May 13, 2016
It was less of a rehearsal and more of a family meet and greet.
Thanks to Atong, we had a perfect location to host our wedding rehearsal. We were pretty sure that we wanted an informal get together and the rental space in her apartment complex was a great venue to a meet and mingle.
Also a big thank you to Michael’s parents, Gregory and Caroline, for their generosity towards dinner.
Although this was not the first time our families were meeting each other, not everyone had met before so it was a nice opportunity to get to know each other.
My bridesmaids were absolutely amazing with their help in making sure the night went smoothly. This even included buying and carrying cases of water and juice from a few blocks away. Believe it or not, we remembered to buy the alcohol but not the water!
My brother also brought names tags and markers, which I loved! Everyone had the chance to learn people’s names and their relationship to the bride and groom. I would highly recommend this idea to anyone with a huge family like mine!
For dinner, we ordered shawarma from… you know it… Shawarma Palace, the best place in town. Always a favourite for everyone! And for dessert, my sister made delicious lemon and s’mores squares, I made brownies.
We took the opportunity to thank Michael’s parents, my mom and my grandparents for their love and support. We saved our gifts for the bridal party for getting ready the following day.
Selfies took place… a lot of selfies.
Our 3 MCs: Elvin (and soon to be wife Jenn), Vinh and Amin
3 of the 4 groomsmen! Bill, Matt, and Dan (4th is Michael’s brother Matt)
My brother Andy and Kien’s (cousin) partner Samme
Andy and cousins Janet and Justin
With some of my family, including my grandparents, aunts and uncles!
Photo with the immediate Brown family!
Michael’s Aunt Patsy and her husband Uncle Dan!
My sister Jenni and Michael
Janet, Jenni and her partner Edward
Being themselves 😛
Justin… always ruining our photos!
As you can probably tell by now, my family is… special 😉
My grandparents, mum and aunt
We even had props! Although mostly forgot to use them!
(Note Samme’s name tag… see? Useful!)
Like mothers like daughters
Somehow… Michael and I ended the night without a single photo together 😛 Thank you again to all our family and friends who took the time to attend, and for all their love ❤
It was hard to believe we were getting married the following day! After cleaning up, Michael and I then headed over to Four Points by Sheraton in Gatineau and called it a night. We even did a bit of much needed first dance practicing 😉 We would highly recommend getting away from everyone and spending the night before the wedding with just your partner – to have quality time together and reflect on exciting times to come!