Today I am celebrating 8 years of wedded bliss.
And in honor of this celebration, I'm going to share a true story that took place on my wedding day.
It's one of those totally-not-funny-at-the-time-but-hilarious-now stories.
Dress shopping was one of my favorite wedding preparation experiences. Who doesn't love dress shopping?! And wedding dress shopping? Even better. My dad actually went with me to pick out my wedding dress. He narrowed it down to two and I chose his second favorite.
Like all brides, the wedding gown fitting is an important part. Several times I drove from Auburn to Atlanta to try on my gown and have it adjusted. Let it out a little here, take it in a little there.
The last fitting I had was just the week of my wedding.
When I put the dress at the last fitting, I commented that it was a little tight around the bust line. (Those were the days of my fabulous bust line.) The seamstress and I discussed options and since there were only a few days before my wedding, it didn't seem too tight and I didn't want to let it out only to have to worry about tugging it up all day, I decided that I would just leave it the way it was and, you know, make sure not to eat a lot that week.
Fast forward to the morning of the wedding and my Granny fluttering all around reminding me to eat. She kept talking about how she once saw a groom pass out at a wedding because he hadn't eaten all day. She tell me this as I'm getting out of the shower, again as I'm headed out to get my hair done, and again as I'm getting ready to go to the church.
Of course, I'm thinking, "I can't eat! I have to fit into my dress!"
I go to the church, hair done, make-up applied, into the dress, suck in and button.
Out to take pictures and then back to the brides room to wait for the actual ceremony. Enter Granny. Still going on (and on) about eating. This time, though, she's armed with a tray of pastries. The temptation proves to be too much and I reach for one.
Apple danish. YUM!
I scarf it down and then bend over to grab a napkin...
All of a sudden I feel and hear a popping sound. Then suddenly I have a more freeing sensation around the top of my dress.
Yes, that top button had popped right off!
I immediately knew what happened, however, my lovely bridesmaids gather around me telling me that the button has just come undone. They are looking for a safely pin and then spend a lot of time attempting to safely pin it together. All the while, assuring me the button as merely become unfastened. In walks my mother-in-law and joins the hoopla trying to safety pin my dress as well. In walk my own mother and aunt. The take one look at all the commotion and just walk back out.
Can you believe someone (and I'm not sure who!) took pictures of this fiasco!?!
Now, I don't actually know how long the whole process took but it felt like an hour. It was definitely long enough for me to eat one more danish.
A nice shot of rum to calm me down and a little while later I was ready to walk down the aisle and
Ironically enough, the dress actually fit perfectly after the button broke! I was able to dance the night away! And I am happy to say that was really the only snaffu we experienced. Mostly.
We had a gorgeous wedding and a fabulous 8 years and I can only imagine how wonderful the rest will be!
Happy anniversary, babe! I'm so glad I married you!