The Couple: Margaret and Wen Luu
Wedding Date: July 17, 2010
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We had been together for more than seven years before we got married. Wen is actually my best friend’s older brother. She and I have been friends since high school, but Wen and I definitely had no interest in each other at that time. We went to the same high school and the same college, but actually didn’t really connect until my junior year of college.
Now, I jokingly refer to him as her creepy older brother, and he said I was just another one of her annoying friends. But I am very grateful that he and I connected and really got to know one another. We have similar senses of humor and always make each other laugh.
What was the most amazing part of your day? We wrote our own vows and it was really sweet and special because we had the chance to tell each other exactly how we felt (in our own words) in front of all our friends and family.
What else would you like to share about your big day? Wen is Chinese and we also did a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, so we tried to blend a lot of things from his culture in throughout the wedding. The things we loved most about our wedding were the personal, unique touches. My best friend and maid of honor (who also happens to be Wen’s sister) is an artist, and she actually designed our invitations for us. The invitations were English on one side and Chinese on the other side.
Also, Wen’s cousin Steven is a musician and has a beautiful voice — he played the guitar and sang “Better Together” for our first dance, which also meant a lot to both of us.
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Brookside Country Club
Photographer: Kris Holland Photography
Videographer: ES Creation
Wedding Planner: None (but I wish we had one!)
Cake: Yolanda’s cakes
Flowers: Budding Events
Favors: Chinese rosewood fans and a candy bar with Chinese takeout boxes
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair: Tiffany Julia at Renew Salon
Makeup: Tiffany Julia at Renew Salon
Invitations: Shiu Pei Luu
DJ/Entertainment/Band: Victor & Company Band
Honeymoon location: Still working on it!
First Dance Song: “Better Together” by Jack Johnson (sung by Steven Chan)
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Have fun — during planning don’t listen to anyone but yourself and your partner-to-be. No matter what you do or what you choose, the people who come to your wedding will have a great time because they’re coming for you. Also, try to take the time to make your wedding unique by personalizing things as much as you can. Those are the things we ended up loving the most at the end of the day and I wish we had taken the time to do more of those personal touches.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? We had several mishaps occur that are (sort of) fun to laugh about now that it’s much after the fact. For instance, it was a very full day because we did a traditional Chinese tea ceremony in the early afternoon and then the Western ceremony at Brookside in the evening. It was one of the hottest days of the summer, my bridesmaids wore their dresses all day and the dresses were beyond wrinkled (another tip for people planning their wedding, don’t forget an iron or pick chiffon for your bridesmaids’ dresses!). Also, my husband’s parents were 40 minutes late for the ceremony, my maid of honor forgot the ring, and two cell phones went off during our vows. I had wanted a simple guitar song to be playing when I walked down the aisle and we asked a family member to play, unfortunately he forgot his amp so no one could hear the music…
So yes, safe to say I would have done a few things differently if I had the chance to go back. After the wedding I wanted a redo! But at the end of the day I married my best friend and the love of my life so I can’t complain. If things are to go wrong, he’s the person I want at my side while it’s all happening. We still had a wonderful day together and loved sharing it with our friends and family.
Photos courtesy of Kris Holland Photography.