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Bride Pick-Up

weather: mostly sunny
outside: 15°C
mood: calm
The three of us waited upstairs at the front of my parents' house. We have a balcony so they decided that they were just going to go onto the balcony and make the guys do stuff from there. It's customary to give the Groom and groomsmen a hard time at pick-up time. I've seen red envelopes exchanged and other hoop-jumping things. They just asked W questions about me and to do things like yell "I love you" in Cantonese (W doesn't speak Cantonese). =) They asked him things like: what movie did we see on November 23, 1991 (An American Tail: Fievel Goes West)? What dessert was I having when W proposed (no idea)? What is "Our Song" (Bryan Adams: Everything I Do)? How does it go (Look into my eyes; you will see; what you mean to me...)? and stuff like that =)

After the last question, the bridesmaids and my girl cousins told W to try opening the front door to my house. If the door was open, that meant that they had accepted his answers; if the door was locked, that meant that he should turn around and go home.

In all the excitement, they forgot to unlock the door! =D

They finally got that straightened out, let him in and we had a little bit of a hurrah with photographs and video =) When you look at wedding videos, it looks so nice when the Bride walks down the stairs, into the Groom's arm and they walk out. What you don't see, is them yelling "CUT", then all the bridesmaids and everyone is lugging the purses, emergency kit, extra change of clothes, backup gear and extra supplies. =)

So, we get the limo loaded up and ready to go. At this point, I remember looking at the limo and thinking that it looked wonderful. W, the two groomsmen, three cousins and Ibrehim (pronounced: "Abraham"), the limo driver decorated it. The two Hello Kitty Bride & Groom were on the front and DEFINITELY WERE NOT coming off. =D

The house at the end of my block was being torn down and built anew, so the street became a dead end. Ibrehim had to back all the way up to the top of the hill before he could get out.

The ride over to the church was quiet. In the last days of the insanity, I really cherished the moments of sitting, waiting and doing nothing, just like the ride to the church.

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