Trash the Dress Suit: The Guys

August 22nd, 2009

We booked a session with Mitch Ranger. He was kind enough to let our siblings in on the fun since our photo times on the day of the wedding were really limited. Please be patient for them to load!

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Waiting for the Groom

August 21st, 2009

Our auspicious time to be married was 9AM. The girls and I got ready and arrived at my mother’s home at 8AM, along with the family members. The guys were targeting an arrival of approximately 8:30AM, but as the hour passed, they still weren’t there. Karen had to call Jake and it appeared that they hit some heavy traffic. I started stressing out because it was important to my family that we were married at the right time, since we did not pick a "lucky day". (We would have had to postpone the wedding to 2010 even though we were engaged in 2007 had we waited for a lucky day.)

I remained calm because my mother said that it was a WINDOW of time so as long as I was presented to him by 9:30AM, we would be fine. In the meantime, the girls kept me calm with laughter.

These photos were taken by Mitch Ranger.

Anticipating…

Killing time waiting for the guys at wedding ceremony

Killing time waiting for the guys at wedding ceremony

Killing time waiting for the guys at wedding ceremony

Killing time waiting for the guys at wedding ceremony

Killing time waiting for the guys at wedding ceremony

The girls sat with me and told me joke. I love how my captions are extremely unimagined and predictable.

Killing time waiting for the guys at wedding ceremony

Killing time waiting for the guys at wedding ceremony

Killing time waiting for the guys at wedding ceremony

Killing time waiting for the guys at wedding ceremony

I had to walk around and start telling my own jokes.

Killing time waiting for the guys at wedding ceremony

Finally, we saw the limo bus pull up, so I ran upstairs and waited there. I had to peek. [click to enlarge]

Killing time waiting for the guys at wedding ceremony

Killing time waiting for the guys at wedding ceremony

The procession began and the girls got ready for the door game downstairs.



Hair & Makeup

August 20th, 2009

I didn’t have inspiration for makeup. I just wanted to wear my makeup the way I do for any other "fancy" occassion and that means dramatic eyes and everything else subdued.

After having a miserable, FAILED attempt of getting my makeup done for b-pics at Mirabella Salon in Okemos by Autumn and seeing this woman at Macy’s BUTCHER my mom’s makeup one day… I decided NOT to hire a makeup artist. For lack of better terms/description… white makeup is not the same as Asian makeup. There, I said it. It is more than just matching skin tone. There are things to avoid when putting makeup on Asian women, so if you’re a makeup artist, you need to understand the differences before working on a minority. I digressed with this, but all in all, I made the right choice…

My sister, who is very talented, was my makeup artist for the day. She did two previous trials (each were a little different) and ended up perfecting what I wanted. There was a second trial because I had gotten more tan since the first trial and had to test out another foundation.

This image is from the second trial (my mom and I were testin out a modern birdcage veil we made too). Now THIS is a good makeup trial!

Wedding Makeup Trial by Lexi

Here’s just how the eyes looked. Ignore the fact that I look cross-eyed.

Wedding Makeup Trial by Lexi

DIY in Action

This is how it looked on the day of the wedding. I am in my traditional dress.

Lansing Wedding Makeup by Lexi



Recommended Products

If you’re worried about crying and smudging, worry no more. She applied She-Laq by Benefit on my shadow and all around my eyes after the makeup was the way we wanted it. It kept my makeup flawless the entire day. I had to keep my eyes closed for a little bit after she applied it. It goes on shiny and then dries completely. You can’t even see it.

Benefit She-Laq

I have thin eyelashes so for several months before the wedding, we played with falsies to perfect the look in pictures. I ended up using Andrea #33 in black. They looked great in the pictures and now I am addicted to wearing them.

Andrea False Eyelashes #33

I used MAC primer and foundation on my face and plain ol’ Maybelline eye shadow on the lids. A light MAC lipgloss was also applied with a LIGHT touch of Vincent Longo cream blush.



Getting Ready

August 19th, 2009

These pictures were collected from the bridal party. The girls stayed at the Residence Inn in Madison Heights the night before the wedding. We had to get up at 4AM to start getting ready for the first ceremony at 8:30-9AM. It wasn’t pretty, but at least we had mimosas and McDonald’s to keep us happy!

4AM – curling my hair

The rest of the girls were up at 4:30AM

My mom’s friend met us at the hotel to work on the girls’ hair

Time to get the mimosas rolling with McDonald’s

Lexi did my makeup



Finally, all ready with Megan.

Waiting in the hotel parking lot to get this show on the road!

Next, we get to the house. Unfortunately, the groom and his side is late!



Guest Table Décor

August 17th, 2009

The head table was set up differently from the guest tables. Guest tables were void of yellow except for the yellow origami lilies. They also featured three different types of centerpieces: a tall, medium, and low. All centerpieces were designed with an Asian Zen theme.

Any images without an asterisk (*) were not taken by a professional. All others were taken by Mitch Ranger. Décor was set up by the Radisson staff and led by Corinne from Sebesta Design.

Each table featured a photo table number of us.

DIY Table numbers

DIY Table numbers

Guests sat on silver chivari chairs with lavender, satin seat cushions.

DIY Table numbers[*]

The favors were small light yellow boxes that had Ferrero Rocher and Andes Mints in them. Each setting had our diy menu inserted into a folded napkin that had an origami lily tucked inside. Don’t ask why the coffee cups are on the table. We asked for them not to be on the table since we didn’t want it to be crowded. Oh well.

Menu setting with origami and favor

Menu setting with origami and favor[*]

Menu setting with origami and favor

The tall centerpieces

The tall arrangement consisted of a tall square glass vase filled with frosted acrylic glass in the base. Tall curly willow branches sprayed out of the vase and was embellished with a combination of purple, hot pink, and lavender orchid blossoms out of the vase and twisting up the branches.

Tall reception centerpiece

Tall reception centerpiece

Medium centerpieces

Assymetrial and clean, the medium centerpieces featured a dendrobium orchid bloom sitting on top of white LED lit frosted acrylic glass. Hot pink wire was also wrapped loosely around a medium height square container. These were a hit since four of them went missing by the end of the night!

Medium Centerpiece[*]

Medium Centerpiece

Medium Centerpiece[*]

Low Centerpieces

These featured floating candles in a low, square container. Mokara orchids also floated.

Low Centerpiece[*]

Low Centerpiece[*]



Head Table Décor

August 16th, 2009

Once guests absorbed the reception room, they’d see a focal point at the head table. Donny wanted the head table to pop, so designed a custom gobo and we kept the decor in warm yellows to offset the purples and pinks in the rest of the room.

Any images without an asterisk (*) were not taken by a professional. All others were taken by Mitch Ranger. Décor was set up by the Radisson staff and led by Corinne from Sebesta Design.

The custom gobo design was of the traditional Chinese wedding symbol: the dragon and phoenix. The character in the middle is the double happiness symbol that is traditionally all over a Chinese wedding.

Head table

Head table

Head table

Head table

Head table

Head table[*]

Head table[*]

Head table[*]

Now see the guest tables.



Reception Room Décor

August 15th, 2009

Once guests passed the cocktail room and entered the banquet room, they were greeted with a huge 24′ x 24′ dance floor, three types of orchid centerpieces. chocolate and purple/lavender accents, a yellow and chocolate head table, fabric, and lighting.

Any images without an asterisk (*) were not taken by a professional. All others were taken by Mitch Ranger. Décor was set up by the Radisson staff and led by Corinne from Sebesta Design.

The beautiful wedding reception room

I think lighting really changes the feel of a room. We wanted to achieve the nightclub feel so everything was candlelit and dim with colors bursting against the walls.

The beautiful wedding reception room

The beautiful wedding reception room

The beautiful wedding reception room

The beautiful wedding reception room

The beautiful wedding reception room

Check out the head table.



Trash the Dress: The Group

August 13th, 2009

We booked a session with Mitch Ranger. He was kind enough to let our siblings in on the fun since our photo times on the day of the wedding were really limited. Please be patient for them to load!

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Trash the Dress: The Girls

August 12th, 2009

We booked a session with Mitch Ranger. He was kind enough to let our siblings in on the fun since our photo times on the day of the wedding were really limited. Please be patient for them to load!

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Bouquets

August 11th, 2009

Any images without an asterisk (*) were not taken by a professional. All others were taken by Mitch Ranger. Décor was set up by the Radisson staff and led by Corinne from Sebesta Design.

My bouquet consisted of brown pheasant feathers, orchids, and freesia in the colors that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses. I wore the bracelet my mother gave me during our tea ceremony. Here is a closeup.

Wedding Bouquet and Bracelet

Here is a great shot from the florist, Sebesta Design. Corinne did such an amazing job tying in all the colors from the girls’ dresses.

Wedding Bouquet

The Maid of Honor carried a yellow orchid and freesia bouquet.

Wedding Maid of Honor Bouquet, Yellow orchids and freesia

Wedding Maid of Honor Bouquet, Yellow orchids and freesia

His mother made another yellow bouquet for him to give to me during the tea ceremony, so this was a DIY. My sister ended up carrying it during the reception.

Wedding Tea Ceremony Bouquet

Here are all the bouquets together

Wedding All of the Orchid Bouquets

You can see the boutonnieres here. Ushers wore yellow orchid/freesia boutonnieres while the groomsmen wore the same color as their paired lady.