Smile #265 – Say Yes in 5 Days

This almost 2 years long project, AKA the wedding, is coming to a conclusion.  All the planning and DIY-ing will now be on display at our dream venue for all to share.  It feels a bit surreal.  All this work for this magical day.

However, even with all this time, there are still little things we forgot until the last minute.  Such as, a tie clip for the groom.  I am not well versed in men’s apparel, particularly formal style.  A tie clip never crossed my mind until a few nights ago over causal conversation with my dad.

Bubble checked off his last groom duty of ordering donuts.  I am having my final dress fitting with Mom tonight.  Then we just need to pack our bags and goooo!



Smile #261 – Say Yes in 30 Days

Time is narrowing.  Given the amount of time Bubble and I have allocated for our wedding, the whole planning process has been mostly stressed free.  We have booked all our vendors a year ago.  In between, we might have exchanged one or two emails.  But once we hit that 30 day mark is the day has come to empty our bank account.  Ouch!

As we fork our money over, Bubble and I are excited about the day.  Having all our closest friends and family gathered in under one roof to enjoy each other’s company is just wonderful!

…And we are also overdue for our vacation so that Honeymoon is much, much needed.  🙂




Smile #260 – Say Yes to the Dress

Now that the wedding is slowly coming together, my next focus is finding a wedding dress. It would be kinda important to be appropriately dressed on the most important day of my life.

We (Mom, I Do Crew and I) took a total of 4 trips to 3 different salons: David’s Bridal – the quintessential wedding shop; Mecklenburg Bridal Gallery – closing sale; Jillian’s Bridal Outlet – all gowns under $699.  Thank you ladies for sitting through hours of me trying on dresses and fluffing each dress a few dozen times!

As a result to the much evolved fashion world, the once-upon-a-time Queen Victoria’s white wedding gown has spun into all sort of new styles.  Tip to future brides, brush up on some of these dress silhouette terms before going in will avoid those deer-in-the-headlights look.  Good thing the ladies knew and helped pointing me to the right way.

My only criteria is …. I need to see my feet.  The idea of not being able to move freely throughout the night is a nightmare.  I mean I don’t plan on running a mile in the dress, but at the minimum I would like to walk down the aisle without reenacting any of the Lizzie McGuire’s tripping scenes.


I tried on at least 30 dresses with different styles and different cuttings.  Before this, I thought I could find me dream dress in one trip.  Oh no no no, there is so much to consider.  Some were too poofy, some were too tight.  Some were just horrendous!  See for yourself!

Left: The thin satin fabric felt like I was wearing lingerie in public…
Middle:  The old style lace reminded me of dry skin…slowly peeling off…
Right:  Forget wedding cake…I am THE wedding cake. See my layers?

All jokes aside, some dresses did look pretty decent.  Never underestimate the power of a cutting.  Some gave the illusion that I have hips-don’t-lie and others gave the illusion that I am not the captain of the itty-bitty-tiny committee.

The story to my final YES to a dress was a bit complex…

I said YES the first time to a beautiful ivory James Clifford gown with detailed lace back. It looked beautiful, especially from the back with the train laid out perfectly.  As I stood in the room, everyone awed and gave their stamp of approval.  I’ll insert a photo after the wedding.

Due to some unforeseen issue, we ended up exchanging it for another gown.  Making the decision the second time around was not any easier.  The shop added so many more gowns.  At least with so many trial and error, we did learn which style looked best on me.

The decision always came down to two gowns.  Do I want to the dreamy tulle look or the elegant satin look?  Both gowns looked gorgeous.  If only I can have both!   I stood in the mirror staring at each gown.

After comparing and comparing it again, I finally made a decision!  I said YES TO THE DRESS!  🙂   I feel like a princess in it and can’t stop staring at the little details.

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Now we are ready to get married!



Say Yes to 100 Days




Today marks the 100 days until our wedding!

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In exactly 100 days, Bubble and I will be standing at the altar with our closest friends and family gather together.  We will watch all our planning come to life!

We.  Can’t.  Wait!  

Happy to report, most of our projects have been finalized.  We have accumulated so much decorations.  Gladly take any storage boxes or cardboard boxes if you have them!

The focus for the next 25 days are:

  • Send out invitations – Maybe I’ll share a sneak peek of the final version
  • Finalize all DIY projects
  • Bachelorette Mystery Trip
  • Engagement Photoshoot

Stay tuned!

Smile #250 – Say Yes to DIY Party

Let me preface this post by stating I love DIYs.  I can spend hours transforming an ordinary piece of printer paper into a beautiful swan or finding new purpose for regular household items.  This creative outlet breaks up the monotony of ‘adulting’ life.  Plus the sense of accomplishment I feel when the final product completes is priceless.

Over the course of wedding planning, I have pinned too many ideas to incorporate in our wedding.  Little by little, my DIY project list grew and grew.  There are just so many unique ideas out there and one wedding is not enough to have it all!  Jk Jk!

Why keep the fun to myself when I can get all the I Do Crew to join in!  Calling all the ladies!

The ladies gathered around on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.  The house was divided into different work stations based on the craft medium – paper, paint and spray paint.  Lil Sis spent most of the day out at the spray paint station.  EC focused her time at the paint station.  JB joined later at the paper table.  I am basically the busboy, running in and out getting all the supplies for everyone.  I was getting my steps in for the day.

Thanks to these ladies, my giant list of DIYs crossed off one by one.  They are the greatest helpers!


To avoid giving away all the surprises, no finished product photos will be posted until after the wedding.  But everything turned out perfectly.  It is so exciting to see my vision slowly comes to life!

To add on to the fun, EC surprised us with a touch of her own.  She bought a Pig Cake to the party.  It was decorate with the Chinese characters meaning goodbye single life.   Only my best friend could ever think of this.  Our pig feud will never ends!