Photography: Vero Suh // Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ruby Hill Golf Club // Hotel Getting Ready Location: Marriott Fremont // Bride’s Dress: Mikaella at Bo Lee Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Zara // Bride’s Veil: Novella Bridal // Grooms and Groomsmen Tux: Tuxedo Fashion // Bridesmaid Dresses: Zara // Table Numbers: Mason Rabbits Paperie // Flower Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar // Thank you Banner: BHLDN // Hair & Makeup: J Beautique // Video: Alex Vo Films // DJ & Lighting: Spintronix // Harpist: Krista Strader //
Authored by the bride:
September 7th was the day when Kevin asked for my hand in marriage. Two years later, we got married on the exact same day. What felt like a long engagement was soon realized that time was slipping through our fingers as we plan our wedding down to the details. Planning a wedding that incorporates the Chinese and American culture was no easy task. In our culture, there are a lot of pre-ceremony customs, such as tea ceremony and door games. The make up artists arrived early in the dawn to beautify my mom, bridesmaids, and myself in the morning. After getting dolled up, my bridesmaids waited at the door for my husband-to-be and his groomsmen for some creative door games. These games are created as challenges to test how much Kevin will endure to win me as a bride. After all the laughter and screaming (I was listening on the other side of the door), Kevin and I met at a quiet spot to exchange our first (nervous) looks. After the first looks, it was immediately followed by a tea ceremony where Kevin and I had to pay our respects to the elders in the family. It is a Chinese tradition that symbolizes the acceptance into each others’ families.
Before you know it, I was standing under the terrace, looking at my groom at the opposite end with my mom and dad in each arm. I walked slowly to the beautiful rendition of “Here Comes the Bride”, played by our harpist. When the dj played the pre-recorded appreciation message Kevin and I had done for our parents, there were no dry eyes on site! We kept our ceremony sweet and short, so after our vows and “I do”, it was followed by the cocktail hour. During this time, Kevin and I, sneaked off to the side of the golf course, sat down and just enjoy the sunset. The day was passing by so fast, we really needed to sit down and soak in the fact that we are married! After a couple kisses and pictures, we had to return for the grand entrance down Ruby Hill’s iconic staircase. We provided our emcee an excerpt of 2 truths and 1 lie about each wedding attendant. The whole room had a good laugh, the best way to loosen up and start celebrating! The night continues on with emotional speeches, the sound of the silverware hitting against glasses to encourage the newlyweds to kiss, delicious food, endless drinks, and ridiculous amount of dancing. We had never boogie with our parents before better yet, never saw our parents really have fun at all, it’s always work, work, work. But on this special day we did. It will have to be one of the best moments in life for me.
We are so lucky to be friends with many extremely talented friends. Most of the people we hired for the wedding were friends of ours – photographer, photobooth photographer, videographer, wedding singers, and florist. We even got to include our cocker spaniel, Cosmo in our ceremony! Our officiant was a close friend of ours. All the signs were diy and our cake-topper was sparkler candles that spelled out L O V E. With so many of our friends contributing to the wedding, it made the day feel so complete and one of a kind.