That’s Amore: Tutus and Ninjas

Woohoo! It’s time to get started with my recaps. Let’s jump right in!

Guests from overseas started flying into Japan a few days before the wedding reception. Mr. G was able to take a few days off before the wedding, but I sadly could not. While Mr. G was hanging out with our out-of-town guests I was working full time and meeting with everyone later in the evening. Needless to say, I hardly got any sleep the week before the wedding, but I was glad to see all of my friends and family and hear all about their fun adventures in Japan.


All of the out-of-town guests were impressed by the number of buttons found on a Japanese toilet.

My boss let me leave work early on Friday, the day before our wedding. I got my nails done, hung out with my family for a bit, and then raced to the hotel where Mr. G and I were going to stay for the wedding weekend. We decided to spend the weekend at a hotel near our venue rather than driving from home to cut down on stress about traffic and to be close to all of our OOT guests. It was a great decision and one I highly recommend. I had to race to the hotel in order to get ready for the rehearsal dinner we had planned that evening. Now this was not a traditional rehearsal dinner as there was technically nothing to rehearse beforehand since we decided to not have a ceremony in Japan, only a reception. We just called it the rehearsal dinner since it was the big dinner the night before the wedding.

I had been debating what to wear to the rehearsal dinner for quite some time. I initially thought about wearing a white dress, but had trouble finding one. I was looking through my Pinterest board one day and stumbled across some of my early wedding-dress inspiration: long, flowing tulle skirts.



Images via Tutus Chic Boutique on

It was difficult to find a top to go with these gorgeous skirts, so I gave up on the idea and bought by my wedding dress at David’s Bridal; however, I thought a variation of this skirt would be perfect for a rehearsal dinner. A short tulle skirt would be fun, flirty, and feminine. I Googled “tulle DIY skirt,” found an easy tutorial, and was quickly able to make one.


It was a huge hit at the rehearsal dinner. What is even better, I was able to reuse it for Halloween.


Kumamon and me on Halloween

Mr. G and I got ready for the rehearsal dinner and met everyone at a restaurant called Kyoto Ninja. It is a touristy theme restaurant where all the waiters and waitresses wear ninja costumes and perform magic tricks throughout the dinner. Mr. G and I figured a restaurant like this would be perfect for our guests. It has English menus, tourist-friendly Japanese food, and lots of photo-worthy moments.


The waitstaff at Kyoto Ninja

Before we had dinner Mr. G gave a speech to thank everyone for being there, and he and I both got a little choked up. Friends and family from all over the globe had come to Kyoto to celebrate our marriage. I couldn’t believe so many people would go through all that trouble—long flights, long drives—just to see us. I was truly touched. Mr. G finished his toast and we all chowed down on some sukiyaki and sushi.


Mr. G’s dad stirring some sukiyaki. Pardon the blurriness.


Group photo of everyone at dinner


My friends heard I never had a bachelorette party and presented me with a bachelorette sash and crown.

After dinner was finished, Mr. G and his friends left to get more drinks and had a mini stag night. I headed back to the hotel and immediately crashed at about 10:00 PM. I think I’d slept about 10 hours the week before the wedding and my body was ready for some much needed sleep. Mr. G came in an hour later, but I didn’t even hear him come in.

The next day we woke up and it was our wedding day!



Mrs. Gondola

Wedding Date:
December 1969
The NewlyJets: The Night Before
Losing Weight
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  1. roadtrip Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 7:40 am

    That restaurant definitely sounds like fun!

  2. campfire Member
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:00 am

    You looked so adorable at your dinner! :)

  3. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:13 am

    I love your rehearsal dinner outfit! And, yay for recaps!

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    taramay_ 1969 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:15 am

    Yay for your recaps! I’ve been a longtime lurker of the ‘Bee and just made an account recently. I’m looking forward to both your wedding recaps the most!

  5. wellies Member
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:17 am

    I love that skirt! :)

  6. bracelet Member
    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 9:22 am

    Mr. B and I celebrated my first birthday together at a ninja restaurant in Akasaka in Tokyo.. ah, memories!

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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 10:09 am

    I love your tulle skirt! So cute!

  8. msbicycle Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 10:12 am

    This is all so cool! And that skirt?! Way to rock it!

  9. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 4:07 pm

    I LOVE THAT TULLE SKIRT. I literally just pulled up that tutorial and I’m going to Joann’s this weekend. This is going to be life-changing.

  10. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:17 pm

    @Mrs. Road Trip: It is! They perform all these crazy magic tricks too.
    @Mrs. Campfire: Thank you!
    @Mrs. Pony: Thank you! I’m so excited to start my recaps.
    @TaraMay_:Oh, thank you so much. I can’t wait to share the weddings with everyone.
    @Miss Wellies: Thank you! @Mrs. Bracelet: That sounds like fun! I love ninja stuff.
    @MissGoldFish: Thank you! It was so easy to make.
    @Mrs. Bicycle: Thank you. It was fun wearing it!
    @Miss Filly: It’s really easy. Just make sure you get spools of tulle so you dont have to cut it down width-wise.

  11. jetsetter Member
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 6:09 am

    That toilet is out of control. Also, you look adorable in a tutu!

  12. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:28 am

    What does the music note do? Do the toilets play music while you’re going to the bathroom? I need more info on these toilets! But yay for recaps, and I love your funky take on the tutu.

  13. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:42 am

    @Mrs. Waterfall:
    The music button is a button that will either play the sound of rushing water or a tune– usually “When the Saints Go Marching In. “. It’s to cover the sound of bathroom noises. So different, right?

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