This past weekend, I coordinated my fashionably stylish cousin’s wedding in Palo Alto, CA. I love weddings.. simply because each bride’s (and groom’s) style shines through to create an all unique event – every time! The whirlwind of events started on Friday (day before wedding) when flowers were to arrive from San Diego and when the Bride (Minh-ha) and I headed to the flower mart in San Francisco for some last minute greens.
Wedding Part I: Vietnamese Ceremony
Saturday morning started off with a traditional Vietnamese ceremony where the Groom (Brian) and his family arrived at the Bride’s house for the marriage ceremony; essentially this process can be interpreted as “Picking up the Bride” to be brought back to his home. The ceremony was a shortened version from the ultra traditional tea ceremony.
Minh-ha and Brian wore tradtional “ao dai” attire. Her ao dai and crown was especially unique since it was her mother’s from 38 years ago when she married in Vietnam. Minh-ha’s late grandparents were recognized and included (in spirit)in the blessing of the marriage.
Gifts from Brian and his family were presented to Minh-ha & family, to include: Tea, Dried Fruits, Alchohol, and Fresh fruit. Both sides of the families were introduced and gifts from the Moms were presented to the Bride. Here is a photo from the ceremony:
Wedding Part II: Vow Exchange (Redux)
The wedding continued later in the day with a vow exchange ceremony with all guests as witnesses. There was no officiant and the bride did not wear a white dress. Several family members and close friends were invited to provide poem readings, and then the Bride and Groom exchanged vows written for eachother. The celebration of unity symbol was through the placement of a lasso around both of them and the lighting of their unity candle. Then the party began!
The entire wedding went smoothly and everyone had a fun time! Luckly I had a fashionably chic, minimalist bride & groom to work with! Thanks Minh-ha & Brian! Congratulations!
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