I should have known that Friday, the day of our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, was going to be a less than perfect day when I told my hairstylist that I needed to leave the hair salon at 4:00 PM—no exceptions!—and left there at 5:30 PM. Granted, it was totally worth getting my hair relaxed and having hair extensions sewn in, but I totally missed the little get-together my mother had planned for me and Mr. G’s family at her home before the rehearsal.
I raced home to get dressed for the rehearsal and put on my Yukata (a cotton kimono). Mr. G and I had decided to bring some Japanese flair to the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, and he wore a cotton men’s kimono as well. Mr. G and I headed straight to the rehearsal where our DOC and venue coordinator were setting up the reception area. I was glad that they were setting up early because we were able to get a sneak peek of the reception space.
Marveling at the room decor
Our families arrived soon after, and we began our rehearsal. We initially planned on having the rehearsal outdoors at the ceremony location, but it had started raining so we had to hold it inside.
OK, let me get real with you for a second. Our DOC is an incredibly polite and professional woman whom I enjoyed working with very much—except on the day of the rehearsal. I have a very loud, rowdy, and big family who were way too busy cracking jokes and talking to pay attention to our DOC. On that night I wish I’d had a tiger of a DOC who could have taken charge of everyone and handled the situation immediately rather than my sweet, soft spoken lamb of a DOC.