It was my birthday, 2 days before Thanksgiving 2017. Joe had convinced my friends, my sister, and her boyfriend (who were flying in from Denver) to meet us in Asbury for “birthday drinks and dinner.” We walked up the boardwalk near the back entrance of Langosta Lounge, and he got down on one knee. To say I was shocked is an understatement! Favorite moments of the day?
Coming home from the salon and watching Susan take some detail shots
First look with dad, then my aunts and bridesmaids
My brothers fiancé, Kathryn closing the doors of the church and standing with my dad and I before we walked in
Dad clutching my hand with both of his as we walked down the aisle
My high school orchestra teacher playing with Ceremonious Strings at the church
My good friend Thomas singing at the church
Watching everyone having a great time at the reception
Everyone’s reaction after I changed into the traditional Chinese dress
And my most favorite moment- seeing Joe’s face as I walked down the aisle
Morning run with Chris, Kevan, and some of the guys
Successfully tying my bowtie after Jaye turned around
Watching my 2.5 year old nephew try and make it down the aisle
Watching Kaiann come down the aisle
Exiting the church and seeing our friends’ and families’ faces
Our ride in the old car- best commute home ever (I work at the base and we live in Point)
Completing our first dance with ease
Watching everyone having fun at the reception
Why did you pick your venue?
Joe wanted to be near the water. I was looking for somewhere with natural light and a classic, elegant feel. Clark’s Landing met both our wants and after meeting with the staff, it was a done deal as they were so warm and kind.
How did you meet?
I took my younger brother, Kevan to see River City Extension at the Stone Pony in Asbury the Wednesday before Thanksgiving 2013. Little did I know Kevan’s friend Chris had asked his older brother to come as well. Our brothers ditched us as soon as the show started, leaving Joe and I to awkwardly try and make conversation over the music. We exchanged numbers at the end of the night, and the rest is history.
Tell us about all the details of the wedding!
Kaiann: “We wanted our wedding to be romantic with vintage touches. As soon as I put on my dress, I knew it exactly fit our theme. The florals were Quicksand roses, ranunculus, thistle, green hydrangeas, and globe thistle. The bridesmaids wore blue-green dresses. The groom and groomsmen wore midnight blue tuxedos with black bow ties, while the groom’s bow tie was embroidered paisley. I had a traditional Chinese red dress that I changed into at the reception to surprise my dad for our father/daughter dance. Our godparents did readings at the church, while our aunts brought up the gifts. My good friend, Thomas sang, while my high school orchestra played with the string trio. My grandma’s candelabras were on the sweetheart table. Pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days were placed in the venue. My bridesmaid, Lindsey, did all the hand lettering on the welcome mirror, the mirror on the escort card table, and the escort cards. In lieu of favors, we chose to make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which mean so much to us.”
Where are you going on your honeymoon?
We’re flying to St. Lucia in May after we attend our friends’ destination weddings