After my hair was perfectly curled (thank goodness it behaved), I donned my gown and gathered the day's accessories. At the last minute I called in the butterflies and asked them ever so kindly to land on my shoes, so that they could spend the day with me at the ball.
Ensemble completely donned, it was now time to head to the ball. I got into my coach....and off I traveled...if only I had some footman and coachman to chauffeur me.
|Don't you just love the carriage hat detail!|
My fairy godmother was there to wish me luck. Debbie Boyd presented this idea to the leader to the San Diego Costume Guild and when the guild picked up the idea and ran with it, she messaged me. She said simply...."You'd make a great Cinderella!" This was all it took for my mind to start designing. The full costume design had other inspirational factors leading it to what it became, but Debbie got the ball rolling.
There were so many wonderful costumes. About 10 (maybe more) ladies came as Cinderella in a wide range of styles. Everyone did such a fantastic job putting their designs together. Including these two lovely ladies. Cinderella and the Wicked Step-Mother.
|Sarah, I mean "Cinder"ella, shining Cindy's, I mean Anastasia's boots.|
Time to take the troupe into the Disney store, where we created quite a commotion. The frenzy of photo taking with the castle inside and all of us clogging the paths through the store was exhilarating. I really am so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group of talented, creative and joy filled people.
|There was a mirror at little princess level for admiring gowns that were being tried on. It was the perfect height for snapping a photo or two of my glass slippers.|
After the store experience it was time to go to the movie! We paraded through the mall all together to go pick up our tickets from the box office and to prepare for the main event. Many photos were taken while waiting and then inside with the giant movie poster.
Inside the theater we all got together for a group photo, or two or ten. The Cinderellas all posed together for several photos of our own, then as well with any little princess that wanted a photo with us. This truly is one of my favorite parts of dressing up, is to inspire and delight young children.
The manager of the theater treated us so kindly and I was surprised to hear that it might have not been so. The coordination of this event took quite a bit of time and so I want to thank our Daniel Fernandez and Tony Quirk for taking the time to put every detail together. Planning for such a large group touring multiple places smoothly is no small thing.
The movie was all that we dreamed it would be and more. The details were amazing and so fluid in honoring the original Disney film and in putting their own creative spin to it. The costumes were so well done and I'm sure we all left feeling very inspired to create and sew.
|Jerry Abuan's self portrait which was a portrait for me as well. Thank you again Jerry for all you do for the guild and each of us individually, every time you bring your camera we are grateful and amazed!|
After the movie it was time to catch my coach home, so I just went down to the coach store to be picked up! We journeyed out to eat a fabulous dinner, my mom and dad and I. Thank you all for a fun filled and joyful event!