The Groom’s Family

September 25th, 2009

His family came in from California, Florida, and all the way from Vietnam. His family shots were all taken at his parent’s residence.

These photos were taken by Mitch Ranger.

With his family

With his family

With his family

With his family

With his family



The Bride’s Family

September 24th, 2009

I had family come in from Pennsylvania (where I grew up), Canada, and North Carolina. Our family shots were all taken at my mother’s residence.

These photos were taken by Mitch Ranger.

My family inside the house

My family outside the house

My mom, sister, and us

Mom and all her kids

My faves

Me and my baby sis

I've been calling them my grandparents forever.

With my uncle and his family

With my aunties



Bridal Party Pictures

September 21st, 2009

Our bridal party was awesome. They put up with wearing the traditional outfits, which, I’m sure was fun for the guys. Everyone wore traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai for the tea ceremonies and then changed into chocolate tuxes and cocktail dresses for the reception. (The girls all chose their knee-length dresses in shades from purple to pink.)

On top of that, each groomemen’s boutonniére matched each girl’s respective dress (it’s hard to see here). The girls all picked their own silver shoes and the guys rocked out in white shoes. Props included sunglasses (mainly aviators), fans, and a couple bouquets. It took forever for everyone to get dressed so I made a quick decision to be the only person changing at the reception. Because of the slow dressers, we also had limited time for group photos in downtown Lansing.

These photos were taken by Mitch Ranger.

In the traditional attire…

DonThao's bridal party

DonThao's bridal party

DonThao's bridal party

DonThao's bridal party

DonThao's bridal party

DonThao's bridal party

Us

He bought argyle socks for the guys to wear with their chocolate tuxes, but they also wore them for the traditional dresses.

Boys in their argyle socks

Boys

We told him we wanted shots that didn’t make sense – urban setting with graffiti and trash. I LOVED the location that Mitch chose!

The Men

This photo is badass… I love how he included the wiring above. There is a lot more to look at than just the typical guys staggered in a photo)

The Groom and his Men

The Ladies

(I absolutely loved how the girls’ dress colors ended up in the pictures.)

The Bride and her Ladies

The Bride and her Ladies

The Bride and her Ladies

The Group

The Group

The Group

The Group

The Group

The Group

The Group

I love them! Mitch did a wonderful job.



Mr. and Mrs.

September 20th, 2009

These photos were taken by Mitch Ranger and only a few were posted. You don’t need that much of DonThao.

Us

I love how Lexi ended up throwing a heart with the leaves.

DonThao

Some more…

DonThao

DonThao

DonThao

DonThao

Bloopers

DonThao

DonThao

Not paying attention sometimes equals the cute pics.

DonThao



Wedding Photos by Steven

September 17th, 2009

Our friend, Steven, took these photos for us on the day of the wedding!

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Guys’ Tuxedos

September 14th, 2009

The guys had their own flavor too.

Groomsmen in Chocolate Tuxedoes

They wore chocolate brown tuxes from After Six. The tuxes came paired with these brown fugly shoes that didn’t quite match the brown in the tuxes. In fact, they were reddish, so we nixxed the brown shoes and had the guys rockin’ it out in the white shoes.

I LOVED how they popped in the pictures. Their bouttonieres also matched the girl’s dress color of whom they were paired.

Groomsmen in Chocolate Tuxedoes

Groomsmen in Chocolate Tuxedoes

And what a bonus. They could also show off the NKOTB moves in them!


See this video on flickr

We also bought them chocolate argyle socks, but unfortunately never got them pictured in the tuxes. They did, however, get them pictured underneath the traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai:

Groomsmen in chocolate argyle socks underneath traditional ao dai



Bridesmaid Dresses

September 13th, 2009

Who says they need to be the same exact dress?

Bridesmaids Dresses in different colors

During the planning stage, I asked the girls to find a dress in a specific color. The only requirement was that the dress be approximately knee-length. They did a fabulous job finding a dress they each liked! I ended up making dangly earrings to match each of the dress colors too. Here is what they came up with [click to enlarge]:

Bridesmaids Dresses in different colors Bridesmaids Dresses in different colors Bridesmaids Dresses in different colors Bridesmaids Dresses in different colors Bridesmaids Dresses in different colors
Hot Pink   .   Fuchsia   .   Purple/Plum   .   Lavender   .   Lilac

The did a great job! Each of the girls went with the following designers (from left to right):

Bill Levkoff . Style 874
Eden’s Bridal . Style 7171
Jasmine B2 . Style 992
David’s Bridal . Style ???
Jim Hjelm . Style 5661

I apologize if the links are broken too. The designers sometimes move stuff around on their websites.

Here are some more detailed photos or check out their entrances to see more of the dresses.

Bridesmaids Dresses in different colors

Bridesmaids Dresses in different colors

Bridesmaids Dresses in different colors

Bridesmaids Dresses in different colors

Bridesmaids Dresses in different colors

Bridesmaids Dresses in different colors



Getting Ready… Again

September 12th, 2009

After the ceremonies, we got ready again at his parents’ home. This time, we got out of the traditional clothing to wear the American outfits for our photoshoot downtown. Guests stayed at the house for another helping of food.

Getting ready wedding

Getting ready wedding

Getting ready wedding

Getting ready wedding

Getting ready wedding

Getting ready wedding

Getting ready wedding

Getting ready wedding

Getting ready wedding

The boys need their boutonnieres. I had each of the boutonnieres to match the respective girl’s dress color and Sebesta Design these beautiful orchid bouts! (Orchids are my favorite)

Boys get their boutonnieres from Sebesta

Boys get their boutonnieres from Sebesta

Boys get their boutonnieres from Sebesta

Boys get their boutonnieres from Sebesta

Boys get their boutonnieres from Sebesta

Silly boys
Getting ready wedding

After the girls were finally done, we headed downstairs to see the guys.

The big wedding dress reveal

I was cracking up because the guys were singing a cappela as I came down the stairs.
The big wedding dress reveal

The big wedding dress reveal

Now, off to downtown Lansing for some urban group shots.



Justice of Peace Ceremony

September 11th, 2009

Immediately following the tea ceremony at the groom’s house, we had a judge stand before us and our families to LEGALLY marry us.

These photos were taken by Mitch Ranger.

The judge came up and started reading the marriage ceremony.

Justice of the Peace Ceremony

Our friends and family watched.

My sister watching

My cousin, the flower girl, watching

All smiles.

A cheesin' groom

Then, the rest is self explanatory.

Put the ring on her finger

Put the ring on his finger

About to be married

You are now man and wife!

I now pronounce you husband and wife

I now pronounce you husband and wife

It’s not for real until you sign those papers!

Signing into marriage

Signing into marriage

That was easy.

Now, time to get ready for pictures while the ceremony guests feasted again!



Wedding Photos by Ryan

September 10th, 2009

Our good friend and usher, Ryan, took these photos for us on the day of the wedding!

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