My eyes flew open at 6:00 a.m. No need for the alarm. The Big Day had finally arrived, and I was totally relaxed...really, I was. My overnight bag was packed, my lists at the ready. The Dress was hanging there ready to adorn my hopefully thin enough body. I called my friend Marina to verify that it was my wedding day. Sure enough it was, so I got up, showered, and whoosh! -- the day exploded into a whirlwind of activity. Before I knew it, the house was bustling -- hair stylist, make-up artist, Jacque, Marci (drafted as wedding coordinator for the day), plus 2 bridesmaids. We ate bagels, drank juice, listened to music -- it was like a party. Before long, I was transformed into The Bride. I floated out of the house, into the limo, and across town to meet The Groom.It was a beautiful day in Los Angeles -- sunshine, blue skies, temperatures in the mid-70s -- what more could we ask for?The ceremony was held at The Wayfarers Chapel, a beautiful church on the Palos Verdes peninsula, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The reception (all adults except for Mario, our adorable ring bearer) was held at The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach, about 10 miles north of the chapel. Everything went off without a hitch and we had so much fun. Everyone loved the wedding bubbles (we saw lots of bubble wars). The disposable cameras were great for getting people to loosen up and interact with each other. And people were still talking about how much they loved Our Wedding Newsletter. There isn't one thing that we would do differently, except not invite a few tacky people who were no-show. (People, this is really irritating. Don't do it!) Oh sure, there were a few minor snafus (did I mention the no-shows?), but nothing worth mentioning. All in all, it was an absolutely wonderful, perfect day.
Many thanks to everyone on the alt.wedding and soc.couples.wedding newsgroups for their continued support and encouragement during the wedding planing months.