Knottie of the Week Update

September 9th, 2009

Last Wednesday, I went live on the air for theknot’s segment called The Knot Live. It airs every Wednesday at noon EST. They have approximately 25 minutes of interviews with people in the wedding industry and then the last five minutes are to interview a knottie.

The requirement is that anyone called "Knottie of the Week" has to post on the messageboards. I post on DIY, mainly. They also require that you have a bio of some sort to drive traffic around their site. I have this website, but I made a quick bio using this page. You can now check out the interview on The Knot Live Episode 12!

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Read what I did for the interview here.



Wedding Photos by Patrick

September 9th, 2009

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

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The Groom Tea Ceremony

September 8th, 2009

Powered up from the nap on the limo bus, it was time to get the ceremony going again. We arrived at the groom’s house and started the procession to be accepted by his ancestors.

These photos were taken by Mitch Ranger.

We pulled up to his family’s home to be greeted by the guests.

Groom's home

The groom’s house has a sign that says, "tan hon" which is Vietnamese for essentially "Just married" since we were spiritually married at the bride’s home.

Vietnamese sign at Groom's residence

We got off the bus in procession as the guys hold onto the remainder of the dowry. Firecrackers go off again to let everyone know that we’re there.

Firecrackers

Bridal Party procession

Bridal Party procession

After the bridal party and the newlyweds’ parents enter the home, the family and then the guests follow suit.

Guests enter after the bride and groom

Inside the home, the representative welcomes the guests and explain the proceedings in front of the groom’s ancestors’ altars.

Everyone gathered inside the groom's home

His parents also welcomed the guests. First, his father spoke, then his mother.

Everyone gathered inside the groom's home

There was a break in the formality when his mother said thank you to the guests for coming to the marriage of "Donny and Kevin". She was so used to saying it that it rolled off her tongue. Everyone found some humor in it as he hugged his brother.

His mom cracking up because she said he was marrying his brother

I had to laugh too

Hugging his new wife

Candles were lit and I was introduced to each ancestor.

Lighting Altar candles

Introduction the the Altar

Then, tea was given to his relatives and they then gave us lucky gifts and advice.

Offering tea

Offering tea

Offering tea

Offering tea

Once all the tea was offered, we asked the judge to step forward and marry us legally.



Knottie of the Week

September 7th, 2009

On September 2nd, I went live on the air for theknot’s segment called The Knot Live. It airs every Wednesday at noon EST. They have approximately 25 minutes of interviews with people in the wedding industry and then the last five minutes are to interview a knottie.

The requirement is that anyone called "Knottie of the Week" has to post on the messageboards. I post on DIY, mainly. They also require that you have a bio of some sort to drive traffic around their site. I have this website, but I made a quick bio using this page. Here is my The Knot bio.

They contacted me about a week and a half in advance of the episode to do preliminary interviews. They picked pictures from my flickr albums and then scripted questions to ask me based on those pictures. This is the thumbnail work for my interview.

Thumbnails for my interview with The Knot, click to enlarge

They had a list of approximately 15 questions with to-the-point answers to go through – ALL in 5 minutes. Well, after multiple interviews, it averaged about 6-8 minutes. When the episode went live, they actually had TWO minutes, if that. So we only went through maybe 4 questions and then they cut me off!

They posted the episode here on The Knot Live. Unfortunately, you can’t skip around the video. I am the last couple minutes. They link my bio on an archive ingredient list of the episode.

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Here are screenshots of the episode.

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

About a week later, I received a very nice Thank You from the ladies at The Knot. Click to enlarge these

Goodies from The Knot

Goodies from The Knot

Goodies from The Knot

Goodies from The Knot

So thank you back to the knot team for the nice gift. I’ve been looking for design books and cook books to add to the library!



Wedding Photos by Mom

September 6th, 2009

My mother took these photos for us on the day of the wedding!

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Traveling

September 5th, 2009

These pictures were collected from the bridal party. The tea ceremonies were two cities apart, 1.5 hours driving, to be exact. We had a party bus take us and the bridal party from the tea ceremony in Madison Heights to the final one in Lansing.

We’re about to get onto the bus

Getting on the bus

The ushers loaded the pig onto the bus.

The pig!

We were all still wide awake when we first got on the bus. Moscato d’ Asti was passed around to celebrate – in classy styrofoam cups no less!

Woo! Moscato!

Cheers!

Here we are, the happy couple

Happy couple

Maid of honor and bridesmaid (Karen & Megan)

Maid of Honor and a Bridesmaid

Our siblings

Kids

One of our ushers and his wife, a bridesmaid (Ryan & Sara)

More bridal party members

And then Donny started us all off to nap time

ZZzzzZZZzzz

Dropping like flies

So tired

So tired

I joined in too

Sleepy bride

Then we had to stop for a pee break. When I woke up, it was hot, so I took off my jacket. Ow OW!

The bus got hot

Ok! Yay, we got to the groom’s house, finally!



Tea Ceremony Details

September 4th, 2009

These photos were taken by Mitch Ranger. As you can see, the main colors in the morning were red and gold for traditional luck. The Vietnamese attire, called Ao Dai, added the punches of color.

A nice little collage of the ceremony

Wedding Tea Ceremony Collage

Signs in front of the bride and groom’s homes, respectively.

Bride's Home Sign

Groom's Home Sign

My ceremony dress and the bouquet his mother made for me.

Wedding Tea Ceremony Detail: Bride

We wore the ornate Vietnamese Ao Dai in the morning.

Wedding Tea Ceremony Detail: Ao Dai

Traditional wedding dowries include the Betel Fruit

Wedding Tea Ceremony Detail: Betel Fruit

Everything is wrapped in red cellophane and covered in red cloth since red is LUCKY!

Wedding Tea Ceremony Detail: Lucky Red Items

Wedding Tea Ceremony Detail: Lucky Red Items

Jewely offering for the dowry

Wedding Tea Ceremony Detail: Jewelry

Wedding Tea Ceremony Detail: Jewelry

Other fruits to share between the families

Wedding Tea Ceremony Detail:Fresh Fruit

Chinese pastries

Wedding Tea Ceremony Detail: Pastries

Tea to offer to the family

Wedding Tea Ceremony Detail: Tea

Décor straight from Vietnam.

Wedding Tea Ceremony Detail: Colorful lanterns

One of the Buddhist figures on the altars at my mother’s home.

Wedding Tea Ceremony Detail: Buddhist figures

One of the altars at his parent’s home.

Wedding Tea Ceremony Detail: Altars

A roast pig is always part of the Vietnamese dowry.

Wedding Tea Ceremony Detail: Roast pig



Wedding Photos by Megan

September 3rd, 2009

Our wonderful bridesmaid took these photos for us on the day of the wedding!

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September 2nd, 2009

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Photography Review

September 1st, 2009

As if you didn’t know I loved our pictures…

I FINALLY got a chance to write a review of Mitch Ranger Weddings. So check it out here.