So, part 2 of my wedding reception blog…! still daunting to write, but i do have the inspiration of some beautiful photos that were taken by Mary & Chris Spurgin, and a couple by Joseph 🙂 Mary has been my friend since childhood, and she generously offered for her and her husband to take pictures during the party. and they turned out better than i could have imagined!! Which was a relief for me because the two things i’d really wanted for this celebration, was to have fun, and have documentation of it through beautiful pictures. Both of my priorities were fulfilled and i couldn’t be more grateful!!
so, the music, the glorious music!… there was so much of it, and i’m honored by the friends & family who wanted to perform. every one was wonderful, including a performance by my two sisters Kei and Moe. they sang a very nice version of “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson 🙂 then i sang a song with Kei (and piano accompanied by YunShim!), called “Pie Jesu” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. it was nice to go back to singing classical, just like when i trained in college. and the reason i chose that song was because i sang it at a friend’s wedding. the first time Joseph saw me was from his seat in that audience, while i was singing it 🙂 Then I sang a song i wrote specifically for the occasion, i call it “Wedding Song”. My two sisters and Mary accompanied me. i was just so happy the song came to me in time. i’ve always wanted to sing a song i wrote for such an occasion, and i was able to. how lucky am i? (and i just recorded a video of it which i’m excited to share soon too!!)
my father then shared a few words, and he did an amazing job, considering my mother had volunteered him to speak, but NEVER TOLD HIM!! but he impressed everyone by giving the most wonderful speech, after running off to the bathroom for only 5 minutes to prepare! AND, he volunteered on the spot to sing a song, a cappella, which astonished everyone as well! i’ll just say that we all know, including him, that all of us get our singing genes from my mother (although he can play the piano extremely well!), which makes it more touching that he volunteered to sing anyway, in front of everyone. he must’ve been really inspired and i’m so grateful! and then Joseph’s mother said some kind words, portraying her very kind character. and i’m lucky that Joseph takes completely after his mother!
Joseph went up last to say a few words. he was very tastefully accompanied by his friend Ray on the djembe, and Ben on the guitar, and everyone said that his and my father’s speeches were so memorable!!
Then came the square dancing, oh it was so much fun!!! we danced, EVERYONE danced, even my parents who i doubt have EVER danced in their ENTIRE lives!! i had the most wonderful time, and the most wonderful pictures from it. we thought we’d bring a little Southern flavor to our NY reception 😉
and then two hours after the dancing started it was time to leave, and as we were packing up to leave, Luigi, who is from the restaurant, gave me one last glass of wine, that put me COMPLETELY into crazy zone, haha! and Mary had her camera out, and THIS is when most of the pictures were taken! i don’t even recall half the things i did, don’t remember taking the majority of the pictures, but i have them all as proof! and some are funny, and some are BEAUTIFUL!! i’ll just have to say that maybe some force up there was on my side, and knew how important good pictures were to me, because the odds of getting beautiful pictures after 5 hours of prepping, partying, eating, drinking, performing, and dancing, are NOT very high! so i must’ve had some force on my side 🙂
all i can vaguely recall (or my sister helped me recall, lol!) is doing the Half Moon yoga pose in public and flashing my undies, (the undie flashing happened QUITE a few times, apparently!), running into a starbucks to go to the bathroom and then sashaying my way out while singing goodbye to all the employees, running around everywhere with no shoes on, and then somehow finding myself walking home in Joseph’s humongous black shoes. but hey, it was FUN!!! 😀
and luckily no one would have ever known that i was on the verge of canceling the celebration two times, one time being literally a few days before! maybe it all unfolded just as it should, though. maybe i was given a hard time by new family members because if i hadn’t, then i would’ve had more time to characteristically focus on all the little things that really don’t matter in the end, and i would’ve let my perfectionistic self not enjoy the day fully. maybe i was driven to the point of putting my hands up in the air and pushing EVERYTHING aside so i would have no energy left BUT for focusing on creating a good memory NO MATTER WHAT. maybe, just maybe all the heartache was a blessing in disguise… as a lot of times it is!! 😉 and life often has a way of throwing at us what we feel as unwelcome things. which in the end though, leads to life unfolding exactly as it should 🙂
And now, gratefully, i will always have beautiful pictures to look at, to bring back beautiful memories, whenever i want to go right back to this most memorable day <3
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