Category: Vacations

Bride’s Log : Day Six Part II : Let’s Get Gorgeous

When it came time for getting ready, I really felt like the movies had severely lied about what it’s supposed to be like. Even with all the gorgeous music videos I’ve watched of real brides’ wedding days. Sweet snippets of brides and grooms interacting with their family so endearingly, bridesmaids laughing together while causing the bride to sneak a smile. From my own personal perspective, this couldn’t have felt any farther from the truth. The only person who really talked to me at all was my hair stylist.

My parents were busy with getting things reported to the house owners’ agent and it really felt like my bridesmaids could have cared less if I was there or not. It felt like they only started caring when I stopped. However, if my wedding photos were any sort of proof to how I was feeling, you’d never believe it. I do tend to dramafy things more in my mind, but I’m totally glad my wedding photos did not reflect that.

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Bride’s Log : Day Six Part I : Suit Up!

I’m sorry these last couple recaps have sounded so negative. The wedding experience really wasn’t. I swear! It does get better! Once we got to the resort, it was 100% magical. I think that it was just dealing with the reality of people’s selfishness really hit me hard on a day I was supposed to be in a constant high during. It was a really big disappointment to me when things didn’t go how I’d been led to believe they would.

Since my portion of getting ready is longer, I thought it’d be easier to start off with writing about Erick’s part first.

The guys had to be done a little earlier in order to drop off our special champagne at the resort, but their morning was pretty laid back considering it doesn’t take the gents half as long to get ready as the ladies. (I know, totally not fair, right?) The last of the guys started arriving around 9:30, but spent most of their time hanging out and opening gifts before even bothering to get dressed.

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Bride’s Log : Day Five Part V : Mother Nature Gets Excited

I don’t think anyone plans for an earthquake. They’re highly unpredictable. I think our reactions that night were too. All I can say is Mother Nature was beyond excited for our impending nuptials. There is no other explanation. 😀 For those that heard the stories or were around for the wedding, you’ll recall that there was a 5.1 earthquake the night before the wedding. Buildings swayed for some, Disney park goers thought a subway was passing underfoot, some saw furniture shake. It wasn’t too outrageous, but I guess it was a big deal to some people.

Those not directly in the epicenter paused for a moment, reflected that there was an earthquake and went on with their lives. The earthquake was centered in La Habra. Our villa was in La Habra Heights, right above the epicenter. When the earthquake hit, we not only felt it, but furniture jumped across rooms, walls came off their foundations and anything not secured to something pretty much fell and broke. It was really fun, actually. At least, it was for us because we were fortunate that no one got hurt. I may feel differently if the circumstances were more grim, but they weren’t and we were all well and fine. Read More

Bride’s Log : Day Five Part IV : Time for Grub!

By the time we arrived at the rehearsal dinner location, we were running about ten minutes late, but everyone had settled in on their own and I was very very glad we had kept the dinner strictly to wedding party and their dates. I can’t imagine how much more of a headache it would have been to try co-ordinating out-of-town family members and keep everyone happy. With the smaller group, we really got to social with each individual.

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Bride’s Log : Day Five Part III : Let the Professionals Handle This

I had asked for our photographers to be present for the rehearsal dinner, but they also took some shots from the rehearsal. Mostly to help them plan around where to be on the wedding day. These are some photos they captured. It was really fantastic of them to share these photos with us. It was completely unexpected and extremely appreciated. 🙂

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Bride’s Log : Day Five Part II : Making Order Out of Chaos

I should have used the rehearsal as a gauge for how our rather large group would be to coordinate on the wedding its self. It was not exactly easy. Everyone was easily distracted by one thing or another or even each other and it took my Day-of Coordinator (my DoC is how I’ll reference her) stepping up to snap everyone to attention. People were prone to wander or not pay attention when directions were given to them and sometimes I was getting annoyed because I knew I had important things to discuss, but I was forgetting them.

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