Doan + Jason had a wedding weekend starting on Friday with a traditional Buddhist ceremony in Pasadena, followed by an American ceremony in Palm Springs on Saturday. It was important to Doan + Jason that their wedding was a very personal experience to share with their family + friends. They had Jason’s aunt as their wedding officiant and all the rest of their guests also participated in a small part of the ceremony as well. They really wanted everyone to truly feel and be a part of the bond that was being celebrated through their wedding.
They also wanted their wedding to be an actual party and just a fun time with all their closest friends + family! They found the perfect location at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs (love that place too!!) and served lots of great food, drink + treats! Instead of traditional wedding favors, they provided their guests with a candy bar consisting of all of their favorite Asian snacks to take home. In addition to the standard drinks, they had alcoholic snow cones at the bar. They wanted the wedding to be a special day, but they also wanted it to be a blast for everyone involved and I think you will see it was a huge success! Thanks so much to Heidi of Our Labor of Love for the dreamy photos and congrats to Doan + Jason!
From Doan, Photography was very important to us. You’ll have the photos forever and they’ll be the best way to relive the great memories of the wedding day. Try to also set aside some extra time to take photos in interesting and fun locations [like they did above!]. It’s not too often that most people have the chance to get made up, dress up, and have a professional photograph them. Thus, maximize the experience and enjoy yourself while doing so. We did!
Tell us a bit about your music!
Groom’s Processional: “All I Want is You,” Vitamin String Quartet
Bride’s Processional: “Just Like Heaven,” Vitamin String Quartet
Recessional: “Hoppípolla,” Sigur Rós
First Dance: “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele
Most memorable moment of your wedding day?
The most memorable moment of our wedding was definitely when we exchanged our vows. We wrote our own vows, which we recommend others do as well if possible. It was truly a special moment when we exchanged vows and heard what we had written for one another. It was during this process when the power and mystique of our marriage really began to feel tangible for the first time. We will never forget those moments for the rest of our lives.
Any advice for those planning now?
This may sound really obvious and a given for some people, but one piece of advice we have for others who are currently planning their weddings is to make sure to do things the way you want. Once you let people know you’re getting married, it seems like everyone has an opinion about what your wedding should be like. In the end, though, it’s impossible to satisfy everyone’s expectations and requests. More importantly, your wedding should be about you, your partner, and how you want the celebration to go.
Second, your wedding day is guaranteed to fly by. The experience is amazing, but before you know it, the day is over. Thus, in our opinion, it’s very important to hire a great photographer whose style you like to help you capture all the fun and beautiful moments of your wedding. Hiring a photographer we really liked was one of the best decisions we made. We definitely know that weddings can be expensive and costs seem to sneakily increase without you even noticing.
photography: Heidi of Our Labor of Love // venue: Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs // day of coordinator: April Seuss of The Bride and I // floral design: Primary Petals // wedding dress: custom Monique Lhuillier (and it’s for sale) // hairpieces: Twigs & Honey // shoes: Christian Louboutin // hair + makeup: Kelly Zhang // groom suit: Prada // invitations+ paper goods: bride // catering: Ace Hotel // cake: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes // music: James Gonzales