Our Big Day – Part III – The Ceremony

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The time had finally come! After taking our portraits, we arrived at our venue, the Marvimon House. The Marvimon was an automobile showroom in the 1920s, and has since been converted into a funky, cool, solar-powered urban space with an awesome HD video projector and screen! We thought it was the perfect fit for our multicultural, non-traditional wedding.

I was so excited to see our full wedding vision come to life. All our creative projects and the beautiful work of the vendors we hired came together, and boy did it look amazing in the Marvimon space! We were greeted by our fantastic wedding planner Amber Gustafson of Amber Events who had everything super organized. Thanks, Amber! She showed us around the room to see the gorgeous florals from Susan of Peony & Plum:

Susan did a fabulous job on the florals and they looked absolutely gorgeous in the Marvimon. Thanks, Susan!

We took a minute to enjoy the perfectly set-up, empty space before I was told to hide while the guests arrived.

I spent a little while reading over my vows and listening to the crowds start to arrive outside the room. Before I knew it, it was time to walk down the aisle.

Everyone was lined up and ready to go, and then the music started!

Every bride-to-be wonders what it will feel like to walk down the aisle. I wondered if I’d be a blubbering mess, but even though the tears were welling up in my Dad’s eyes I held it together. Thanks for sharing that moment with me, Dad. :) I was just trembling with excitement as we walked down the aisle and I felt so filled with gratitude for all the love in the air. After so much planning, it was hard to believe the moment had arrived!

Our officiant friends did a beautiful job reading our ceremony in both English and Vietnamese. Thanks Renee, Javier and Kathy! Our friend Kathy helped us so much with the translation of some beautiful poems from Vietnamese into English and vice versa. I’ll share some of our ceremony in a future blog.

We served tea to our grandparents and parents in honor of the Chinese and Vietnamese tradition. A tea ceremony honors the couple’s elders and allows them to give their blessing to the new couple. My mom found the beautiful Pewter Dragon teapot at a cool tea shop called Teavana. She also created all the watercolor art that we used on our wedding invitations and programs. I’ll share some photos in a future blog. Thanks, mom!

One of the things I’d been looking forward to most was reading our vows to each other. Although we spent a great deal of time writing our ceremony together, we wrote our vows separately and kept them a secret until we read them to each other on the day. It was a special moment I’ll never forget.

All that was left was to exchange rings…

And we were married at last!

Next up… our reception!

There are lots more photos of the amazing work of our vendors, the projects we did ourselves with help of many friends and family, and of course the ceremony. We just haven’t yet received all the digital images from our photographers (who are super awesome, and not just because they are also named Jeff & Erin! Thanks, Youngrens!). I plan to post more once we get all the images. For now, you can see the rest of the photos on the Youngren’s blog.

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Thippi - Gorgeous & beautiful! What a way to infuse both your cultures. Red signifies a rosy future & luck in Vietnamese culture, add love & happiness in Chinese culture and on top of that, Fire in Greek culture and there you have it, the perfect wedding for two beautiful people. I can't wait to show my kids your pictures and educate them about the tea ceremony part, it just shows your personality more to others, respecting your elders by doing the tea ceremony, I'm so proud you decided to do that & what an awesome tea set it is! Very unique just like the two of you :)(For those of you who don't know about the process of making pewter ware check it out- because of how it's made, no two pewter ware set is alike- unique) Jeff & Erin..well thought of & planned out! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! Can't wait to see more!

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