Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Other words of thanks go out to:
Misha for Friday afternoon lunches where I could blow off steam, all your Googling & Ebaying, planning ideas and Martha Stewart's definitive "Weddings" book loan.
George for being the best chauffer, ideas man, bench & obelisk maker and cork topper.
And to my other bridesmaids, Emily, Cindy & Jenn for always listening and offering to help despite the distance.
The theme was a Hollywood one, and so the gifts, games, decorating etc. all centred around this. I was the Glamour Queen for the Day!
Isabelle, Joanne, Mom & I headed out one Saturday in July 2006 to check things out. Off a two-lane backcountry road was this store located next to an out-of use gas station. Not our idea of bridal shopping - "St-Hubert street anyone?" rolled through my mind.
When we pulled into the parking lot there were Mercedes, BMWs, etc. with QC & ON plates. The fancy city people had landed... looking for deals. This was a goldmine of white silk, satin & lace.
With my trusty 'gal pals' I tried on many many dresses. We had alot of fun trying them on, and the after 1 & 1/2 hours we found THEE one! Here are some photos of the 'could have beens'. The one at the bottom right came in #2; a lovely raw silk Afred Sung strapless creation. Gorgeous... but not quite right.
After the shopping extravaganza, Joanne invited Isabelle, Mom & I to join her at a fundraising Steak BarBQ that Bobbie Hall was organizing. It was such a wonderful day with so many splendid memories!!!
After one & a half years together, Drummond got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. The night previous to the proposal was an evening spent with friends at a Ball, where we were all dressed up and looking smashing...
Drummond, however, decided to propose to me the following evening when the make-up was off and our parents were all together.
We had taken spent the whole day shovelling out blow-hay from the south hay mowe in the barn. When we came into the farm house to join our parents for dinner, he whisked me away for just a few minutes. He said "there is something in the barn that I want to show you".
He lead me up to the hay mowe to a beam on the west wall where we had cut out a place in the barn-board siding for our work. We sat down on the beam and looked out this opening to the fields below where Power & the 3 fillies we had just bought were grazing under a sunset sky. It was perfect!
After a few moments of kind words and dreaming, he got down on one knee in the hay and proposed... my response: "Really?" - I was shocked. A few tears and kisses later and we rushed back to the farm house for dinner, excited but restrained, as we decided to let people notice the ring and not make a formal announcement.
It was not before dessert that someone had noticed: Jim. But he only gave me a wink and didn't let the cat out of the bag! So, Drummond made the announcement and much celebrating was had!!!
What is most touching about our engagement was that the ring was a family ring, having been worn by Drummond's maternal grandmother and at least 5 other generations before. It is gorgeous, and so cherished by us both. Thank you Joanne for giving me this great honour to wear your family ring.