Friday, March 21, 2014

John & Cindy's Wedding Day

A few months back, Vinh & I received an invite for John & Cindy's wedding day on March 8th. For those of you who don't know, John was our wedding photographer from SimplyTwo Photography. Yes, we got an invite to our wedding photographer's wedding. Yup, we are that special since we created a special bond with him that he'd invite us down to SoCal for his wedding :)

We awoke & went to Little Saigon to have an early lunch before heading to the wedding in Newport Beach.

Chrysanthemum tea, yum!

We also had to go to our favorite exotic fruit shop to grab some longan, jackfruit & soursop. Then we headed back to our hotel to get all fancy for the wedding ceremony.

Yummy exotic fruit!

We arrived at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church about 20 minutes to spare. We signed the initial letters as well as the guestbook. The vows were friggin' hilarious! After the ceremony, the traditional formal photos were afoot. We got placed in John's work & scotch buddies group, haha!

Cindy: One our first date, you said that you wanted to marry me. To say that you came on too strong was an understatement...

John: I have come to three conclusions. One, I like you. Two, you like my cat. Three, I like that you like my cat... (more of the vow) conclusion, dat booty!

J for John!

Gorgeous aisle

Gorgeous altar

Waiting for the ceremony

You may now kiss the bride!

Mr. & Mrs. Yao!

We headed back to our hotel room after the ceremony so Vinh could change pants since the ones he wore were a little tight, haha. He also forgot his belt & somehow lost his glasses so we went shopping for those items before arrived at the Doubletree in Santa Ana. We partook in the cocktails, appetizers & photobooth fun before the reception area opened up for seating.

Cocktail hour!

With my fruity drink

Vinh wanted more appetizers, haha

Pretty arrangement

We were placed at table #17. John told me beforehand that we were sitting at a table with other past couples he shot for. However, that didn't happen as we sat with mostly their church friends. Most people at the table thought it was really strange that he'd invite a former couple he shot to his wedding, mehhh... We did make a new friend named Jonathan & he hit it off really well with Vinh since they're both gamers.

Table #17

My favorite photo, haha!

Wedding cake

Cindy & John!

Sour watermelon wedding favor, yum!

My huge steak dinner :O

After dinner was done, John somehow magically appeared at our table & yelled "ANNIE & VINH!!!" scaring both of us to death! Apparently he was very happy to see us, haha. We had to leave before getting cake, but we stopped by to say congrats before leaving. He then gave us the biggest, tightest hug ever *points to his hands in photo below* Very happy man :)

The very happy groom giving us a very tight hug :P

Congrats John & Cindy & to many happily married years full of happiness, love & sandwiches :P


  1. How cool that you got an invite to your photographer's wedding. It looks like a good time. The cake is awesome and the decorations are amazing.!

  2. How fun! I loved the aisle - it was so beautifully decorated. And cake - who can turn down wedding cake?!

  3. nice wedding looks great. That cake looks amazing! and those cocktails loo delicious

  4. Looks like you had fun. As a planner myself I was quickly drawn to the beautiful wedding decor and details.

  5. It's nice that you got invited. I wonder who photographed his wedding? Lol
    Looks like you had a great time! Love that pretty centerpiece

  6. It sounds like you had a fabulous time. Weddings are such fun, aren't they!

  7. It looks like you had a great time! It's so cool that you got invited to his wedding.

  8. What a beautiful wedding and looks like you had a fun time.

  9. Oh wow, look at that cake. It sure looks like you had a great time.

  10. That's so sweet that you formed that kind of bond with your photographer! The wedding looked very beautiful. I especially love the cake!

  11. Anonymous9:09 PM

    Looks like y'all had a great time! LOVE those centerpieces!!!

  12. He must really have thought highly of the two of you to invite you. I think it's neat and it was a lovely wedding!

  13. That looks like it was a really fun wedding! What great photo's too. Perfect memories

  14. They sound like a really fun couple! The photo with the cat is hilarious/awesome! Wishing them well & congratulations too!

  15. Awww! He's so happy to be married! Sounds like a great friend you have there. Doesn't matter where you found him... Just matters that you did find him!

  16. Looks like a fun time! The decorations were beautiful!

  17. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I love that you got invited to your photographer's wedding.

  18. That wedding looked like a great time. You all looked beautiful!

  19. so those vows sound funny! and the pics of the wedding look like everyone had a great time!

  20. I don't get to go to many weddings but when I do go to one I have lots of fun. By the look of your pictures you had fun too. The cake is so pretty!!

  21. Sounds like you had a great time! That picture of the two of you with the cat is great!

  22. I think that that invite was a great thing! Looks like you had a wonderful time! Congrats to the happy couple!

  23. What a fun wedding! I love the part of their vows that you shared, that's awesome!

  24. What a fun wedding. Love the photo with the cat! And that wedding cake is gorgeous.

  25. That's pretty awesome. That photo with the cat is just purrfect. LOL