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Rehearsal Party

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

On June 26, 2009, Devan and his wife, Karen, hosted our rehearsal party. It was a relaxed day – great BBQ and our bridal party with their significant others. We ate, caught up with each other, handed out some well-deserved Thank-yous, and then the girls headed east where they were pampered the night before the wedding.

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Me and Donny less than 24 hours before we tied the knot!
Rehearsal Party

Everyone hanging out.
Rehearsal Party

Rehearsal Party

Donny and his men
Rehearsal Party

Me and my ladies
Rehearsal Party

The whole gang plus little Joe
Rehearsal Party

Ed trying on his ao dai
Rehearsal Party

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Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Devan and his wife, Karen, were kind enough to host a Rehearsal party for us at their lovely home. I didn’t take any pictures, but Megan did and she was kind enough to share them with me!

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Vegas Stag Parties

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Info before we arrived and left Sin City

How AMAZING! We all had a blast. The guys flew out on Thursday, the 21st of June and the girls trailed a day later. The girls’ itinerary included themes and the eventual mixing of the guys. In all, there were 11 guys and 11 girls. Here is what the girls had planned with some tame pictures:

Friday

  • Theme: Black Cocktail Dress Night
  • Clubs: Wet Republic (during the day), Tao and Studio 54
  • Recap: It was great. We ended up getting VIP passes because we stood by these other crazy girls who had a huge bachelorette party too. Free drinks at TAO and it was G-double-O-D good.

Night One in VEGAS

Night One in VEGAS

Night One in VEGAS

Saturday

  • Theme: Cheesy Night. This is where we indulge ourselves in the typical bachelorette style party… decorated tank tops and obnoxious items to wear.
  • Clubs: Coyote Ugly and Rain.
  • Recap: Skip Coyote Ugly. I never liked bars like that so I had an awful time, but when we finally got to RAIN at the Palms, I was SO HAPPY. It was amazing. If you love techno/house/ANY dance music… this is the place for you.

Day Two in VEGAS for bachelorette party

Day Two in VEGAS for bachelorette party
Loved by the N brothers =) It was apparently their new move of the weekend.

Day Two in VEGAS for bachelorette party
All of the guys and girls in Vegas minus one guy. 22 in total!

Night Two in VEGAS for bachelorette party

Blinky Rings for bachelorette party
I grabbed some ring favors for the girls to wear on the Cheesy night.

Sunday

  • Theme: Pinup Girls
  • Clubs: Playboy, Moon, and Ghostbar
  • Recap: During the day, we all registered for a pole dancing class for fun and it was just that: FUN. Then we got ready for the clubs in our pinup-inspired outfits. We were confused as show girls, which was always a compliment and definitely turned every club that we went to ours. When a huge group of girls in colored corsets comes into the clubs, it looks like they’re part of the club theme. Long story short, best. theme. ever.

Pole Dancing Class for bachelorette party

Night Three in VEGAS for bachelorette party

Thanks so much ladies and gents for coming out to Vegas to celebrate with us! Here are some of the guys’ photos.

The guys enjoying VIP at TAO for bachelor party
VIP Bottle Service at TAO in the Venetian.

Silly

Silly

The rest of the pictures can be found in the private photobucket account. Only those on the trip will have the password!

Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Info before we arrived and left Sin City

How AMAZING! We all had a blast. The guys flew out on Thursday, the 21st and the girls trailed a day later. The girls’ itinerary included themes and the eventual mixing of the guys. Here is what the girls had planned:

Friday

  • Theme: Black Cocktail Dress Night
  • Clubs: Tao and Studio 54
  • Recap: It was great. We ended up getting VIP passes because we stood by these other crazy girls who had a huge bachelorette party too. Free drinks at TAO and it was G-double-O-D good.
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Saturday

  • Theme: Cheesy Night. This is where we indulge ourselves in the typical bachelorette style party… decorated tank tops and obnoxious items to wear.
  • Clubs: Coyote Ugly and Rain.
  • Recap: Skip Coyote Ugly. I never liked bars like that so I had an awful time, but when we finally got to RAIN at the Palms, I was SO HAPPY. It was amazing. If you love techno/house/ANY dance music… this is the place for you.
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Sunday

  • Theme: Pinup Girls
  • Clubs: Payboy, Moon, and Ghostbar
  • Recap: During the day, we all registered for a pole dancing class for fun and it was just that: FUN. Then we got ready for the clubs in our pinup-inspired outfits. We were confused as show girls, which was always a compliment and definitely turned every club that we went to ours. When a huge group of girls in colored corsets comes into the clubs, it looks like they’re part of the club theme. Long story short, best. theme. ever.
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Thanks so much ladies and gents for coming out to Vegas to celebrate with us!

Stock the Bar Shower

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Devan and his wife, Karen, were kind enough to host a Rehearsal party for us at their lovely home. I didn’t take any pictures, but Megan did and she was kind enough to share them with me!

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The Co-Ed Shower

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

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On May 16, 2009, our wonderful maid of honor, Karen, and bridesmaid, Megan, hosted a fabulous co-ed stock-the-bar shower for us in Grand Rapids. The girls went all out for the 34 guests, providing delicious drinks, skewered meat, and hors d’oeurves and desserts that were to-die-for! We can’t express enough how wonderful the ladies were and how much fun we had with all of these great people. Everyone came with a little something to "Stock our bar Man Cave." Here are a few of ours. The rest can be viewed on Shutterfly using the bride’s maiden name in lowercase as the password.

First, the invitations (note that ours was addressed to the Dorky Duo):

Co-Ed Stock the Bar Shower Invitation

The girls created a beautiful display of food. Warming up in the background were some beef and chicken skewers and crab cakes.

Yummy food

Yummy food

After some eating and mingling, they start setting up for a game. Megan pulled out the mousetraps…

Setting up mousetraps

Karen then explained that we were going to do heats of "Don’t get your weiner caught in the mouse trap." As she explained the the guests that the point of the game was to try to set off the mouse trap with the hot dog without using hands, the guests reacted in shock!

Shocked at the rules!

…but they all got into it! Even the boys who tried to hide had some fun. Ryan, one of our ushers, actually won the final round of who could set it off the fastest.

Playing the Weiner Mouse Trap Game

Playing the Weiner Mouse Trap Game

Playing the Weiner Mouse Trap Game

Playing the Weiner Mouse Trap Game

Playing the Weiner Mouse Trap Game

Then, the girls had everyone draw a wedding cake topper in one minute. There were three categories to be won: Most vulgar, Best representation of the couple, and most artistic. And go!

Drawing cake toppers

The last game was the Newlywed Game where the girls read questions to the guests. Guys had to guess what I was going to answer and the girls had to guess what Donny was going to answer. In the end, our friend Jas won for the guys and Angie won for the girls. Winners of all the games took home either a wine opener, bottle opener, or mini bottle of liquor!

Here we are with some of our guests.

Us with some guests

Us with some guests

Us with some guests

Us with some guests

Us with some guests

Some of the groomsmen were able to make it into town!

Some groomsmen!

Some groomsmen!

Some groomsmen!

And thanks to these two ladies for putting on the show. It was a great shower and people can’t stop complimenting on how much fun they had! Great job, girls!

Us with the fabulous hostesses

We are truly blessed with great people in our lives!

Anti-Shower Shower Gallery

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

No coo-ing gift-opening party for me. Hooray for cocktail & hors d’ oeuvres parties!

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The Anti-Shower Shower

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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I hate the idea of opening gifts in front of a bunch of cooing ladies. You’re going to get the gifts you registered for, is it necessary to have a spectacle and act surprised? Our opinion, anyway. To each her own!

It’s also not customary in a Viet/Chinese wedding so I didn’t really know about what happens at them until my friend got married after college.

My girls hosted an Anti-shower bridal shower on May 2, 2009. The girls were invited to come over for a cocktail slumber party; no gifts. Girls going to Vegas made t-shirts for our little fling!

This is the invitation that they sent out:

Anti-Shower Bridal Shower Invitation

It was a lot of fun. There were MANY delicious snacks. We played this Monopoly-like wedding board game where some of them enjoyed roasting me upon landing on certain spaces. Several t-shirts were started and then we enjoyed cheesy, wedding-related movies like Bride Wars and 27 dresses until we fell asleep around 3AM.

Unfortunately, I had broken my camera in March and the replacement one did not make it to me yet, so I did not get many pictures. Some of the girls were able to, but it’s up to them to upload them to Shutterfly. I was only able to snag these:

anti-shower wedding bridal shower

anti-shower wedding bridal shower

anti-shower wedding bridal shower

Thanks ladies for humoring a little old school fun!

Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties Before

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

VIVA LAS VEGAS!

Go big or go home! There is no better way to celebrate than to get our close guy friends and girl friends out to Vegas for a weekend! This whole thing came about YEARS ago when my closest girlfriends and I had started dating people seriously. We joked one time and said, "the first one of us to get engaged, we’re going to VEGAS for the bachelorette party!" Well, yours truly was the first and we kept this promise!

Basically, Donny’s men and Thao’s ladies will fly out to the city of sin, LAS VEGAS, during Memorial Day weekend (May 22-24). The guys will do their own thing and the girls will do their own thing each night. Mingling will probably occur during the day but everything that happens at night is a non-topic during the day! So we’ll probably talk about the weather… and… buffets… or that crazy Elvis impersonator.

Please come back after Memorial Day Weekend to see what trouble the bride and groom find while there. [updated!]

In the meantime, the girls have their weekend planned. Each night is themed and one of the theme nights is the typical cheesy decorated shirt night. Why not? I am wearing a white tank and all of the other girls are wearing shades of pink. Lexi spent the night and we started decorating our tees. Ignore the slumberwear.

A bridesmaid t-shirt

The bride shirt

I am excited to see what all of the other girls come up with for that night. The other nights include "Pinup/Corset Night" and "Classy Black Dress Night". I’ll rock out in white every night.

Read about the actual trip!

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