Friday, September 30, 2011

Real Wedding Sneak Peak: Blending Eastern & Western Tradition

Fall may be officially upon us, but before I start focusing on pumpkins and Halloween, I'm excited to at long last recap the beautiful weddings I was honored to coordinate this summer, beginning with Kim and Francis’ August celebration. 

You’ve already seen a bit of detail about Kim’s wedding in my recent post showing off her simple and lovely centerpiece design, along with my earlier post about her Vietnamese engagement ceremony. Here are a few more of my favorite images and highlights from a wedding that elegantly combined Eastern and Western tradition for a day that was fun, meaningful and memorable for all who shared it. 

Kim's Vietnamese Catholic parish was already so beautifully decorated that several floral arrangements, plus a handful of DIY tissue paper pomanders, were the only items needed to add a special touch. 

The beautiful and beaming bride, showing off her blue and white rose bouquet. 

Formals at the altar with pro photographer James Le. 

Along with a menu card, Kim prepared a reception program, helping guests know what was coming up next throughout the evening.

The double-sided head table allowed wedding party members to talk with one another, while leaving space in the middle by the bride and groom for guests to easily see them and stop by to visit. 

Taking a break to catch up with former colleagues and friends. 

One of Kim's outfit changes throughout the night included a traditional handmade Vietnamese ao dai. I just love the way the groom is seen here clapping for his beautiful bride! 

The three-tier cake featured a miniature fountain and lush hydrangeas. 

How cute are these custom toppers, symbolizing that both the bride and groom were born during the Year of the Pig? 

The venue's split-level layout, with the dining room upstairs and the dance floor downstairs, allowed guests to watch the action from wherever they happened to be. 

Chopstick favors made for a useful and fitting favor. 
Ceremony Venue: Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Parish in Arlington, Virginia 
Reception Venue: Grand Atrium in Vienna, Virginia
Photography: James Le Photography
Coordination: Heather & Stephen Walrath

Thank you, Kim and Francis, for letting me be a part of your day! Special thanks also to my husband Stephen, who graciously assisted me throughout the entire wedding, and to both he and my former colleague Nancy for snapping all of these pictures. 

Coming Up Next...Tiffany & Fiat's June Wedding Recap 

Did you attend or take part in any weddings this summer? I know that for some of you, the answer just might be your own! :)  

(Photo Credits: Personal Library)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Rehearsal Dress a la Mad Men

Ever since the fashion blogs started to buzz with news about Banana Republic’s fabulously feminine Mad Men-inspired fall collection, I’ve been itching to get in on the action.

One of my favorite pieces? This sweetly chic cream lace dress, which would add the perfect splash of 1960s flare for a rehearsal dinner, engagement party or bachelorette weekend, not to mention countless other soirees, whether wedding-related or not.

Though my days as a bride-to-be are now behind me, this lovely and versatile $130 pick still tops my list of the season's must-haves! How about you? Would you wear this dress, and which fall favorites would you love to show off at a wedding-related event? 

(Photo Credit: Banana Republic) 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

For the Love of Pinterest

I’ve tried -- honestly I have -- to be productive this week. But try as I might, the ever-exciting world of blogs and the web always seems to get the best of me. The newest offender? Pinterest, which I just joined and am convinced has to be just about the coolest site ever.

My first set of pins. 
If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do! It's a crazy fast and fun way to “pin” and catalog inspiring photos and ideas you love from other users' boards or from sites all over the web. Oh, if only reading about subsidiary rights were half as pleasantly distracting.

Are you on Pinterest? Leave your URL so that I can follow along, and come say hi @ I've got a lot of board space to start filling! 

And now, back to my regularly scheduled reading…

(Graphic Credit: Pinterest)