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Time’s Up

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The waiting is over. The planning is done. I don’t want to make any more decisions or give anymore instructions for ten years at least.

I had been sleeping very soundly until Emily woke up at 6:15 to get another blanket. That’s when I remembered what day it was, and that sick feeling just came flooding back. We got out of bed about an hour later and headed to the flower shop. They must have given us the wholesale price at Watanabe’s because we got out of there for about $40, albeit without the floral tape I had brought with me to the register.

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Lindsey came over, we made bouquets, helped to pack up the stuff to go to the nature center, and did hair, and makeup. Before I knew it, I was putting on my wedding dress. We got in the car and scouted around Kaimuki for some red hibiscus to steal for my hair. We made Emily jump out of the car and clip some flowers out of someone’s front yard. It was all very sneaky, but they were perfect.

It was only after this, when we were about to get on the highway, that we realized we had forgotten the bouquets and had to turn back. Luckily, Lindsey knows some good shortcuts to Waimanalo, and we only ended up being 20 minutes late. We weren’t the last ones there, though, so it worked out perfectly.

The beach looked lovely and I couldn’t wait to see my love. I can’t remember ever having been apart from him for that long. I had so much to tell him, but I had to wait until the end of the ceremony before we could chat about our days. I also couldn’t give him a hug and a kiss, until the end, which was hard. But everything went well, and I somehow managed to fall even deeper in love with the man holding my hand through all this.

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When we arrived at the reception, Brenda and Ryan had done a brilliant job of setting up the tables. They were absolutely beautiful. It was just how I imagined it. She took a box of junk and turned it into a fairy tale. That is true talent.

We had a little problem with the grill, so we didn’t end up serving dinner until about 7:30. Luckily, there was plenty of swiss and bacon dip. But my brother and his wife saved the day by cooking the burgers with some crazy combination of broiler and frying pan, and the food was amazing. We feasted, we toasted, and we even danced a little. I was happy.

The clean up and unloading happened mostly without me, but the runny nose I woke up with had started to become more prevalent, and I was yearning for a pillow. It was an absolutely beautiful day that could never have happened without the help of every single person present.

I am the luckiest girl in the world.

1 Day Left and Searching for Confidence

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It’s just me and Emily all alone in the house, and I’m making frosting for my wedding cake. This is the first night that Geoff and I have spent apart since we moved in together three years ago. I hope it’s the last.

I was nauseous all day long. Nothing seemed to be able to calm me down. We went and dropped off decorations at Brenda’s, went to Costco to buy buns, champagne, and cutlery, then worked our way home to start preparing the food for tomorrow. I thought I was going to be sick approximately every ten minutes.

I managed to get most of the work done before setting off for a bit of a rehearsal and a bit of a feast at Hee Hing. I’m sure the ceremony will be lovely. I have complete confidence in Butch. How could anything go wrong when a man that kind is in charge. Is there a nicer person?

We gave our rings to the best man until tomorrow, when we’ll return them to each other in the ceremony. My finger feels naked and sad. I want it back in a hurry.

I hope that we’ve been able to bring families together a little bit this week. It’s been utter insanity trying to get everything ready, but I hope at least everyone else is having fun. Tomorrow it’s here. No turning back now.

Not for one second have I ever questioned the commitment and the vows I am about to take in front of our friends and family. If anything, planning this wedding has only made my husband more of a hero. He is much better at hiding his stress than me. I don’t take good enough care of him. I shall try to work on that.

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It’s all quiet now. I think everything is planned for tomorrow. I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, but I don’t know what it is, so there’s nothing I can do about it. Maybe after tomorrow, I can stop writing like a third grader and my brain will actually begin functioning again.

I hope everyone has a good time. I hope they love the food and get to feast to their hearts’ content. I hope they see the love I have for my husband.

I just hope he thinks I’m beautiful.

2 Days and Not Enough Time

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Just when I thought I would finally get to sleep in, some totally unawesome guys at the basketball courts thought it would be a really fun idea to play their radio at 6:30 am. I did not agree. I wanted to slap each of them in the face.

It took us quite a while to actually get completely out of bed. My eyes were so puffy and sore, I didn’t think I was ever going to be able to face the world. But I kept getting texts and phone calls, so eventually, I rejoined humanity and got to eat a cholesterol sandwich because my husband is the best human ever.

Emily and I went and got our nails done, then I came home, shut myself in the back bedroom, gave my phone to Emily and pretended like the world didn’t exist for about two hours. I had so many things I intended to get accomplished, but they just didn’t happen. So, I guess things are a little scaled back a bit. I guess I can’t do it all.

Where I would be without Geoff, Emily, and Lindsey is anyone’s guess. Geoff took care of me all day, and Lindsey and Emily threw a great party for me in the evening, even if they did make me chew almost an entire pack of Juicy Fruit. That made me ill for about an hour, but I really should be able to read my husband’s mind better.

I can’t believe how great everybody’s been about jumping in and helping. My ohana is so gracious. I hope I can repay their kindness one day. I appreciate everyone so very much. I really hope that the wedding is a success. I’ve done the very best I can. And if anyone’s disappointed, I’m sure they will be polite enough not to tell me to my face.

It’s almost here. It’s almost over. Just keep breathing.

3 Days and Another Catastrophe

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I am exhausted to the point of illness. You may or may not get 200 words out of me tonight. I was just about the normal ridiculous amount of tired for a person who went to bed around midnight and woke up for some unknown reason around 6 am. But then everything went crazy, and I didn’t get to go to bed exactly when I hoped.

We met everybody for breakfast at the Hula Grill so we could all get to know each other a bit, then we packed everybody in the car and headed up to La’ie for a day at the Polynesian Cultural Center. I think most everyone enjoyed themselves. My favorite, as always, was the maori show. It is by far the best, and I would love it if we could one day move to New Zealand.

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But it couldn’t be all rainbows and puppy dogs. No, that just wouldn’t be me. A few minutes before the big show started, my dad spotted my aunt and my grandma’s friend running out of the theatre. He went to check on what was happening, and didn’t come back for ages. I just knew something horrible had happened.

My grandmother was ill and then fainted coming out of the bathroom. They called an ambulance and took her to Castle Medical Center in Kailua. They’re keeping her there overnight for observation, but word is, she was looking much better. Of course, she wanted everybody to just get on with their vacations and not worry about her. As if that were possible.

I can’t help but wonder if I’m being punished for being so selfish. Is this the universe’s way of reminding me that I’m not that important in the grand scheme of things and should stop thinking so much about myself and this frivolous wedding? Other people get to have weddings, and believe me, they are much more frivolous. I guess I shouldn’t choose this moment to start questioning the will of the universe. All I can do is pray that my grandmother gets better and hope that I don’t have to eat all the food in my freezer by myself.

4 Days and Moving In to the Airport

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I just keep getting tireder and tireder. This post is barely making it before the end of today. And tomorrow is going to be another long one. All this fun might kill me.

I took everybody to the mall today so Geoff and Gaz could get their outfits for the wedding. I tried to get my dress steamed, but I guess I’m just going to have to be a wrinkly bride. The first place wanted $115, and the second place said it would take 7 to 10 days. Man, that’s just crazy talk. You can buy a steamer for $60.

This meant I had to take the dress back home, then go back to the mall. Consequently, I didn’t even get to start my shopping by the time Geoff was finished. I ran around like a mad woman trying not to have a meltdown and bought the few things I needed. All was made right when I got my hands on a mango mai tai, though. Those things can fix nearly anything.

I absolutely had to take a nap before embarking on any crafting projects. I have not been getting nearly enough sleep lately. We did get some things accomplished today, though, so I feel a bit better.

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All of our evening was spent at the airport greeting a total of ten guests. I should just bring a tent and move in there. I’m so pleased that everyone arrived safely. I found an Emily, which was just about the best thing in the world.

I hope we can all meet up for breakfast in the morning before departing for various activities. There’s not enough time. That’s all there is to it. Where can I get more?

5 Days and a Road Trip

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I’m completely exhausted, but Geoff insists that I write my 200 words all by myself. I tried to get him to write it for me, but he turned me down. He’s no fun.

We drove basically around the entire island today in search of a place to go snorkeling. I tried to tell my husband that there was no way North Shore was going to be calm enough to snorkel, but he doesn’t listen to me. So off we went with guests in the backseat. We stopped off at Turtle Beach to spot some swimming sea turtles. They are irresistibly adorable. I can’t help but giggle when they poke their heads out of the water. I can’t get enough of it.

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After stopping at Shark’s Cove and Waimea Bay, we gave up and went to lunch at Ted’s bakery where I devoured a cheeseburger and a giant chocolate eclair. Then it was off to Lanikai. We took the long way round and showed them the other side of our island. It may have been a long drive, but it was a beautiful one. And Lanikai is never disappointing.

After coming home and taking a much needed shower, we checked on Geoff’s parents’ flight to discover they were arriving almost an hour early, so we had to get our act together in a hurry to make it to the lei shop and through traffic in time. We found them easily, though, and they seemed to be in a great mood for having traveled for so long. We’re so glad to have them with us.

Tomorrow is going to be another long, busy, exhausting day. My poor introverted brain is getting overwhelmed. I’m going to need a vacation from all this excitement.

7 Days To Go and Look Who We Found

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I meant to write before we went to the airport, but the flight arrived early, so I didn’t get the chance. Now I’ve had half a bottle of wine after practically no food, and I’m making no sense.

Here’s the story of the day. I got up and went to work this morning. When I came home, the house was empty and in a worse state then when I’d left it. I commenced clean up while I waited for my family to return from their mystery errands. Turns out, someone had hit our car in the Walmart parking lot, and then it wouldn’t start because of battery problems. My dad did a bit of maintenance on it, and it seems to be working fine now. I had a mini-meltdown due to the amount of clutter in my living room coupled with the idea of having to throw a party here on Saturday. That half a bottle of wine made me feel much better.

Also, I ate way too much cake today. Damn you, LV.

By the time this was all done, it was time to head to the lei shop, eat dinner, and go to the airport. Once there, we found two of the loveliest people on the planet. We are both pleased beyond measure to have Gaz and Laura on our island.

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We tried getting drinks at Lulu’s, but it was too crowded and noisy for our taste, so we went to the ABC store downstairs and bought beer and wine. We took it to our usual haunt at Queen’s Beach and proceeded to share drinks and stories and many laughs. I can’t wait to show them our island by daylight. We’re starting with breakfast at Duke’s in the morning, which should set us up for the whole day.

I’m having a wedding a week from today. No turning back now. The rollercoaster is reaching its peak. We’re about to plunge into the abyss. Hold on tight.