ao dai

September 23rd, 2010

Back in early April I blogged about the details of the ao dai fabric choosing, making process. Now it’s time to show you how it all turned out on the wedding day.

The first is a fuchsia number with sequins in swirly lines all around. I wore this in the morning for the 2 tea ceremonies that took place at my parents’ home and then at Rob’s mother’s home.

Here’s Anh and Jen helping me get ready.

Detail shot of the headpiece.

My aunt, Paula, leading me out for the 1st tea ceremony. You can see that my sleeves were not double layered so its see-thru where as the rest of the gown is double layered underneath in red.

Here I am being presented as the bride to Rob’s side of the family.

Rob and I are like glued together all day!

Here’s a nice side shot of the entire outfit. Pants are pretty fuchsia too, huh? I was so PINK from head to toe. With it being almost floor length it makes me look even taller.

A couple of portraits with the man I’m about to be married off to.

I love this shot of me and my God daughter, Elise, who was a flowergirl.

My 2nd ao dai was a copper number that I wore during the reception. Unlike the first, this one had sequins in every square millimeter of fabric. It did have a lining layer of thin tulle but it did the trick to prevent it from being completely transparent. It’s fun how you can layer ao dai’s with different color fabrics and it ends up being a totally different piece.

Here I am right after changing, walking across the bridge to the reception area with 3 of my bridesmaids. Very sex and the city eh?

With the ever so beautiful Thy.

With 3 of my co-workers.

The gold earrings are from the line Nadri that I picked up from Nordstrom.

With the string lights at the reception I was a walking glitter machine.

Glad I got to wear a traditional gown b/c it’s probably the only time I will ever wear one in my life. Thanks, Momma, for all your help on it. I loved how they both turned out.

Photos courtesy of Kim Le Photography.

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”!