It can be easy to become hopelessly entangled when planning a bi-cultural wedding; I personally know this, because Karis and I planned one 12 years ago. There’s an inherent need to accommodate culturally important wedding customs from both sides of the family, while at the same time assemble the kind of wedding celebration that fulfills the needs of the bride & groom themselves (which in Vivianne & Wing’s case involved lots of yummy food and tons of photos with family & friends). For this reason, Vivianne & Wing definitely went a less-than-traditional route, and hosted their Catholic wedding ceremony in nearby Piscataway the day before their wedding reception at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge. This meant more time for photos on the wedding reception day, and more time to spend with family/friends. Additionally, we were treated to a traditional Chinese Lion Dance (in honor of the Lunar New Year) on the day of the reception (which the kids and guests absolutely loved). The icing on this proverbial wedding cake? Instead of plated meals for the guests, Vivianne & Wing instead opted for an extended cocktail hour, which is probably the best idea ever (we wish more people would actually do this!). So instead of your traditional steak, chicken or fish, guests would now have one huge buffet at their disposal, and eat whatever/however much they wanted. And you know what? We love the sound of that!
Venue & Catering: Stone House at Stirling Ridge // Ceremony/Officiant: Father Virgil of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Piscataway // Hair & Make-Up: Dawn Rose Makeup Artistry // Dress: Pronovias Imelda // Shoes: Sole Society // Groom’s attire: The Black Tux // Jewelry: Kendra Scott / Family Heirlooms // Floral/Décor: All Seasons Flowers // Entertainment: Lifetime Entertainment // Lion Dance: Fong’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Association // Stationery: Minted // Favors: DIY