Andrew and I met in 2002 at the Hmong Lansing New Years.
It took a year for us to start dating but I believe it was well worth the wait. Andrew was very patient with me and waited till I was ready to date again and he completly swept me off my feet.
We've ran into alot of ups and downs, but who doesn't?! And we've stuff'n it out and stuck by each other through everything. When I mean EVERYTHING I mean EVERYTHING!
I think overall, it made our love for eachother stronger and it helped us realize that we were more alike in many ways than we thought. Trust me on this one. Andrew and I are two very opposite people who like different things and who do things differently but I think that's what balances us out and makes us a wonderful match for eachother.
After dating for 3years, we started to talk about getting married sometime in 2005 and started to plan on when we should do it. The reason for planning when is really due to our culture where he & his family would have to come and do the Hmong portion of the tradition of asking for my hand in marriage. But as we were trying to find the right time, things kept coming up as the months and years go by.
Than out of no where.... Andrew finally purpose on August 15 2007. It blew me away!! He is not one to do surprises, honestly he does not do that at all. But he sure did surprise me and it was so sweet, romantic and extremely funny all at the same time. It was a moment to remember and share forever with our kids and family.
And where we are, Married since October 11, 2008 and finally Mr & Mrs Andrew Vue.
Next chapter for us, a house and kids (hopefully).
We were trying to find a unique look that would be a perfect fit for us and our style of taste. We had so many options but we wanted to stick with our ideal look. (Even if we were tight on budget - we had a plan b & c ^.^)
So here's a break down of what we were trying to look for:
Our Season: Fall
Our Theme: A Vintage Romance
Our Style Feel: Victorian, Vintage, Formal, Romantic
Our Ideal Look: Soft, Simple, Clean and Not so overwhelming.
The hard part was to figure out our colors... SO below are our choices. We figured we should keep our options open incase the items we were looking for didn't work or was to expensive.
- Color Scheme 1:
Icy Pearl Blue
Sheer Ivory Peach-Pink
- Color Scheme 2:
- Color Scheme 3: (WE PICKED THIS ONE)
Very Pale Pink
After we figured out the color scheme, we went ahead and decided to look for our venues and the rest of the bridal parties outfits.
I kept my options open because I know wedding dresses are so expensive I didn't want to make a mistake and pick the wrong dress. I had printed and ripped out pictures of dresses and styles that I was looking for, that way my process of looking for a wedding gown would be so much easier.
The Ideal Style: Very Soft and Modern yet Traditional.
Dress Budget: $1500 to $3000
Designers: Amsale, Essence of Australia, Lazaro, Melissa Sweet, Priscilla of Boston, Reem Acra
There were so many designers that I loved but the look I was going for are the images below.
Lazaro 2008 Spring Collection
Lazaro 2007 Fall Collection
Lazaro 2007 Spring Collection
Lazaro 2005 Spring Collection
Reem Acra 2005 Spring/Fall Collection
Reem Acra 2006 Spring Collection
These gowns are so BEAUTFUL! I wish I could have bought them all! =)
But I found the one that fit me the best and I felt great in. Even though I freaked out after I bought it and wanted to pick a different dress. LOL! Yes, I did that!! I've never bought a dress more than $150-$200 bucks so anything above that amount... well you know. =) LOL.
Here's My Dress...
Designer: Essence of Australia 2008 Collection
HERE I AM ON MY WEDDING DAY !! ^.^
We went through different types of styles and looks for our wedding invitations and decided to go with this look. It turned out GREAT!!! I love the colors. I wish we could have added alittle light pink to the invites, that would have made it perfect. But overall I loved it. Paisely Quill (http://www.paisleyquill.com/) did a great job.
Here were the dress I had the girls picked...
The designers are Melissa Sweets & Priscilla of Boston
Maid of Honor's Gown:
The color of their gowns were "THYME". A very nice rich deep green color. SO PRETTY!
Here's some photos of my bridesmaids from the wedding...
Kayla, Sheng, Vickie, Milly (and Layla one of my flower girls)
My sisters & I (Lisa MOH, me, Vickie & Sheng)
Kayla, Pajzaub (not really a bridesmaid *long story*), Sheng, Milly & my grandpa.. =)
Milly & Sheng both in Melissa Sweets
Me & The Bridesmaid (and 1 that stands out she was the last minute add on ^.^)
- Begin envisioning your wedding
- Decide on a budget
- Begin interviewing wedding consultants (If you think you need one)
- Pick your preferences for wedding date and time
- Think about the gown
- Book reception/ceremony site
- Start notebook/file to keep all paperwork in one place
- Choose wedding party
- Decide on color scheme
- Have engagement photos taken
- Get ready for engagement party (If you want one, and if you don't have a small gathering.)
- Start the guest list
- Start auditioning DJs, Bands... ect.
- Set up meetings with florists
- Find officiant and discuss ceremony structure with them
- Interview and get price lists from photographers
- Book entertainment, sign contract, send deposit
- Select gown and order
- Begin wedding registry
- Think about how you want your hair
- Reserve photographer, decide on package, sign contract, send deposit
- Select bridesmaid dresses
- Reserve florist, send deposit
- Let best man and maid of honor know when you expect of them by providing them with a list of duties
- Send save the date cards to guests b/c the location requires travel (include hotel reservation, city/travel information if you have it already selected and reserved.)
- Select cake design and inform baker
- Plan rehearsal dinner
- Finalize invitation wording and design
- Finalize menu and service details
- Order invitations (order extra envelopes in case we screw up writing them out)
- Purchase wedding insurance
- Decide on floral scheme, negotiate prices, sign contract with florist
- Decide on where you are getting your kilt, shoes, etc. from
- Book honeymoon
- Give groomsmen the information they need to reserve their kilts
- Get kilt (or sign contract to have it sent to you on appropriate day) and accessories
- Make sure bridesmaids have picked up their dresses and accessories
- Purchase wedding bands and send them to be engraved
- Decide on ceremony decorations
- Make or buy favors (allow extra time for custom-made favors)
- Send invitations
- Talk to people who we want to have do a performance or read at the ceremony
- Confirm delivery date for gown and schedule fittings
- Arrange for insurance polices to include spouse
- Get anything needed for international honeymoon (vaccinations, etc.)
- Arrange transportation to airport
- Provide guest list to bridesmaids for bridal shower
- Update registry as gifts come in
- Confirm reservations for out-of-town guests
- Purchase veil and shoes
- Write vows and ceremony program
- Submit wedding announcement to newspapers
- Buy guest book and nice pen
- Research marriage license requirements
- Make an appointment to visit hairstylist with veil
- Attend bachelor party (write thank-you to best man)
- Buy gifts for attendants
- Attend final gown fitting
- Send rehersal dinner invites (can we include these with the regular invites?)
- Do trial runs of hair and makeup
- Schedule wedding day beauty appts.
- Print ceremony programs
- Get marriage license
- Confirm honeymoon reservations
- Wrap all gifts for wedding party and write notes to each attendant
- Have follow-up phone call or meeting with officiant to go over timing and details
- Pick up wedding wrings and check engravings
- Make sure renter's insurance covers rings and gifts
- Work on list of songs for DJ
- Sit for bridal portrait if doing one
- Do paperwork for name change
- Work out wedding day timing (where the wedding party will dress, etc.) and draw up schedule
- Make sure I have my garter and "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue"
- Contact wedding party to relay critical information related to rehearsal and wedding
- Pick up gown
- Get a head start on thank-you notes
- Finalize any special preferences, readings, or ceremony details in writing with officiant
- Give final head count to Mark
- Pick up veil and headpiece
- Plan party or go out for cocktails to thank attendants for helping
- Call guests who haven't RSVP'd for wedding or rehersal dinner
- Determine order of receiving line if we're having one
- Determine wedding day assignments for wedding party and make lists/info sheets for them
- Put together seating plan for reception and give to Mark
- Make place cards
- Confirm delivery times, location, and final arrangement count with florist
- Touch base with officiant and give them rehearsal details and wedding schedule
- Try on kilt
- Fax transportation provides schedule and addresses for pickups on wedding day
- Confirm all final payment amounts with vendors
- Pack for honeymoon
- Confirm location, date, and time with photographer and must take photo list
- Give parents gifts to thank them
- Confirm with people who we expect to give/lead toasts and reception
- Arrange for bridesmaid to pick up wedding dress and other personal belongings after we leave for airport
- Rehearse ceremony with officiant and wedding party
- Confirm honeymoon plans
- Pull together gown, veil, shoes, garter and emergency kit (aspirin, makeup, mints, etc.)
- Drop off favors, guest book, and pen at reception site
- Give each other wedding gifts
- Thank parents
- Make sure all vendor bills have been paid in full
- Arrange for gown and bouquet to be preserved
- Write thank-you notes
- Take film to be developed
- Freeze top layer of cake to be eaten at first anniversary