By the time I arrived at Van parents house on the morning of July 31st, she was already dressed in her tradition Vietnamese garments. Most of her bridesmaids were just about ready as well, while out of town family members started to pour into the house and get ready too. A beautiful and emotional Vietnamese ceremony took place, followed by lunch and getting ready for their wedding ceremony at the Celebration Pavilion at Queen Elizabeth. The day went by so quickly, it all seems like a blur! We stuck around Q.E. for some fun creatives, and then made our way to Westwood Plateau for their ceremony.
Along with an awesome entrance to the reception, there were slide shows and a Vietnamese Band performing throughout the night.
We had a wicked time with Van and Eric, they’re a really fun couple who’ll do just about anything! Splashing around in a fountain…lying down on a golf course with golf balls all around them…it was just good old fun hanging out with them and their wedding party.
Some favs of the day:
Van’s mom and dad drinking tea, similar to Chinese tea ceremonies. Except tea wasn’t made, for reasons we don’t know….so they substituted it with Hennessey! Sweeeet….After the tea ceremony, it came time for family members to give gifts to the couple. Van’s mother started it by giving Van a necklace. Pink pink pink! And BRIGHT pink! The original dresses were a much lighter pink, though a few weeks before the wedding, there was a bit of a bridesmaid dress nightmare, and long story short, all the girls had to find new dresses! Talk about stress! Fortunately, dresses were found, it matched the color theme, and all was good! Turned out perfectly! Van had charm bracelets and unique necklaces for all her bridesmaids. So sweet! We were told that at the rehearsal a few nights prior, Van and Eric barely kissed, and when we asked her earlier in the morning if they would kiss at their ceremony, she said, “Probably not…that’s not us”. BUT! We were all surprised that the DID kiss, and even went for the DIP KISS! It was a pretty hot afternoon, so going for a dip in the fountain right outside the Pavilion was a nice idea…Kat on the left, Dan on the right…thanks to our super assistant Julian lighting, so that we could both shoot! Van had a hard time finding her wedding dress and tried on just about everything! Almost giving up, her mom asked her to try on this dress, and it was an instant decision. Say yes to the dress! What a gorgeous dress, definitely my favorite so far this summer!! LOVE love love this one that Dan shot!Dan had a great concept at the golf course at Westwood Plateau…but he wasn’t tall enough! So I hopped onto his shoulders (with a skirt on!!) and shot…The late afternoon/early evening had nice thick clouds in the sky, but the sun was still there, and gives this shot a nice warm feel…Quickly before the reception started, Dan and Julian shot this image above. Props to DQ Studios for the inspiration!Cherry blossoms! The hall was beautifully decorated with lots of PINK!Many great speeches throughout the night…It was so awesome to see Eric’s grandmother gettin’ jiggy wit it! She was so cute!
What a pleasure it was hangout with Van and Eric and their friends and families. It was awesome to see these two families come together in celebration of Van and Eric’s wedding.
Check out their slide show below!!