Today I want to share with you a second part of our wedding – the ceremony and cocktail hour.
The ceremony space – we got married on the steps, you can see that right inside there are chairs for dinner – so our ceremony and dinner reception were at the same place. I know that it isn’t always possible for people to have both ceremony and reception at the same location – but it does make things a lot easier!
I learned what a Chivari chair was when I first started wedding planning – and probably heard the term at least a thousand times after that.
Originally we were supposed to have candles and petals – but at the last minute the venue banned open flames so that was a no no.
My mom and dad are divorced but are on friendly terms. They both were very involved in raising me and I wanted them both to walk me down the aisle! My mom is very proper and always wants everybody to be dressed nicely. Her dress I thought was beautiful and was Oscar de la Renta. She exacted a promise from my dad (who loves sloppy dressing) that he’d buy a nice suit for the wedding. She didn’t find out until dinner was well underway that he bought his suit for $65 at a night market in Taiwan.
Some seared scallops – we had four different kinds of appetizers passed but I can’t find the photos for the others. I only ate very little – had nerves and plus was worried about busting the outside zipper of dress.
LOVE Pimm’s! I wish they served it more places in the US.
I also love champagne so we bought a LOT of bottles – way more than we did of wine or anything else. And we still almost ran out. So my advice to brides: buy a lot of champagne!
My mom and I have the same Tiffany six prong ring!
Goofing around with my dad. I don’t know if it’s politically correct to say this but he constantly gets told that he looks like Hirohito. Especially in Japan – people ask him on the street to take photos with them.
all photos courtesy of the fabulous Jose Villa
One of the most important things I wanted from my wedding day was a photo of me with my mom and dad. I’m not one of those children of divorce who always wishes their parents would get back together – I truly like my step parents and know my mom and dad are happiest this way. But both my parents mean so much to me – even though they are as different as night and day. My life started with me next to them – and for the next 18 years they raised me in their homes. My wedding day started with them walking me down the aisle, and it ended when they each gave a hug goodbye. It’s a rare thing to have a photograph that tells so much – and that means the world to me.