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!
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!
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.