Flower District

It’s finally September! The countdown can begin – we will be getting married in about a year from now!

As planned, we have been browsing wedding blogs at September weddings to look for flower decoration ideas. Okay, its Kathy who is actually doing this!
J suggested we should go to the flower district to look at what kinds of flowers and what flowers are available around September.

Since Kathy is currently interning at downtown LA, she stopped by the flower district at 6am one morning to take a look around – its quite overwhelming! There were flowers everywhere – peonies, hydrangeas, tulips, roses, daisies, chrysanthemums, lisianthus, and more! Having no experience with flower arrangements, we had no idea what to do. Perhaps we can use hydrangeas (pictured below) for Kathy’s bouquet?

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Two weeks later, J offered to show us around the flower district. To Kathy’s surprise (and somewhat disappointment), the flowers changed! Who knew two weeks was enough time to have vendors change the types of flowers (and the colors) they were selling. The types of flowers being sold were different, and the flowers have become more richer and darker in color. The light purple hydrangeas were nowhere to be found – instead, I saw a bunch of these fuschia hydrangeas…

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We purchased some flowers and spent the afternoon with Jennifer to see what we can do with the flowers. It was a pretty interesting afternoon that involved curry, being poked in the finger from the flowers, and visiting J’s neighbor.

In the end, Jennifer made these beautiful arrangements for us!

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Lessons learned:
-We really wanted to use hydrangeas, but our trial run showed us that it does not do well in warm September weather – the flowers wilted before the end of the day!
-We will have to choose flowers that are more sturdy.
-We are not sure what types of flowers or flower colors will be available in September next year – it really depends on the weather. So, we will be open minded about the flowers on wedding day.

Bridesmaids’ Dress

We would really love to have the wedding party wear matching attire.

Finding the perfect bridesmaid’s dress is a difficult task because there are so many options. For bridesmaids’ dresses, we came up with a few criteria:
-Costs less than $100

-Short (perfect for a daytime beach wedding, and because long dresses look too “old”)

-Pink (because it represents friendship, romance, and love)

-Style (something that would look amazing on all my bridesmaids since they are all such different shapes and sizes)
It is actually quite difficult to find a dress in the right style, color, price range, and availability. Kathy spent the summer walking around department stores, outlets, and wedding boutiques in search of the right dress. Since Kathy was interning just 2 blocks from Angela’s workplace, we even tried on bridesmaid dresses at Alfred Angelo after work. At the end of the summer, Angela helped find the perfect dress at Davids Bridal.

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Seattle Trip

I went to visit my friends in Seattle this Labor Day. Here are a few of my favorite photos.

The view from the Smith Tower observation deck:

These two were taken from inside the Seattle Library:

Oh, and I got to drive my friend’s Lotus. 🙂