Friday, July 30, 2010

Filene's Basement Running of the Brides: What an experience!

Some of you may already know that I'm not much of a morning person so it had to be something pretty special to get me out of bed at 4:30am today and trek on over to Filene's Basement. I have to say that the experience of the Running of the Brides counts as something pretty special.

Here is the site that greeted me when I arrived!

I kept walking looking for people I know but the line continued down the block and around the corner.

And still it kept going.

Finally a familiar face in Susan Gildersleeve.

Later I meet up with Becky and her team - notice the fun parrothead hats everyone is wearing.

After a great deal of waiting, chanting, pushing, shoving and tension, it's finally our turn to run. Well, walk really. They let us in in small bunches through a single door one at a time and escorts along the walkway repeatedly told us to walk and to stay to the right side of the corridor. At last, we were inside the store. Please forgive the poorly lit photos. Somebody forgot she had a flash on the disposable camera she took inside the store.

You'll notice the clothes racks are bare - that's because all of the gowns were grabbed and carried away within minutes. Nonetheless, Team Becky succeeded in finding a great place to camp out and try gowns on while gathering a large assortment in white, ivory, antique and blush.

Team Becky, as it turns out, was successful in finding the perfect gown. Here is Becky, victorious at the cashier's station. Favorite quote of the day as spoken by the cashier, "Did you find everything okay?" Um . . . she obviously has a sense of humor!

Here is Team Becky complete with Parrothead hats, beautiful wedding gown and an "I survived the Running of the Brides" T-shirt.

And last but not least, a photo of Becky proudly displaying her phenomenal purchase! Best wishes to Becky for a beautiful wedding day and a long and happy marriage!

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