It has been almost a year since we’ve been married! I figured it was a good time to blog about our three weddings. Not gonna lie, it was pretty ridiculous.
Both of us are the oldest out of our siblings in our respective families and both sides were rather gung-ho about having additional receptions in Malaysia and Taiwan on top of the one in Dallas.
I know…how crazy ambitious.
In hindsight, nothing could stop the bulldozer our mothers were on for the weddings in Asia. We were just there to enjoy the ride, and stuff face (no brainer). This was how the weddings were going to work out – I was to plan the one in Dallas, my mother for the one in Malaysia, and his for their side in Taiwan.
Since I have to be on my A-game for all the Keestone Events couples, when it comes to myself, I was laid back. This was largely in part to the vendors we used since that fateful day- February 28th, 2015 to be exact – Dallas decided to snow. I don’t mean a cute little flurry either but a blizzard that shut down roads and caused many flights to be delayed or canceled altogether.
Did I mention that our wedding was going to be taking place at the Dallas Arboretum, with an outdoor ceremony? Oh yes. I truly thought we were in the clear too since the weather was absolutely perfect in January/ early February. I even questioned my faux fur shawl purchase as a precaution back in December. Then Texas sure showed me up!
Every year without fail now, Keestone Events always has one wedding (and I am so thankful that it is just one!) where the weather is our worst enemy. Last year, it was a hurricane that wiped out half the town in Todos Santos, Mexico. Read more about that wedding here. Before that, it was another blizzard that shut Dallas down for three days for Michael + Sotear. In 2015, we took one for the team. You’re all welcome.
I digress. That Friday / Saturday, the two of us were receiving what seemed like incessant calls and texts from apologetic friends whose flights were cancelled / and those who weren’t able to make the trek on icy roads from Oklahoma, Houston, etc. Austin looked at me and asked if there was a chance the venue/vendors would cancel due to weather as well. It was a reasonable question but one I scoffed at. These people are professionals. There is not a chance that any one of them would bail, and in fact, they would do everything they could to make sure the day went off without a hitch.
They didn’t let us down.
Maddie, Ashley and the other assistants at Keestone Events were there to coordinate on the day, which alleviated a lot of stress on my end. In fact, I found out months later that one of the assistants had got into a car accident but Maddie picked her up and no one said a word! These ladies are amazing and ran the show when I wasn’t able to. It felt so surreal being the center of attention for once, instead of working behind-the-scenes. That was a part that I didn’t enjoy very much; I wanted to work!
I truly wasn’t expecting that many guests to be at our wedding due to the weather and thought we’d have to start the ceremony late to wait for guests. I was SO floored when we were told that the room was full, and people were going into the overflow with more arriving. And we were on time!!! It meant a lot and it was a night that both Austin and I will remember fondly for years to come.
In June, we flew to Asia for a whirlwind two weeks. I am infinitely glad I didn’t bring my wedding dress with me because in just the first seven days, Austin and I gained 12 pounds between the two of us. It’s a testament to how good food in Malaysia is. No shame, and no regrets!
Unlike Texas, Malaysia only has two seasons – hot and hotter – so there was never a fear of snow. They definitely do weddings a different way there. For instance, when you ask couples there what the most important element is for them, the answer is almost always food. In a country where people are obsessed with the food culture (you can always count on heated debates on which is the best place for x dish), you can be sure that this is something that cannot be compromised since there are 8-10 courses for a typical wedding reception. My mother did not fail in this. We ate so well! *Insert happy burp and sighs here*
We also did your traditional tea ceremony right before the reception and took those ‘Asian’ wedding pictures. You can tell immediately that there is a very different type of vibe. I have never looked like this in my life!!!
At this point when we flew to Taiwan, we were both giant balls of lard ready to roll into more places to stuff face. #Priorities. It would be my first time there and I was rather stoked to visit this land I had heard so much about.
One discrepancy between the wedding in Malaysia and Taiwan was that Austin’s side apparently loves to sing. During the dinner there, there were quite a few of his relatives who started singing as a group, and then set off with solo performances. When that was over, they busted out with karaoke which was rather interesting. I did learn that karaoke at a wedding is more of an old-school tradition in Taiwan.
Overall, it was insane, ambitious, and exhausting, and I wouldn’t change a thing. That being said, I never want to have another wedding again! I would much rather stay behind-the-scenes and will stick to planning.