Couple months before
I was told to prepare an evening gown in turquoise color to match the theme of the wedding. I was in a shock. First, I don't have any turquoise gown and second it was quite late to make it by a fashion designer. So my option were buying or renting O_o.
A month before
I was looking in any malls for my gown. Result: Zero. Then I was sending message to many friends to get any references for renting a gown. Fortunately one of my friend offered to make a gown for me (after made me sure that she could finish the gown in a month). The day after, she stopped by to my office to get my my size and we were talking about the gown design and fabrics. I was very relieved. First she is my friend, so I know we will have good communication, and second she gave me the best price. Good friend means good deal, huh? :D
Three weeks before
I had my first fitting at my friend's place. I was only could see the overall pattern and it was so far look as we designed: long dress, one shoulder, and turquoise.
Ten days before
I had second fitting, it was all set, minus the finishing material (some shiny little stuff). Some fix needed. And I got quite a bad news that she had to go to Singapore for 4 days. So my gown wouldn't be finished any soon. Uh oh. The panic started.
Three days before.
The gown was ready, but still didn't fit, there was something wrong with the chest area. Uh oh.
Two days before
Had the last fitting, and still didn't fit. It was too tight, it couldn't be zipped. Were I getting fat? T_T I was in desperation, I wanted to cry. I didn't have back up gown (unless other color, which is in Yellow! Omg!). I managed to look calm and not panic at all. I was hoping the gown will perfectly fit me in the next day.
One day before (11 am)
She delivered the gown to my house. I tried it on. And... Taraaa... Still couldn't be zipped! T_T
One day before (2 pm)
I decided to rent a gown. And in our way to look a place to rent a gown, I kept saying to Calvin: 'This is a mission impossible. If I find the gown, it will be only by a miracle'. All I could think was find a turquoise color is not easy, if I can find it, it would not be my size, it will take time to resize it. But Calvin replied calmly: 'Don't give up, how could you find the gown if you say it is impossible in the very first place? Take it easy, we will find it'. I was only nodded in silence.
The first place we stopped by was Singapore Focus Wedding, because simply it is located near my house. I asked the staff desperately: 'Do you rent evening gown?'. 'Yes, we do', said the the staff warmly, then I was asked to wait upstairs. In ten minutes, another staff politely asked me the gown that I want and for when. I answered: 'I want any turquoise long dress for a wedding party and I need it tomorrow'. Surprisingly, the staff replied me calmly: 'I think we can make it', as she showed only two pretty long dresses in turquoise, all were perfect, the color, as well as the design. All were as I imagined. 'Whoa, I think I found it', I whispered to Calvin. I tried the first gown, and fell in love with it all of sudden, Calvin also liked it. I was relieved also to know that it needed to be resized only in 3 hours (a bit too loose in the back) and it has a reasonable price also (for me). Thank God., my gown was ready in 6 pm the day before the wedding party. Whew!
At the end I said to Calvin embarrassingly: 'Miracle is real'. He replied with a smile.
Gown by Singapore Focus Wedding
Make Up Artist by Niken Xu