The weather here has been absolutely brilliant!
Before my mother arrived on Tuesday morning, I was rushing to clean the place and fix appointments at bridal stores. Setting the inflatable mattress ready, moving out my drafting table, gathering all the papers laying around (I had more than I thought…..) and generally rushing about. Sun was shining and the temperatures through the roof when I picked my mom up at Eindhoven airport and brought her to Oss.
The popular theory is that my mom brought the great weather with her from Spain. 😉
We spent most of Tuesday shopping and after that chilling about, enjoying the sunshine on our roof terrace. I got a sunburn to show for it! At any rate, it was nice to babble in Finnish again. I do that way too rarely, and find pronouncing certain letters a bit troublesome. It’s absurd, as it’s my native language, but I suppose many years of English and Dutch are wearing down on my Finnish skills.
The next day we were picked up by my future sister-in-law and mother-in-law, and the dress shopping could begin. We drove to ‘s-Hertogenbosch (or Den Bosch as the natives affectionately call it!) and wandered to a gala dress store (conveniently called De Galazaak) near the center. As it was pretty much a do-it-yourself affair, we picked out a few dresses and I tried them on. I liked a couple of them, but many didn’t really fit, were the wrong size or in general slightly torn and worn, missing embellishments and so on – not really something you want, even in a cheaper alternative for a wedding gown. But we did get a decent idea of what shape fits my body, so we headed back to the center for lunch to recharge and to chat a bit. Being triliangual has its’ own challenges. I’m used to conversing in Dutch with certain people and in Finnish with others, and now it was time to speak in English with the family, Dutch with any cashiers and so on…. But these few days really played tricks on my mind! Ended up talking Dutch to my mom and Finnish to other people sometimes…. ah, well.
After a fulfilling lunch we wandered about in the center until it was time to head to the next location, an actual bridal store in Uden.
Pictured: unsuspecting bridal gown victim and her mother
Stepping in I saw a few mannequins with beautiful gowns, elegant floor carpeting and wall-long racks full of wedding dresses of all kinds. It’s enough to make anyone feel a bit overwhelmed. As a lady who is 154cm tall, just seeing how long these dresses are made me feel like I was drowning in a million layers of tulle, satin and organza!
Luckily with the professional help of a salesperson I was brought several dresses to try on, and quickly dressed in a torsolette and a pair of sandals with tiny heels. Getting into my first dress I was wondering just what I was getting myself into by even thinking of purchasing an actual wedding gown, but the “ooh”s and “aah”s that were echoing in the store as I stepped out of the dressing room reassured me that this would definitely be the way to go.
First dress wasn’t quite the thing for me, though. The second one, on the other hand……
I was sold as the salesperson was zipping up the dress.
The “ooh”s and “aah”s had risen an octave as I strode to the mirror with a sheepish smile.
The dress had found me.
It was hard to look away from the mirror! It was amazing how I felt in the dress, turning this way and that, admiring the detailing. Pardon the vague descriptions, but I know my better half also occasionally reads this blog and I’m trying to avoid spoiling his surprise! I will be more than happy to show pictures AFTER we get married, but until then you’ll have to believe that my dress looks amazing on me. Of course there are a lot of modifications necessary, especially since the store can’t order the dress and be sure it will arrive in time… so I will get the in-store model. Which is fine with me!
So, dress shopping was done in 1 day, which was pretty amazing.
Afterwards we also found outfits for my mother and future sister-in-law from another store. Needless to say, at the end of the day we pretty much collapsed on the couch.
On Thursday evening we also had dinner at my future mother-in-law’s place.
Pictured: one happy family enjoying onion soup
All in all, I really enjoyed my mom’s visit, and I’m really happy that my dress is another thing I can check off my list! Onwards to the rest.