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DIY Traditional Vietnamese Wedding | George Street Studios

Today’s wedding is a great example of how you can plan a wedding that is you with a limited budget and in a short period of time, and still make it everything you hoped for. From Jenni, the bride:  It was a whirlwind when my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in September of last year and we realized “tomorrow” is not a guarantee.  After being together for over 10 years and always putting off a wedding until the “right time” or until “next year”, Newton and I decided it was time to stop taking time for granted and take advantage of every moment life has to offer…we decided to get married.  On a very limited budget, we got creative and worked really hard for two months to make our dream wedding a reality.  We compromised on some things and held on to the most important things with the philosophy of “what’s meant to be…will be” dictating our wedding planning.  Luckily, everything fell right into place.  The rain stopped for a moment and the sun even came out on our wedding day despite a dismal forecast 🙂 

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Although we only had two months to plan and create our wedding, we didn’t give up on our dream of handmade wedding.  Inspired by Pinterest and with the help of our family, friends, and bridal party, we devoted ourselves to handcrafting and DIY projects while hunting for vintage mason jars, crates, and other unique antique finds.  Newton even spent Thanksgiving weekend hand crafting twenty wooden benches for our guests to sit on during the ceremony!  We ended up having the benches hot stamped with our initials and gave them to our loved ones as a long-lasting keepsake of that momentous occasion and in remembrance of the event we created together.

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Tradition and authenticity were two things that Newton and I could not deny.  In honor of our ancestors and parents, it was very important to us to incorporate as many of the traditions from our Vietnamese culture and heritage as we could, while remaining authentic and true to ourselves and each other.  I feel we were able to find the perfect balance as we honored our families and one another on our unforgettable wedding day.It was in the details that we were able to personalize our wedding with special touches.  We both wanted a natural, rustic, and vintage feeling and chose natural components like jute, burlap, paper, soft and hard woods to be the foundations of our theme and decor. In contrast to these natural components, I wanted to incorporated feminine and delicate aspects like lace, diamonds, and pearls set against a background of blush pink and ivory fabrics.  As I am sure all brides feel, I loved so many aspects of our wedding that it is hard to single out just a few.  The one thing I know for sure, is that Newton and I feel like the luckiest people in the world to have such an amazing bridal party and family.  Without them, none of it would have been possible; the thought of having that much love and support in our lives, completely fills our hearts and we are grateful to be this fortunate.  

Isn’t it great how this couple balanced their traditions and honoring their families with who they are and the personal details they wanted to include? Who says you can’t have a DIY rustic traditional Vietnamese wedding? You can have any kind of wedding you want – it’s YOUR wedding. Congrats to Jenni & Newton!

{Vendors} Wedding Coordinator: Julie Scrivener of The Best Wedding For You / DJ: Carcano DJ / Photographer and Videographer: George Street Photo & Video / Photobooth Photographer: Donna Coleman Photography / Rustic Benches, Decor, Centerpieces & Vintage Photobooth Backdrop: DIY / Flowers: DIY bought from FiftyFlowers.com / Cake and Desserts: Chef Linell Deramos of Serenade Sweets Bakery / Hair:  Hair by Brooke Hamett, Jeanine Macias, Sylvia Trinh at Spallon Spa & Salon / Make-up: Make-up by Brooke Hill / Wardrobe: Vietnamese Traditional Bridal Dress-Custom made Ao Dai, Calvin Hiep of Hyp Design / Ranch House Ceremony Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal-Vera Wang White / Bridal Shoes and Accessories: Valentino Couture Platform Lace d’Orsay, Tiffany Diamond Bow Necklace, Mikimoto Pearl Earrings and Necklace, Christian Dior Tralala Diamond Bow Engagement/Wedding Ring

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