After a stressful day of last-minute details, we woke up early to meet with “H”, a kimono dresser. I entered her seemingly western house, finding an entire traditional tea room set up inside! Whoa!
Turns out, H teaches tea ceremony classes at the Japanese Cultural Center (our venue!). It was really a neat experience to be dressed in such a traditional setting, as opposed to our messy living room back home.
After that successful meeting with H, I felt a whole lot better about the kimono change. I was really worried that it would take forever, and that I would miss the whole party! And just to note—on the actual day itself—dressing only took 15 minutes. H is a kimono dressing speed machine.
Next, we headed downtown to drop off our cake topper at Satura Cakes. I cannot say enough about how wonderful our cake-coordinator Kristy was—she took good care of Mr. Sew’s “baby”, even coming to oversee the final set up herself!
And while we were in the area, we might as well have picked up our marriage license too, right?
We popped in, paid our $60, took an oath to promise we weren’t lying about our age, and that was it!
After accomplishing so much before lunchtime, we headed back to the hotel, pumped for some out-of-town bag assembly.
Once my parents had landed and unpacked at the hotel, we loaded their rental van with all our reception decor.
After a quick stop at Zippy’s for some snacks and an Orange Bang (melted Creamsicle in a cup!), we ran off to our venue to meet our decorator/coordinator: the Hive’s own HitchedinHawaii!
After I freaked out in a post about not having any time to set-up, Maria graciously took pity and sent me a PM with an offer of help! And seriously, I would have been stuck in some crazy stinky hole without this fellow bride. She really knows her stuff! Three cheers for the ‘bee, from me!
After stuffing all our crap into her truck, and realizing we had forgotten to bring a few signs, we headed over to the University of Hawaii to hang out with my brother a bit. Some of his friends would be playing Maria’s assistants on the day of, so it was good to queue things up with them. Then another Wal-Mart trip, and it was back to the hotel to find the missing signs and finish up some last minute poofs.
I must say, transferring all the wedding stuff to Maria felt SO good, like I was tossing away all my built-up wedding stress (sorry, Maria!). And with that, my brain switched to full vacation-mode, and I was ready to relax. Business was done, and the fun could officially start. At least for now.
(All pictures by either my parents, my in-laws, or myself)