I didn't decide for sure which shoes I'd wear until right before we left. I had a couple options, including silver flip flops. I ended up going with these sandals from Gap.
Melissa, Cara, and Alanna each had an "assigned job" — decided by them! Melissa was my dress girl, Cara was my butt/vagina girl (not as scandalous as it sounds, promise), and Alanna was my shoe girl.
We were super organized. Here I am checking the list of what we had to take with us to the park.
Typical. Checking for deodorant clumpies—the bane of my existence.
I noticed the date on the clock and got really excited!
The only florals we had were bouquets for us girls. Trites Flower Shop did them and I loved them!
// My stomach was queasy pretty much all day, or at least any time I wasn't busy with something. The only thing I can think to compare it to is having butterflies before an important presentation or a big trip. In fact, I had butterflies all week!
(To be honest a lot of the butterflies the day-of had to do with an underwear issue. Tip: Don't wait until the night before or the day of your wedding to figure out what you'll wear under your dress.)
// T and I were a little traditional in one way: We stayed in separate rooms the night before the wedding and we didn't see each other for most of the day. (We did have a "first look" before the ceremony though.)
// My bridesmaids and I woke up early-ish (to fix the underwear problem). We showered, hung out, opened cards and drank champagne. We also made a trip to the mall (again, the underwear problem) and ended up eating at the food court (I ate Chinese—appropriate, no?) I remember being surprised that I was able to eat, although I took a couple non-drowsy gravol.
// We got back to the hotel in time to check in to a new room (honeymoon suite!) that we'd use later to get dressed in. Then we went to get our hair and makeup done.
// I was worried that we'd end up running late, but we were finished hair and makeup ahead of schedule. I was the first one done and remember saying, "Okay! I'm ready!" I was so eager to just get married!
// The rest of the afternoon passed slowly. We hung out in the room and I basically just waited. (This is where I have to give a huge shout-out to my girls! They were amazing! They took care of everything and anything for me. Melissa especially had thought of everything—she had a mini fan in case I got hot, deodorant, hairspray, I forget what else, but girl was prepared. At one point I asked her, "Did you google how to be a good maid of honour?")
// Finally, at 5PM I put my dress on. It took me a few minutes, not because it was complicated, but because I kept having to pause, to take a moment because, Oh my God! I'm putting my wedding dress on!
// Kandise, our photographer, arrived around 5:30 and I was just like, "Okay, let's do this!" (after taking a couple more gravol).
// We didn't get any professional photos of the guys in their room because we only had our photographer for a short period of time. But this is what T told me about his day/experience:
When I woke up, I thought, "Today finally came." I was a little bit nervous and a little bit excited.
I spent some time reading news and stuff on my phone and then Nemy, Tiffany, me, and your dad went to that Asian beef noodle place for lunch.
Then your dad brought us to that museum he discovered. We spent like two hours, two and half maybe, there. Then we went to the Happy Baker place and got some dessert.
Then we went back to the hotel. Showered, dressed, waited a little bit.
P.S. You can see more wedding stuff here, including my thoughts on wedding planning and our Chinese wedding!
(All but the bottom two photos are by Kandise Brown)