Rehana and Mike tied the knot this past Spring at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. According to Suzanne, Rehana radiated beauty inside and out, with her openness and willingness to laugh!Their wedding consisted of readings acted out during the ceremony, a BaliWood inspired first dance and speeches that were tender and funny that touched everyone in the room. Suzanne especially loved the blend of cultures and the use of color throughout their wedding. Among the brides and grooms' bridal parties, there were men and women in both parties- those close to their lives regardless of gender. The twitter jokes were hilarious! Brides-to-Be, Here is the beautiful Rehana lending her words of wisdom!
Dos Besos, Katie from the Wanderers
1) How did you mentally prepare for the big day?
Planning an out of town wedding can be super stressful since you don't necessarily know what to expect. So I decided to just think of it as a vacation with my loved ones there.
2) Did you have any events surrounding the wedding. I.E baseball game, rehearsal dinner, brunch, bachelorette party? Tell us about it.
We had a rehearsal dinner/mehndi the night before the wedding, on a Friday. We held it in the hotel restaurant to make it easy for folks coming in at all hours to join us, and had a fixed menu. A mehndi (henna) artist came to put designs on those who wished it. I had already had my mehndi done, as well as my close female relatives, the night before, so we could model for them :). My husband had a wedding morning surfing/kayak adventure with his groomsmen and a few other folks who traveled for the wedding. And then also on Sunday we did a brunch at hosted by a very close family friend of Mike's. It was a wedding weekend extravaganza!
3) What is something that makes for a great wedding day?
A friend of ours told us that as long as you end up married at the end of the day, it's a super day.
4) Did you see your spouse for the first time before the ceremony or during the ceremony? How did you feel?
Right before the ceremony we saw one another. I have to admit, I was super nervous because we were being documented.
5) What is one of your favorite memories?
It was really all a blur - but I do very clearly remember one of my old college friend's catching the bouquet. I wish I'd taken some bets beforehand :) Oh, and also all the late night bow-tying and a last minute fix of Mike's magnetic board he wanted to put the name tags on. I just remember wanting to ditch the thing, and then looking over and seeing Mike's sad face when it wasn't working, and then we all rallied to MAKE IT WORK. It was really lovely to walk into the space and see it up and working -- both of our families really came through, with our moms gaff-taping the razor sharp edges and his uncle buying tissue paper to cover it up. I felt like it really showed our families coming together.
6) What song do you most remember on the dance floor?
Our first dance song - because we practiced it so much!
7) What is a piece of advice you wish you had known before the big day?
I actually got a ton of advice before the big day! Everyone I know is married. Someone did tell me to get all the addresses in one document, but I wish someone told me, SERIOUSLY, GET ALL THE ADDRESSES FOR WEDDING INVITES in one master document.
8 ) Weddings are wonderful, but share some marriage tips please!
I think we learned in planning the wedding, that each individual has different priorities and that marriage is mostly about managing those priorities. Clearly, everything can't be done right away. But if it's important, it'll get dealt with. And if it's not, let it go. Don't dwell on the things that didn't get done, because it's impossible to do it all. We've kind of adapted that attitude in our marriage too. Also, always put yourselves in the center of everything. Don't forget in all the chaos - it's about two people.