|Every girl's a sucker for a knight in shining armor... or even just armor.|
The 2009 Michigan Renaissance Faire was such a blast! Although I lived in Iowa at the time, I made the seven-hour trip out to Grand Rapids over Labor Day weekend to visit my cousin Melissa. Saturday morning we made the much shorter trip (only two hours) to Holly, Michigan for the Faire. It was well worth the effort, and I had a grand time walking around in my beautiful costume.
We went with Melissa's brother Eric, and a friend of hers from college and previous Renaissance Faires - Meghan.
|Getting ready in the parking lot...|
|Me with my cousins Eric and Melissa - she made her gown and his cape.|
|Me, Melissa, and Meghan - who also made her own costume.|
|Melissa and me sitting pretty|
|The four of us in our festive attire|
I also made my headpiece, which was originally a very long necklace. I had wanted to make a real head covering from the leftover velour for my bodice, but I didn't have time. I did end up making it for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival the following year, however.
|Brother and sister - don't they look dashing?|
|Melissa plays at being a damsel in distress|
|Melissa and Meghan practicing their archery skills|
|Me at the archery range - I'm a terrible shot! :p|
|Melissa with her friends Robin Hood and Little John - they had worked together at a previous Renaissance Faire.|
|I loved Prince John's costume!|
|The lovely Maid Marion|
|This girl made her gorgeous Elizabethan gown!|
|Eric trying on a beautiful leather vest at one of the shops.|
|An exotic belly dancer|
|Two upper-class ladies in all their finery|
|An unruly band of pirates|