my wedding ao dai

April 2nd, 2010

It’s time to tell you a little bit about my dear mom. Can’t really blog about a wedding without mentioning the mother of the bride! Like most Vietnamese women she likes to wear the traditional gown called the ao dai (sample shown at left). I’d like to say that my mom more than likes to wear it, she’s obsessed with turning any piece of silk or patterned fabric into one! I don’t think I’m exaggerating if I say she has about 50+ in her closet right now. Funny thing is, the ao dai really only has a few different cuts and my mom only likes to wear 2 kinds of cuts: the traditional high neck one and the rounded boat neck cut. So in actuality she really only has just 2 different ao dai’s but all in different fabrics. Most of you would call me crazy if I walked into a Gap store and bought all the colors available in 1 dress, but somehow it’s not the same with the ao dai. The pattern of the fabric makes each one so interesting and unique even though its really the same dress (cut). I may think the whole concept of her having so many made year after year is absurd but it makes me so happy to hear her talk about it. She’s so passionate about it. It’s her hobby, her love, her specialty. I haven’t involved her in too many things regarding the wedding, but I was more than happy to let her in on this part of it.

So…of course when it was my time to get married she was super ecstatic to help me choose. Hell she even offered to pay for all the fabric and the cost of it being custom tailored! SCORE! We went down to Bolsa (Little Saigon) together back in November to buy fabric and had my aunt transport it back to Vietnam to have it custom tailored. Just a few weeks ago our dear friend, Melanie, came back to the States with it for me. Below are photos of the fabrics I had chosen for the 2 ao dai’s I will be wearing. One for the morning tea ceremony and the other for the evening reception. No photos of me wearing it–you’ll have to wait until the big day!

Tea ceremony ao dai fabric

Reception ao dai fabric

Me wearing the matching ceremonial headpiece with silly Rob in the background. (btw, this only cost us $8 to have made in VN)

Will Robert also wear an ao dai that day? That has yet to be determined. What do you guys think?

BTW, do you see my slight crooked teeth in the photo above? I am now wearing BRACES to have it corrected in time for the wedding. That is the reason for the quick 2 photo shoots before I had to go under to have braces put on. I admit it’s been pretty painful, but as they like to put it: “NO PAIN, NO GAIN”!


5 Responses to “my wedding ao dai”

  1. @nNie on April 2, 2010 11:42 pm

    love the fabric! and omg, i love both color!!! the red look very nice! and u know i love the pink! cant wait to see u in it thao thao! 😀

  2. Quang on April 5, 2010 10:01 am

    i dont know much about style but for some reason the fabric reminds me of Jasmin from Aladdin.

    Looks GREAT!

  3. mareyberry on April 5, 2010 3:49 pm

    can’t wait to see the finished dress! i like the idea of rob just wearing a tux so that it seems more modern but it’s up to you of course! altho, if you guys decide that he should also wear an ao dai, i vote for a fuschia one so that u guys match! haha

  4. Tony Nguyen on April 5, 2010 11:19 pm

    I’ve seen Rob in an ao dai before, I say he pimp out a modern fabric version…

  5. Robert on April 7, 2010 11:25 am

    Gucci print fabric for me.

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