Mary and Hung’s Wedding 7.13.13

Last year I conducted a contest on Facebook to have Kelly Duprat Wedding Planner page hit 500 Likes (we were at about 425 likes).Β  The winner would win a FREE day of coordination by yours truly. Many have entered the contest but I could see 1 particular bride who was hustling to get “likes” from family and friends.Β  I couldn’t be happier that Mary and Hung won the contest, they were such a nice couple and their little boy is the cutest! Mary planned her wedding for a while and it turned out absolutely stunning!

As an added bonus, I got to work with Thao Vu Photography and 8 Kinds of Smiles, the nicest and easiest people to work with in the industry! It feels like we’re a big family when I get the chance to work along side them at weddings. Thank you to Thao Vu Photography for always providing gorgeous photos. Props to Thao and Katie B for coming right back to work after just giving birth! I know first hand how hard it is on your body!

Bride, Groom and wedding party got ready at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena.

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Mary’s shoes! To DIE for!! I love my brides and their excellent taste!

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Doesn’t Mary make one beautiful bride?

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Prepping the beautiful bride prior to ceremony.

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I love the rustic old feel of the San Gabriel Mission Church.

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Sweet moment between a father and a daughter.

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Thank you for the behind the scene photo Thao Vu!

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Married!!! Congratulations Mary and Hung!

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The garden behind the church was a great backdrop for photos.

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Dreamy!

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Since the church ceremony was so early in the morning, we had the tea ceremony after it.

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I transported these flowers from the church to the tea ceremony.

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The wedding party took pictures at the Huntington Beach Park.

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Meanwhile, at the reception…

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Beautiful sweet tables by Dang Good Sweets

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Another behind the scene…

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Lion dancers at wedding is so much fun!

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Cristal Champagne for cake cutting.

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Mary + Hung’s Wedding Highlights

Mary and Hung, thank you so much for having us feel like we were part of your family on your wedding day. We’re so happy that you were the winner of the contest! We couldn’t have asked for a better couple. We wish you many many years of happiness!

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Ceremony: San Gabriel Mission Church

Reception: The Villa

Photography: Thao Vu Photography

Videography: 8 Kinds of Smiles

Cocktail hour entertainment: The Ocdamia Strings

DJ: AAA Entertainment

Photobooth: Instant Party Pix

Lion Dance: Ane Thanh

Cake + Sweet Station: Dang Good Sweets

Bride Hair + Makeup: Katie B Cosmetics

Bridesmaids Hair + Makeup: Marie Tran

Personal Flowers: Creative Floral Designs

Michelle and John’s wedding 7.21.12

Michelle is another friend of my little sister. I’ve always known her as Thao and seeing her getting married just shows how time flies. These little girls that I’ve known for decades are now full grown women who are getting married. It’s quite bittersweet for me. Seeing how John adores Michelle, I knew she was in good hands. πŸ™‚

All photos courtesy of Kim Le Photography

Preparation for the Tea Ceremony.

I absolutely love Michelle’s Ao Dai….the long train is to die for!

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Stunning hair and makeup by Katie B.

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Presentation of the bride to the family.

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Michelle and John had a 2nd Tea Ceremony where the groom brings the bride home to his family.

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This was such a touching moment. John and Michelle were able to Skype with John’s brother who is stationed overseas. He was able to follow the whole tea ceremony.

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After the Tea Ceremony, Michelle went back home to change into her wedding gown.

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Their invitation was so fancy! The velvet texture was a nice touch.

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Michelle gets dressed in her wedding gown to become a wife. πŸ™‚

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There is something very serene about this picture.

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St. Callistus Catholic Church has a special place in my heart.

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Congratulations Michelle and John!

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Husband and Wife!

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Crystal Cathedral makes a great backdrop for bridal portraits.

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Love how grandiose the Crystal Cathedral is.

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LOVE Veil shot

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Timeless…

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Reception Details

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Michelle + John’s Same Day Edit

Michelle and John, Thank you so much for trusting KDWP for coordinating your beautiful wedding. Thao, it’s hard to believe how I have seen you grown from a young girl to a beautiful woman you are today. I wish the both of you many years of happiness and can’t wait to be part of the next chapter in your lives.

Ceremony: St. Callistus Catholic Church

Reception: Mon Amour

Florals and drapery: KC Floral Designs

Videography: Alumiq Productions

Photography: Kim Le Photography

Entertainment: Linh Phong Band

Photobooth: Foto Cabina

Cake: Givral Bakery

Bridal hair & Makeup: Katie B

Transportation: White Rose Limousine

Team KDWP: Lily Luong, Kayla Ton, Katie Ito and Winnie Ing

Our Wedding 9.10.11 – Part 4

Finally, the last blog about our wedding! It only took me 4 months but at least it is here! I tried to incorporate a little bit of all my previous clients wedding into the reception since I pulled my inspirations from all them.

Here are the details of the Reception.

The Place Cards table.

The Sweetheart table.

Our silhouette! I had to incorporate a little bit of french in there πŸ™‚

The sign-in table and money box.

The Cake.

With the talented Jenny Vu of Intricakes who made our cake!

I wanted the cream puffs in the shape of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Isabel from Sweet Nothings did amazing!

The reception overall look.

Our party favors were actually cake towel. Cute!

When guests arrived, they first took a picture with us then look for their place cards and sign-in.

Hors D’oeuvres and a hit at the open bar!

Bottoms up with some happy “courage” juice before the Grand Entrance.

The awesome DJZ pumping up the crowd before our Grand Entrance.

After looking at all the photos, I realize that I make the weirdest faces during our Grand Entrance. lol…

A high energy bridal party makes a great Grand Entrance!

Our First Dance.

We decided to dance to “This I promise you” by N’Sync πŸ™‚ I was singing along the whole time so on a lot of the photos I made weird faces again.

We practiced the dip but when it was time to actually do it, we completely failed.

Our good friend Annh said a prayer to bless the food.

The open bar was a definite hit! I don’t think anybody went home sobber πŸ™‚

Instant Party Pix Photobooth provided such fun entertainment to all of our guests. We had to get in and enjoy it too πŸ™‚

Β The Best man speech from Renrick’s brother was so thoughtful.

Mmmmmhhh…I was wondering why all the bridesmaids were gathered on this side…

…well, that’s because they had a surprise dance up their sleeves!

They definitely surprised us with a dance routine to “Baby” by Justin Bieber!

Cheering for our bridal party!

I was so ecstatic!!!

The Maid of Honor speech.

I have no idea how my brother and sister pulled this off but they surprised us with some hilarious entertainment.

After their dance routine, my brother and sister lip-sync to Boyzone “Love me for a reason” because it was my favorite song!

I laughed so hard, I ended up crying at the same time!

All the years growing up fighting, bickering, yelling…in the end, we love each other.

And then, my sister made her speech and we lost it…

While I went in to change into my Vietnamese Ao Dai, guests were entertained with a Scavenger Hunt game.

The winner!!!

We are back!!! Husband in his barong and me in my ao dai.

Since we didn’t have a tea ceremony in the morning, I decided to keep the tradition and have a quick small one at the reception.

We continued the celebration with table greetings.

Yeah…I went a bit overboard and we had a chocolate fountain.

By the looks of it, it was a success!

With my sweet friend Natasha of Bride Culture, who custom-made my 3rd dress!

Alumiq amazed us with the Same Day Edit!

After the Same Day Edit, I serenaded Renrick with a song called “For All Time” By Soluna to show how much he means to me.

I had groupies in the audience! πŸ™‚