Phi and Nhi got married on Saturday and what an adventure! It was a long day and one full of surprises!!! Phi was so precise in her timeline because of the amount of activity in the day and the Asian traditions and superstitions. We started off late, but caught up quickly. Phi's day- and mine, started at 5:30AM! She was up and in the shower by 6AM and the hair and make up people were already in place by 6:30AM. Of course, when the limo arrived to take her to her parents home for the traditional Buddhist tea ceremony- Phi wasn't ready.
The Dress! This incredible confection of embroidered lace on dotted swiss tulle, but Valentino Sposa for Pronovias was so beautiful!! The matching veil was breath taking!
We rushed out and made it- but not before the boys who, by tradition were to be teased and bribed to gain access to her father's home. The groom and his entourage, including his relatives paraded into the bride's home with gifts for the bride's parents and the ceremony began.
The family carries the gifts to the kitchen for the feast prepared by the bride's mother. As everyone watches, the bride and groom pay tribute to the ancestors, the parents and the elders of the families.
This is the tribute to the ancestors.
And, the aftermath of the feast.
The wedding party outside after the tea ceremony.
After the lunch, it was back in the limo for the trip to the Catholic church for a Christian ceremony. These photos of my lovely Phi were taken at church before the ceremony. Is she not exquisite?!
Phi and her parents.
Nhi and his parents and sister.
After church the families went to Nhi's parents to burn incense for his ancestors and to welcome the bride into the family. Then it was off on the last leg of the day's adventure. The wedding feast was held at the Golden City restaurant. There was a 12 course dinner and music by a Vietnamese band and an American DJ. The room was decorated with lanterns that we had hung the night before and lots of orchids on the tables. All the flowers for the day, the creation of Chantilly Florist, were just amazing!!
Here, the orchids line the edge of the lazy susan that would soon be laden with the many dishes created by Golden City for the banquet.
This shot is too dark to see Phi's beautiful deep purple callas or the very Asian inspired centerpiece. but, you can see the adorable favor- a Chinese take out box with a red velvet cupcake inside. It was an amazing day! This is what Phi had to say-- "It was truly the best day of our lives. We loved it and we felt so engaged in the events and the people. We could not have done it without you!
You went above and beyond....for a wedding that had so much for one day and being a crazy stressed bride who at times may have said things she DID not mean, I could not have asked you to be any more understanding than you have been." I loved working with Phi and Nhi- even with all the craziness! I learned a whole new culture and I got to meet two really wonderful people!