Top of the Cake

October 9th, 2009

I just finished the Cake Gallery, so check it out.

Pictures are a combination of professional and from our guests. It was delicious and we did save the top to eat together after our honeymoon. Here he is (tanner than normal as this was taken in July) with the top.

holding the cake top

The Chinese character stands for double happiness.

top of our cake with chinese double happiness

inside the top of our cake with chinese double happiness

Pretty thick layer of fondant… holy sugar high and low, but it was good and a nice dessert after the trip.



For Sale

October 8th, 2009

Here are some items I have for sale. Please contact me if you’re interested!

The Little White Dress [SOLD]

Melissa Sweet Mari on Sale
Designer: Melissa Sweet
Style: Mari
Description: Short Silk Shantung dress with braided straps, back bustle detail, and flounce hem.
Color: Ivory
Size: was a 10, but I had it altered to fit ~34-27-36
Other: It was also shortened to be knee length on me (I am 5’3"). There are cups sewn into the dress as well.
Full Price: $1400
Purchased Price: $1292.64 plus $85 in alterations
Asking Price: $900 obo inc. shipping

I wore this gorgeous Melissa Sweet Mari dress (by Priscilla of Boston) for approximately 2-3 hours during the reception. It is even better in person! I received many compliments and was perfect for dancing all night. I loved this dress so much, it was purchased immediately after we got engaged (nearly a year and a half before the wedding) and it did NOT disappoint!

It has been professionally cleaned and I am willing to sell it for $900 obo. Interested? Contact me. It will come in a box with a copy of the receipt. More pictures:

Melissa Sweet Mari on Sale Melissa Sweet Mari on Sale

The Gown

Melissa Sweet Mari on Sale
Designer: Sottero & Midgley
Style: JSM1042
Description: Rhapsody taffeta is enchanting in this gown featuring a caught up skirt. The sweetheart neckline is set off by the lace accenting the bodice. The gown boasts a figure flattering asymmetrical wrap waist. Embellished lace motifs accent the caught up skirt. One-piece, strapless, sweetheart neckline, A-line gown with corset back.
Color: Diamond White
Size: 6 Petite, no alterations to bodice
Other: It has a bustle
Full Price: $1100
Purchased Price: $763.20 plus $85 for the bustle and another $100 for cleaning
Asking Price: $650 obo plus shipping

This dress was worn for 2 hours on the day of the wedding and has been professionally cleaned. It is gorgeous and very flattering. I am willing to part with it for $650 and it will come in a box with a copy of the receipt. Interested? Contact me. More pictures:

Sottero & Midgley JSM1042 on Sale

Sottero & Midgley JSM1042 on Sale

Sottero & Midgley JSM1042 on Sale

Purple Crinoline

Purple Crinoline/Petticoat on sale

I purchased this crinoline and dyed it purple. I only wore it for 2 hours before I changed into the short reception dress. It has a zipper and fits a 26-27″ waist. There were some splotchy parts on some of the layers, but it’s not where you can see it while on underneath the dress (see below).

I am selling it for $30 plus shipping. Contact me. Here is a picture of it underneath my dress.

Purple Crinoline/Petticoat on sale

Origami Paper

I have yellow 80 sheet pack of 8" x 8" available for sale. Purchased for $3.19. Contact me.

Chocolate Brown RSVP A4 Envelopes

I have approximately 38 chocolate brown A4 envelopes from paperandmore.com that needs another bride’s love. Contact me.


Victoria’s Secret Diamanté Hoodie

Victoria's Secret Dimante Hoodie on sale

Victoria's Secret Dimante Hoodie on sale

Designer: Victoria’s Secret
Style: Diamanté Hoodie
Description: Ruched front, short sleeves, wedding ring zipper detail, white bows on sleeves, two pockets on front, ruffle edged hood, "Sexy Little Bride" embroidered on back. 88% cotton, 12% spandex
Size: S
Purchased Price: $98
Asking Price: $55 plus shipping

I wore this hoodie for an hour getting ready the morning of the wedding and it has been cleaned and never worn since. Contact me

Victoria's Secret Dimante Hoodie on sale

Victoria's Secret Dimante Hoodie on sale

Victoria's Secret Dimante Hoodie on sale

Victoria's Secret Dimante Hoodie on sale

Victoria's Secret Dimante Hoodie on sale

Victoria's Secret Dimante Hoodie on sale



First Dance

October 7th, 2009

After dinner, we had our first dance, then we asked our single friends to come catch the bouquet and garter which started off the partying for the rest of the night!

All images were taken by Mitch Ranger.

We danced a Venetian Waltz to "You and Me" by Lifehouse. The week before the wedding, we choreographed some moves, but unfortunately on the day of the wedding, my dress got in the way.

The thing most of you guests don’t know is that we were missing the song! Somehow, when I sent Q, our friend and DJ the music, the first dance song was completely left off! Here we are looking for the song.

Searching for the song with the DJ

We had to improvise and grab an iPhones to find the song. In the end, it worked out well. No one knew anything went wrong.

Dancing!

Dancing!

Dancing!

Dancing!

Dancing!

Dancing!

Hey, single ladies…!



Dinner

October 6th, 2009

We never received photos of all the courses on the dinner menu, but our guests caught a couple before they ate!

These were the courses:

  • Wonton Soup
  • Asian fusion Salad on Portabello Mushroom
  • Authentic Shrimp & Crab Ball
  • Cashew Breaded Chicken Breast over Pineapple, Julienned Cucumbers, and Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • Peking Duck over Steamed Rice and Carrots with Sauce
  • Sliced Kobe Beef Tenderloin in light Wasabi Mayo with Vegetable Medley and Fried Rice with Black Bean Sauce on the side

Here is what the guests got on camera.

Dinner!
Duck Course

Dinner!
Most guests’ favorite: Kobe beef course

Dinner!
Yum!

Guests also enjoyed pizza and a chocolate fountain later that evening.

Dinner!

Dinner!

Dinner!



Toasts Throughout Dinner

October 5th, 2009

Our parents welcomed the guests (Asian tradition). Then, the best man and maid of honor made toasts after the first soup course. Then, after we made several rounds around the room, our brother and sister toasted us to welcome us into each family.

All images were taken by Mitch Ranger.

Parents first!

Toasts

Toasts

We ate a course and they kept the drinks coming. Yummy drinks.

Toasts

Toasts

Guests enjoying grub

Guests enjoying grub

Guests enjoying grub

Guests enjoying grub

Guests enjoying grub

Best Man’s turn.

Toasts

Toasts

Toasts

Maid of Honor’s turn.

Toasts

Toasts

Toasts

We took a break and went table to table to greet the guests. In a Chinese/Vietnamese wedding, this is traditionally where the oldest person at the table toasts the bride and groom and hands them all of the gifts with well wishes. The menu was timed pretty well for us to get through all of the guests.

Toasts

Toasts

Toasts

Toasts

Right before the last course, Kevin took the stage. His toast was half in Vietnamese and half in English.

Toasts

Toasts

Toasts

Lexi wrapped it up, telling the groom not to mess with our family! She doesn’t mess around either!

Toasts

Toasts

Toasts

Toasts

Thank you so much for the kind and funny words!



Cut the Cake

October 2nd, 2009

After dancing into the room, we cut the cake that was sitting in the middle of the dance floor. Unfortunately, the cake vendor did not deliver what we paid for, but the pictures of us happily cutting were great!

All images were taken by Mitch Ranger.

Bride and Groom cutting the cake

Bride and Groom cutting the cake

Bride and Groom cutting the cake

Bride and Groom cutting the cake

Bride and Groom cutting the cake

Bride and Groom cutting the cake

Bride and Groom cutting the cake

Please note that there was no cake smashing as the marriage would have ended that night.

Then on to the toasts and FOOD!



The Entrance

October 1st, 2009

The cocktail hour ended at 7PM and guests were called to be at their tables. The party officially began.

Any images were taken by Mitch Ranger.

The representative acted as our formal Emcee and asked the guests to take their seats. The bridal party entered in pairs, announced by the Emcee and each entered to a different song. Most were chosen by the respective couple.

Bridal Party Entrance

Flower girls and ring bearer – See You Again by Miley Cyrus

Bridal Party Entrance

Groom’s Parents – La Bamba

Bridal Party Entrance

Bride’s Mom and her fiancé – 999 Roses

Bridal Party Entrance

Ushers – Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

Bridal Party Entrance

Groomsman and bridesmaid – Wannabe by the Spice Girls

Bridal Party Entrance

Groomsman and bridesmaid – Free by William Hung

Bridal Party Entrance

Groomsman and bridesmaid – U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer

Bridal Party Entrance

Brother of Groom and Sister of Bride – New Kids on the Block mix of The Right Stuff and Step by Step

Bridal Party Entrance

BM and MOH – Thunderstruck by ACDC

Bridal Party Entrance

Bride and Groom – Bad to the Bone by George Thorgood

Bride and Groom's Entrance

Bride and Groom's Entrance

Bride and Groom's Entrance

Bride and Groom's Entrance

It was a mighty fine, good time. Then, we cut the cake.



Poor Customer Relations

September 29th, 2009

Wedding vendors unfortunately have to deal with some nasty bridezillas sometimes. It’s par for the course and it sucks, but when customer service is the make-or-break of social advertising in networking now, it’s almost required for a vendor to treat each client with the utmost respect, especially when they professionally addressed disappointment in the final product. This is where “we are sorry that you were not happy with the results”. There’s no need to offer anything – just an apology will suffice.

Hence, A Piece ‘O Cake should not leave threatening messages on their ex-customers’ voicemails about suing them for poor reviews.

I am allowed to voice my opinion and the cake vendor sucked. A Piece ‘O Cake from East Lansing gave us a shitty cake. Too bad for them – we were just notified that a national wedding site is featuring our wedding. One of the pictures they chose was of the cake and I denied them the right to use that photo. I told them I would never promote a vendor who leaves threatening messages or who can’t build a cake to the specifications of the client.

That was easy PR that they missed. Our photographer and décor vendor will be receiving rave reviews on the national site, because of their professionalism and ability to execute what they said they would. Accountability is prime.



Real Wedding Feature on The Knot

September 27th, 2009

This is our third feature on The Knot!

On September 24th, I was contacted by one of the editors with The Knot in New York, Jaimie. She was really sweet and told me that she was going to write about us for a feature on Real Weddings!

I was pretty excited. Since I browsed The Knot often for ideas before the wedding, there are many photos from Real Weddings that are in my "scrap/idea" collection. This means that our photos will potentially be in other brides’ collections one day! How cool =).

Typically, you have to submit your own wedding to be on Real Weddings. (See: How to be a feature.)

"Due to the high volume of submission, we will contact you only if we plan to use your pictures…"

…but they already did an interview with me for one the The Knot Live episodes, so they already had most of our story.

Anyway, she asked me questions about how we met, the proposal, etc, and then asked me to describe 16 photos. The ‘eh’ thing about not being the one to submit the photos is that I didn’t choose them. I would have chosen different ones. But they went through our flickr site and selected 17 photos.

I described all of them and sent it back to her. I asked her not to use one of the photos since it was an image of our cake. Then, she took my answers and edited them for the feature. It went live on October 8, 2009! Here’s the feature with some screenshots in case you don’t want to sign up to The Knot.

Real Weddings Feature Screenshot, click to enlarge - adorkableduo.com

Click the following to enlarge what they wrote about each photo.

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of traditional tea ceremony tray, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of bride's traditional ao dai, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of DIY hair fascinator, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of morning DIY bouquet, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of groom and groomsmen ao dai, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of american wedding justice of peace ceremony, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of bridesmaids with colorful dresses, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of groom with his groomsmen, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of diy dinner menu
Real Weddings Feature screenshot of diy napkin fold

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of VIP room centerpiece

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of DIY pocket escort cards, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of DIY orchid panels, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of DIY guestbook scrapbook

The photos also get tagged and categorized on The Knot so that other brides can find them based on what they show. The selections above were categorized under: traditions, hair, bridal bouquets, bridesmaid looks, escort cards, purple, centerpieces, reception decor, and guest book.



The Cocktail Hour

September 26th, 2009

Cocktail hour lasted from 6pm – 7pm and was used to allow guests to mingle with each other and with us! It was our effort to allow people a window of time for people to arrive and to be able to chat with as many guests as possible. During this time, guests were able to wander around the prefunction room and the reception dinner room. The photographer set up his back drop and the signature drink flowed freely.

Any images without an asterisk (*) were not taken by a professional. All others were taken by Mitch Ranger.

I quickly changed back into my traditional dress for the cocktail hour. We wanted the guests to get a taste of Vietnamese tradition.

Guests found their tables with the DIY escort cards and DIY table map.


Cocktail Hour

They also signed the DIY guestbook-scrapbook.

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

Everyone enjoyed three hot appetizers: spanokopita, scallop wrapped in smoked salmon, and seseme chicken with plum sauce.

They also enjoyed the "DonThao" signature drink: champagne, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, and soaking blueberries among the fully stocked bar.

We mingled in the VIP lounge as everyone arrived!

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

Then, at 7pm, we started the party with entrances.