Fashionably Chic Minimalistic Wedding

 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:

Vietnamese marriage ceremony with the bride and groom in traditional vietnamese aio dai.
Vietnamese marriage ceremony with the bride and groom in traditional vietnamese ao dai.

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! 

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Boutinniers made from seeded eucalyptus and yellow billy ball, wrapped in white silk ribbon and twine for a rustic look.
Boutonnieres:  seeded eucalyptus and small billy ball, wrapped in white silk ribbon and twine for a rustic look.
Minimalistic approach to center pieces is a good way to keep costs down!  The Bride loves Cattaleya Orchids. Centerpiece:  3 Cattaleyas in multifaceted vase with white silk ribbon.

Centerpiece: 3 Cattaleyas wrapped with white silk ribbon in multifaceted vase. NOTE: This is an ultra minimalistic approach to center pieces and a great way to keep costs down!

Me & J with the fashionable bride & groom
Me & J with the ever-so fashionable bride & groom. Groom sported a BR suit and Bride chose a 3.1 Philip Lim double pleated gold cocktail dress.  I personally loved it.
Placecards were designed by the Groom. It included a variety of photographs taken by him as a professional photographer/graphic designer.
Placecards: designed by Brian. It included a variety of photographs taken by him as a professional photographer/graphic designer.
Cupcake as dessert

Cupcake as dessert - provided by Brian's sister-inlaw. MmmM Good!!

 
Mini cupcakes
Mini cupcakes

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!

For those interested in reading, you can find my clotheshorse cousin’s blog at:  http://threadbared.blogspot.com/

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Tasting Desserts, Cupcakes, and Cakes

IMG_1453_smSeveral months ago, I was looking for a cake vendor for my wedding; cupcakes in particular. (My reception location charges a cake cutting fee of $3/person; or per slice). Cupcakes = no cutting fee!! After surfing the web for a decent vendor in SD to no avail, I stumbled onto Melody Brandon’s Sweet & Saucy Shop (of Long Beach, CA) and contacted her for a tasting. Exactly what I was looking for! I was a little hesitant because she was not local, but spending more time surfing to no avail and settling for something less desired was not worth it for me. I believe in always working with people you can trust and that understand a client’s vision to the “t”. I loved Melody the second I met her! AND her deserts taste good!

Some may think the desserts are a bit pricey, but I would say this: The difference in cost MORE THAN COMPENSATES for the assurance of dependability, quality, reliability, workmanship, and professionalism she provides! Preview of my dessert bar, with a little less black, more grey, and cupcakes.. and no swirly backdrop; too elaborate for me. =) Can’t wait!

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