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My Wedding

This post is so overdue. I’m finally sharing photos from my wedding and am super excited about it! Kim of Kim Le Photography did an awesome job capturing photos from our special day. We lucked out when she brought along Brian of Brian Khang Photography to 2nd shoot with her. What a great 2 for 1 deal. There were so many wonderful photos they captured that it’s so hard to figure out what to post or even where to begin.  Here goes nothing!

My wedding was mostly traditional. We had 2 tea ceremonies earlier in the day where Rob and his family would come to my family’s home to ask for my hand in marriage. We then had lunch and headed back over to Rob’s family’s home to welcome me as a new member of the family. I lucked out in that the ceremonies were nice and short so I had time to have my hair re-done before changing into my wedding gown for the ceremony at St Callistus Catholic Church. After the ceremony was photo time and an awesome reception at Rancho Las Lomas. This is where it differs from your traditional Vietnamese wedding. The venue and foods served was something our guests are not used to experiencing. Being outdoor, tray passed hors d’oeuvres, champagne greeting, and plated American meals was against the norm. All in all, we were very happy with the way things turned out knowing ahead of time that not all things would go as planned (and believe me, not everything did go as planned).

Without further adieu, enjoy the lovely images from the fabulous Kim.

Rob’s family lined up for the tea ceremony.

I wore a fuchsia ao dai for the morning tea ceremonies.

My silly bridesmaids. This was their first gown for the tea ceremonies.
Check out their matching up-do’s, pearl bracelets, purple hair clips, and dangly earrings.

My Ines di Santo gown. I love it. It’s for sale though!

My bling heels are Giuseppe Zanotti’s.

My daddy hugging me before giving me away.

Husband and wife!!

A few awesome portraits! There were so many I didn’t know which to choose to post.

We really liked this one and chose it for our wedding day DVD cover.

I love this swing. It’s so peaceful. I could sit on it all day.

Our oh so cute flowergirls (also our nieces).

Details of our groomsmens’ attire. From bowties, to converses, to cufflinks, to socks, to ties…everything matched!

Can’t forget the lovely bridesmaids with their matching outfits and accessories.
Blingin’ flasks, custom made garters, Nina heels, Chloe bags, and F21 getting ready outfits.

Our reception venue…so gorgeous!

Details galore!!

We had roughly 360 guests. I think we may have maxed out the venue’s capacity!

Birdcage centerpieces and antique gold placecard frames for each guest.

We hired a silhouette artist, made our chair signs, and framed our table numbers.

Custom made vinyl dancefloor stickers. Silk folding fans for our guests to enjoy.

The grand entrance. Time to party!

Our first dance. I’ve never been so nervous in my entire life!

String lights was a must have on my list. It photographs well and makes things a little less dim with it being outdoors. To set the mood and ambience, LED uplights were used to light up the trees in orange, red, and purple.

The venue looks so awesome after sunset.

I told our florist, KC Florals, that I wanted tons of varying sized candles to line this bridge; boy did she deliver!

Table greetings was a long process but a lot of fun. I wore a copper sparkly ao dai for that portion.

So many single ladies eyeing the bouquet!

Dancing time!

I surprised Rob with a choreographed dance to Beyonce’s Sweet Dreams.

What a wonderful ending to a wonderful day!!

I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed planning out the big day and experiencing it coming to life first hand. Thank you to our guests for the wonderful memories, thanks to Kim Le for doing such a wonderful job capturing all the details and moments, and huge shout out to Kelly Duprat for executing my planning in coordinating the day for me!

You can follow a detailed account of my wedding adventures at our wedding website: www.thaoandrobert.com.

Jeannette & Hai’s Engagement Shoot

These two are getting hitched this Saturday! I know it’s going to definitely be a memorable day. With all their hard core party friends and wedding party, how can it not? Jeannette and Hai are both super camera shy but did fantastic on their e-shoot back in August. Yeah, camera shy but never shy away from a great party.  Perhaps we should make sure to give ’em a couple of shots before we do their portraits, what do you guys think? Anyhoots, even with being shy you’ll definitely be able to see their love, admiration, and respect for each other in these following photos.

Loving the light!

So dreamy with the sunflare!

A fun smile from Jeannette. Can’t wait to get a ton of candid shots in on Saturday!

So in love! *sigh* Feels like we captured them in a very private, intimate moment.

There’s something about these trees (and the couple in it) that I love.

Told you–the look of admiration.

The look of love.

Can’t get enough of that flare.

This scene feels very ‘alice in wonderland’ to me. Dreamy and trance like. The green grass just pops.

The look of happiness.

Their expressions for one another is so cute. I could melt.

Until we can share their wedding photos–talk to you all in the next post!

Everlyn & Jojo’s Wedding

What can I say about this couple other than they’re AWESOME! They are like the nicest people in the world without a single mean bone in their body. It’s so nice to meet people like this in the world and be blessed with their presence let alone get to shoot the most important day of their lives. I’ve never seen so much emotion, so many joyful tears shed, or had to hold back my tears so many times in a single day. Everlyn and Jojo are definitely meant to be together in this life and if there are any after lives, there too.

Check out their awesome wedding that was held at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach. Joan Bautista did an incredible job coordinating the entire day.

I am so in love with this gown.

The layers, fluffiness, color is all so awesome!

The woman wearing the gorgeous gown: EVERLYN!

Her whimsical bouquet.

Now this bride knows how to party–her very own pimp cup!

If each of her bridesmaids also have one too–that’s a clear picture of a great party group.

A toast before getting dressed.

Bottoms up and ready to go!

I love this vintage shot of her ring and gown.

These earrings are her something borrowed from her mom.

LOVE this detail vintage shot of Everlyn in her gown.

Vintage theme all the way–a classic Rolls Royce to chaffeur.

The wedding party having a blast in the LBC.

The gals were so much fun to shoot.

As were the gentlemen.

Another vintage-y shot with the classic Queen Mary.

A little bit of fun with Everlyn’s super long veil.

Quite possibly my favorite image of the day.

I love capturing these candid shots of the couple from behind during their grand entrance. It’s always the most fun and exciting part of the reception for them being announced as husband and wife.

Their first dance was so touching. How cool is this round dance floor??!!

Look how happy they are–both smiling ear to ear in their own world and moment.

Father daughter dance.

Mother and son dance to Boyz II Men’s “A Song for Mama”.

The money dance. Jojo danced with a group of his young cousins and nieces.

Reacting to their same day video and slideshow. Loyd Calomay of Red 5 Studios did a fantastic job on same day edit.

Party time!!