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Monday, August 23, 2010

82 Days & I'm Finally Ready!

It's been 82 days since our wedding, and I think I am ready to tell all.  Muahaha.  So our wedding was not very easy to plan, and we ran into quite a few bumps in the road.  Married life is much better than planning for a wedding life.  I want to start my recaps soon so that I can still recall most of the events.  I wish I had more time to blog during the process (the procrastination entries do not count).  While I do love inspiration posts and lots of pictures in my entries, I have a feeling that most of them will just be words.  I hope you guys don't mind.

Let the journey begin!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Video Friday - Country Wedding

I fell in love with Joe Simon last year when I first saw Mrs. Kitten's wedding video.  I even considered him for my very own wedding, but travel costs would have exceeded our budget.  At least I can still admire his work and see him continue to grow professionally.  I especially love this video and the music that goes so well with it.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Inspiration - Under Water

Photography by Michelle King
Featured on 100 Layer Cake

Friday, August 6, 2010

Video Friday - Dooo, Dooo, I Do!

How much fun is this wedding?  I love, love it!!  Everyone is dancing and having a blast.  The couple is so stinkin' adorable.  This is definitely the kind of video you want to start your wedding weekend with.  =)

Check out more of Max & Margaux's wedding on Once Wed!  Did you want to listen to more of that song?  Yeah I thought you would.  Linky linky to "I Do" by The Marvelows!!  Check out more of Shark Pig's amazing work!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Wish List - Return Address Stamp

$ 59.00

It looks like a simple stamp but look closer.  Calligraphy in rubber stamp form!!  I lusted over customer return address stamps, especially during the whole wedding planning phase of my life.  I just never got around to it, but it is never too late.  If you want your chance at one, go enter the You've Got Mail Sweepstakes at ReadyMade!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Video Friday - Rock and Roll Hearts

Posting will be light for the next couple of weeks.  More details later.  For the time being, check out this amazing video by Matt Odom (Rock and Roll Hearts) featuring the lovely couple, Mr. & Mrs. Scissors from Weddingbee!  It is so unique and crazy wonderful.  I love it!

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Our wedding was moved up for a very good reason, and I am so glad that we did.

Photo Courtesy of Jubilee Photography

H's grandmother passed away last night surrounded by family.  I am not very good with words, especially during this very emotional time.  She is in a better place right now, and she will be truly missed. 

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Post w/ Content! Shocker!

A whole week of posts?  What's gotten into me?  Maybe I'm just itching to return to the blogging scene.  I'm not quite ready to get back to the full swing of things, but I'll try to keep up with my posts.  I have a whole wedding to recap, including the planning & many stories to tell.  Don't think that getting married will slow me down.  Okay, I'll admit that it did in fact slow me down.  The house is still a mess, and wedding stuff is everywhere.  Hubby asked me when I would get around to cleaning it up, and I'm just not quite ready yet.  It could just be laziness, but I think it's deeper than that.  No worries though.  H bought me a brand new spankin' laptop*, and it's my portable computing/blogging device.  Therefore, there will be more posts to come!

I'll leave you guys with a throw back moment for this weekend's viewing pleasure.  This is my cousin's wedding in New York, and I was 6 at the time.  Oh to be young and innocent.  I actually have a few memories from the day.  A bunch of kids made fun of me due to my inability to fully understand the English language (Canto being my 1st language).  These kids were Chinese too.  Sadness.  Well my cousin is all grown up with a family of her own.  I'll be visiting them soon.  San Antonio, here I come!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Video Friday - "My Wife, No Touch"

my wife no touch // a civil ceremony with jess and konga from stillmotion on Vimeo.

Stunning, small, intimate ceremony.  Perfection!  I especially love the groom!  How cute!  "My wife, no touch."  Hehe. 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Inspiration - Vintage Shoot

featured in Style Me Pretty

I am in love with this amazing photo shoot!!  It reminds me of an adventurous couple visiting the national parks with their newly purchased vehicle.  The natural beauty of the couple and landscape makes my heart flutter.  Check out more details and photos from their shoot at Style Me Pretty!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Inspiration - Photobooth by the Sea

featured on Amorology

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Inspiration - Doily

Crochet Doily

Monday, July 12, 2010

Inspiration - Tea Cups

Floral Tea Cups
Tiff & Leo's Wedding
Photography by Erin Hearts Court
from Snippet & Ink

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sneak Peak -- Wedding Pictures!!

Go on over to All Things Lovely to see some pictures from our big day!  Thank you Kristen & Nic!! 

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

walking down the aisle & having a good time

all smiles =)

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

We're Married!!

I'm back!!! I have so much I want to tell you! So I did not end up blogging as much as I wanted the weeks leading up to the wedding, but I will most definitely make up for it now that I can look back on the big event. Honestly, I don't even know where to start. Well pictures are always great.. so I'll give you a glimpse of our wedding adventure.. =)

getting ready for our court house ceremony the Wednesday before the big event

surrounded by family

making it official in front of our family & friends!

hehe.. our silly friends

Okay so this wasn't much of a glimpse into our wedding adventure. It was more of a glimpse of how we became legally wed as husband and wife. =)

No worries. There will be more to come!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Big Day!!

I'm getting married today!


The next time you see me I will be a Mrs.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


I am stressed. There are too many contributing factors. I hope I survive to tell my story.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sneak Peak -- Hair Piece

While I always had a vision of the perfect wedding dress, I don't think I ever matched that image with a veil. That's a good thing since I won't be getting married the traditional American way. Instead of a veil, I have a pretty hair piece to match that pretty hair of mine. Haha. Who am I kidding? Who cares about my hair? It's all about the flower! Take a look...


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Featured!! We're Famous!

Haha. Okay, we're not exactly famous. We're just super cool. =)

Thanks, Kristen! You are amazing!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Talk with my Dad

The wedding has been stressful, and I'll admit that I am an emotional mess. Don't all brides reach that stage? Weddings are supposed to unite two families, and yet I feel like I'm drifting further apart. There are days when I want to have no part in the wedding due to my in laws demands. Maybe it's because I was told by FFIL that I am not an American or that FMIL once told us to stop thinking like Americans.

Take a step back. Wait. I am an American, an Asian American. I am damn proud of my rights as an American born citizen. Sigh.

So I sink back and think of not so happy thoughts. My dad called me last night. I vented a little about the wedding, and he listened and understood. My parents expected all of this to happen. My dad said that I can't win the fights, and there's nothing worth fighting about. It's a one day event, and it's difficult for his parents to understand our views. They are trying to instill as much of the old traditions as possible. I told my dad that H's sister will probably have the wedding of her dreams. He said that will most likely be true. We're the guinea pigs right now, and it's never fun to be the experiment.

One of my biggest fears resulting from this wedding is that I will hold a grudge against H's parents. My dad holds grudges too. I think that's where I get it from. I told him about the big ordeal behind us purchasing our first home, and his parents were not very happy with our decision at first. My dad told me that they value different things than we do and that we are very fortunate to have a place of our own. My parents have been fully supportive of our purchase since the day I mentioned it to them, but I can't say the same for his parents. I don't think I will be able to get past what happened with the house ordeal, and I will always remember how they treated us. While I don't want to get into the details, it wasn't very pleasant. Will this wedding be the same? Most likely. I don't want that to happen, but it's probably too late.

I told my dad about the court house ceremony, and he was excited. He is definitely on board to attend, and honestly I couldn't be happier. After a "I'll come if you want me to come" response from FFIL, I was expecting the same from my parents. Maybe it wouldn't mean as much to them because Saturday is the big event. Who cares about the legal ceremony? Well my parents do, and they will be there. =)

Today our parents meet again. They met once before at Thanksgiving. It was an awkward interaction. By awkward, I mean there was very limited interaction. My parents spoke with the one person in H's family who is very much Chinese. Now that they won't have her to cling to, I'm afraid this next meeting with turn disastrous. I'm always afraid of what my parents think of H's parents. Don't get me wrong. H's parents are very good people (subtract the house & wedding fiasco from the equation), but they don't have the same values as my parents. The subject involves a few more sentences to make sense, but I think I'm rambling on right now. Basically, this meeting will be an interesting one. I have been fearing this day for the past week, and now that it's finally here, I want it to be over with pronto. At least my parents will be by my side, and I'll have their support.

Sometimes I get caught up in every detail that bothers me. It's hard not to. I just have to take my dad's advice. *takes a deep breath*

My daddy & I conquering the Great Wall of China, and we're at the very top!!
He's my hero.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Non-existent List...

Since the wedding is quickly approaching, there is always something to do everyday. As each task gets crossed off the to do list, I feel a sense of accomplishment. Okay about that to do list... I don't have one. Shhh. It's a secret.

I've been meaning to make one for months now, but I fear the stress that it might induce from the sight of it. That's probably not a very good reason because the day is quickly approaching, and I have tasks to add to my non-existent list. Instead of physically adding it, I make sure to tell H to make a mental note too. Two individuals with the same mental note might bring out the possibility of at least one of us remembering down the road. Oh the big chances I take!

Maybe if I recruited some help, then that to do list wouldn't be so overwhelming. I'm just not sure where to start with the asking for help part. There is a sense of guilt that comes with asking. I've never been the type to want help, and I'll spend hours by myself performing a task rather than asking for assistance. Luckily it's different for H, and I ask for his help all the freaking time. I'm sure he hates it. = p I've had some great friends come over to lend a hand (or let's make that two) on making the wedding favors. It's one of the biggest, most unrealistic goals I have for this wedding. I thought I could do it on my own the whole time, and now that we're weeks away, I know that is impossible. Even with my friends helping, I doubt it can actually happen, but I'm certainly going to try. Now that's where it stops. I can't get myself to ask for more or even think of how people can help.

"If there's anything I can do to help..."

I should really jump at the chance to say "yes" immediately with no hesitation. It would really help speed this process. I have no idea what kind of help is out there for me. The biggest help? A non-defective clone. Muahahaha.

being cool, calm, and using that peace sign --- maybe this will help reduce the stress & push us to write down a list already

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wedding Break Down

We had a serious talk with H's parents this weekend, and it was not a pretty one. I was going to put this entry on the back burner, thinking that my frustration would subside in a few days. I'm sure it won't.

I've realized that this wedding really has nothing to do with us. It has everything to do with family and upholding Asian tradition. Weddings are never easy because there is an obligation to make everyone happy. The most well known advice out there is that you can't make everyone happy. H & I are Asian. We have to respect our families. We have no choice but to listen, be verbally abused, and follow direction. This is how the wedding turns into a day about the families, not the couple. Is it even about uniting two families? Not really. It sounds like a big family reunion. I would rather not attend.

Compromises. I've given up so much to make this wedding the day everyone else wants. What did I give up?
  • purchasing the perfect girly white wedding dress of my dreams & wearing it for every second possible -- instead I have to wear 3 dresses, none of which are dream worthy
  • walking down the aisle with a bouquet in my hand and my dad by my side
  • sharing the moment of "I do" with 0ur family and friends -- I get to do this at the court house with 2 witnesses instead
  • having bridesmaids who care & share the excitement -- instead I have some awesome friends who really make up for it
  • small intimate wedding -- turned into big family reunion
  • the excitement of planning the big day -- turned into dread & having to face reality
  • wanting the perfect balance of an American wedding with Asian traditions -- no balance, just Asian
What does my family think about all of this? I've been known to rant about how crazy and dysfunctional my family can be. Oddly enough, I think they are super awesome. They have been supportive through this whole planning process, and I sense a bit of excitement on their end. The only request they have made is to invite a few of their friends, most of which were already on my guest list.

With a month remaining, I've given up again. How can I keep my head up when I am dreading every moment of this? I can't.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Engagement Inspiration

Engagement photos. Two people truly, madly, deeply in love and captured in a photographer's lens. Beautiful!