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Friday, June 20, 2008

K&N's tied the knot!

It could not have been a more beautiful day for them. It was on the first day of June, under beautiful blue skies, Khuong & Nhi became husband and wife. Everybody looked gorgeous and being a meticulous person that the bride is, all of her details shined through. Her decision on the wedding theme colors, the outfits, from the traditional Ao Dai to the gown cannot be more perfect. What was even more amazing is how crafty the bride really is-and I mean really. Some of the florals was done by the bride herself and that includes one of her bouquets! Yes, she had TWO bouquets! I was gazing into the florals that she did while processing the pictures and I was wondering how in the world did she find time to accomplish that on top of all the final last minutes items to do. So she did and that didn't take away the energy she still preserved for the special day. Now, some of you might not know this, the Vietnamese wedding preparation for the bridal party really does start literally at the peak of dawn. I'm not exaggerating when I say, ummm 4-5AM! With the ceremony being in the morning, the adrenaline already started kicking by midnight while a million things run through your mind, one of which is the hope that everybody will remember what they're tasked to do. There's really no point of sleeping but forced to rest those eyes while waiting for those few hours to rush by.

TT had a wonderful of pleasure of documenting the most important day of their lives. TT showed up on the groom's side with the videographer by 7am. And that's just the beginning of the day with a 3 hours break before reception which pulled onto midnight or even later depending on how rough the crowd wanted to be (this is true in THIS CASE). The morning ceremony tradition goes as this: The party comes from the groom's side to the bride's side for the ceremony, then escorting the bride back to to groom's house for another short ceremony. In one sentence, the tradition means of the bride's parents giving her away to the acceptance and welcoming of the bride to the groom's family under the blessing of God, ancestors and families of both sides.

Since I was delayed in posting some of these pictures, I will make up for that by putting more than expected!

That was a long intro, so...

without further ado, here are some photos and scroll down at the end for the two slideshows for the morning ceremony and the bridal fun session on their wedding day. The reception part will be coming later...

Remember I said "what a bunch" on my previous post...here's why:

What are these ladies screaming at:

What did I SAY???

*Click Here* Wedding Ceremony slideshow

*Click Here* Some fun times with Bridal Party slideshow

Monday, June 16, 2008

What a bunch!

Soon enough, you'll find a massive amount of photos from this wedding couple. I had a hard time narrowing down which ones for the blog, because each one made me giggle! So, that's ok, I know you won't mind seeing them all and all the fun time! This couple's personality and their bridal party's is a perfect combo. Must I say, their bridal party is a wild bunch! So stay tuned =)

Can you already tell from this look:

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Let the summertime bath begin

Summer time is when we make the most use of this tub. Who doesn't love the tubby? I haven't gotten them a kiddy bubble bath, so they have been using my Victoria's Secret bath bubbles. Water+Bubbles= an awful lot of fun. The kids love it and they always ask to spend time in there before dinner time. Bbgirl's toys are left in there for tubby time, include cooking sets and tea sets. Always a good 20 minutes of fun. But always leave mama to clean up the water spills on the floor afterwards :P
Let me also document that our bboy finally calls out "mommy oi". He had already called TT months ago without knowing how to call mommy. He is such a daddy's boy. But I think he's re-considering that and to love his mommy as well.
To get myself back to pictures mode, here are some to share:

Have a Happy Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

coming up...

Hey so sorry all, I haven't had my hands on my computer for a while. You could say I was hiding from it for the past days, re-charging myself for this hot summer that we're already feeling on the east coast. I can run but I can't hide.... So behold, the following will be coming up:

* H & N's wedding
* K & N's wedding
Looking ahead this hot hot HOT Summer:
* Group portraits
* Lifestyle sessions
* Glamour sessions


Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I wish

Keeping the natural laws and the laws of physics. However, within my imagination goes something like this:

I wish a day consists of 30 hours which follows nicely as this:
  • 8.5 hours at work,
  • 2.5 hours for commute,
  • 2 hours in the kitchen,
  • 1 hour to clean (pick up dust, flat surface noises, laundry, folding)
  • 1 hour to groom & night skin care...etc.
  • 30 mins for TV entertainment,
  • 2 hours for quality time (read books, play with kids)
  • 30 min just to rest the eyes before:
  • 3 hours of computer work (surfing...)
  • 1 hour of meditation,
  • 8 hours of sleep

I wish my weekend consists of:
  • 10 hours of sleep!
  • 1 hour to watch the kids eat breakfast
  • 30 min for the weekend newspaper
  • 1 hour of around the house chores
  • 1 hour at the temple
  • 1 hour to visit family
  • 2 hours for a lunch dine out
  • 2 hours of afternoon nap!
  • 3 hours on the computer
  • 2 hours for going to the grocery
  • 3 hours for a dinner dine out
  • 1 hour of quality time
  • 1 hour to groom, facial care, etc.
  • 30 min to cool down
  • 1 hour of meditation
How about yourself?