Aug 01, 2009

  • Last updated on September 14, 2009 at 12:09 pm
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We heard over and over again that our food was the best wedding food they ever had.  This was great because it was one of the most important items on our "must have" list and also one of the biggest stress factor for us since we weren't doing our reception at a chinese restaurant.

Here's our menu that I created (but all props goes to the chef.. he made everything so incredibly delicious):

During cocktail hour:

-seared ahi tuna with wasabi cream on a wonton chip (SO good)

-vegetarian sushi rolls (but it was with asparagus which is not what we asked for.. I didn't try this one and looked like many people didn't either. lol).

Our delicious food photo 1

For dinner:

-Appetizers served family style: mushu chicken, lemongrass chicken eggrolls, and grilled shrimp paste on a sugar cane

Our delicious food photo 2

-Salad: vegetarian papaya salad with vegetarian shrimp crackers (the papaya and carrots were supposed to be julienned thinner than that so it was quite a crunchy/chewy salad. DH called it a salad for horses :P).

Our delicious food photo 3

-Main entrees: Black miso cod on a bed of rice noodles and julienned vegetables with miso vinaigrette  (so good but the noodles were supposed to be thicker like pad thai noodles); Airline chicken (meaning chicken breast with part of the wing bone attached as well) brined with star anise and 5 spice with shiitake mushrooms & bok choy served on jasmine rice (SO SO GOOD); and Fried Tofu with yaki sauce and veggies served with jasmine rice (my parents are vegetarian and they really enjoyed this minus the eggplant that I asked them to take out and replace with asparagus which somehow was used for the sushi rolls instead :P).

Our delicious food photo 4

Our delicious food photo 5

Our delicious food photo 6

  • Last updated on September 2, 2009 at 4:30 pm
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[as posted in the forum]


DH came up with a hilarious story line about us to go along with Electric Light Orchestra's "Mr. Blue Sky" for our wedding and I instantly knew that I wanted it to be used as our introduction into the reception.  I wanted that dramatic flash at the end of the video and then that would be when the DJ/MC would announce us as we walked in.  This idea of DH was towards the very beginning of our engagement.  We were too busy in between and then 2 months before our wedding day, DH said, "babe, I don't think I can do this video.. I'm not sure how I'm going to do it."  I told him that he MUST do it because he got me all excited about it. lol.  We ended up changing the song to Hellogoodbye's "Here in Your Arms" and he wanted to do it kind of in a stop animation style (I stress on the words "kind of"). During the last month before our wedding, he worked on this diligently (with my prodding) and I'm so proud of him! We ended up changing the story line too. Unfortunately, it was too bright in our venue for the video to be played as our intro video so we just played it later on when it was a bit darker.  Most of our guests still couldn't see it though :( Btw, it's meant to be kind of cheesy ;)

Here's the link:

password is: bubba

  • Last updated on August 20, 2009 at 9:24 am
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Non pro pics of reception set up photo 1

Non pro pics of reception set up photo 2

Non pro pics of reception set up photo 3

(those colored bags were the kiddie bags we put together)

Non pro pics of reception set up photo 4

Non pro pics of reception set up photo 5

Head table without the vases that held our bouquetsNon pro pics of reception set up photo 6

we had a few of his nieces and nephews help us put our place cards together. My BM Clara was the one who cut the "mouth" of the lily pad.

  • Last updated on August 20, 2009 at 8:23 am
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These are non-pro pictures of our flowers.

Pictures of our actual flowers photo 1

my bouquet.. I totally loved it!  this pic definitely does not give it justice

Pictures of our actual flowers photo 2

Bridal bouquet plus bridesmaids bouquet (the green cymbidium orchids with pink roses) and the green hydrangeas were for the jr bms... unfortunately, they wilted.  I should have done roses for them or different type of hydrangeas. That was my only regret regarding flowers.  My florist was AWESOME.

The flower girl wands:

Pictures of our actual flowers photo 3

I designed our centerpieces and our florist totally took it even further!  We had three different centerpieces: tall vase with curly willow (provided by us since DH has a huge curly willow tree in front of his parents house), with green dendrobium orchids wired on, one submerged dendrobium strand, and two hot pink hydrangea balls to add that splash of color; two floating dahlias in a lily bowl wrapped in bear grass with a floating candle; and I asked our florist to arrange our flowers for the church in the hanging pew cones to be able to be transferred into vases wrapped in bear grass as our third centerpiece (to save on cost!).

Here is a picture of the lily bowl one:

Pictures of our actual flowers photo 4

Glimpses of our tall vase one will be in my reception entry.

  • Last updated on August 4, 2009 at 9:59 am
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*Posted in the forum already*

I'm missing a few details but here is my recap:

We had an intense week of staying up late, waking early, meeting with vendors, finishing up the projects (um, btw, start now if you haven't!  We had to wait since his parents kept trying to change things on us and all these other factors!).  DH had to work up until Fri morning so I was left to do a lot of the work but not without help from a few of his siblings and many nieces and nephews.  One of my bridesmaids flew in 3 days early to help out too.

We had to get up to start getting ready at 4am.  The one bm who flew in early stayed with me in my suite downtown and we both went to sleep around 2am, only to wake again at 3:45.  My hair/make-up girl knocked on our door right at 4am and one of her assistants soon after.  She was supposed to have two come but only one showed up so we were REALLY behind schedule.  Another BM was in the same hotel as me so she came right away as well.  I had the other girls come around 5-5:30am.  One of my jr bridesmaids didn't even get to have her hair curled, just teased and with the added flower clip I bought for all the bridesmaids.

I seriously had the BEST (and oh so beautiful) MOH/bridesmaids around.  My sister (MOH) took my Starbucks order list and went to go get drinks for everyone, including a Mango/Strawberry/Banana shake to get me going (I don't drink coffee and didn't put myself on the list). Her husband went and bought bagels and cream cheese.  I tried to catch a few more winks of sleep but maybe only another half an hour.  They kept reminding me to drink my shake, water, put eye drops in my eyes and had me put a cold compress on my eyes..all the while I was trying to help them with their stuff.  This was met with, "Cat, SIT DOWN." Throughout the day, they made sure I had water (I was still recovering from my cold which had gotten worse from the lack of sleep), that my make-up was in tact and everything!

Since we were missing the 2nd assistant, we were an hour behind schedule. The ceremony was to start at 10:30am, and I was supposed to be at the church at 9:30am to take pictures, put my gown on there (thank God I had the gown with ME though), have our videographer & photographers take pre-wedding photos of the bridal party, but I didn't make it to the church until 10:20!!!  I was fine all morning until it was almost time to go and I was going over my vows (had to memorize) and I started to tear up.  It didn't hit me fully until I had the dress and veil on and was in the elevator with everyone.  I felt like I was going to pass out. lol.  Part of my bridal party went ahead to the church without me and the rest stayed behind to help me into my dress.

My parents were so funny.  I elected to have both mom and dad walk me down the aisle because I wanted my mom to know that she's very special to me as well.  We had the rehearsal the day before and everything, but that morning, my parents were sitting in the pew instead of standing with me to wait to walk me down the aisle.  My bro-in-law had turned over, looked confused and said, "Mom.. aren't you supposed to be back there with Catherine?" My mom said, "really?? I di-int know. Nobawdy tole me!" LOLOL. Um, that's why we had rehearsal the day before. ;)  My parents rushed to the back and greeted me.  I was trying to remain calm but the entire time, my parents kept saying, "remember, when you walk down the aisle, don't smile big. Just grin and look happy."  It kind of upset me because they wouldn't stop saying that and kept lecturing me about it because they felt that I look ugly when I smile :P  So yeah, they wanted to help me out and make sure I look pretty on my wedding day, but gosh darn it all, I'm going to smile if I want to! (and I did :P).  I just blocked them out, asked them nicely to be quiet as we waited our turn, then walked down the aisle beaming at everyone and even saying hi. lol.  It was when I had to hug each of my parents that I started to break down though. *sniffles*

DH and I elected not to see each other before the ceremony.  We adored seeing each other and gazing at each other.  When it came time to exchange our vows, his voice hitched, his eyes got all watery and those did me in.  I had to say my part between small sobs.  My bro-in-law told me his eyes started to water up because of the breezy AC in the church. ;)  There were a few funny things that happened during the reception which made it so much better!  One of his nieces was doing her reading and her bangs kept getting her face.  She kept having to flip it back over and over which was kind of annoying but so hilarious to watch.  Two of his nephews were the altar boys, but they were so nervous that they forgot what they were supposed to do.  When the priest (who happened to be one of DH's 6 brothers) would turn around during the Eucharist part, they weren't there.  You could hear everyone chuckling. It was awesome.

After the ceremony, we had arranged to have Vietnamese sandwiches delivered to the reception venue but they didn't arrive til 2-3 hours later :(  During that time, DH and I along with a few other groomsmen rushed back to my place to grab the stuff for the reception.  We were supposed to deliver them to Kristinkay the evening before but there was a TON of stuff and also, not everything was finished.  Kristin seriously rocked the entire night. She helped with the set-up of our favors, place cards etc; she helped with the changes of the timeline that occurred due to a few mishaps (but I don't think I ever freaked out.. or hope I didn't lol and just went along with the changes) and she even took my timeline away from me because I kept referring to it. LOL.

When I had first arrived to the reception site and walked into the "tent" I was blown away with all the work of the vendors.  The flowers were just GORGEOUS (no surprise since our bouquets were amazing!!), the tables and chair covers so nicely set-up.  We were so happy!!  Everyone raved about the food and said how it was the best food they'd ever tasted and so unique (even his parents friends!!!), they LOVED the venue, they LOVED the photobooth (omg, did they love this LOL) and the entire time, I was running high with adrenaline.  Originally, we were supposed to play a video that DH made and that was going to be our entrance video but it was so bright in the tent that it wasn't going to work out.  We had to wait for it to get darker to show the video.  Also, I have never seen so many people swarm towards the cake table before!

All in all, everyone had such a blast and we heard it throughout the evening as well as today.  We feel so blessed that everything worked out so well and that we were all able to have a TON of fun.  Over and over again, I heard, "Best wedding EVER!!! You guys really know how to throw a wedding!" yay!!  I'm sad the party part is over but am now looking forward to our honeymoon (leaving tomorrow morning!).  After it was all said and done and we finally got to sit down in DH's car, I was utterly exhausted but we still had to go to his parents house for a small gathering before some of his cousins from out of town left the following morning.

Thank you for the love and support that I received here as well!!! (sorry for such a long recap!)

  • Last updated on July 27, 2009 at 4:41 am
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One of my dear fsils is so crafty!  She volunteered to take on my lily pad pillow project for me as I've been sooo busy!  She wasn't able to find a fake lotus flower so she made this flower herself.  Man, she rawks!

Lily pad ring pillow photo 1

it's so freaking cute!  I need to go buy that big ring to put on there now!