Saturday, August 23, 2008

Lynchburg road trip

Today, Bonnie and Ashley and I took a road trip to Lynchburg to pick up Ashley's wedding dress!

We got up early despite staying up late last night addressing Ashley's wedding invitations (and by addressing, I mean Bonnie addressed as I watched and coveted her handwriting). We determined the GPS route would be the one we use, ignoring Nate's claim that TomTom tried to kill him last weekend in Pennsylvania - something about it telling him to drive straight into a brick wall and urging him to make 2 consecutive U-turns (doesn't that mean he ended up going in the same direction he was originally going?). The trip there was pretty uneventful - not much to look at through Amelia and Farmville...

Ashley's mom and other sister met at the bridal shop and we all piled on the comfy viewing couch in the bridal shop and waited while Ashley put her dress on. She has been adamant that none of us knew the style, color, or any other details of her dress until her first fitting, which was today. We had a hint at the style when we picked out our bridesmaid dress and she implied that it was the same basic silhouette of her dress (picture of BM dress below), but I was not prepared for how unique her dress is! She looked so happy when she put it on today and she is going to be beautiful on her wedding day!

It would be wrong to post any details here - Daniel is not allowed to know anything about the dress until he sees her walk down the aisle, and I WILL NOT be the one who spoils this surprise!

When she was finished with her fitting, we had lunch and did a little shopping. Then we drove around historic downtown Lynchburg to take pictures and soak up some history. We visited Point of Honor, Patrick Henry's personal physician's former home; and Old City Cemetery, where we saw an open-air coffin used for transferring unembalmed bodies (blech) along with graves as old as 1820's.

We tried to go antiquing but all the stores we tried to go in were either closed when the signs said they should be open, or were too full of junk to find a gem.

We decided we had learned enough for one day and headed home. We passed an Amish roadside stand so of course we turned around to check out the goodies. Good prices on the quilts they had on display, but a good price on an Amish-made quilt is still out of my price range. Plus, I plan on going to Lancaster in September, so I'll wait until then and buy one from a real homestead!

OK, I've fulfilled my 2 posts for today, so it's time for bed.

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