Married: John & Vida – June 27, 2009 {Pt 3}

The Reception

John and Vida’s reception was abound with details and surprises that I can’t wait to share with you! Vida was a very detail-oriented and hands-on bride, which just thrilled me to bits!

Succulent Escort card display

One of my very favorite elements of the entire wedding was this escort card table (it took forever to set up!) Check out the succulent TREE that Vida found, it’s just AMAZING!

green mum escort card display

Those little black and white vessels are mini rock vases that Vida purchased from Thailand which that we filled with green kermit mums.


One of my favorite ways of adding visual interest to a reception room is mixing round tables with long “feasting” tables, as they are called. It worked perfectly in this space!


Their cityscape monogram on the wall. Initially this was to be projected on the dance floor, but after conferring with the lighting technician, we made the last minute decision to put it on the wall for more dramatic effect. People were taking pictures in front of it all night!

shell moss cymbidium centerpiece

Let me tell you a little secret: There was NO florist involved in any of the centerpieces! Vida pre-assembled these very Zen centerpiece trays beforehand (notice the shells!), and then on the wedding day we laid them out, along with the fresh orchid blooms, driftwood branches, more shells, monstera leaves, trailing rocks.


I love the choice of modern stemware!


I love the simplicity of this shot.


They had an abundant food spread, including:

1. Sushi station with maki rolls and nigiri, made on-site by a sushi chef! 2. Thai food station provided by Vida’s parents, who own The Thai Grill in Edgwater (it’s delish!) 3. Continental station with carved beef tenderloin and miso glazed salmon 4. Thai dessert station 5. Ice cream sundae bar!

You better believe their guests were happy (and impressed!)!!

Sushi buffet

Sushi was definitely THE most popular station, the line was long the entire time! I was thrilled to snag a few pieces, hehe :)


Vida’s gorgeous yellow diamond rings

Thai dessert station

The Thai dessert table – those little things that look like mini peppers and fruits are actually mung bean desserts!

Thai dessert
Thai Fruit Carvings

The beautiful tradition of Thai fruit carving… so intricate!

pug cake with sea shell

No ordinary white, 3-tiered cake for J & V! Say hello to Monkey the pug, and yes, he is holding a shell in his mouth. This is the dog they eventually plan to get, and his/her name will be Monkey!




There were a number of wonderful toasts


They didn’t want a traditional slideshow, so they found a company in Singapore that made an animated version of their love story, and interwove photos into the mix. It was definitely a unique twist!


Instead of a first dance, they had a first song! John used to sing, so when he busted out his guitar, it seemed fitting… although the guests were surprised when Vida chimed in with a duet! What did they sing? A love balled wasn’t their style, so John re-wrote the lyrics to “So I married my dream girl” (aka the free credit report jingle!). LUV it.


Dance floor was packed, of course



John and Vida, we were so thrilled to help make your wedding day a fabulous and memorable celebration! Thanks for letting us be a part of it!

Photographer: SecondPrint Productions Venue: EnVent Ceremony Musicians: Opus Focus DJ: DJ Jay Florist (Personal Flowers only): Vale of Enna Lighting/Draping: Chicago Lighting Design Linens: Chaircovers by Sylwia Continental Catering: Catering by Michaels Sushi Station: Thalia Spice Thai Station: The Thai Grill Pug cake: Tipsycake Fruit carvings: Bree’s Basket Vida’s Makeup: Beautiful Yu Equipment Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Staffing: Service is Us