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September 14th, 2012

Today is my dad’s 54th birthday. I thought it would be only fitting then to blog about him.

After the wedding, one of the main questions I got was, “What was your favorite moment of the wedding?” That’s like asking somebody what is their favorite meal or favorite book or favorite vacation. There were so many moments of that day that I play over & over again in my mind & moments I will cherish for the rest of my life, but I think that my favorite moment has to be the one which I can never think about without crying (due to happiness, of course) — even to this day months later. That would by leaps & bounds have to be the father daughter dance.

For those of you who are not of Asian decent, let me paint you a picture so you can understand where I am coming from. As a culture, Asians are not the touchy-feely lovey-dovey type. To us, love is there but it is unspoken. Therefore, I grew up in a family that wasn’t about all the hugs & kisses — like everytime we went somewhere or got out of the car for school. We just were not into that physical display of affection. But do not for one second take that as a negative. I never felt unloved. My parents’ actions spoke louder & truer than any of their words ever could. I just grew up in a different culture.

I never felt like daddy’s little girl, the way people use that term. I could possibly go out on a limb & say that my little sister would say the same thing. But we knew he loved us. & we loved him. From the moment I first heard this song as a young girl, I knew I wanted it played at my future wedding. So when marriage & a wedding finally came into the picture, I knew this would be the song played as my father & I danced for the first time together.

Even before the wedding day, every time I listened to this song & imagined the father-daughter dance, tears would just start appearing at the corners of my eyes. I was extremely nervous, but not for the reasons that you might’ve thought. If I couldn’t make it 10 seconds into this song without crying or think about dancing with my dad, how was I ever going to stay composed while actually dancing with him? I was going to be a hot mess on that dance floor, & the girl in me thought, “I cannot run off all of my makeup on my wedding day!!” But regardless, I was not going to miss this moment for the world. I knew if I did, I would regret it for the rest of my life.

The moment my first dance with my new husband ended & my dad walked up to take my hand, I leaned into him & let the song play as we moved together. Throughout the entire song, I couldn’t open my eyes. Tears were already flowing down my cheeks, & the moment I opened my eyes & actually looked at my dad I would — without any doubt in my mind — start ugly crying. So I just held on for dear life & took the opportunity to remember everything that happened in those few minutes. I wanted to say something to my dad. I wanted to whisper words of love & thankfulness. To tell him that I wouldn’t be here without him. That I married a man very similar to my dad & that he didn’t have to worry; I was in very good hands. At that moment, while dancing our first dance, I finally felt like my daddy’s little girl.

So here is our father & daughter dance song. Play it & listen to it as you scroll through the photos from the wedding day.

Afterwards, I was told by the photographers that they have never ever seen a room so quiet & focused on the father-daughter dance. They were amazed.

My very good childhood friend also told me that during the song, she remembered — when we were little — me telling her that this would be my song. She said when she thought about that, she started crying. This is a girl who I’ve probably only seen cry — like more than just tearing up — only once or twice in our lives together. That is not a lot.

To my wonderful father: Happy Birthday! I love you with all of my heart & am grateful for the example you have set in my life.


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Happy Wednesday!! The week is almost halfway over! That should be exciting! Trying to comprehend the fact that we are well on our way into September. Where did the summer go that now it’s already fall?!

Anyways, it is time to share more wedding DIY projects!! Yippee! Ya’ll must be sooo excited! I’ve been putting off blogging for a big. Now that the wedding is over, I just think that there is no more rush to show ya’ll everything right away. So because I can, I have been procrastinating. But no more!! Today I’m gonna show ya’ll what I did for my table names & escort cards.

Honestly, there are sooooooooooooo many ideas out there!!

Like here: Martha Stewart ideas

or here: DIY vintage spoons table names

or here is a whole bunch!: A WHOLE BUNCH OF GOODNESS!

& that is probably not even a tenth of the ideas out there! This is a wedding project where you can’t go wrong by doing something creative. Just like I have always been saying (& all wedding professionals will say): Just do you.

Simple, traditional cards are the easiest, but they aren’t really fun now, are they? Don’t you wanna give your guests something to ooh & ahh over? Well, I did. That’s why I created something that would not only go with the whole Scrabble wedding theme, but also be super affordable.

For the escort & table name cards, here were my supplies:

  • Blank 3×5 index cards (= FREE because I already had a TON!)
  • scissors
  • large alphabet stamps (= FREE…already owned/bought in the clearance section at a Michael’s)
  • small alphabet stamps (= FREE …but really $1 from Michael’s which I purchased about 3 years ago)
  • green & black ink pads (= FREE because I already had them)
  • fine green sharpie (= FREE)

Therefore the cost of the entire project = FREE!! Pretty sweet if you ask me.

For the table names, I cut about 1/3 off the short end of the index card. Then I folded it over…like a hamburger, not a hot dog. I used the large letter stamps to ink on the first letter of the first & last name. Then inked the rest of their names with the small letter stamps.

I thought the stamps would tie extremely well with the overall theme, because they are like letters. Scrabble tiles have letters. You see where I’m going? Plus, they are green. Enough said.

Of course I did this while simultaneously watching Netflix/Hulu, surfing the web, & working on other wedding projects you see in the background.

I do not apologize for being a multitasker.

As for the escort cards, they were just cut into thirds using the blank index cards. I have my wonderful wedding coordinator/friend Andrea hand-write their names & stamp on the letter of their assigned table. Easy, no?

Then came the second half of the project: how I was going to display my escort cards.

I do not know the idea came about, but what I ended up doing turned out pretty awesome if you ask me. But try asking somebody else & see what they say.


  • 3 mediumish-large picture frames =$25 …two identical ones ($10 each) I purchased at a thrift store near Habitat for Humanity & the other one ($5) was purchased at the Bargain Hunters Thrift Store close to my house
  • a bunch of ribbon = $1 each from Michael’s
  • staple gun + staples = $15
  • packaging tape
  • scissors

Total project cost = ~$45

Here are the two identical frames. I bought them with the glass, picture, & backing still on them. For $10 that was a steal! Some other thrift stores had the same kind of frames being sold for $40. When I got home, I took out the backing, glass, & picture.

Did the exact same for the third one. After that was all done, I had the hubs (fiance at the time) help me with the ribbon: stretching, taping, & stapling.

We didn’t think that taping or stapling in & of themselves would be secure enough, so we played it safe & did both. Here is how they turned out!

Beautiful!!!!!!!! Now let’s see them in action!

[note: all photographs from here on out are courtesy of Jagger Photography]

In the end, just be creative & have fun with your projects!! It’ll be worth it in the end. I have all three frames set aside to one day hang up & use as a message/memory board. That is a project that can be transformed into home decor after the wedding which makes it the best kinda wedding project ever!

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I almost forgot to post about this. As all of ya’ll know, I have a wonderful boss who takes amazing photos. And sometimes she likes to take those amazing photos of me. lol.

I think I’ve been photographed by her way too many times.

  • (1) our engagement session
  • (2) Valentine’s Day session — all about the love
  • (3) Vintage birdcage styled shoot — they couldn’t find a model so I was the easiest person on hand.
  • (4) my Bridal session
  • (5) our Rock the Dress session

I invited her & the fam as guests to the wedding, but of course Christi couldn’t help but bring her camera along & snap some photos. I wouldn’t have expected anything else.

Here is the link to those photos:

Mimi & Ben

Hope ya’ll enjoy & have a wonderful Thursday!!

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Back earlier in the year, this was what Andrea typed into Google when we tried to figure out what Anna could do as she walked down the aisle as a flower girl: “modern day flower girls don’t throw petals.”

Remember my not-so-little flower girl?

Yupp. That is her, reppin’ our small group name “Call Me Potato”.

Well, as ya’ll know, I’m not a very traditional girl. For the wedding, I wanted to “do me”. I didn’t want to be restricted to the norms & traditions that we already set in place. I hate being put in a box &, therefore, do whatever I can whenever I can to break that mold.

Just like with picking my flower girl. I didn’t go the traditional route & pick someone young (well, younger) & cute. Well, there’s no denying Anna is cute, so I only half-veered from tradition. I picked the person I saw as my flower girl, not carrying what anybody else thought. I made the decision that would make me the happiest (& Ben didn’t care either way — if I’m happy, he’s happy. duh).

This same thought went into deciding what the flower girl would do walking down the aisle. Every has them walking down throwing petals, but there are times when I really hate doing what everyone else has done for the simple reason that everyone has done them. There’s was no way I was going to.

And this brings us to the Google search: “modern day flower girls don’t throw petals.” Andrea & I actually got some good ideas from that. Carrying a banner, holding pinwheels, those twirly streamers, & a couple of other ones that I just can’t recall anymore. All of those things didn’t fit. With such a “mature” flower girl, I needed something a little more sophisticated. more modern. more me.

This is when somehow the idea formed & grew for what we actually did: a jar-like basket filled with paper hearts cut out from a romance novel. I have always had an addiction with hearts. After Christmas, I always eagerly await for Valentine’s Day to come. As I do my normal weekly shopping trips to Target & my craft stores (Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, & A.C. Moore), I scout out all the to-die-for Valentine’s Day decor sitting on the shelves. But I don’t buy them then. Oh no. I wait until after Valentine’s Day to do all of my shopping…because this is when all of those beautiful things become 50% off!! Then I stock up & save! Anyways, that just proves my point. I love hearts & Valentine’s Day. & love. So it’s safe to say that I also love romance novels. This is why I thought it was only fitting to incorporate that somehow into our scrabble themed wedding. {Scrabble tiles spell out words. Romance novels are filled with words. You see the connection?} So I did, & here is how it turned out.


Just remember that even if it’s something as simple as deciding what your flower girl is going to do/throw while walking down the aisle on the big day, just make sure to “do you”, & you’ll never go wrong.

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My lovely boss just told me today that our wedding got featured on another site. I didn’t think it was possible since Green Wedding Shoes is exclusive (which means if a photographer features you on that website, you aren’t allowed to be featured/published anywhere else). I have no idea what is going on, but I’ll take it!

Here is the link to the new feature:

Trendy Bride

Ben & I feel absolutely blessed. Sometimes it is scary to put yourself out there. I get scared all the time thinking that people won’t like what I make them or why would they want to buy my handmade things. Just like now, as my boss & I are trying to start up our own ETSY shop, we’ve both expressed the same fear: that no one will like what we are selling & they’ll think it’s ugly/not worthy of being bought.

I put my heart & soul & an entire year into this wedding, & I cannot express just how happy it makes me to see that other people love what these hands have created. Thank you guys so much from the bottom of my heart!!


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August 3rd, 2012

So about a week & a half ago, our wedding got featured & I completely forgot to blog about it!! How silly of me! It was only one of the coolest things that has happened to me!

I’ve been following Green Wedding Shoes almost as long as I have been following Jagger Photography. GWS is a blog dedicated to all things wedding. They featured didn’t photographer’s work every single day: weddings, engagements, bridals, inspiration shoots, etc. I knew that one day I was going to have my wedding featured there as well, but it’s not that easy. They are very exclusive & extremely picky about what they feature. They don’t just take any ol’ wedding. It has to be special, unique, & fit into their style.

& ours did! They love green, scrabble, & well-done DIY weddings!! When Heather Jagger emailed me & told me that we would be featured, it completely made my entire week!

Well, enough of me going on & on about how happy I am. Here is the link for ya’ll to check it out:

Handmade Scrabble Wedding: Mimi + Ben

I hope ya’ll enjoy! Good thing our wedding did get featured, otherwise we might just need to have another one. lol.

Also, here is the link to Jagger Photography of our blog post with pictures:

Ben + Mimi

They did such an amazing job, didn’t they? I feel so extremely blessed!



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(p.s. I do not remember if I ever posted these photos, but here they are again)

As I have been doing a lot of pinning in the last couple of months, I have realized that as much as I love seeing everybody else’s tips on cleaning, cooking, crafting, & more, there are some tips that I can offer the world as well. Tips that I have either learned from other & tweaked or tips I have had to discover to lots of trial & error. I think this is a perfect time for me to share some of them, don’t you?

Today’s tip is all about the reception seating chart. Once you get all the invitations addressed & sent out, you can take a little breather…that is until all the RSVPs start arriving. Then start a list of all the people who replied (in the order they arrive so none slip through the cracks) along with their response — yay or nay — & the number in their party. I also recommend that you keep the RSVP cards until closer to the wedding, just in case you need to verify some information that got miss-typed or if they change their response. Being one (or four) steps ahead saved me a lot of headache & should help to save you some too!

Once the RSVP deadline has passed, & you’ve contacted all the stragglers for their response, it’s time to get the final head count & breakdown you big list into smaller lists: family, your side, your fiance’s side, mutual friends, & however else you need to divide it. For example, I split the list like so: Wedding Party, my family, Ben’s family, mutual friends, church families/friends, Ben’s friends, & children (because younger than 12 were in a separate area).

At the same time, you also need to see how many people can be seated in your reception location. Usually locations used for weddings will already have an idea, but the setup design is usually up to the bride/groom. Because we would be using our church gym, I had to figure out how many seats were available on my own. Then I pulled out one of the many poster boards I own & use for various art projects. I drew out my desired layout for the gym — all the tables and chairs that were going to be there on the actual day. Mind you, this was not my first draft. I had multiple copies of the layout drawn out on sheets of paper.

It wasn’t until we finally nailed down the actual day of look did I draw this & start to place people.

Of course, Ben & I had our head table. ^_^

As I was getting ready for the wedding, I remember finding a tip that told brides to instead of permanently writing their names into their designated seat on your chart, write them out on post-it notes. Therefore, when (not IF) you had to move them around, the chart would still look effortless & no one would know just how many times a person got shifted around.

I can tell you that even up until the wedding, post-it notes were being shuffled around. This method was fool-proof, & I do not mind bragging about it!

I hope this is helpful to those of you who are planning their wedding now or will do so in the future!

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