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M & N {hitched on September 4th 2010}

On September 4th 2010, I married my favorite. Many, many warm thanks to Adrienne Gunde for our wedding photos. I wanted to show some of my favorite parts of the wedding (lots of favorites from the day!) that have yet to be shared. Please enjoy!


My favoritest wedding detail shot ever, the groom holding his bride’s bouquet:

His cufflinks were original SF Muni tokens. How dashing is my husband? Below, the fellas, mustaches and all:

If you hadn’t noticed, N is mustache free… that was my one Veto as i cannot take him seriously with a mustache. However, he did leave it until the morning so he could take one with the guys. Then, off it went. I love this photo with his dad in the mirror background:

Here’s a collage of my girls (and Bride’s Best Man). What a good lookin’ bridal party, yeah? i love them all. to bits. Must add that I made all the hair pieces and necklaces 🙂

Above right: flowers repotted from my mom’s garden. She also added a little special touch, a vintage wedding cake topper… can you spot it? She is a collector (borderline hoarder) of figurines and such for her garden… I loved that she secretly slipped an appropriate one in (thank goodness it wasn’t a bunny or scarecrow).

Our nieces & nephew, sweet little awkward things:

A family tradition: wedding performances by our youngest brother Richie (with guitar on the right) and cousin Long (left, cheesin with glasses). Despite the fact that they butchered my requests (33 by pumpkins and Everything by Michael Buble), they KILLED it with American Boy by Estelle & Kanye, and Make you feel my Love by Adele. During the latter performance, there was a special dance performance by Anne, Richie’s girlfriend… it was beyond heart touching and beautiful (below right).

I was SO IN LOVE with our cake from our dear friend Laurie from IBIcake. Like, I can’t imagine any other way it could have been. I gave her a million different images of inspiration and literally was like ‘Good luck with that!’ because none of my magazine tear outs were alike. Hah, she showed me! I must also mention that it was a good as it looked… Lemon cake with fresh raspberries & buttercream, and red velvet cake. Mmmm…

This Photowall was made by my brother & cousin / bridesmaid Nina the week of the wedding. It was fun to make, and we sure took lots of polaroids with it for our guest book! The chairs are reupholstered vintage chairs, a His & Hers gift from my cousin.

This is a raw moment Right after our recessional… i love the feeling. Very ‘YAY we did it!’ … or ‘Thank god it’s over, where’s the food?’ … one of those.

In contrast, the morning of our wedding day there was the Traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony. Below left is my Ao Dai dress.. I fell in love with the fabric the moment I saw it… the teal and metallic sequins, paired with light gold contrasting pants. Super intricate and itchy…

The fellas with their red trays filled with tea, cookies, and jewelry as gifts, lined up @ Nick’s dad’s house before the procession to my mom’s, to take me away… (and yes, there’s a roast pig under there!)

How awesome is it that my mother in law and sister in law embraced our culture and wore Ao Dai’s too?

As did my ladies:

Voila.


Fall Boutonnieres

A couple of months ago I was asked to do a sample collection of floral fall boutonnieres… masculine, romantic, classic. Here they are, naked before the ribbon treatment.

individual close ups:

I love what the new wedding genre has done for the wedding boutonniere… it is no longer just the single rose with baby’s breath and a leaf… the possibilities are endless!


My own personal excitement

Ever since we’ve been engaged, and as a floral designer, everyone has asked me, ‘What kind of flowers are you doing for your wedding?’ my inner response to that is of course, panic. i just smirk and tell people, ‘i don’t know yet!’ and try to run away from the conversation…. because really, i have no clue. well, at least i have a color scheme. which reincarnated plenty of times.

It’s a blessing to be in the industry and know all my options… but it’s also kind of a problem for me. i am constantly inspired and seeing cool things here and there. and of course i LOVE everything i see and cannot make a decision for myself (much easier for clients!). but last night folks, as i was using left over flowers to dress up my home, i had an epiphany.

I think i created what looks to be the beginning of my own bouquet! it was a big DUH… some of my favorite flowers! Silver brunia, white mini carnations, scabiosa pods, and a collar of blue virburnum berries. i will probably add more greens as well as a splash of color in the tying of it… otherwise, i think this is it! Weird because i thought i wanted fancy varieties with showy blooms… ‘special’ flowers such as cattleya orchids and beardless irises, or a bouquet of fringed & parrot tulips with a collar of garden roses.. you know, there are high expectations to be met (oh the pressure). sigh. this makes me happy. and it’s very much me.

i honestly believe people who can’t appreciate the beauty of carnations are  c r a z y! (read about my gripe on that HERE). i mean, can you not see the frilly ruffly beauty of these blooms? Heaven!  i can’t stop staring at my left over flowers…

Ps. Speaking of Beardless irises, i have a few gorgeous stems on my balcony waiting to bloom. I will definitely share when they flower.