Here's a real blast from the past! Five years ago - June 1, 2014 - was my very first outing with the Fabulosity Club! This was just a day after Brian the Engineer and I got engaged, so I guess it's hardly surprising that I never got around to blogging about it. And it turns out a good half of the pictures from the event were taken on Brian's phone. I just scalped them off of Facebook when I saw the album he posted pop up in my "On This Day" memories!
The event was a picnic and tour of the Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park, Maryland. I'm probably not going to write much in this post, as I don't remember a lot of the details from five years ago, but you can read Maggie's post or Gloria's post about the event for a more contemporary account.
Brian looked very dashing in his brand-new tailcoat and waistcoat. He's wearing a cummerbund here because I hadn't made him trousers yet, and his modern pants have a much lower waistline.
The inside of the house was very pretty:
I believe the floor was a painted floor-cloth.
I don't know what our guide was showing us here, but clearly I liked it:
There was such great light in that room! I'd like to go back now, with a better camera!
Brian got lots of crowd shots on his phone:
Look at all the pretty dishes!
It's fun to see all the pretty bonnets and hats!
The ballroom was the coolest:
We all loved this beautiful chandelier:
|That was my first real digital camera! Ah, memories.|
We made such a nice-looking assemblage:
Brian got to sonic something:
And back outside, we re-enacted the proposal, just for kicks:
I don't remember who took these pictures for us, but thank you whoever you are!
Brian wore his aforementioned Blue Linen Tailcoat and Green Spot'd Waistcoat, which I had *just* finished in time for the "photo shoot" he had orchestrated - which turned out to be a proposal! We had bought his riding boots on ebay, and "borrowed" the top hat from my dad. (He hasn't gotten it back yet! :p ) I also made his shirt, which is almost entirely hidden by everything else, and his "cravat" was a silk scarf I happened to have. I hadn't made him a real linen one yet.
I wore my Blue Day Dress, Green Straw Bonnet, Green Paisley Shawl, Dotted Chemisette, and my Hartfield boots.
All the ladies lined up for a Regency wedgie shot - a trend which was in its infancy back then!
And a shoe shot, OF COURSE:
This is one of my favorite photos from the day:
Brian took a couple photos of me re-reading the letter he had written to propose to me:
And we wandered the grounds some more:
As I recall, there were strawberries growing in the garden!
Handsome fiancé is handsome:
Looking back through all of these photos, I'm realizing that I "met" a lot of people that day that I didn't really officially meet until years later! Jess, Nastassia, Isabella, Amanda, and Judy - all amazing costumers and cool people to hang out with. I was probably too shy/too loopy from being newly engaged to properly introduce myself to everyone at the time. I know I met Gloria - who had organized the event - and Taylor - from whom I had just bought a necklace and earrings set - at the picnic. I knew Maggie already, as she and I had been in the same costume masquerade skit at Star Wars Celebration III back in 2005! Man, time flies.