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Pro Pics: Our Bridal Party

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Pictures taken by Mitch Ranger.

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Bridal Party Pictures

Monday, 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.

Bridesmaid Dresses

Sunday, 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

DIY | Jewelry

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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The girls all wore different colors, so naturally, silver jewelry would have worked. However, I am a fan of accessorizing with fabulous, unique pieces, so I took out my old jewelry-making supplies and went to work with sterling silver and Austrian Swarovski Crystals.

The best thing about the crystals is that they come in so many colors so I was able to choose colors to match their dresses.

Here are the results:

DIY Bridesmaid Earrings

For some reason, these are pictured blue, but they’re actually a dark purple.

DIY Bridesmaid Earrings

DIY Bridesmaid Earrings

DIY Bridesmaid Earrings

DIY Bridesmaid Earrings

And here they all are together:

DIY Bridesmaid Earrings

DIY in Action

Wedding Day Detail

DIY Bridesmaid Earrings

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DIY | Traditional Ao Dai Dresses

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

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When I was in high school, I used to design clothing and make them come to life. I designed my homecoming and prom dresses and my mom, grandmother, or aunties always helped me make them. It was a family thing that I fondly remember and wanted to bring to fruition for the wedding.

The traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai for a bride consists of an under-dress with a jacket over top and a hat. The traditional Ao Dai in general looks like this:

traditional ao dai

I altered the neckline of the dress on the inside since we were getting married in the summer and I made the sleeves belled and jacket sheer to add some more detail to the dress. Here’s the sketch I sent to my aunt in Vietnam, click to enlarge.

Sketch of Ao Dai design for the bride

She took the design to a tailor and had my custom wedding Ao Dai made. I asked that the colors still be traditional (red and gold) since the homes were going to be adorned in red and gold. I LOVED the way it turned out! I nixed the hat since I didn’t want my hair up and may a red feather hair comb to wear with it.

Final Traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai dress


Final Traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai dress

Then, when it got to designing the girls’ dresses, I kept in mind the summer heat. I took away the traditional sleeves since the wedding will be during the first week of summer and arm pit stains are just non-negotiable. Halter it was. I updated the traditonal colors and had the dresses made in pinks so that I could stand out a little next to the ladies. They all came by my mom’s house to be measured.

Getting measured for custom traditional Vietnamese ao dai dress


Getting measured for custom traditional Vietnamese ao dai dress

Here’s the sketch of the bridesmaids’ dresses , click to enlarge.

Sketch of traditional Ao Dai design for the bridesmaids

The tailor made them to the girls specifications and this is how they dresses turned out on them!

Final girls custom vietnamese ao dai bridesmaid dresses


Final girls custom vietnamese ao dai bridesmaid dresses

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Bridal Party BBQ Gallery

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

The bridal party and their spouses were invited over for a barbecue so that they could get to know each other.

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Bridal Party Barbecue

Monday, July 21st, 2008

On July 19, 2008 (almost a year after the engagement), we hosted a barbeque for the members of the bridal party (and their significant others) to meet, greet, and eat! Everyone brought a dish to pass and we all enjoyed a nice summer day in the sun tossing bags and some Wii. Here are some memorable moments. (For all of the pictures, visit Flickr. If prompted for a password, enter the bride’s maiden name in lowercase twices.)

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Yummy food.
Bridal Party BBQ

Hanging out in the back yard.
Bridal Party BBQ

Joe was the center of attention.
Bridal Party BBQ

There was an intense Wii Mario Cart game in process.
Bridal Party BBQ

Me and my MOH!
Bridal Party BBQ

Ryan and Sara with me before they had to jet.
Bridal Party BBQ

Lexi, Karen, Veronica, and I enjoying Sangria!
Bridal Party BBQ

Bridal Party Inspiration

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

I love shades of pink and purple. Since the hall will have purples and pinks, the girls are all wearing various shades of the fabulous hue: hot pink, fuchsia, plum, lavender, and lilac. They’ll choose their own strapless knee-length dresses and the MOH, Karen will get to vary from that a little bit. This way, I didn’t have to worry about everything having the SAME hue of purple in it – it decreased the stress!

hot pink fucshia plum lavender lilac

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I sent them a style board of potential looks with what vendors call the approved colors, etc. (I am an Excel freak. All of my planning has been documented on Excel.)

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They went on their merry way and sent me links to dresses they loved. I gave them my input and the process was pretty smooth! They will most likely carry yellow fans since it matches the colors from the traditional morning ceremonies and the reception.

Yellow Fans

The morning dresses will be a modern version of the traditional Vietnamese dresses, the ao dai. I am designing the girls’ dresses and having them made in Vietnam!

The guys are donning Chocolate tuxes and white shoes by After Six. The girls get to stand out in their dresses… the guys get pimp shoes, haha.

Chocolate TuxedosWhite shoes

Each groomsmen will wear a boutonniere to match the color of the girls dresses.

Fuchsia Madonna Orchid

Hot pink Mokara Orchid

Purple Dendrobium Orchid

Lavender Freesia

Hot pink Freesia

I am in love with how I think the bridal party will look. They should really "pop" in the pictures.