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Kiki & Hadi: A Traditional Wedding in Mill Valley, CA

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Kiki chose to focus on peonies, which represent bliss and prosperity in the Chinese culture, in her bouquet. Green hydrangeas mixed with the billowy blooms for added texture.
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To honor her heritage, Kiki changed into a qi pao, a traditional Chinese dress, later on at the reception.
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To decorate the church doors, Kiki designed a monogram in the color palette.
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Kiki gave ribbons to everyone in the bridal party to tie to their cars. This helped the party stay together as they drove from the ceremony to the reception site.
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Instead of hiring a pro, Kiki and Hadi decorated the Sausalito Presbyterian Church themselves. They hung fabric from the ceiling and fastened hearts with teal or white ribbon along the aisle. To further personalize their ceremony, the couple wrote their own vows.
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As the newlyweds exited the church after the ceremony, guests blew bubbles. To shower the couple with good wishes, Kiki tied a "wish ticket" to each bottle of bubbles. "I thought it would be a fun and warm way to throw us lots of blessings," says Kiki.
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Since white and blue flowers are considered bad luck for Chinese weddings, exotic blooms in shades of pink and green were used to decorate the long, Tuscan-style reception tables.
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Scalloped edges and alternating designs on the tiers made this cake modern.
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Custom-made bags, which Kiki and Hadi designed, were filled with teal and white M&Ms and did double duty as favors. Each was printed with guests’ names and the wedding date and placed at table settings.
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Kiki & Hadi in Mill Valley, CA

During college, Kiki and Hadi would accompany their friends, Sandy and David, on their dates. Pretty soon, they were dating, themselves. Ten years later, Kiki came home to find a boarding pass for a flight the next morning -- but no Hadi. With the pass was a note that read, "Meet me at the airport." The Bride Kiki Wong, 30, multimedia designer The Groom Hadi Koo, 29, architect The Date June 8 Hadi had told Kiki's boss about his plan, so Kiki was able to get time off. After the couple flew from L.A. to Seattle, Hadi proposed in their hotel. "I couldn't believe the courage it took for him to plan this!" The two designers chose a fitting venue, the Outdoor Art Club, for their wedding one year later.
- Meredith Bodgas
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