Before the ceremony, family and close friends gathered at the mother of the bride’s home in Alexandria, VA to receive blessings and gifts. The bride and bridesmaid dresses were traditional Vietnamese silk gowns that were accented by the orchid bouquets they carried. After the blessings and gift giving, the friends and guests who numbered around 50 briefly relaxed and enjoyed a gigantic spread of food. One of the family members told me that she was up all night making around 500 eggrolls. Jason and I helped ourselves to several eggrolls, Vietamese salad, a bit of a whole roasted pig, and of course, dessert. Deliciousness.
After lunch, everyone arrived to the Buddhist temple for the formal celebration. The Giac Hoang temple was one of the most beautiful temples that I have ever seen. Bright and colorful, the outside boasted of fountains and lion sculptures. Inside, prayer and blessings were announced by a monk. Tuyen’s Aunt Lan translated most of the services.
The reception was later held at Elizabeth’s on L. Jason and I were delighted to work with one of our favorite DJ’s, David Grimm. He set the pace and mood for the evening. Cameron and Tuyen (with her 5 inch heels) danced most of the night away with their guests. Here are a few highlights of their memorable day.