So the thing especially among Millennials is hash tags… for Twitter and Instagram and other social media. Hannah and Thomas’s is “you only paradise once” or “yopo” with the hash tag (ie in full: #hannomasYOPO). It was HOT! 100 degrees, but since we are in the desert, it’s a dry 100 degrees, which is a huge, huge difference compared with a humid 100 degrees, or even a humid 80 degrees. It was a beautiful wedding!
The bride and one of the flower girls:
The bougainvillea was a late addition (per Tashi); the topknot hairstyle by me, per Hannah; and the dress by Crewcuts (J. Crew):
More backstage (swans were a theme… never got why the swans!):
Tashi: “This is bo-ring, when’s it going to start? I have to hold the baby’s hand? Can I have your phone?” etc. Then a little “golden rule, do unto others” etc. reminding and she turned it on for the actual ceremony itself.
They were to release the balloons one by one, which wasn’t going to happen with the hand holding and the strings all tied together, so they released at the tree. Tashi’s went straight up into the tree, which I figured would happen. We never spoke about what to do after they walked up the aisle but Tashi (with an assist from husband) figured it out and stood next to the bridesmaids for most of it. I got some snaps before husband said they’d made an announcement about not taking photos!
Maya, her adorable co-flower girl, is age 3, half-Japanese, and lives in San Francisco. Her dad and Thomas worked together in NYC.
Tashi was slathered with SPF 55 to 70 head to toe. (Rio, too. We didn’t end up putting him in a jacket or pants because of the weather.)
He did wear Keens vs. Crocs… slightly better? And yes I did bring Tashi a spare set of shoes to wear after the ceremony!
We caught up with Eugene, another cousin, whom I’d last seen in Tokyo in 1999, which I’d forgotten but he remembered!
They did a loi krathong kind of thing with the lanterns (and because of local rules against releasing them into the sky):
They had a lot of really lovely funny and/or personalized details, from the order of ceremony “music starts/we get married/let us party” to these tote bags that everyone—roughly 90 guests—got. Thomas gave his dad a nice speech about how his work ethic was inspiring, which was sweet.
These are the totes we got (you can see them above hanging on the backs of the chairs); brother’s was “Red food freaks me out,” sister got “Thomas crashed on my sofa when looking for an NYC apartment,” and Amrish’s sheer genius: “I deal in drugs but my true passion is wine.” And on the menus, “Fun fact #56: The ring bearer was born on the same day Thomas proposed to Hannah (April 16, 2014),” and “Fun fact #88: Thomas and Hannah’s first date was ice skating in Central Park.”
Today, Sunday, brother came over at 7am (dropped off my sister en route to LA and airport), and we had a morning of our pool (from the last blog post), followed by an afternoon of the pool at the house where the wedding was. See, the swans!
Rio swimming by brother (with the swans on the opposite end):
With Googoo and Larry, Thomas’s parents, Thomas, and Hannah’s mom (her dad passed away):
At the end of a long day in the sun and pools, waiting for what must be our sixth Uber ride:
And finally, some house shots—zoning in front of the TV—the pool is actually in the front yard:
And the back yard. Brother is staying with us for a couple nights (tomorrow night he is babysitting):