Happy Anniversary!

Today's our 2 year wedding anniversary and 10 year anniversary of the day we met.

How we met:

(in Daniel's words): Something just kept pushing me to apply as Resident Advisor at the dorms, but I had little chance because I never dormed before. Somehow, I was accepted to be the RA for the 2001-2002 school year.  I knew then that something real special was going to happen that year.  Never
did I imagine I would find Tracie.

It was the first day residents were allowed to move in the dorms.  The welcome leaders were doing most of the work while the resident advisors were supervising (pretending to work).  I was sitting down relaxing while everyone was busy helping people get into the dorms. My friend Jet, who was a welcome leader, came and sat next to me.  We discussed few things here and there.  It was when Tracie first walked in the front door.

That date was… 09-19-01…

(In My Own Words:) Liked Daniel said, we met during my first year at Cal Poly (*tear* ~ i love my Cal Poly Years!!!) The actual first day we met was September 19th, 2001. It was the Day before my first day of college, which is why I can probably remember it. For a pre-college orientation called "Welcome Week" freshman students were allowed to move into the dorms early. There were also activities such as games, tours and so forth to entertain the new students. On the last day of Welcome Week, the campus held a “Carnival Day” with small game tables, club booths and etc… I was going to go there with a group of all the new friends I met at Welcome Week. And one girl named Benita, told us that morning, she had gotten locked out of her dorm room, and one of the R.A’s (Resident Advisor) had opened her room door for her. And to thank him, she wanted to get him cotton candy. At the Carnival, all Benita kept saying that she wanted to get the RA some Cotton Candy….blah blah blah…which we got, however on the way back to the dorms the cotton candy, some insects had flown into that cotton candy, and we ended up throwing it away. hahahah …. LOL… Any how, when we went with Benita to meet the R.A. and all I remember after that was Benita explaining the whole story (which took way longer then the time it took me to tell you…) and the R.A looked like he stopped listening half way through the story… hahah… (I would too, its not that interesting)… LONG STORY SHORT: that R.A was Daniel!

For Our wedding Anniversary:

Besides working, we are having dinner at The Taste of Acadia, we tend not to go all out for anniversaries; but this year, we are trying something new. The location of this event is actually at the same location where took our engagement photos. Exciting, huh? Anyhow, to help celebrate our anniversary on the blogger-sphere here is a wedding video I made last year of our wedding day. I took the video clips from our friend Isauro, who was our videographer for the big day. Hope you like it.

Happy Anniversary Daniel!

Wedding Showcase: Our Wedding!

We've been thinking about adding a new segment to add to our wedding blog. These posts will be called 'Wedding Showcase' where you can see photos from real weddings! Full of questions and answers of course! For our first 'Wedding Showcase,' we will look back on our own wedding and relive all the lovely memories we shared when we got married. Hope you enjoy it!  

John Li Photography

Bride: Tracie Fong
Groom: Daniel Kim

Occupation: Graphic Designer / Executive Director of Chambers of Commerce

Date of Wedding: September 19, 2009
Location: Pasadena, CA
Photographer: John Li Photographer

Favorite Romantic Comedy/Wedding Movie:
Father of the Bride

Inspiration for your Wedding?
We took inspiration from everywhere, from television, movies, magazines, online and of course: Martha Stewart. We each had one goal for our wedding. Daniel’s goal was to create a unique wedding of which our guests could witness something new and different.  Everything we designed for our wedding had to be personalized for our own tastes. My goal in our wedding was to create a handmade wedding. In the end many guests had no clue that we crafted mostly every wedding project. We saved our dollars creating on hand making our decorations and invitations, which meant we could stretch our dollar on different parts of our wedding, for example: getting the location we really wanted and etc.

What Color Scheme where you trying to achieve?
Our overall wedding colors were a black and white, with pink accents. Overall I think we achieved what we wanted to create. We wanted to have a classic black and white wedding, offset with a shell pink accents with a modern flair.

Any DIY projects, you loved the most?
We hand crafted oh so many things! In fact that I think I was quite compulsive. Once I finished a craft project I immediately thought of a new project for the wedding. From designing our own invitations, making pink glitter candles, lace lanterns and scatter flowers for our reception tables, I must say I definitely had an illness. We also crafted ceremony program fans, our own candy bar (serving an monochromatic pink variety of salt water taffy!), spray painted 99¢ frames with a hi-gloss white paint (for photos and Table Menus), and made our own ring pillow for our puppy (the ring bearer). 
For our wedding décor my favorite item we created has to be our escort cards. Each card had to be double duty; listing the name of each guest and what each guest requested to eat for their entrée. What were the choices? (Beef, chicken and fish). Instead of hiding this detail, I decided to have a little fun with it and instead glorified each guest’s choices. We placed large animal icons on each guest’s escort card showing what was on their dinner menu. This added just a little whimsy to the formal wedding, of which I am quite fond. In addition, we had a few kids on our guest list. What was their animal icon? Purple elephants of course!  
My wonderful bridal party and I also made all of our accessories, flowers for our hair and dresses, jewelry, and wedding veil. My favorite bridal accessory would have to be my shoes! I had completely fallen in love with the sapphire blue Manolo Blahniks from the Sex and the City movie (the shoes that Carrie wore when she got married).  However, those beautiful shoes have the hefty price tag of a thousand dollars. Instead, I purchased a more affordable pair of shoes and dyed them a sapphire blue, to achieve a similar look.

Any Bridezilla moments while the planning process?
The whole planning process seemed to go well, besides from normal budget and guest list freak out. Most of our Bridezilla and Groomzilla moments happened the day of the wedding. From the speakers for ceremony, not having a protector for the slideshow, to forgetting the sand/vases for the unity ceremony, things seemed like a mess. However, everything worked out in the end! 

Thankfully! .... Well, that's not completely true. I did scream at a innocent parking attendant on the day of my bridal shower, when the parking lot payment kiosk, took away my parking sub along with my parking fee without giving me a receipt. The parking attendant did not believe me and I was running late (I think I scared him a little bit).

Thoughts on the final outcome?
We are quite proud of our wedding day. We planned everything ourselves without a wedding planner, which is something that most brides and grooms know how difficult it is to do. We loved our wedding day, every unique part.

Are you glad its over?
I have to say: He** YEA! So happy its over! We’ll have decided not to have any regrets and are so very happy on the outcome of our wedding day. We hope we never have to plan a wedding again.