Pictures taken by Mitch Ranger.
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All of the single guys were up next. I’m still shocked by the turnout, but glad they participated because it amazing.
All images were taken by Mitch Ranger.
Boy, were they eager! This one ended up being a talk of the night as Donny’s brother, Kevin, leaped over several men to grab the garter. Someone is itching for an engagement…
Now, watch this.
Take a bow, Kevin.
Let’s get this party started.
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…
He bought argyle socks for the guys to wear with their chocolate tuxes, but they also wore them for the traditional dresses.
We told him we wanted shots that didn’t make sense – urban setting with graffiti and trash. I LOVED the location that Mitch chose!
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)
(I absolutely loved how the girls’ dress colors ended up in the pictures.)
I love them! Mitch did a wonderful job.
The guys had their own flavor too.
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.
And what a bonus. They could also show off the NKOTB moves in them!
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:
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I am make just a few faux boutonnieres for my family upon the request of my mom whose favorite color is purple too. I just finished one with a plum-colored orchid.
These are so easy to make that I wish I had time to make many more. I found my main flower, added some other little flowers and tied them together with some floral tape. Then I added leaves and some more floral tape.
I wrapped pink wire around the bout and also secured that with floral tape. Finall, I grabbed some ribbon and wrapped it in an "X" pattern around the stem.
I plan on make more – all unique.
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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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Hanging out in the back yard.
Joe was the center of attention.
There was an intense Wii Mario Cart game in process.
Me and my MOH!
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!
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.)
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.
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.
Each groomsmen will wear a boutonniere to match the color of the girls dresses.
I am in love with how I think the bridal party will look. They should really "pop" in the pictures.