It was a wedding!
The lovely bride M. and the handsome groom F. were married at the front of the bookstore on Wednesday afternoon (between the magazines and the calendars).
Why marry in the bookstore, you ask? Because this is where they met several years ago, when M. joined F. and the rest of us on the staff. This is where they became friends, and where they became more than friends. It’s fitting, and very sweet, that they asked if they could hold their wedding here. Thanks to the generosity of our employers, the store was closed for the day, and we put on a wedding.
This is what the bookstore looked like on Tuesday afternoon. The usual, only with brand-new, brighter (and hard to take photos in, because it’s really not this intense) lighting:
This is what the bookstore looked like on Wednesday morning before the arrival of about sixty guests. Emptied of books, lots of flowers, white cloths on the display tables, and chairs all around:
The counter was cleared of books and replaced by these:
Where more books had been, there were roses and hydrangeas and poinsettias:
The most amazing wedding cake was baked by L., who is another member of the
staff family. It was absolutely delicious:
I don’t have any pictures of the aftermath. You wouldn’t want to see us replacing the books on Thursday morning, trying to find a place for everything. If it came off the table, doesn’t it make sense that it should fit back on? You’d think so, but you’d be wrong. We finished, sort of, on Friday, in time for me to unpack the shipments from Wednesday and Thursday (more books!). My hands hurt. My feet hurt. The store is back to normal, though. The customers, for the most part, were enchanted when they learned why they could not shop on Wednesday.
And M. and F. are married, and it was a happy afternoon, and I’m so honored to have been a part of their special day.
So that was Wednesday. The other Big Event, and it’s really big: The Wonderful R’s celebrated their thirteenth birthdays yesterday! Happy Birthday, you two! Our Second Annual Girls’ Christmas Shopping Day happens today, so I’d better get going.
By the way, I do still knit, though not much until my hands recover.