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080815BYW35{Photography by the one and only Kayla of Full Bloom Photography}

For the next several Wednesdays, I’ll be rolling out pictures from different parts of our wedding day, and another honeymoon video too. If weddings aren’t your thing, consider this fair warning. If you are a fan (because who doesn’t love a wedding, really?), you’re in luck as today’s post starts with the very beginning when a girl and her friends, and a guy and his, decided to get dressed for a wedding. I’m gonna keep this one short and let the beautiful pictures by the talented Kayla speak for themselves. 

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Bridesmaid Gift BagsWhenever I think about my bridesmaids, my heart swells with love and pride for the ladies I’m so lucky to call my friends. Between Rohini #romoh planning my wonderful Charleston bachelorette party, Megan designing my entire invitation suite (more on that to come), Jillian and Kasia spending a fortune hosting my bridal shower in DC, and my sis Kate ending her Costa Rica vacation early to join Rohini, Megan and me for last-minute prep work, I couldn’t have dreamed of more gracious, generous bridesmaids. One of these days, I hope to return the favor, but until then, I knew I needed to step up the day-of bridesmaid gift bag game to attempt an appropriate thank you.

Just as I was more excited in the bridesmaid-dress selection process than I was my own, I started gathering the items for these gift bags long before I’d figured out most other wedding details. Thanking my friends was a huge priority of mine, so this wasn’t something I took lightly. I’m also fully aware that I’m a little crazy, so for anyone who doesn’t have time to agonize over the contents of their own bridesmaid gift bags, I hope these suggestions come in handy. If I can help even one girl thank her best friends, I’ll have done my job. After all, women outlive men, so us girls really need to stick together. Here’s how I thanked the ones I plan to grow old and grey with. (more…)

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080715BYR30{Our Rehearsal Dinner}

After Wednesday’s post paying tribute to my parents, my Chinese pride is at an all-time high, so what better time than now to share a look at our proudly Chinese rehearsal dinner?

Having a Chinese-themed dinner had long been a wish of mine. When Brian and I first got engaged, I had absolutely no clue what style of wedding I wanted (“rustic” was the leader for a hot second. ha!), but knew exactly what I had in mind for the evening before: a big family-style feast surrounded by friends and family, in full red and gold glory. The dream was lofty and the reality didn’t disappoint.   
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Yang and Brian Engagement Pictures{Chagrin Falls – photography by the talented Kayla of Full Bloom Photography}

Well, well, well. Look who decided to show up on her own blog again after going AWOL for six weeks. The nerve. 

Gulp. Six weeks. I can’t believe it’s been that long since I last posted, but I really needed the time away. Because as great of a multitasker as I’d like to think I am, between moving to a new city, adjusting to a new job, planning for a wedding (almost two months away, ah!), getting in shape for said wedding (two months! what was I doing earlier?!), house hunting, and traveling nearly every weekend, my plate’s been beyond full. Those first two weeks after I moved, when I tried to stay on top of blogging, this little corner of the internet that I’ve spent so long making my own started to feel more like a burden than a blessing. That was when I knew I needed a break, cold-turkey style. 

Truth be told, I don’t feel any more organized or together than I did at the start of my hiatus. In fact, our apartment is in an even bigger mess than it ever was before (thank you, wedding invitations that still need stuffing). But I’ve stayed away long enough and found myself missing sharing the little details and recipes that get me going. That’s when I knew it was time to come back, so here I am again. Let’s give this another shot. 

To mark my return, I’m excited to share a look at the better-late-than-never engagement session Brian and I had with our wedding photographer Kayla when we were in Cleveland last weekend. It felt a little silly taking these pictures so late in the game, but when we tried taking them last fall, I discovered that “fall” in Cleveland is the dead of winter anywhere else, so last weekend it was. Kayla’s beautiful handiwork after the jump. 

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Yang Charleston Bachelorette Invitation{My beautiful bachelorette invites designed by my dear Megan}

Still living in a mostly unpacked state, I haven’t quite figured out how to get back to this blogging thing, but I’ve made an executive decision, and next week I’m returning to the regularly scheduled programming no matter what. I have to, because if I can’t pull it off next week, then I don’t stand much of a chance going forward. I’ll be away the following four weekends in a row (Denver, Chicago, Sarasota and Indianapolis) with more travel on the horizon. I’m so exhausted yet excited just thinking about it! Traveling every weekend is something quite common for me around the summertime, but this year’s bouncing about is getting started a little earlier than usual thanks to the wedding. So the point is, I really need to learn to get my act together because as time-consuming as it can be to do everything involved with blogging, it makes me happy and I ought to keep it up. 

My Charleston bachelorette won’t be until late June (taking suggestions!), but it’s definitely the trip I’m most looking forward to (other than the honeymoon, of course). How darling is that invite? My dear friend Megan really outdid herself this time, hand-lettering and drawing everything like the pro that she is. She’s working on starting her own wedding stationery and online print shop, and I’m so excited for her and for all of you, really. Because soon, everyone will be able to enjoy her designs. She is without a doubt the most talented person I know and I’m lucky to have her as a friend and my own personal wedding designer.

Ok, that’s it from me this week. I’m off to make the most of my first and only weekend in Atlanta for a little while. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Also, I love Katy Perry’s “This Is How We Do” music video. It’s the perfect girls’ weekend song, plus the dancing popsicles and pizzas really did me in. 

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Blush Amsale Bridesmaid Dresses | fortune goodies
 So? What do you guys think?

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I share a sneak peek of my bridesmaids’ dresses! Pay attention to the dresses, not the girls. They are models and not my friends, although my friends are certainly pretty enough to be models (kissy-face emoji here). Anyway, as you can see, we’re going the mix-and-match route, and I’m loving how it’s looking!

It was important to me that my bridesmaids not feel like they’re in uniform. The ceremony is such a small chunk of the day that I want them all moving and grooving to their own style late into the night. My six ladies also span a wide range of heights, skin tones and builds, so assigning them all the same style or length of dress didn’t make much sense either. Instead, each girl picked their own (some with more nudging from me than others), and as of earlier this week, the dress order is in and I’m so happy to finally check this off the list!

Getting to this point wasn’t easy though. Since I’m new to this wedding-planning thing (as most of us are only brides the one time), I started the process with too wide a net. The more options the better, right? Not the case when it comes to bridesmaid dresses. I knew fairly early on that I wanted the girls in blush and noticed most designers did indeed carry colors of that name. Wonderful, I thought. But as the girls started trying things on, it became quite clear that designers have very different interpretations for the very trendy hue. I toyed with the idea of sticking to the original any-designer plan, but ultimately decided the dresses had enough going on already (different styles, lengths and even material) that I was better off keeping them to the same shade. I’m a big fan of the more eclectic bridesmaid style, but felt a little more uniformity would work best for our more formal venue. Once I figured that out, Amsale, with its huge selection of flattering styles, emerged as our designer of choice. If you like the styles you see, click through to see them on the Amsale site in each model’s original dress color. 

{Rohini Chiffon G781C / Megan Lace & Tulle G931 / Jillian Chiffon G874C (only the long version image is available online) / Kasia Chiffon G587C / Kate Lace G839L / Lisa Tulle G837U}

So if I had to boil things down to a few key takeaways for anyone else considering a similar mix-and-match approach, they would be:

– Don’t go too mismatched. By that I mean, if you’re doing different lengths, stick to the same designer same shade. If you want to go the more monochromatic look, consider doing all long or short dresses. Too many differences and you move into the shabby-chic category. And if that’s what you’re going for, by all means, go for it. 
Stick with the same designer. This might require some preliminary research on your part, but if the same shade is what you’re looking for, the same designer is the way to go. Amsale worked great for me. Limiting the selection (so.many.options.) will also be a big help.
Create an iCloud album to share pictures as girls try on and claim their dresses. Saves you from texting the same pictures over and over again and lets girls like pictures and share comments. 
Place one joint order. Not only will you get a 10% discount from your salon (standard practice), ordering them together guarantees the same dye batch.

But really, you might just want to pick the same dress for all them, because it will save you and your girls a lot of time and deliberation. Going into this, I very naively wondered why more brides don’t let their bridesmaids pick their own dresses. But after the many trips to different boutiques and several lengthy decision processes, it makes complete sense to me now. 

Still, I’m very happy we went the way we did, and know it will all be worth it. I’m so grateful my friends were good sports through it all, and I have every intention of making it up to them.

Special thanks to my dear Megan for working her advanced Photoshop skills to change all of the dresses to Blush. Not a single one of these pictures was originally that color. I have no idea how she did it, but I’m very impressed and grateful for her talents. My one big accomplishment was splicing together an example of Jillian’s dress. I could not for the life of me find a picture of her dress, so I had to do some cropping and copying to fake it. I’m quite happy with myself.

P.S. Looking for other bridesmaid inspiration, specifically in the request department? Check out how I asked mine here. 

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