We still don't have an internet connection at the new shop. So I can only check and reply to emails when I get home at night and once the kids are asleep.
Otherwise, I'd end up with a milk soaked laptop or chocolate laden mouse. Or my kids will fall asleep standing in the corner serving their punishment for messing mommy's work. So I might as well sing the lullaby first before working :-/
It is so much easier working from the shop, I can answer emails in between fittings and client meetings. At least when I get home, my kids get undivided attention and I get to sleep earlier.
A few nights ago, past midnight actually, Kendz buzzed me - "uy overtime ah!"
She has some kind of power or 6th sense, coz she always manage to buzz me at the right time - i.e. when I feel exhausted or sad or just irritated, and needing some kind of break. Quite a number of times she did that in the past, twice or thrice at the old shop during her preps and once when I was in Sydney. She'd buzz and we'd chat, and I'd feel better. That night she woke me up.
Told her about my internet dilemma and how late I am with sending out sketches to brides. It's not that easy making sketches for people whom you haven't met, you have to rely on the way they write and the pictures they send to at least have a glimpse of who they are, and sketch a gown that will reflect that. That even if I stay awake for 3 days straight, I won't run out of emails to reply to. She laughed and quipped - "mag-intay sila no!! ako nga 3 months nag-intay eh heheheh!" I knew she wasn't trying to make me feel guilty, but I surely did. I was red with shame.
Kendz, thank God, prepared more than a year and a half before her wedding. Clarice, her coordinator, swears it was more like 2 years before the wedding hehehe Di naman halatang excited sya no? :-D but, we were able to finalize her queries probably 3 months later from the day she inquired. Not that I didn't reply, because I did... I believe I did. But I must admit, the sketches came in later :-( I am red with shame again.
But the trust she gave me was overwhelming. She mentioned in one of our exchanges na "kahit naman ano ipasuot mo sa akin, isusuot ko eh"
Gasp! I am not worthy. ang haba haba haba naman ng hair ko !!!! :-D
Now how can I fail her?
But it wasn't just me who got that kind of trust. She trusted all her suppliers completely. And I believe everyone felt that. And everyone stood up and rose to the challenge, no one wanted to let her down.
During her day, everyone was excited for her and Lui. Her preps was probably the most enjoyable preps I've been. Not a dull moment, its as if everyone knows everyone. No pressure, just happy doing their jobs, enjoying every moment of it.
Here she is in their special day
Beautiful pictures by Mimi and Karl
Awesome onsite by Threelogy
Flawlessly coordinated by Clarice of An Events to Remember
Again, Kendz and Lui, I am truly thankful for the trust and the patience you have given us, and very grateful for the friendship.
PS. a little trivia - Kendz was smiling the whole time we were preparing her for the walk down the aisle. But suddenly cried when the door was about to open. She held back her tears, smiled again and quipped - "nakupo, baka ma-that moment ako nito!!" we all laughed and reminded her to just walk slowly. She was smiling and nodding, but we knew she was oblivious to everyting around her coz when the door opened, she rushed towards it!..Niko shouted "ay sinabing slowly!, male-late?" The 1st few steps were too hurried, that Clarice and her team literally played patintero with her just to make her walk slower.
And she did.
She was glowing. A picture of true happiness she deserves.