So we went to Johanna’s and Pasi’s housewarming/xmas party yesterday. The invitation said to bring some food and to dress in the christmas-party spirit. Well, Stu proceeded to bake this two-nut torte thing, which I then covered with chocolate, melted from our xmas choccie reserves. =P It looked… erm… I believe ‘rustic’ is the word, but it tasted good and it seemed to go down well with the guests. As it was a housewarming party and as we weren’t going to stay long enough to go to a restaurant, it was a rather basic jeans and black top of some sort ensemble for both of us. I at least managed to pile on some black pearls.
We got there early and ooh’d and ahh’d over their new house, which was absolutely beautiful. Johanna does that white on white thing so well. If I attempt to live in a white home it always looks all wrong and clinical, but she just has the knack of making white interiors look bright and eclectic, zingy even, with some pretty colours scattered here and there.
Anyways, we were told to not take our coats off as we were all going somewhere before the party started. Pasi was dressed in a suit and when Johanna changed into something that could only be described as an evening gown (and gorgeous it was too) the penny dropped for me. Surprisingly it didn’t drop for most of the 40 odd guests (including their parents and grandparents) who were ushered into a bus for a tour of Järvenpää and the historical scenery of Tuusula.
It was about -7C and absolutely beautiful outside. Everything was covered in the whitest and purest frost and the sky was so blue. Just gorgeous.
After driving the busload of confused housewarming party guests around the culturally historical places on Tuusulan Rantatie (for those not in the know, people such as Sibelius lived around here), with Pasi acting as a tourist guide and doing a grand job of it, the tour finally finished at Tuusula’s Church. Cue a big loud crash of pennies dropping. Well, at least by the time everyone got out of the bus and got handed a little bag of rice. =P
So yes, we then filled the church and watched Johanna and Pasi get married in a beautiful simple ceremony. She looked gorgeous and it was all just perfect. Well, apart from not having my camera (nor tissues) with me, and being dressed in jeans. Thank god for the pearls eh.
It was very devious of them to not tell a single soul, but then again after 12 years together it seemed like the perfect way to do it without making a big fuss over it. There were people who claimed they had guessed from the invitation, but I must say the thought never even crossed my mind. 😀 Just call me thick. But I certainly wasn’t the only one dressed in jeans… =P
How’s that for a Christmas surprise then. Quite perfect, if you ask me. <3