Breakfast was made for dozens of folks milling about, and my cabin (called the Big House) was suddenly the central gathering place for a growing cadre of people. There was so much love and excitement, but precious little time to bask in it. I tried to find a few minutes with each person to spend some quality one on one moments. Still, I only had one thing on my mind… Chalkboards! If I kept chitter-chattering, they were never ever going to get finished. So, I blocked everyone out and set to work. I began inking the big seating arrangement board. It’s really hard to work with something so large, because you are reaching across a lot of acreage to get to the place you need to be writing. I wrote like mad and accepted that my writing, while better than the original, wasn’t going to be perfect. At this point, perfect was the enemy of the good.
Looming in the back of my head was the mani-pedi appointment we had scheduled (by the same saintly friend who protected me while I was sleeping) for 1:30. We were going to have to leave camp at no later than 1 pm to get there on time. When I looked up from my nearly completed seating arrangement, I noticed it was 1:15. Yipes! How did that happen? I called it a day with the chalkboards and started looking for the girls.
Rounding up the girls was like herding cats… Seriously! Actually, it might have been harder than herding cats. I’ve never actually herded cats before, so I can’t fairly compare… but I’ve herded resident physicians which we often compare to herding cats (no offense to the residents reading this), and getting the girls together was definitely harder than that! We got our girls into the car and drove like the wind to Tahoe City. I was sweating it out, but figured “Ah, what the heck can I do about it?” I think this might have been the point where I completely relinquished control of anything remaining to be done and just relaxed… Which was good because I was starting to get a nauseous feeling that wasn’t to leave me until after the ceremony.
We were about 1/2 hour late to our appointment, but were accomodated without complaint! (Thanks nail salon guys!– seriously it was all guys!) It was so nice to spend the afternoon gossiping with the girls and being pampered. We drank champagne. I got a french manicure for my fingers, since I’d never had one before and hot pink for my toes. They did such a great job that my toes are perfect even now. I’m looking at them as I type this and smiling to remember the day!
While we were getting our toes done, a friend (who wasn’t invited to the wedding) came to visit us at the salon. It’s one of the perks of being from a small town, to have everyone you know finding you and wishing you well. 🙂 While we were hanging out, we began talking about what she was going to do the next day (wedding day). It was clear that she was angling for the invite, and feeling charitable, I decided to extend it. Her reply was, “Good, because I was planning on crashing anyway!” I giggled to myself thinking how this should be considered such a faux pas, and how I didn’t care… since I had already completely relinquished all control! Please see August15’s post on I. Do. Not. Care. to understand how I was feeling right then.
When we got back to camp, it was getting close to the “planned” time for the rehearsal. But where was Mr. DG? Where were the groomsmen? And why was it well over 90 degrees out in the late afternoon when it was supposed to be cooling off?
(Picture of “completed” chalkboard. I still had a little work to do on it cleaning it up at this point… but you get the idea.)