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Dam Hoi Countdown

29 Jul

While our American wedding is in just under two months, the Dam Hoi engagement ceremony is in five days. 5. As in less than one week.

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Now that we have that out of the way, I can fill you in on everything that has been going on over the past couple of weeks.

First of all, there hasn’t been any cooking since Operation Happy Nurses. I may have grilled some bread and veggies from our garden, but that’s about it.

The very BEST news is that my sweet nephew went home with Mom and Dad this past Friday, so the family is finally getting settled in their own digs.

Isn’t he a handsome buddy?

Nephew chase

Snoozing on my lap. He’s already a good snuggle buddy.

AND he’s a great eater 🙂 Can’t wait to cook for him!

Feeding baby nephew

Ok, ok, ok, enough handsome nephew photos.

Last weekend was my bachelorette party in Atlantic City where I had a blast with some good friends. We had an amazing dinner at Buddakan AC – which I highly recommend – and partied down at a club in the new casino Revel.  It was a weekend to remember (mostly), and couldn’t have asked for a better celebration of my last days of single-dom.

On to the Dam Hoi. It’s this Saturday wowza.

My super photographer Katarina Price will be there bright and early to catch the first phase of the ceremony where my groom’s family lines up bearing gifts and is welcomed in to my parent’s home (where I’m supposed to still be living). They’ll arrive between 8:45 and 9am which means my hair will have to be done and guests in place by 8:30.

After my Father agrees to welcome my Mr. in to the family, Ba (his father), will unveil the gifts and explain each before our families mix and mingle for an hour or so to get to know each other.

I’m planning a mimosa bar and will make a batch of Banh Pate So to go with fresh fruit and other small bites.

Around 11am we’re going to leave my family’s home and caravan to his for the rest of the Engagement Ceremony. I won’t share all of the details here, as I’m still a tad bit fuzzy. But we will bow at his family’s worship table and offer sake to our elders for words of wisdom and thanks.

I’m super excited to wear my ao dai, made special for me in Vietnam, and really share in this meaningful tradition.

I likely won’t write before the ceremony, but hope to catch up soon with photos and recipes!

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