December 5, 2013

The Wedding Party in Ebisu


Last month my friends E and M had their wedding party in Ebisu!

They had gotten married with close family and friends in Hawai'i the month before and wanted to have a party with their friends in Tokyo. I was asked to help co-plan the wedding party with another friend Y, which I was really excited about. I didn't learn until later that it would include taking on the role of co-master of ceremonies as well.

After 30+ years, I've come to know myself pretty well and one of the things is that I do better behind the scenes. Supporting is my thing, not center stage. I have huge stage fright and because I'm rarely in that position, I freeze up even more when I'm there.

Needless to say, I was slightly concerned about having to talk into the mike. And not only that, but you need to be on top of things, reading the crowd, checking the time, and making sure that the bride and groom are having a great time. (Did I mention I am also a worrier?)

But in the end, it all worked out.

The bride and groom were full of smiles, which is exactly what we wanted. Our plan to surprise them with messages from their parents were also a success. Everything went according to plan and it was great seeing them having a good time celebrating their marriage with all their friends in Tokyo!

Wishing E and M all the joy and happiness of this day and always. x

The bride and groom making their entrance.

I have no idea who took these photos on my camera...but whoever did, thank you!

E's friend gave a poetic toast to the newlyweds.                        My co-MC was amazing.                

Friends surrounding the happy couple.

My flower arrangement for the bride and groom table, which I only had 15 minutes to do (eek!).

It felt good seeing everyone having a good time conversing with the bride and groom.

Who knew those high school ikebana classes would come in handy one day?

A piece of their cake waiting to be eaten, which they did after the party was over.

Like all good parties, it was over before we knew it. x

4 comments:

  1. You obviously have a talent for public speaking, Kaori. Look at how you have the two people with you smiling at the story you are telling about the newlyweds.

    As well as—a little champagne couldn’t hurt a public speaking performance!

    The more you do it the more comfortable you will become. I just realized that a possible reason Americans might have to often begin a public talk with a joke is that it is more for the speaker’s benefit by “disarming“ the audience.

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    1. Thank you, Tall Gary! It went better than I thought it would, but I don't think any amount of practice is going to change the fact that I'm just not comfortable with all eyes on me. But my co-MC on the other hand did fantastic! So glad I had her there with me :D

      And yes, I did have a glass of champagne ;D

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  2. More smiling people! Everybody is always smiling around you! ^^

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    1. We kicked out all the ones who were frowning! hehe ;D

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