So the wedding went off without a hitch, thank goodness. My family and Jeannette left the house at 10 am, and we arrived to the Wells Fargo Building after a bit of trouble with blocked off streetch and such (Die Hard 4 was being filmed in the area). The security to the building was moderately tight, we had to pass through people detectors or something. Once there, I helped Laura set up and I took several pictures of the area.
Laura’s high school friend Arisa arrived and all we had to wait for were the groom’s family. It seems Laura gave Steven some bad directions so he got lost going the wrong way. Haley, Laura’s flower girl was so cute. Once everyone was there, we had the rehearsal for the wedding ceremony. We ran through it twice. Right after that was down, the photographer arrived and everyone went to get dressed for the wedding.
While I was getting dressed, I realized that the spaghetti straps on my dress were too long! >_< I couldn't zip up the dress all the way so I didn't know that the straps were too long until I was putting on my adjusted dress. Stupid me, I should have tried it on as soon as I got it back from the seamstress, that way any minor adjustments I could do immediately. Also, tying an obi when you've only had a few days of practice is very very tough. I had to help my mom with her kimono before I got dressed. I messed up and had to re-tie, messed up again and had to re-tie, messed up once more and had to re-tie... and messed up and then I had to get dressed. >_< I figured since most of the guests (like 98%) aren't Japanese they won't know the difference anyways. The nervousness begins. Since there weren't any little boys to be the ring bearer, I had to carry the ring Laura was going to put on Steven. I suppose if there was a boy to hold the rings, the chances of him losing it is pretty good. Heheh. The wedding goes pretty smoothly. I felt my eyes water up when the music changed and Laura started walking down the aisle. The words don't cry don't cry don't cry kept on running through my head. After the rabbi said a bunch of words, and Laura and Steven exchanged rings, and Steven smashed a glass cup and then they were married. Married! My mom and dad were confused when to walk down the aisle, so they stood up and bowed to the rabbi and tried to sit down again. I had to point to them to walk down the aisle instead. Afterwards I went to find my high school friends and Dave. I didn't see Dave during the wedding, but I found him after the wedding. It seems like the power of Die Hard 4 prevented him from getting to the wedding on time. >.>; Anyways, Lauren and her husband were there and it was very wonderful to see them after not seeing them for at least a year.
One hour later, it’s time for dinner! Yeay! Between the salad and main course, I give my toast to Laura. Of course, I had to embass her a bit. ^_~ Whoever listened to me could hear how nervous I was. I had a hard time giving a speech in front of 30 people, and this was in front of 120 people! Yikes! >_<;; So I told the story how Laura liked to jump on my bed, heheh. I was going to say how she sat on my thumb which caused it to bleed all over the place, but Dave convinced me out of that. Probably a good thing since we haven't started our main course yet. So I'm gross like that. :P After dinner was a Jewish dance where everyone dances around in a circle around the bride and the groom, and then the bride and groom sit on chairs and everyone lifts them up onto their shoulders. Luckily, no one got hurt (I think). Lots of dancing, the cake cutting, more dancing, more photographs and then the night was over! Yes, it went like that! Fast! Once I changed outfits, I thought things didn't feel different, but Laura wasn't going home with us. She was going to go home to her new house with her new husband. I'll admit, it was a bit lonely, but that's how it goes when your sister gets married.