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September 20th, 2008

Though we officially got married in the Toshima Ward city hall six months ago, that was just paperwork–we didn’t even raise a hand and swear to do anything. Just signing papers. They wouldn’t even give us a wedding certificate–they asked us why we would want such a thing. But we were officially husband and wife.

Well, if that made us legally married, today made us feel really married. After a week of heavy planning, buying, checking, rechecking, and so forth, the big day came, and we had the ceremony in the United States with our family. Despite a few minor hiccups, the event went very, very well. We came to the Gatehouse just after noon. The Gatehouse is a kind of semi-public house on the same plot of land with Menlo Park’s city hall, police station, library, and sports center. It is surrounded by brush and trees, with a nice yard with a fountain. You can rent it out for occasions, as we did.

We dragged in the chairs, the audio equipment, and all of our gear. Sachi came in and the hairdresser got started on her. With a team of four assistants, they got her ready faster than expected, and the photographer could get more good shots done than we expected. Then guests started arriving, and things got crazy as I was still setting up the video cameras, we were still taking portrait shots, and I wanted to greet so many relatives I had not seen for years and years.

Eventually, we got to the ceremony and it went more or less flawlessly. Sachi and I said our vows with tears in our eyes, put rings on each other’s fingers, and kissed. Husband and wife, Mendelsohn’s march, and then more photos. And a few more photos. Then chatting while we short-handedly rushed to put everything back in the cars and prepped to go to the restaurant. Everyone was great. Relatives came in from Oregon, southern California, Sacramento, and even the east coast. All for a few hours of ceremony and dinner. We love them all.

After a great meal and as much talking as we could cram in, we called it a night–had to, as we leave early tomorrow morning for the airport. We leave the house before 9am Sunday, and will arrive in Japan late afternoon or early evening Monday–then Tuesday we have a meeting with wedding planners and a wedding rehearsal to attend.

That’s for our second wedding in Tokyo, a week from today.

We’re tired!

But we’re having great fun. The video seems to have turned out fairly well (three cameras, one not placed as well as I’d hoped), and the photographer should be getting the images to us fairly soon. When all that comes in, I’ll make another post with full details.

But right now we’re beat, and have to pack. More later.

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  1. September 22nd, 2008 at 02:05 | #1

    Congratulations! My wedding almost 9 years ago is one of my fondest memories. It’s amazing to have so many people come together to support you.

  2. ykw
    September 22nd, 2008 at 02:37 | #2

    Congrats !!!

  3. Kitty
    September 22nd, 2008 at 03:45 | #3

    Congratulations Luis and Sachi! It sounds like a wonderful day!

  4. Hachi Gatsu
    September 22nd, 2008 at 04:08 | #4

    Good to hear. I hope the second one also goes as planned, if not better. I wish you both love and long life. Congratulations!

  5. Tim Kane
    September 22nd, 2008 at 17:47 | #5

    Bravo! “Good show, old chap!” Mozeltoff!. And congratulations to you both! May you have many years of happy returns together!

  6. Paul
    September 22nd, 2008 at 17:57 | #6

    Congratulations on doing it again.. and again in a week or so, too! 😉

    Ginger and I are trying to hack our way through wedding prep right now ourselves. I strongly suspect that we’re going to wind up flying a long way away, on a whim, so nobody bugs us. She’s had the big wedding once in her life and I don’t really care about it one way or the other, so I can do without.

    Instead, we’re leaning towards just having an engagement party locally, soon, so everyone can make cute noises and say congratulations but don’t feel obligated to give us wedding gifts; at our age and spot in life, gifts would just be clutter!

    How are you guys avoiding the huge urge that people have to give you stuff when anything you get now would have to be toted back to Japan?

  7. Luis
    September 22nd, 2008 at 19:59 | #7

    Thanks, all! We just got back and man, are we beat. I’ll still have to blog for today (blogged on the plane with an archived web page for grist, then published it now & backdated to the correct time), and maybe get a little work done… but we are really just ready to drop.

    Paul: since everyone knew we were not going to be able to tote gifts, we did it Japanese-style–everyone simply brought money. I think my sister did it a similar way when she got married a while back.

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