Janie has 2 other sisters, and "technically", Shannon is her cousin.
But "really" she's Janie's 3rd sister.
Shannon was Janie's MOH (Maid of Honor) at our wedding. She really stepped up to the plate and not only filled the role, but she friggin' OWNED it. She spearheaded our "Battle of the sexes" paint war, she was instrumental in her "position" as MOH, and she was simply invaluable to Janie on our wedding day. She took being the Maid of Honor very seriously and did a tremendous job.
So now Shannon had this birthday coming up and Janie wanted to plan something special and she went at the task with guns a blazing.
She planned this out for months, designing the details, the artwork, painting a couple of my backdrops, etc. She really poured herself into it.
She found The Studio in Denver and made the arrangements to have the surprise party there.
So on the day of celebration, Janie and I drove down to Denver and Janie got setup in a hotel suite to do her hair and makeup while I was out of sight in another hotel room.
The day before, Karen (Janie's sister) had driven down to where Shannon works while she was away and put this on her desk...
(Karen wrote the poem)
And so she did..
And Shannon was driven from Colorado Springs to Denver, blind folded while her "captors" kept quiet.
They brought her to Janie and the blindfold was removed.
And Janie sat her down and took care of her hair and makeup.
Now, Shannon was all ready for the night, even though she didn't know what was in store for her
When she was done, Lindsey and Amy (her "captors") took her away and off to dinner. In the meantime, Janie and I drove to The Studio and started setting up for the party.
She setup the decorations with the help of family and friends, and I setup a studio to take pictures and got ready to shoot the night.
When we were ready, Shannon was brought to the site blindfolded and was walked to where her family and friends were waiting for her, to give her a warm and welcome SURPRISE!
AND THE PARTY WAS ON!