We’re Meowied!

Clint and I just hit our one-year wedding anniversary on November 12th, so I thought this would be a great time to walk down memory lane! Though we got engaged in 2013, we were still living in Japan and trying to plan a wedding that would take place in Dallas, TX – difficult is an understatement. I’d never been one to think about a wedding, so I had to start plans from scratch. It took many nights of Pinterest boarding and inspirations from friends and family to get to the final day!

We at least had a theme (astronomy) and colors (midnight blue, blush and hints of gold).



I’d been eyeing the Marty Leonard Chapel for a long time. They were booked for our original date, but worked out for the new one. Glass walls are my dreams come true.


Although the original plan was to host a fairly large wedding (well, large for Caucasian families and average for Vietnamese families, I learned) for 200 guests, we learned Clint was going to deploy in January 2018; so we had to push it up and scale it down to 75. We may have lost some friends through this down-scaling.

We were lucky to find Fearing’s at the Ritz Carlton was available, but they’d only be able to host 60. It was going to be a tight squeeze!



The Wedding Cake

As an amateur baker, cakes are almost an obsession for me. I knew the wedding cake had to taste good and meet the two design criteria: astronomy-inspired and understatedly dramatic florals. We went for the requisite tasting and Butch, the baker from Delicious Cakes, drew up a plan: a three-layer cake, each with its own flavor (orange marmalade, fresh strawberry and raspberry liqueur). What do you think of the final product?

Galaxy Donuts

It wouldn’t be a Kim Do wedding without some DOnuts, would it? The moment I saw Sweet Daze‘s galaxy donuts on Instagram, I knew we’d have to feature them at our wedding. I mean, look at how fun they are!

Graphic Design

You can’t hand a graphic designer a wedding and not expect some custom prints! I had a lot of fun designing different pieces: from invitations, signage and even our very own Snapchat geo-filter!

Other Details

Though this wedding was small, I wanted the various aspects to captivate the imagination. When Clint’s dad commented on how he loved all the details in the wedding, it was the best compliment I could’ve received. All the hard work paid off!

Pre-Wedding Festivities

Bridal Shower

My younger sister, Jane Do, was the maid of honor; which meant one of her biggest tasks was to plan a bridal shower. And though I’d fired and rehired her (in jest) as the MoH many times throughout the pre-wedding period, she really came through with a magnificent tea party at the Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas. It was truly a sweet day with my Bà Ngoại (grandma), mom, sisters and closest gal pals.

Pre-Wedding Photos

So many of the photos you’re seeing on this post is thanks to the uber-talented Thanin Viriyaki. On top of capturing our wedding day, he also threw in a pre-wedding shoot. Here are a few fun ones from that day:

Rehearsal Dinner

To commemorate our years in Japan, we wanted our family to get together for sushi. Sushi Axiom was a great spot, and delivered tasty dishes that catered to both the Asian and American palate. We discovered a few family members from Clint’s side had never had sushi before, and ended up liking it. Win!


My gracious older siblings offered an afternoon of pampering by way of manicures and pedicures – even Clint got a treatment! Look how cute my older sister, Tyty, was with her constellation toes. Even cuter is my brother taking his time to perfect my nails.

I also elected to get lash extensions for the first time. They’re sooooo pretty, but takes a lot of effort to maintain. Still glad I didn’t have to deal with the glue-on ones though.


The Big Day

Photography: Thanin Viriyaki Photography

Videography: Petit Four Films

Make-Up & Hair: AKP Artistry

Flowers: The Orchid-Luxury Flower Design

Getting Ready

Lucky me, a great childhood friend has a side bridal makeup and hair business. She offered her hair services to me and the bridal team gratis! She also recruited her partner to do our makeup.

My dress was the Essence of Australia Gatsby-inspired Illusion Back  from Circle Park Bridal Boutique. Only for this occasion, I spoiled myself with a pair of gold Jimmy Choo Romy heels. The bridal party all wore varying shades of blush, while the MoH opted for a navy.

And here are shots of the guys getting ready.

First Look

One of the best things about Clint is how he always makes me feel like I’m the prettiest girl in the room. It was no different during our First Look. Even when I’m critical of details, he was blown away and you can see it all in his face.

Wedding Ceremony

The Marty Leonard Chapel was such a perfect space for an intimate ceremony. The high ceilings and glass panels allowed for a natural illumination that lends itself delicately to the romance of the day. The pianist played, “Clair de Lune” as Poppa Do walked me down the aisle. Clint’s earnest vows made everyone cry – so much so that no one heard mine, but it didn’t matter. (Mostly because I made my entire family sit down and listen to me recite them again at a later date. Haha.)


Everyone’s right, your wedding day goes by so quickly! The reception zoomed by especially fast. We introduced the wedding party to various Chromeo songs. My dad gave a bilingual speech that was adorable! Jane and Minh Thu gave endearing speeches with tears and laughter. There were even games! So much love all around, it’s hard to come down from that high.

One Year Later

We made it through our first year of REAL marriage unscathed!


Texas Heat

Photo taken from texaspool.org

Promptly after our departure from Korea, we started our vacation back home in Dallas, TX. It was 3.5 weeks of glorious foods, familiar culture, and most importantly, much-needed time with old friends and family.

It was really nice to have Momma Do’s cooking again. She made me my favorites, including: bun bo hue, egg rolls, and mi vit tim. My sister-in-law made sure to cook her delicious lobster in ginger and onion sauce as well as treating me to a whole tray of her delightful cream puffs. And while my sisters don’t cook too often, they both took me to a fair share of tasty restaurants. I have to say, my family spoils the heck out of me!

I also got to meet my baby niece, Vivi, for the first time. She is as adorable as all the teaser pictures I got throughout my year in Korea. Her cheeks are loveable, squeezable, and bite-able! I fell in love immediately.

Even though I only had a few weeks, I made the best out of it and got to spend some one-on-one time with so many friends. It’s really comforting to know that even though I’ve been away for so long, they still keep me in their hearts/minds. Friends traveled in from out of town with the sole intent of hanging out with me. Lunch dates, happy hour, an obligatory fancy dinner, and a crawfish boil rounded out the weeks. I’m truly lucky.

Fourth of July

We spent July Fourth at the Texas Pool in Plano, TX. It was a small area, but the people were friendly and American pride was plentiful. What better way to beat the Texas heat than by swimming in a Texas pool! We had Vietnamese sandwiches, che (sweet dessert soup), and fried chicken. (We’ve really embraced our stereotypes accordingly.)

Austin/San Marcos

In between those weeks, we made a trip to Austin to meet up with my younger sister, Jane. (Yes, her name is Jane Do. Revel in that for a few seconds.) We met up with an old friend, and spent some time on the lake. He took us to a secret island where we were greeted by two free-spirited people claiming to be King and Queen of the island. Oh, Austin, you amuse me so. There was brunch/lunch on SoCo, drinks and desserts at Mozart’s Cafe, dinner at Madam Mam’s, night-cap at Halcyon, a trip to Mount Bonnell and the Peacock Sanctuary, and Mexican margaritas at Trudy’s.

We also stopped by San Marco’s to see Jane’s place, and she showed us Rio Vista Park. It’s a river for light river rafting and floating. It was really entertaining watching people attempt to river-raft and then flipping their kayaks. Jane also introduced us to her favorite breakfast tacos, and Clint fell in love. The trip ended with the inevitable trip to San Marcos Outlet Mall, where we each got something cute. It was a great sister-bonding trip.


We ate to our hearts’ content at old and new restaurants – including the long-awaited Boiling Crab. In the crawfish realm, there was also the old Crawfish Hut in Garland and Crawfish Shack in Austin. I also got to try the new LA Crawfish and Tasty Tails in Plano. I ate A LOT of crawfish on this trip! Each had its own unique (and spicy) flavor, so I probably couldn’t tell you my favorite!

No matter where I go, my heart will always be in Texas. One day, we’ll return and nurture our own tree from the roots we’ve safeguarded with our family and friends.

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
-George A. Moore