Nov 07, 2009
Our photographers whisked us off and and around Palo Alto for couple pics after the ceremony and then we arrived at Ming's.
So happy for our reception!
My MOH sister did a great job of photodocumenting the set up. Here are our mini skateboard favors and other random shots.
Menu, favors, and program on each place setting
Helpers setting up! You can even see our DIY photobooth in the background. It was around this time that one of our good friends from work walked in with a bag of TACO BELL for us! Josh's fav restaurant is Taco Bell so this was really funny. We had us some Crunchwrap Supremes that night!
MOH and friend DIYed the origami flowers and table numbers! Since many of our guests are artists/designers like DH and me, we laid out blank pieces of paper on each table with the mini colored pencils so that they could doodle while waiting. It's kinda hard to make out from these photos, but they're the best I got. The right photo is our sweetheart table setup.
Josh made our cake toppers out of paper and paint :D They're little us! I SQUEEEED when I saw our cake! White cake with peach filling, red velvet with cream cheese filling, and chocolate hazelnut ganache. You better believe I got to eat all three flavors at my wedding!
I got my groom and all the groomsmen orange stripey socks :D Here they are hiking up their pant legs to show 'em off.
We're here! We made our grand entrance to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'".
Let's dance! We were really awkward for our first dance and we both said while dancing, "Man, we should have rehearsed this part!"
Then the 10-course banquet began! Peking duck was on the menu and people doodled on the paper we left out for them with the mini colored pencil favors.
LOL some of these drawings had to have been done under the influence! I scanned some of our favorites. There's so many drawings of Josh and me!
Of course we took tons of photos with relatives and friends!
Then the lion dancers performed! They were a big hit with our guests. 4 lions! The beating of drums!
I changed into my cheongsam and we cut the cake. Next came the bouquet and garter toss. The ceiling was low so the bouquet hit the ceiling and crashed to the floor pretty fast. XD;;
We ended the night with open dancing! :) There was some crazy stuff that happened on that floor...!
It was all so fun! People loved our DIY photobooth too! My friend Matt found this script for Apple Macbook Pros that uses the built-in camera and Photobooth application to take three photos and print them onto 4x6 photo paper. For the backdrop, we got three different fabrics from IKEA and DH put together a stand with telescoping painters poles and dowels so that people could switch backgrounds by rolling it over the top dowel. We saved over a thousand bucks with this techy solution! I highly recommend it if you have the laptop laying around and a little photo printer!
Lastly, here's one of us using it!
What a memorable day it was for us! <3 It truly was one of the best days of my life. I was so happy to have all my friends and family to share it with!
“After years of dating, ups and downs (mostly ups)… I took Rosann to the beach at Carmel, where the cliffs meet the ocean. We came to a spot where there is a rock out in the water, about 30 feet out and I asked her to come with me onto the rock. She said no way! So I picked her up and carried her out to hit and lifted her onto the rock. I got up on the rock with her, got on one knee, and took out a diamond ring. I recited the words that I had been repeating in my head all day and asked her to marry me.” – Josh
“My first reaction was laughter because I finally got why he was so insistent I get on that rock! I said ‘yes’ between laughs.” – Rosann
The Engagement Ring
Round diamond solitaire flanked by celtic knot designs. From Brilliant Earth.
Here's a photo I took of it next to wedding band. We picked out a simple platinum comfort band with a tiny diamond in the middle so as to not compete with the engagement ring's elaborate design.
I woke up the day of with three hours of sleep. The makeup lady and her assistant daughter arrived at 7 am. Sometime around 11 AM, Jerry and Ingrid, our photographers, arrived, and started snapping away. I was already done with hair/makeup by the time they arrived, but it was cool. My dad ran out and bought some take-out dim sum so we all munched on that for lunch. Jerry left around noon for the Woman's Club to go shoot Josh, but Ingrid stuck around as the BMs helped me put on my dress. Some relatives and my sisters's BF arrived, and then we were off to the Woman's Club!
We got there around 1:20 PM, and my DoC immediately came out and rushed me inside past all the guests to the dressing room to hide from the groom (haha I felt like I was escaping the paparazzi). The BMs helped put my veil on in the dressing room. I kept having to remind myself, BREATHE, BREAAAAATHE because of my nerves! :D It was so weird, because I was so calm leading up to the wedding, and only a few minutes before the ceremony did I start getting nerves. I could hear all the chatter and laughter outside the door and knew somewhere out there was my groom. His stepmom is in the background of this pic hanging up a jacket, and she came into the dressing room to tell me that Mr. Calm-cool-groom-Josh was actually getting nervous too! I thought that was cute.
Picture of the bouquets~ the BMs' had orange roses, green hydrangeas, and orange mokara orchids. Mine had gardenias (which smelled UNBELIEVABLY GOOD for days after), white hydrangeas, and bouvardias.
Our cute little cousin! She was a little too young to be a FG. :) MOH is letting her hold her bouquet. Plus set up...
...and then the processional began! My heart was pounding.
My entrance from the stage. Our officiant and coordinator came up with this idea on the spot during rehearsal when they saw the stage opposite the room! The rest of the bridal party entered from the side so you could hear audible gasps when the curtains parted!
At this point, my dad took my hand and guided me down the stairs.
The officiant suggested my dad and Josh shake hands, but they decided to hug instead - aww!!
My dad was supposed to take my hand and place it in Josh's, but after their hug, I jumped the gun and took Josh's hand myself on impulse!
Our officiant, Kathy of Heartfelt Weddings, was so wonderful. People came up to me afterward and told me what a great job they think she did.
We're both such softies - cried so much when we exchanged our personalized vows!
Rosann, we met as artists, then as friends, and finally as bride and groom.
When I first met you I couldn't have imagined that a silly girl holding a sketchbook would become so much to me.
You taught me how to become a more loving person in many ways.
When I had no food, you took me to the grocery store and fed me.
When I was sick, you cared for me - even when I had pinkeye!!!
When I am stupid, you show me patience, which is probably more often than I would like to admit.
And when I dream, you believe in my dreams.
You've always been there for me, and I promise to always love and support you in all the ways you have taught me, and more, through whereever our adventure may take us.
I'll even clean the house and cook...sometimes.
You will always be my best friend (no offense to my groomsmen!)
Josh, you are my home, the reason I smile, the wurbly feeling in my heart.
I will rub your shoulders when you're tired after a long day of work hunched over your drawing tablet.
I will knit you hats so you won't catch cold.
I will celebrate with you when you succeed, and dry your eyes when you fail.
I will stay by your side when times are good and we can go out to a nice dinner and when times are bad and we can only afford Taco Bell - not that you'd have any problem with that!
But there are some things I won't do.
I won't always wash the dishes so we'll have to compromise on chores.
I won't try to change you because I respect you as your own person.
I won't ever let you abandon your dreams and aspirations as I know you won't let me abandon mine.
And most of all, I won't stop loving you.
With our family and friends here before us, I vow to you to love you as best as I know how, and even beyond that knowing, and to grow our love as our lives change in the countless ways they will.
You are my first love and I will be forever happy to have you as my last.
YEAAAAHHHH WE'RE MARRIED!!
After the recessional, we walked back into the dressing room, then backstage, hugged, and boy did we cry!! Haha, I think we were really trying to contain ourselves during the actual ceremony. All our bridal party and new parents hugged us too.
We then took our formals. We did some in front of the arch, but our photog Jerry was captivated by the stage and made us all go up there too.
He took some silly shots of us on stage afterward - mafia and can can!
While the guests enjoyed little hor d'ouvres and refreshments...
...the photographers whisked the two of us off around Palo Alto for photos. Then it was time for our reception!
Our florist is Floral Design Studio. When it came to bouquets, I wasn't sure what I wanted, only that I wanted something to go with my dress and be kinda whimsical and romantic at the same time. Our florist, Nona, suggested a bouquet of gardenias, white hydrangeas, and bouvardias; she wanted to keep it white so it wouldn't overpower my dress, which is already pretty detailed around the bottom. For the bridesmaids, because they're wearing orange dresses, their bouquets will be orange mokara orchids with some green here and there.
We're getting our cake from Sugar Butter Flour. I wanted the cake to be a little similar the flowers on my dress, so when I saw these pictures, I decided I that's how I want the cake to look. It will be round, three layers, with the bottom-most layer 12 inches in diameter. The outer fondant will be ivory and there will be white fondant flowers distributed everywhere. Some of the flowers will have orange centers. And to save money, the cake is on the smaller side and we'll have extra sheet cakes to feed everyone. Oh yeah, and Josh is making our caketopper. :) It's going to be little versions of us made out of paper!
Josh and I feel so fortunate to have been able to book Jerry Yoon Photography for our wedding. When we first researched potential photographers, we weren't really excited about all the ones we came across; it's not that they had bad work, we just wanted someone who put the art first and the subject second, if that makes any sense. Maybe it's because Josh and I are both artists that we're so critical. Anyway, we didn't think we'd ever find that photographer, so we about to throw in the towel and settle for someone more standard, until I stumbled across Jerry Yoon's page on Martha Stewart Weddings. After scrolling through his images in his blog, I dropped everything I was doing, showed Jerry's work to Josh, and e-mailed him immediately to see if he was available. The gods must have been smiling on me that day, because it turns out Jerry was indeed available for our wedding date. I think we're his last shoot of the year, actually. We met with him and signed him and his team on the spot.
For our engagement session, Jerry helped Josh and I develop a Little Red Riding Hood concept. We shot around San Francisco. For my red hood, I wore my Sylvi sweater coat that I knit last winter. Josh wore a furry hat he bought at Maker Faire. Jerry posted the photos in his blog (you can see them here) and I flipped out when I saw them. I couldn't be happier! Him and his partner are going to be spectacular at the wedding!
Jerry Yoon Photography - http://www.blogjerry.com