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Handmade Wedding Details

7 Oct

We have entered week two of this ridiculous government shutdown, and I really really really want to get back to work. The weather has turned to fall today with driving rain and dropping temperatures, which also sapped my motivation to do anything particularly productive.

Our wedding photographer, Katarina Price, delivered our wedding photos just when I needed an indoor activity to keep me fully occupied!  I promised a while ago to share details from our big day, especially those details that I crafted or otherwise put together with family and friends to make our day really personal and totally us for our “Lucky in Love” theme.

So here we go with the ‘American’ wedding details! And I should also mention that today is our big one month anniversary 🙂

Vietnamese long dress and American wedding dress

Katarina Price Photography

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Settling in To Home and Fall

29 Sep

It hasn’t yet been a week since we returned from paradise, but we’re pretty well settled in. The fall weather tempers the sting of not waking up to our own private beach, making a quick espresso on my Nespresso and knitting to the sunrise. Almost.


We went over to my in-laws the other night to catch up since we haven’t seen them since the wedding and share some photos and stories from our honeymoon. Mẹ made Ga Roti, or roasted sticky chicken, a fried fish with lemongrass and salt, and green beans with shrimp.

Roast chicken with cucumbers

Ga Roti, roast chicken, with cucumbers and soy sauce with peppers

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Suburban Family Fun

13 Jan

Since moving in to our new(to us) home we haven’t had a weekend that wasn’t scheduled with holiday activities or other obligations. Friday brought more settling – hanging or framing photos from our engagement shoot, vacations and treasured family memories – so things feel more like *home*. I bought Valentine’s Day sprinkles at the store and sent a pic to my nieces telling them that we’ll make cookies around the holiday but they had other ideas. Boredom strikes easily for preteens and elementary schooler’s – Friday night turned in to a slumber party at Aunty and Chu Ba’s. (Chu = uncle related to kids father, Ba = 3. The patriarch of the family is the first male – their Grandfather – the kids Dad is second male, so Thuan is the third eldest male relative on the father’s side. Hence, Chu3).

After a little Rock Band, we settled in to watch the Princess Bride. We’ve really enjoyed sharing classic flicks with the kids. Over the holidays we watched A Christmas Story, which they loved and still quote (You’ll put your eye out!). It’s funny because when the kids come over, they love American food that they don’t often get at home. We broke with their weekend breakfast routine and had scrambled eggs and sausage. Lunch was in the kids’ hands with personal pizza stations to top croissant crusts with veggies, meat and cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Learn from my mistakes – take it easy on the sauce or it won’t cook well or evenly.

Personal croissant pizza bar

Personal croissant pizza bar

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