Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Royal Wedding, California Style

So this post is a little late, but there's never a bad time to re-hype the Royal Wedding, right?

I'm not going to lie: I woke up at 2am to watch the Royal Wedding live. It was our last day of classes, so why not go through the day with a little less sleep than usual? Maura and I talked it over and decided that it was definitely worthwhile, especially given that it will probably be a good 30+ years before an event like this happens again. Since neither Maura nor I actually has a TV that gets reception, we decided to watch at school streaming from the Royal YouTube Channel. We were joined by our 60-year old registrar and one of the Spanish teachers. Absolutely worth it.

Given that this was an all-day affair in England, we had to match the festivities here on the other side of the pond. Even people who weren't cool enough to get up in the wee hours were still excited for our own quasi-wedding. I dressed in my British finest. Below, the whole wedding party. Melissa, the biology teacher, is actually wearing someone's old wedding gown.

Obviously, royalty needs a court jester.

I tried to dress in my British finest, but I just couldn't top Lisa's fascinator. Her friend is a milliner, so this is the real deal. I am currently deciding if I would actually spend the money for one of these. Given how much I enjoyed wearing a tiara and/or flowered sun hat all day, it might be worth the investment. I have "accidentally" left the hat at school and sometimes "have" to wear it if it's taking up space on my desk. How much better would my life be if I could just slap on a fascinator when I was in a bad mood?
All these years I thought I would attend Prince William's wedding as the bride (my 5-year old self understood that our birthdays being four days apart guaranteed destiny), but I'm pretty happy with the way things turned out instead.