Sunday, January 13, 2013

Wedding Dreams

This one will be the post on my actual wedding! I had many wedding visions and dreams- I put them all together in a powerpoint to help my vendors and bridesmaids share in my vision. It actually helped out a lot and gave everyone a central point of reference when thinking about our wedding. The theme that popped into my silly little head from the get-go was an opposite wedding. I wanted to wear color and have all the guests come in white/cream. How hard was that to pull off? Well fortunately, most of my guests were gracious enough to comply to the suggested dress code (for which I provided examples on our wedding website). The pictures of the ceremony were so pretty with all the crowd in whites! I wore a designer blue/green silk-chiffon gown, bridesmaids were in royal blue, and groomsmen and groom in dark grey. {All photos below courtesy of our AMAZING photographer, Jimmy Cheng, of Jimmy Cheng Photography}

Opposite Wedding: Guests in white/cream

The Dress, Hanging in front of our B&B- Heritage Inn

Our overarching feeling of the wedding was classy rustic with a "love plant" theme. Steven & I have a running thing because we can never keep a plant alive together. The first one we had as a couple we dubbed our "love plant"... it died, but our love lived on. Thank goodness.

Actually standing on a diving board above a man-made lake

We did a ton of DIY projects and decoration. We had the newly obligatory photobooth (gifted to us by my closest friends) and we had a candy bar and a dessert bar, provided by Michele Chen of i-heart-baking, posts of our wedding dessert table can be found here. She is absolutely fabulous and I am so in love with her amazing work! It was so delicious that I only got ONE bite of a cookie my cousin Russell shoved in my mouth- everything else was wiped out before dinner even started! Cake was done by Olivia Lin of the Yummy Year Project- all proceeds went to help feed children in Africa. Good Cause + Good Cake? Yes, please.

Handmade Pinwheels, Bubble guns under the seats for the recessional

DIY jars (collected over 1 year), wooden flowers by Accents & Petals, DIY favors

Flea market scouted wooden box, handpainted by Dannielle Hankins

Hand-sewn vellum & paper programs with cardstock heart & mini clothes pin

Escort Cards: Tri-fold chicken wire screen with "parking ticket" envelopes with each person's name on it. Inside was a "parking ticket" with the guest table designation

Gorgeous venue

We had an "oopsie station" since all the guests were wearing white! Included bleach pens, stain stick, chalk for cover-up... as well as lotion, hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, band-aids, tissue, mints & gum

Hand-made kraft paper & crepe paper flowers covered the wooden arch

Cutting cake, toss bouquet, garter on a football, hand-made doily chandeliers.

More to come next time....

Venue: Holland Ranch
Photography: Jimmy Cheng, Photographer
Wedding Coordinator: Ace The Day
Cake: The Yummy Year Project
SheetCake: KeeWah Bakery
Caterer: Epic Catering
Photobooth: Snap Cubby
DJ: DJCandyMan
Dessert Bar: Michele from


Officiant: Danny Quimlat
Hair: Hair by Krista
Makeup: Ran Chu

Friday, January 11, 2013


So many of my friends are getting married!!!! Having just done the same myself- I thought I'd do a few posts on stuff you need to remember, budgeting, post-wedding shennanigans, and of course, my own wedding! I love, love, love wedding planning. I would definitely pursue it as a career if I did not love, love, love dentistry.

Let's get down to business. So you just got engaged- NOW WHAT? I think the first thing you should think about is BUDGET. Then follow that up with what type of wedding you & your betrothed are looking for. Once you settle on an overarching theme/feeling for your wedding, you can look into location. And from there, all the little (and big) details can fall into place.

Here is an example of a wedding budget. Glance at this and really work to figure out what you need for your wedding. This is a good jumping off point and included EVERYTHING we needed for our wedding. I omitted many numbers of what we actually spent for privacy purposes. For reference, we invited 350 and had 250 attend our semi-destination wedding in Southern/Central California. We did a lot of things DIY-style and our focus was on good food & lots of fun for the guests.

Person/Company/Item                    Budget                   Actual
Venue 7000 6495
Caterer 10000 ***
Photographer 4000 ***
Accommodations (including Vendors) 425 ***
Cake 2000 520
Bar Tender 500 375
Dessert Bar (Michele Chen) 525 525
Dessert Delivery 200 150
Crane Picture 700 750
Invitations ($980 invites + $300 postage) 1280 565
Save the Dates ($200 actual +$70 postage) 300 340
Favors 1000 436
Center Pieces 300 237
Dress, Shoes, Accessories 300
Alcohol 2000 1898
Suit, shoes, accessories 300
Hair, Makeup 700
Tips 300
Gifts 600
DJ 1600 1600
Candy Bar 150 270
Etc Decorations 200 ***
Bouquets/Bouts 700 ***
Leis for Parents 300 ***
Photobooth 0 (Gifted) 0 (Gifted)
Rehearsal Dinner 600
Rentals 5000 5940
Day of Coordinating 700 761
TOTAL 38680 *****

Monday, September 19, 2011

rushin' rushin' rushin' around

Everything is instantaneous these days. Push a button, and bing! mail sent. Push a different button and bing! kitty litter to your door in 2 days. Log on to your computer and bing!bing!bing! thirteen emails await your reply. Texting, cell phones, internet, gaming systems, vending machines- heck you can buy anything in a vending machine nowadays... all give people instant gratification. It has become so intertwined in our lives that we begin to be impatient. If someone doesn't respond to your email within a day, you are wondering if you said something to offend them, or if they are ever going to respond to you. It's amazing what technology has done to our society- and it is not all good. I am guilty of this too. Just the other day I was wondering why my contact at this wedding venue had not responded informing me of how to sign the contract for the venue. I was complaining that she was taking forever. Then I checked my sent box. It had only been TWO days! How impatient can one get? I had to remind myself that not everyone checks their email every 5 minutes like me.

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.

- Brian Adams

Monday, September 12, 2011

slacking much?

Seriously neglected blog, I apologize!!!

Lately I have been on a self-esteem low (very rare for me) and have been having more of an increase in indecisiveness and self-doubt. Today in the dressing room, I decided NO! I will stop being indecisive, stop worrying about what people think and just do what I think is best... because in the end that will make me the happiest. I'm talking mostly about Wedding planning. I love wedding planning! It's so much fun and I love expressing my creativity, making a collaboration of the hodge podge of ideas I find online... finding ways to tweak things so they fit us. I would definitely love event planning if I had a group of minions to carry out my desires and vision. I plan, you execute! Haha.

Anyways, I think we finally settled on a wedding venue. And although I have qualms with a few things, I definitely am looking forward to finding ways of making it work for us!

Back to crazy school...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

racism is still present.

just finished reading The Help. It was an excellent book, well-written with an overall uplifting spin. But it got me to thinking... many of us think that racism today is limited, or even dead. But in reality racism is a present and alive.

Example 1: When in Kentucky, we (our group of Asian friends) often encounter weird stares and even some comments.

Example 2: I ALWAYS get called "chinita" - I am NOT CHINESE!

Example 3: When trying to get into clubs in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles, I often find that groups of Asians have a difficult time getting into clubs. In fact, it is blatant racism that occurs in this setting. Groups of Caucasions parade into the club while Asians who have been standing outside for an hour solely based on the fact that they are Asian. This makes NO sense to me since many a time these are the people who will spend the most money in the club. And if there are that many of them standing outside, it is obviously the crowd the club is attracting. Lastly, why should there be a difference between us all anyways? Everyone is there to have fun, right?!

The examples go on and on, but I just thought it was interesting to see that there is still a divide and still segregation and priority given to people based on skin color- or hair and eye color.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Odds & Ends

Wow, has it really been so long since I have posted? Neglecting blog = bad!

Anyways, obvi I got engaged since my last post, it was all that I imagined and more. My man is so ridic awesome. <3!!!

It's nearing the end of our fantabulous first year of dental school. It's been filled with a whole lotta madness, and towards the end a whole lotta misplaced concentration. We just had our Cl II Amalgam competency, with an indirect #14 prep. I have to say this was the most confident I have been going into a competency, and the first time I did not panic! Maybe it was Dr. Stevenson's pep talk right before. I should tell him to give me one of those every competency. We also finished up with Musculo, for which our grade was based on one 47 question final. I hate classes like that. I need at LEAST two tests!!! Or at least more questions. Don't you just hate it when you study and study and only get to test on 1 of the 23423 things you studied? Me too.

Anyways, ONE MORE FINAL tomorrow and I am officially DONE WITH FIRST YEAR! I can't believe this day has come so soon. But THANK GOD, literally. Couldn't have done it without Him.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

sicky poo

I have never been to the doctor as often as I have since I started dental school, except for maybe when I was born or something... and even then! First I had a weird hurty pustule, next I had lower right abdominal pain for over a week and saw three different doctors for that, none of whom could dx me. Next I have this wicked cough that sounds like a seal barking for a week... and I am so desperate I must go get medication so I can sleep (and so my bf can sleep too). The events for which I have NOT seen a doc for this year include: pretty much fractured toes and ongoing sternum pain. Why? Because there's nothing anyone can do about that or no one can dx me!

I am just afraid the doctors are going to think I am a big hypochondriac, which I am definitely not. I have just had poor health for this year... attribute it to whatever you want. All I am saying is that it's super super annoyinggggggg spending all this $$ on doctors who don't even give me answers. For spring break I have to go to the optometrist, obgyn and possibly dentist for all my yearly appointments I have been putting off. Plus after all this I want to see my naturopath so she can detox me. I am a mess!!!! When did I get so old?!