Apr 17, 2010

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We got married 4/17/10. It is super hard to believe that it has already come and gone so quickly. I wanted to write a detailed recap so I would never forget all the details, thoughts, and emotions that went through us this day. It was a day full of happiness, bloopers, and overall love!

Our rehearsal was a blast. All of my ladies got our nails done together in the morning. My flower girls were amazingly adorable during the nails. Ellie sat with me for the whole hour while I was getting my false nails put on. She asked me question after question after question. So Cute!!!

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We rehearsed, we ate, and we drank. It was a blast. If anyone is in the San Diego area you should check out Pizza Nova on the harbor. It was delicious and gorgeous!!

Wedding Recap photo 3 Right on the harbor!

Wedding Recap photo 4 Our final family picture. It had to be goofy!

Wedding Recap photo 5 So serious =) I wore my grandmother's wedding dress.

Wedding Day

I woke up bright and early around 5am. I was up every hour all night. I was nervous, excited, and just overwhelmed. I had been waiting for that feeling the entire wedding process. It didn't HIT me until I woke up. I showered and I couldn't shake an yucky feeling in my stomache. I decided that I needed to go for a walk. I woke my sister up by jumping on her bed yelling "I'm getting married!!" My sis walked with me reflecting about life and the importance of this one moment. I was so overwhelmed, but still not feeling quite right.

Wedding Recap photo 6 The day was GORGEOUS! Not too hot, not too windy, juuuust right!

Wedding Recap photo 7 We were sooo tired still haha!

After we got back from our walk we got up all of our other gals. All four of my bridesmaids stayed with me in my bridal suite, which was GORGEOUS by the way! We headed off to breakfast before we went to get beautified!

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We headed to the hair salon. I chose to book at the local Paul Mitchell beauty school. I have been going to the school for a very long time. I chose my gal months before. On the bright side I LOVED my hair!!!! On the down side... it took FOREVER! No really forever like four hours of forever. I budgeted for three so we were definitely behind. AND I still didn't feel good. I still thought it was nerves! (Ps if you haven't guessed... it wasn't nerves!)


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Practicing my vows and I couldn't get past the first line without tearing up.

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My girls, mom, and cousin all joined me at the salon getting beautified! It was amazing to have all of them there keeping me calm and sane.

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All the while the boys were having a blast in their hotel room. I bought DH a PS3 for part of his wedding present. So they played and had a blast getting ready.

Wedding Recap photo 18 They couldn't figure out the pocket squares =)

Wedding Recap photo 19 Ya my hubby is hot! =) He would die if he knew I posted this!

Wedding Recap photo 20 Another wedding present!

Wedding Recap photo 21 He is soooo dreamy!

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I, as you know, was WAY behind schedule so I was rushed to put on my makeup. But I still did a careful job. I just look a little pissed. haha. I was just overwhelmed with everything. Luckily, Matt (DH) was able to calm me through text. I loved my makeup so much!! It stayed all night and my hubby thought I looked gorgeous!

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Then it was time to put on the dress so I could still do my first look with the love of my life! BUT!!!!!!! My dress freaking broke! I couldn't believe it! I had told my seamstress that I felt like my zipper was a problem. SHE even had trouble zipping it up, but said it would be fine. It snapped on the way up and got stuck up. There was no way to get it back down. So mom sewed me in! So all of the pictures have her in the background sewing me in. I think at this point everything was feeling WAY overwhelming. I was getting ready for my wedding, I was WAY behind schedule because of my hair, I was feeling super icky, and then my dress broke! Ugh I was just whew! Only you gals would know!

Wedding Recap photo 27 Before the dress broke

Wedding Recap photo 28 After!

Wedding Recap photo 29 Sewing me in!

Wedding Recap photo 30 So nervous!

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When it was time for our first look all my emotions shifted. My heart swelled while waiting. He waited down a long walkway at the hotel. It was such a special moment and I would recommend it to anyone! I was calmed and overwhelmed with happiness to just be with him for a little while. With everything that had gone on I NEEDED him! It was so special. We were able to drive together to the ceremony which allowed us to calm and breathe and discuss the day. It was one of the best parts of the day. Just US time.

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Wedding Recap photo 42 SURPRISE! =)

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Then came the ceremony. It was perfect! PERFECT! I wrote the whole thing with help from my cousin who officiated.

Wedding Recap photo 51 My dad and I sharing a final moment

Wedding Recap photo 52 I had the most ADORABLE flower girls!Wedding Recap photo 53

Matt was waiting open armed with lollipops for the girls! It was so precious!Wedding Recap photo 54Wedding Recap photo 55Wedding Recap photo 56Wedding Recap photo 57Wedding Recap photo 58


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Wedding Recap photo 62 Taking it all in. A moment to look at our guests!

Wedding Recap photo 63 The last minute aisle runner design.

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Wedding Recap photo 67 Trying to get my ring on =)Wedding Recap photo 68 Fist pump for getting the ring on! =)

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Wedding Recap photo 77 Taking a moment to remember my grandpa. This was super special to our whole family.



Now onto the formals. I think me feeling sick was still overrun by adrenaline at this point. I loved capturing my loved ones.

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Reception Time! Here is where things got interesting. I thought I would start feeling better because the whole time I thought I was just overwhelmed with nerves. Well those nerves never settled and I ended up throwing up in the bathroom halfway through dinner!! Ugh! Luckily my mom and sisters were in the restroom when I ran in. They were able to talk me through it and laugh about it. The best part was that I felt sooo much better! I definitely had some sort of 24-hour flu. I was down and out the next day as well! YUCK! But the reception was wonderful. I had so much fun dancing and celebrating.

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Wedding Recap photo 90 They had me sit down on our best man =) it was super cute. DH arranged our flower girl to hand deliver the garter to my sister's (MOH) now fiance (guess it worked huh???). She was adorable and he loved it!

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Wedding Recap photo 92 The shoe game was a blast and our guests loved it!

The details!

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Wedding Recap photo 94Wedding Recap photo 95 I carried my grandmother's bible down the aisle. She carried it at her wedding and so did my mom and our aunts. It was such a special tradition.

Wedding Recap photo 96 I loved my shoes!

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On behalf of Matt and Robin, I would like to welcome you here on this special day. This is a day of celebration, and Matt and Robin are so happy to be able to share their most extraordinary day with their friends of family. By your presence, you celebrate with them the love they have discovered in each other and you support their decision to commit themselves to one another for the rest of their lives.


  Giving of the Bride and Groom

Who gives this woman in marriage?

Parents: We do.

 (Father kisses Bride, then sits)


  Recognition of Parents
Before we go on to say more about love, it is important to recognize from where love comes in our lives. Of course, someone first loved Matt and Robin. Someone cared for them as children, showed them what love, compassion, kindness, and care is. Of course we are speaking of their parents. The work of our parents is critical in preparing us to be the loving adults we are, so today, Matt and Robin want to make special recognition of their parents, for making today possible. I speak for everyone here when we say “Thank You Jim, Gail, Russ, and Vicki for beginning in Matt and

Robin something so special.


Words on Love and Marriage:

You have come here today, Matt and Robin, because you believe that by being together your lives will be better and richer than they would be apart.

In marriage a new perspective is created by the joining of your two individual views of life and the world. Marriage is a beautiful and everlasting partnership where each partner becomes stronger, wiser and more loving.

But marriage is a garden that needs to be tended every day: the benefits we receive through marriage are only achieved through dedication, understanding and thoughtful, careful attention.

If we do not make time to tell our partner how much we value what we have together, we will begin to take each other for granted and lose the very special quality that we originally united to enjoy.

As you travel through your life together, always remember that...

A good marriage must be created.
In marriage the little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say, ”I love you" at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is standing together and facing the world.
It is speaking words of appreciation, and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is not only marrying the right person— it is being the right partner.


  Reading #1-

Introduction-I would like to invite Peter and Meghan Vu to read a poem selected by the bride and groom.

Meghan and Peter Vu

i carry your heart with me
i carry it in my heart
i am never without it
(anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear no fate
(for you are my fate, my sweet)
i want no world
(for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart 
i carry your heart 
i carry it in my heart)


·          Exchange of Bride and Groom Promise

Matt and Robin have prepared their own promises to each other that they would like to share with each other today.


Matt goes first

Robin goes Second


  Exchange of Rings & Vows

Matt and Robin we now come to your vows. May I remind you that saying your vows is one thing, but nothing is more challenging than living them day by day. What you promise today must be renewed tomorrow, and each day that stretches out before you. Will you now please turn and face each other and hold hands.

Matt, if you wish to take Robin as your wife, then please repeat after me:

I, Matt, take you, Robin, to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love.
I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever.
I will trust you and honor you.
I will laugh with you in joy and cry with you in sorrow.
I will love you faithfully,
Through the best and the worst,
Through sickness and health. Through plenty and in want,
Whatever may come I will always be there.
As I have given you my hand to hold
So I give you my life to keep.

Robin, if you wish to take Matt as your husband, then please repeat after me:

I, Robin, take you, Matt, to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love.
I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever.
I will trust you and honor you.
I will laugh with you in joy and cry with you in sorrow.
I will love you faithfully,
Through the best and the worst,
Through sickness and health, Through plenty and in want,
Whatever may come I will always be there.
As I have given you my hand to hold
So I give you my life to keep.

Exchange of Rings

Do you have the rings?

The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love. It is a seal of the vows that Matt and Robin have made to one another today.

May these rings always remind you of the vows you have taken and the promises that have been made.

Matt, please repeat after me:

Robin, I give you this ring - that you may wear it - as a sign of my commitment – to our love. I pledge you my love and respect - my laughter and my tears. With you I will walk my path – from this day forward. With this ring, I thee wed.

Robin, please repeat after me:
Matt, I give you this ring - that you may wear it - as a sign of my commitment – to our love. I pledge you my love and respect - my laughter and my tears. . With you I will walk my path – from this day forward. With this ring, I thee wed.


Engagement Ring Presentation:


Matt, please take Robin’s engagement ring. The engagement ring is a symbol of promise and intention. Now the intention is realized and the promise fulfilled. Please place the engagement ring on Robin’s finger over her wedding band to symbolize that the love that brought you together will always protect and sustain your marriage.

(Matt places engagement ring on Robin’s finger)


The expression of intent and consent

Matt, you have chosen Robin to be your wife. Will you love and respect her? Will you be honest with her always? Will you stand by her through whatever may come? (Answer: 'I will')

Robin, you have chosen Matt to be your husband.  Will you love and respect him? Will you be honest with him always? Will you stand by him through whatever may come?  (Answer: 'I will')

And do you both promise to nurture and guard to promises and vows you have made today in order that you may live in a harmonious relationship together?  (Answer: 'We do')


Blessing of the Marriage

Matt and Robin, remember to treat both yourself and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together.

It will take trust, to know, that in your hearts, you truly want what is best for each other.

It will take dedication, to stay open to one another—and to learn and grow together.

It will take faith, to go forward together, without knowing exactly what the future brings.

And it will take commitment, to hold true to the journey you both have pledged to today.

May the love which has brought you together continue to grow and enrich your lives.

May you meet with courage any problems which arise to challenge you.  

May your marriage be one of ever-growing depth and meaning.

May you always respect the uniqueness of each other.

May your communication always be clear and honest and may your relationship always be one of love and trust.

May the happiness you share today be with you always and may every word you have pledged here be a living truth in your lives.

Reading #2


I would like to invite Matt’s sister, Shannon, to read a poem about the art of marriage.


A marriage must be created.
In marriage, the little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
The courtship should not end with the honeymoon.
It should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,
but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo
or the wife to have wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding
and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.

It is not only marrying the right person,
it is being the right partner.


  Couple Unity Activity

Sand Ceremony

Matt and Robin, you have just committed yourselves to one another through sacred vows. Your lives are no longer two, but one. To symbolize this joining, we ask that you and your mothers each pour some sand into this frame.


(Gail and Vicki go first, then Matt and Robin: Each pours some sand from the jars into the frame. )

Gail and Vicki as you pour your sand into the container you are symbolizing the foundation of love you built in Matt and Robin from a young age.


Matt and Robin as you pour your sand into the one container, please repeat after me:

 “As these grains of sand merge together as one,

 I merge my life with yours.

 Please take my love throughout the sands of time.

My heart is forever in your keeping.”


Matt and Robin as these grains of sand are joined together, so are your hearts, your bodies and your souls in marriage.  

  Pronouncement of Marriage
Matt and Robin... In as much as you have each pledged to each other your lifelong commitment, love and devotion, by the authority vested in me by the State of Caifornia, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Matt, you may kiss your Bride!

After the kiss, GROOM and BRIDE turn to face their guests.

Introduction of the couple

It is my personal privilege and a great joy to be the first to introduce Matt and Robin as husband and wife.





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Ok I made my decision and here is my gorgeous headband!!

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Ok here is my dress again.... and the detail on the dress.

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Here are my earrings and veil. I am kinda doing a rhinestone/pearl type of thing.

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Here is the broach I am going to wear in the middle of my sash....

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Ok and here are the two options I am debating on for my headband....

Option 1: I love this one because I feel like it would compliment my earrings really well. And it's beautiful =)


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Option 2: I love this one becuase I think it would really compliment of my sash and the jeweled part is swirly like the lace in my veil and in my dress.


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So which one is better with all my other accesories??

Oh and I found one exactly like the second headband with a thinner ribbon... would that look better??

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