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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.

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More images from UE’s New Year’s Party / Design Challenge

Images by Jasmine Star Photography



Utterly Engaged’s New Year’s Party & Design Challenge

The Utterly Engaged New Year’s party / design challenge was held on a very rainy January weeknight all the way out in Anaheim.. but here we are today, warm, dry, calm and stoked to see Article 8 and the images from the Design Challenge. We didn’t place but we are pretty damn proud of what we pulled off! The challenge rules consisted of a $150 budget, and using fabric, paper, or an industrial material as your main focal point (not flowers). I brainstormed so many ideas but landed with what I thought would be the Freshest: Nautical Modern. I had SO MUCH FUN doing this, despite my time constraints, being away for the weekend, and being very sick. Oh man was I stressed! But in the end we prevailed…! I must thank my AWESOME partners for the challenge – Jenny Wei and Tuan Hua. Also Bunch’s mini fan group for the night… who braved the weather and traffic on a work night… you guys rock and I love the love. Thank you. 🙂

(Image by Jasmine Star Photography)

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