"The Con will last forever!" - Tabitha St. Germain
So yeah, last weekend there was a brony convention at Finlandia Hall. And It. Was. AWESOME! I mean seriously, an international con with three awesome guests of honor, house full of friendly people and an atmosphere so great you could almost taste it in the air, how could that not have been just simply magnificent.
Where to begin? There's just too much to tell! Oh well, from the beginning I presume.
On Friday we didn't cosplay. Except for Willow Wisp, who wore her Coco Pommel costume while the rest of us went in with casual clothing.
The start was promising, although we were a bit disappointed to find out that Crystal Fair hadn't rented the biggest stage of Finlandia Hall, but then again there weren't that much visitors so it's understandable. The opening ceremony wasn't the best of what we've seen, yet it was really good.
Anneli Heed, Spitfire's swedish voice actor. As one of the quests of honor she opened the convention by playing a flugelhorn. The sound was... interesting.
Finlandia Hall is the best convention house ever! I mean look at all the space! One does not simply feel cramped in this con.
We did not except to see much cosplaying. But instead we were pleasantly surprised by these beautiful costumes. We only got few photos, even though we would've wanted so many more.
Left: Aurora, the mascot of Crystal Fair
Right: an awesome SnowDrop cosplay (we're awfully sorry for mistaking her to be Lyra D: )
Left: Very pretty and oh so cute Equestria Fluttershy! She won one of the prizes of cosplay contest and she truly deserved it! <3
Right: Our friends, Gala Twilight and Rainbow Dash (they also won at the competition and once again, deserved it) with Gala Flutterguy.
Friday went by nice and smooth, to make the time flow we sang along MLP songs, attended to a few panels and ate cookies. Also the merchandise stands were looking awesome and we did go through them a few times. Still in the end we left early because we had quite a lot to do to finish our costumes.
And then, finally the day we had waited the most came to be: Saturday! After around 4 hours of sleep and a huge amount of make-up to hide shadows under our eyes we were standing in front of Finlandia Hall with our new costumes on.
After one and a half week and 200 euros per costume we have for presentation Princess Yolostia with a banana and Gamer Luna!
And a Chrysalis costume done in half a year alongside almost 300 euros.
With these costumes we also participated to the cosplay competition but we didn't win any prizes. Oh well, better luck next time, it still was an awesome experience as it was our first contest after all. :) We'd wish to congratulate all the lovely winners and to tell all the participants that you were all amazing!
This day went by fast, almost too fast. As the evening drew nearer and it was time to retreat to our quarters for refreshment before the evening party aka Operation Pon-3. Before leaving though we decided to go for a little photoshooting to the National Museum on the other side of the road.
Here's some results:
At 8:00 pm Operation Pon-3 started! Yay! Awesome party, loved the songs and artists. We even got asked for a dance or two. Sadly we left quite early since we were horribly exhausted and we still had to wake up quite early to get ready.
Sunday was pretty much just chilling, as much as you can call being in a costume chilling. We talked to many wonderful bronies! Wonderful such as the lovely guys at the ending ceremony who gave their seats to us! That was so sweet. Thank you!
We'd also like to thank everypony at Crystal Fair for pretty much everything. It was a crazy good con, and it certainly reached the top of the best-cons-ever-list. The atmosphere was just indescribable. So thank you all for making it such a wonderful experience!
By the way, if you have any pictures of us, feel free to post them as you want. We'd like it if you'd add a link or tag, depending on the website. :) We are also reachable at Twitter!