- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
You all have been – and continue to be – such a wonderful support system, I just had to share some of our pro wedding photos with you. I tried to tailor it to the community here and included a lot of detail photos, so feel free to ask any questions you have – I have no qualms about people using my ideas. We got so many compliments on how unique and personalized our wedding was, and a LOT of what you see here was DIY, and I’m happy to share my experience.
For the record, things I was told – including here on WeddingBee – were overdone were the things I got the most compliments on (the wine box ceremony and the “Pinterest-y” photo of us under the veil, which came out really well, though they don’t always). We had a 100% secular ceremony with readings from literature, and we got a lot of compliments on that as well (my family is Christian and his family is Jewish [he is not practicing]), and so to make sure no one felt left out we chose to eliminate all the religious aspects of the ceremony. It was beautiful, unique and so “us”, and our guests loved it.
We were married on my grandparents’ wedding anniversary, October 12. They were married on October 12, 1945 and were married for 66 years when my grandpa passed away in 2011. We observed a moment of silence in their memory during the ceremony.
You’ll notice some Asian-inspired touches throughout the photos – my husband and I met in Chinese class in college – I was a major and he was a minor. I studied abroad in China and have a Master’s in US-China foreign policy. We traveled to the World’s Fair in China in 2010, and I work for a Japanese company, so Asia is an integral part of our lives and we wanted to honor it with touches of Asia and our love of travel in our wedding.
If I could offer three pieces of advice to brides, they would be:
1) EVEN IF YOU DON’T THINK YOU COULD POSSIBLY CRY – take tissue down the aisle. I forgot and cried off and on throughout the whole ceremony and had to retouch my makeup.
2) DO WHAT YOU WANT (if you have the option). We were lucky in that my Mother-In-Law paid for 2/3 of our wedding and let us do basically whatever we wanted. If you have the option/are paying, don’t listen to what other people tell you is overdone, etc. if you love it. I’m glad I ignored some naysayers, because the things they said were overdone were the things I was told were the most unique and wonderful about our day. Just go with your gut.
3) Keep tons of lists on DropBox and Google Docs, and download those apps to your phone. Do everything early. Don’t let people tell you you’re being neurotic or you need to wait to do XYZ. I was SO GLAD I started my projects right away (16 months in advance), because the week before my wedding I actually had down time, and it was wonderful to be able to revel in the excitement.
Anyway. Here are my pics 🙂
Me attempting to do my sister’s mascara while she makes me laugh, and my oldest friend looks on (yes she’s pregnant!) So indicative of our relationship.
My husband and I participated in the Japanese custom Senbazuru, in which a person or group of people fold 1000 origami paper cranes, and are thus granted a wish. We wished for a long and happy marriage.
Our guest book was a huge hit 🙂
My dad seeing me for the first time 🙂 He did so well. I was so impressed that he managed not to cry until he was seated at the ceremony, and he didn’t cry during his speech. Trust me, this is shocking.
My husband with my sister and my two brothers-in-law in the background. Lol
My Mother-In-Law wore these awesome sneakers under her dress, and our genius photographer decided to use them in the ring photos. Love it so much.
My bouquet. All our bouquets were origami, and I topped my flowers with buttons that I got from Etsy. The brooch belonged to my grandmother.
My dad told me later he accidentally chewed gum all the way down the aisle, and swallowed it when he got to the end. So his faces in these are pretty fantastic. Lol
Our Pinterest veil picture came out SO well. They don’t always, but I’m glad my photographer insisted the light was too good to not try it.
Yes, I laid in the grass! And it was so worth it, I love these more artsy and unusual photographs.
The champagne flutes that my grandparents used during their 50th anniversary celebration