Janis and An’s Wedding at Le Domaine – Destination Wedding!
The day after their Vietnamese Ceremony, Janis and An had an American-type ceremony at Le Domaine de la Butte Ronde, just outside Paris. As with all great things planned, things didn’t go quite as planned… mainly the schedule. The wedding party (the poor things) had been up since early in the morning prepping the venue for the wedding. The bouquets and flower arrangements were handpicked that morning from the site’s gardens (and neighbor’s flower fields, whoops!) and arranged by the wedding party. (FYI, An’s got some skills in the bouquet department). The bridal party was supposed to be getting ready around 2pm, in time to have photos before the 6pm ceremony. Well, 5pm rolled around and Janis hadn’t even begun to get hair or make up done. Whoops.
But, the French are chill, and traffic leaving Paris was a horror, so the ceremony was moved back an hour, and everyone had time to relax. In the end, everything went fantastic, and everyone had a blast. We stayed up until 5am and An, still wired from his awesome wedding, paid visits to everyone who had helped close out the party.
Hair, make-up, and veil all done by her talented bridemaids
Wearing the necklace she received from her mother-in-law at the Vietnamese ceremony
Tears right at the start
Lots of laughter with these two around
He kept sneaking kisses during the ceremony
The wedding was officiated by their close friend Tibo, who, along with the best man, serenaded them down the aisle.
Headed off to take photos with Mimi (we were supposed to do this before the ceremony, but you know, time wasn’t a fan)
I was in charge of the wedding party photos, and with Mimi’s help, we convinced An to take a quick shot (exactly 3 total) before he followed his growling stomach to the hors d’oeuvres
The girls wanted to do a photo, so the groomsmen and all friends nearby decided to crash the photo.
Really touching speeches/performances were done by everyone in the wedding party
My cousins represented our family’s side with a dance, possibly my favorite part of the night’s festivities.
They changed into their traditional Vietnamese outfits for a portion of the evening
And then there was dancing!