Aug 02, 2008

  • Last updated on December 6, 2009 at 8:26 pm
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We were totally honored to be chosen to be as PW's Real Wedding of the Week (3.30.09)


  • Last updated on July 10, 2009 at 5:25 pm
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I absolutely love being on PW, and getting to meet the ladies whom I talk to every day is pretty awesome! I highly recommend going to a GTG near you!


Madison G2G: Paisan's in Madison (4/19/09)

PW GTGs photo 1 PW GTGs photo 2

1- Left to Right: Sarah (almostSMN), Danielle (meadowcroft14), Lindsay (badgerbride), Me (Charmeng)

2 - Clockwise;12: Me, Sarah, Danielle, Lindsay

NorCal G2G: Crepevine in Burlingame (6/06/09)

PW GTGs photo 3 PW GTGs photo 4

1- Left; Back to Front: Jaci (JDWeddingDay), Wendy (Bluegenes), Michelle (MeeshMosh), Haley (Starg8zer), and Miwa (SFBridefromLA)

Right; Back to Front: Priscilla (Prismis), Jamie (JamieSue), Sandra (MissQnomore), Me (Charmeng), Vicki (VDGianella)

2 - Top Row; Left to Right: Vicky, Wendy, Sandra, Michelle, Jaci, Haley, Maria, & Me

Bottom Row; Left to Right: Miwa, Priscilla, & Jamie

PW GTGs photo 5 

3 - Clockwise;12: Priscilla, Vicky, Wendy, Miwa, Sandra, Michelle, Jamie, Maria, Me, Haley & Jaci

NorCal G2G: STRAITS in Burlingame! (6/18/09)

PW GTGs photo 6 PW GTGs photo 7

1 - Miwa (SFBridefromLA), Rebecca (yelppuppy), Wendy (bluegenes), Me (Charmeng), Tammy (memoirestudio), Chi (38chi), Michelle (MeeshMosh), Thony (MissYou), & Priscilla (prismis).

2 - Top Row; Left to Right: Thony, Priscilla, Miwa, Michelle, Me, & Wendy

Bottom Row; Left to Right: Chi & Tammy

NorCal G2G: ROCK BAND in Redwood City (6/27/09)

PW GTGs photo 8 PW GTGs photo 9

1 - Top Row; Left to Right: Wendy (bluegenes),

Bottom Row; Left to Right: Tracey (Tracey), Rebecca (yelppuppy), Thony (MissYou) Vicki (VDGianella), Jaci (JDWeddingDay)


2 - Top Row; Left to Right: Wendy (bluegenes), Me (Charmeng)

Bottom Row; Left to Right: Tracey (Tracey), Jamie (Jamiesue), Rebecca (yelppuppy), Thony (MissYou) Vicki (VDGianella), Jaci (JDWeddingDay)

not pictured: Chi (38chi)

  • Last updated on May 19, 2009 at 1:10 pm
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My Day-Of Timeline is very long because I had a Vietnamese tea ceremony, Catholic church ceremony and a reception. But if it can help another bride,  I'm happy to oblige. Both my DH and I stayed at our reception venue hotel the night before but in separate suites. He had a suite in one tower of the hotel with his guys, and I had a suite in the other tower with my girls.
7am – Bridesmaids get their hair and make-up done

8:45am – Bride sits for hot curlers

9:30am – Bride sits for make-up

10am – Groom & Groomsmen get dressed

10:30am – Bride sits for hairstyle

11:30am – Groom departs for his parents' home

11:30am – Bride gets dressed

12:00pm – Bride departs for her parents' home

12:00pm – Groom arrives at his parents' home

12:15pm – Groom departs for bride's parents' home

12:20pm – Bride arrives at her parents' home

12:30pm – Groom arrives at bride's parents' home


  • Procession
  • Accepting of gifts
  • Introductions
  • Serving tea

1:15pm – Depart for groom's parents' home

1:30pm – Arrive at groom's parents' home


  • Introductions
  • Bowing and incense
  • Serve tea
  • Present jewelry
  • Eat

2:30pm – depart for Hotel

2:45pm – Arrive at hotel

2:45pm – Bride changes into wedding dress

2:45 – 5pm Photoshoot

  • Bride & Groom First Look
  • Bride & Groom w/ entire bridal party
  • Bride & Groom

5:10 – Groom departs for church

5:15 – Groom & Groomsmen arrive at church

5:25pm – Bride & Bridesmaids depart for church

5:30pm – Bride & Bridesmaids arrive at church

5:30pm – Groomsmen begin escorting guests to seats

5:30pm – Prelude music begins


  • Entrance
  • 1st reading
  • Responsorial psalm
  • 2nd reading
  • gospel
  • homily
  • Exchange of vows
  • Exchange of rings
  • Blessing of coins
  • Blessing of bible
  • Lighting of unity candle
  • Donning of veil
  • Donning of cord
  • Prayers of the faithful
  • Liturygy of the Eucharist
  • Offering to the blessed Virgin Mary
  • recessional

7pm – ceremony ends, begin formal post-ceremony portraits

7pm – reception begins at hotel

7pm – photobooth opens

7:30pm – ballroom doors open

7:45pm – Chimes go off

7:50pm – intros

8pm – Bride & Groom intro

8:10pm – blessing of the food

8:15pm – dinner begins

8:15pm – Toasts by honor attendants, and parents possibly

8:35pm – slideshow

8:45pm – Bride changes into Vietnamese dress

9pm – 9:45pm – Table visits

9:45pm – Bride changes back into wedding dress

10pm – Bride & Groom First Dance

10:10pm – Father/daughter dance

10:15pm – Mother/Son dance

10:20pm – Cake Cutting

10:35pm - Money Dance

 11:00pm – Open Dance

11:45 – Bouquet & Garter Toss

1am – Reception Over

  • Last updated on February 19, 2009 at 3:52 am
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I had one of our friends design a Thank You card with pictures of us. I think it came out great!

This is the front:

Thank You Cards photo 1

And this is the back:

Thank You Cards photo 2

  • Last updated on February 1, 2009 at 7:37 pm
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Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica, San Jose, CA

Officiant: Fr. Kevin Joyce

Reception Venue: Fairmont Hotel San Jose

Catering: Pagoda Restaurant, Fairmont Hotel

Engagement, Boudoir, & Wedding Photographer: Jennifer Skog Photography

Videographer: Lumitone Productions

Hair and Make-up Artists: Professional Make-up Artistry

Florist: Anne Mendenhall Flowers

DJ: DJ Sequence

Lighting: Swank Audio Visuals

Photo Booth:

Cake: Pastry Chef of Fairmont Hotel San Jose

Bridal Salon: Bella Mia Bride, San Jose, CA


Ao Dai: Y-Nhu Tailoring & Alteration, San Jose

Alterations: Si Arima, Santa Clara, CA

Bridal Shoes: Nordstroms

Earrings: Haute Bride

Hair flower:


Spanx & undergarments: Nordstroms

His Wedding Band: Tiffany & Co.

Her Wedding Band: Blue Nile

BM Dresses: Jim Hjelm from

Tuxedos: MW Tux

MOB dress: Group USA

Flower girl dresses:

Ring bearer outfits: Little Angels


GM gifts: Nike Factory (shoes), Express (socks)


Custom stamps:

Invitations: Cards De Luxe

Thank you card printing:

Color printing for programs: Office Depot

Unity Candle & candleholder: Michaels

Ring bearer pillow materials: Joann Fabrics

Cord, Veil, Coin: bought from the Philippines

Bible & Rosary: Ave Maria Community Book Center

Paper products for DIY:

Scrapbook guestbooks: Borders

Guestbook pens & materials: Michaels

Cardbox: Michaels

Sign stands: Daiso

Frame for engagement picture: Aaron Brothers

Vases and tealights for cocktail tables: Dollar Tree

Toasting flutes & cake serving set: Jubilee by Lenox

Wedding website host:

Wedding registries: Bed, Bath & Beyond; Macys

Photo-sharing host:

Travel Agent: Laurel from True Tahiti Vacations

Moorea Hotel: Sheraton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa

Bora Bora Hotel: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

  • Last updated on January 19, 2009 at 9:04 pm
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One of my friends sent me a short video that he took at our wedding ceremony: