Posts Tagged ‘family’

Bridal Tea Gallery 2 Preview

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Just added another gallery from one of the photographers during the bridal tea ceremony.

well wishes from famil members during the tea offering

That’s my auntie wishing us well after we offered tea. (It was more like lukewarm water because we completely forgot about making tea while getting ready. There aren’t rules about that, are there?)

No Nose Picking?

Monday, December 7th, 2009

The truly awesome thing that Mitch, our photographer, did for us (and I think all of his clients) is give us all of the pictures. Granted, I didn’t need to search for the ones where people weren’t blinking, but it definitely allowed me to catch some funnies. I didn’t find anyone picking their noses though – thought he HAD to have caught someone do that in one of the 4,000+ pictures he and his assistant delivered.

My momma and my sister

Shoot. He probably caught me adjusting my girls in that wedding gown at some point and tastefully decided not to share, because who really wants to embarass a bride? Makes you wonder what your photographers are holding back on eh?

Anyway, I did post the family photo gallery for the family members to check out. Every. Single. Picture.


Trash the Dress

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

I wore several dresses, a tradition in Chinese/Vietnamese weddings. In the morning, I had plenty of pictures in the traditional Ao Dai and I also had plenty of pictures in the white gown during the reception. However, I did not change into the party dress until later in the evening, so I thought it would be fun to do a Trash the Dress shoot with our awesome photographer, Mitch Ranger.

He agreed! Even better than the Trash the Dress shoot, he also agreed to take photos of us with our siblings. We had to rush through taking photos on the day of the wedding, so we missed that opportunity. He gladly took some of us with them.

We followed Mitch to this awesome, grungy, train track location i Grand Rapids. I love photos of brides in urban settings and Mitch is perfectly experienced in this. Here are some of our favorites!

Trash the Dress with Mitch Ranger

Trash the Dress with Mitch Ranger

Trash the Dress with Mitch Ranger

Trash the Dress with Mitch Ranger

Trash the Dress with Mitch Ranger

Trash the Dress with Mitch Ranger

While Mitch was shooting, the boys took some photos of him in action.

Trash the Dress with Mitch Ranger

Trash the Dress with Mitch Ranger

We pulled up and thought PERFECT!

Trash the Dress with Mitch Ranger

Trash the Dress with Mitch Ranger

More of Mitch in action.

Trash the Dress with Mitch Ranger

Trash the Dress with Mitch Ranger

The Groom’s Family

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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

Family Engagement Party

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Traditionally, the engagement is a formal ceremony in which jewelry and dowries are exchanged. The families can choose to have the formal ceremony right after the couple is engaged and celebrate with a banquet reception later. We chose to have the formal ceremony on the same day as the reception, so a non-traditional family engagement party was held in Warren, Michigan at the Golden Harvest Chinese Restaurant. We chose a Chinese banquet hall because Chinese/Vietnamese weddings are typically held in such places, but since we are having our wedding at a non-Asian hotel, we wanted to celebrate the engagement this way.

My (Thao) family is mainly residing in Pennsylvania, where I spent much of my childhood life. He does not have too much family in the states so close family friends came to celebrate. I have adoptive grandparents who have been a significant part of my life. They drove all the way from North Carolina to have some yummy food and to meet my in-laws.

After we have this party, we formally take each other’s family members as our own, i.e. his mother is already my mother-in-law and I call her mom. Unfortunately, Kevin is already my brother, ok jk.

Here are some pictures of that party (click to enlarge) (all pictures):

Meet Her Family

Meet His Family

Meet His Family and Family Friends

On that day, we had a huge traditional banquet dinner! The dishes included:

Seafood Soup
Duck Rolls
Spicy Fried Squid
Spicy Fried Soft Shell Crab
Fried Fish
Clams in Black Bean Sauce
Seafood Bird’s Nest
White Noodle With Sauce
Steamed Fish
Pea Tips

Can you imagine? It was a HUGE feast. Ideally, we would have an 8-10 course dinner for the wedding, but at a hotel, that was near impossible! We had cake to celebrate my little sister’s 22nd birthday. (Note: She also made my outfit as a gift!) We had a fantastic time with everyone and want to thank you for travelling such long distances to make the occasion that much more memorable.

Here are some more pictures! (All pictures)

Donny and my adorable little cousins

Lexi cutting her birthday cake

They say that these two look like me and Lexi when we were kids.

For the rest of the pictures, please go here.

Family Engagement Party Gallery

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Our families and family friends came from Pennsylvania and North Carolina to meet and greet.

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