14 years ago I woke up at 5:30am running to the Marshall Field's salon on State St. With just a little over 4 hours of sleep, I felt tired but extremely excited for my Wedding Day.
We had a Roman Catholic wedding and a traditional Chinese 10 course banquet reception for almost 300 guests. The day packed with other festivities like the private Tea Ceremony, Lion Dance, and fireworks. It was one magical day that my husband and I will never forget.
Because our wedding was way before all the digital cameras came around and way too lazy to scan the pictures, I decided to take photos from my wedding album with my cell phone. Is that sad? lol
I always liked this "Just Got Married" limo pic maybe because I was able to finally breathe after the ceremony. The picture on the right are of my parents, siblings, and I before the wedding.
We were married in Our Lady Of Lourdes, a beautiful historical church in the north side of Chicago and here is our entire wedding entourage taken in Church. The picture on the right are of the girls and I. I actually designed and picked all the materials for my bridesmaids and flower girls' dresses. The long part of the skirt was taken off at the reception so they also had a simpler and more comfortable look after the church wedding. Hey this was in 1994, so it looked like 1994! lol
Here at the reception with a different dress and do. Traditionally I was supposed to wear a Cheongsam; a Chinese dress, but since I am Filipino I opted for a red cocktail dress instead. It didn't feel right for me to wear one because it felt very fake-y and costume-y. I want it to be significant and not just because I had to. I also didn't feel that connection at that time. And although I am very respectful of the Chinese family I married into, I also thought that it was enough that the whole reception was very Chinese already. The character in the background is called "Double Happiness" which is a symbol that is typically used in Chinese weddings.
I hope that you enjoyed a little piece of my history. At least I enjoyed sharing it with all of you. Happy Anniversary Babe!!!