Recap: Holy Matrimony Batman!

For Trinity and I, 2005 was the year of the wedding – at least five couples we knew tied the knot this year. The below pictures are of my friend and Janine (the bride, and also a designer at Variety) getting married in July in a wedding that I thought I would only read about in books.
She had her wedding at the old school First Chinese Baptist Church, right off the 110 freeway, but man – that was one beautiful church. We were kind of late, so really, my best pictures were as they took their wedding pictures. She was so beautiful and the ceremony was very touching. I felt so privileged to be there.
They had their reception at the Empress Pavilion, in Chinatown. Man it was a Chinese banquet of epic proportions – there were so many courses that just kept coming! I honestly thought I was going to roll home. Courses included shrimp, duck, noodles and lobster. Yes, it was the type of Chinese banquet I have only previously read about in books.

This is unfortunately the best picture I had of them, close up – it was pretty dark there…. Janine wisely seated us with all the younger and non-Chinese people. Heheh.

I’m not sure how many tables they had but they had to number into the 50s – and they did a toast at each one! Man, her mouth must have been putty by the end of the night.

What is this you ask? Well, first, this was the wedding of my friend Moonie, more popularly known as the editor and publisher of Flavor and its predecessor Pinoylife. He decided to get married on Oct. 1, the peak of the fire season and sure enough – a brush fire was burning the hills of Burbank the day of his wedding and reception, which was at the Castaway, nestled right in the hills of Burbank. Oh, and yeah, my family and I also decorated the wedding, so we got to deal with all the fun wrangling with the Burbank police and fire departments, trying to get past the roadblocks so we could unload all our flowers and equipment. Now, I can put “decorating amidst brush fire” up there along with “decorating amidst Long Beach Grand Prix” on my list of things I’ve done as a florist’s daughter.

There’s the water-dropping helicopter flying into the hills, as my mom and her teacher Silverio feverishly put together their arrangements.

I thought this was a nice environmental photo of my mom – what do you think?

Oh, yeah – besides decorating amidst the flames, we attended the wedding too. I was so tired at the end of the night….. Unfortunately, to Moonie’s disappointment, there was no flames lighting the hills as the reception went on. This was, however, the most fun and crazy wedding I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen plenty. May King Choc Nut live on!

Lovella looked absolutely beautiful and actually, clicking through their online wedding proofs, she was absolutely photogenic this night too. Too bad I can’t say the same for the other female in this picture…. *ugh*

Besides Moonie and Lovella and Will and Janine, I also know that Lori and Keith, Jeff and Crista, and Nick and Heather got married. Congratulations guys! I hope you enjoy married life as much as Trinity and I do.