In the beginning I wasn't planning to rent a wedding gown at all. Due to the fact that R2 was still unemployed at that time, I was the one budgeting the wedding all by myself, so I didn't want to waste too much money for the wedding, so I bought a silver party gown already (I ended up giving it to my friend 'coz I had never worn it). However, Mom asked me, "Are you REALLY sure you don't want to wear a wedding gown? It's once in a lifetime, you know? It's OK if you're sure about it, but I just don't want you to regret it."
I thought about it and then decided to rent a secondhand gown IF I could find one that fit my budget. My budget at that time was around €120-130 max. So off we went to this bridal boutique and the owner/designer was there. When she saw me, she immediately took out 4-5 wedding gowns. We tried on three, but we fell in love already with the first one, so I asked how much it would cost and she said it would cost about €125. Splendid!!! She said the price included the rent of tiara and jewelleries as well as the veil and gloves of my choice (they had several options). She also said that she showed me that first gown as her first choice 'coz she thought it'd suit me best. Well, she was totally right he he he...
It was such a blissful time to be able to spend time with R2 again (the second time we were together in real life) and we had a blast, though I was a bit worried about the craziness of it all for him. I mean, it was his first trip to Indo and he came to Indo ALONE to marry me!!! He'd have to meet my whole family and friends at the wedding party, but he was so calm and collected as usual. :-D
My make-up artist was heavily pregnant at that time. She was a bit worried that she would give birth before or on my wedding day, but thankfully it didn't happen, though she did give birth only a week or so after my wedding day, can you believe it? When I first went to meet her months and months prior to the wedding, I didn't know she was pregnant. When she asked me our wedding date, she said, "Oh, I think I'll be able to make it. I'm 3 months pregnant, you see?"
She usually did the hairdo herself as well, but due to the fact that she was pregnant, she called on another guy to help her with it. Let me tell you that the guy was the gentlest hairdresser EVER in my entire life! He had to put on at least 50 hairpins on my hair but I didn't feel any pain at all (I had such a bad experience before with another salon). And I can't forget the look on R2's face when he saw me with my make-up, hairdo, tiara, and wedding gown he he he he he...He said I looked like an angel! (this is coming from a man who says that make-up = fake-up, so I was afraid he wouldn't like the make-up bit). :-D :-D :-D
Ahhhh...so many lovely memories pouring forth already...13 years ago we "met" by chance through an internet emailpal site, 12 years ago we started falling in love with each other, 8 years ago we met for the first time in real life and we've lived together for almost 6 years now. I really love growing old with him.
Anyway, I guess I'll still spend the next few days reminiscing and being sentimental ha ha ha ha ha ha...
P.S. We went searching for R2's suit in an outlet 'coz there was just no time to order one from a tailor (ordering one from Finland would be outrageously pricy!). After all, he arrived in Indo only 4-5 days prior to the wedding day. Not bad for a €50 suit, eh? (though the jacket part is probably a bit too long).
P.P.S. For the sake of nostalgia, here are two wedding pics...Notice my high heels in the first pic! LOL!!! :-D They may look troublesome to wear, but they were REALLY soft and comfy (I've never been a big fan of high heels) - and most of all they came in my size (36 - the only pair in the store)!!! :-D