Jonathan + Minh

She said she read my blogs, loved my personality, and wanted me to shoot her wedding.  I was flattered.  I met Minh and Jonathan and immediately could see how perfect they were together. I have to have a connection with my brides, be it personality, common interests, TWD, dog lovers, ANYTHING.  I have been sooooo very fortunate to have had a connection with each bride I work with.  When they mentioned they were incorporating Star Wars into their wedding- I was taken.   We gathered around the table getting more and more excited about April 16th!

Here are some gorgeous photos from their engagement and TWO weddings (that's right, we shot 2 wedding ceremony's in one day) and it was really an epic experience.

I loved the story of how they met.  Minh should be a blogger because I love how she tells her story:

We met on match.com.  We emailed back and forth for about a couple weeks and then we exchanged phone numbers and texted/called for another couple weeks until our first date in October.  He came to pick me up in his awesome 1985 Mazda RX-7 and we went to eat sushi at his favorite sushi place Sushi Hayashi in Moore.  It was delicious! Then we went to see Seven Psychopaths.  I thought it would be funny and had a lot of actors that I liked, but nope.  I mean it was funny but it was dark humor and definitely not a good date movie.  Jon kept trying to find time to put his arm around me but then someone was brutally murdered, so yeah.  Needless to say, there was no good time for flirtatious gestures.  Fast forward a few dates, on our 4th date, we wanted to go somewhere and talk because all other dates were movies.  So we went to Tapwerks for some beer.  After a little drinking, we were sharing stories and came up on the topic of sad movies.  I mentioned Titanic and how I surprisingly didn't cry but when I watched Armageddon, I meant to say, I cried my eyes out or I bawled my eyes out, but instead, I said "I cried my balls out".  So embarrassing! I attempted to keep talking while I see Jon biting his cheek trying not to laugh.  After that everything was great, he is so funny and kind.  He is my big, hairy, cuddly bear and I love him for all that he is.

His Side

She knows me pretty well.....what she said and I do love her. 

But I digress, It was a typical night like any other. I was probably playing WoW or staring blankly at my computer screen. I suddenly remembered I had matches to go through on Match.  So I went through my daily matches and read profiles and looked at pictures.  I  came upon a beautiful woman with a profile name that I didn't understand. It read MinhsterCheese. Not knowing what I know now about her, (muenster being her favorite cheese and her name is Minh) I was intrigued and confused.  I read her profile and sent a wink to her thinking that would be the end of it. Low and behold she emailed me!  I remember that day because it made me extremely happy she was interested in talking to me. So this is where my story meets hers. She pretty much nailed it on the head.  It was crazy because everything just clicked with her. Even with our poor choice of movie, that first date was a lot of fun. We often look back on it and laugh.  I've said my fair share of goofy things, like telling her cooking is better than nothing. What I really meant was I couldn't think of anything better than it. I also once told her I loved her "so so" much, which could be confused with "meh" .  But she knew I meant I loved her a lot. Man, I could write a book of my word "mess-ups" haha. Having her in my life has been the best thing ever.  To quote a well known singer, "It's like you're my mirror, My mirror staring back at me, I couldn't get any bigger, With anyone else beside of me, And now it's clear as this promise, That we're making two reflections into one".  I can't wait to start our next chapter together and see what lies ahead.

She got her dress from David's Bridal-Vera Wang and isn't it gorgeous!  It was perfect and she rocked it!

The Skirvin did a beautiful job setting up the reception area.  From the table settings to the cakes, Jonathan and Minh's wedding day was really spectacular.

I caught a few snaps as they were practicing for their grand entrance into the reception.  

They had a second ceremony at the Skirvin, her dad walked her down the aisle twice in one day which I thought was truly awesome.  Jonathan's grandfather officiated the second ceremony.

They made their grand entrance, and had an epic battle!

The guests were completely surprised, and loved every second. 

It was so great to see their outfit change into traditional Vietnamese attire.

Jonathan and Minh incorporated the Vietnamese tradition of walking the tables to thank guests for their blessings and accept cards, gifts, and well wishes.  

Spending the day with Jonathan and Minh was really an amazing experience.  What I truly loved about it, was how Minh shared her family traditions with Jonathan.  There was so much love- and you know me. In love with LOVE!  Thank you for making us a part of your night you two.  Seriously- it was the best.  

Madison's on Main - Cake
Nexus Productions - DJ
Inaru Creations - wedding day of coordinator
Tori Hlad - Hair
Victoria Jakola - Make up
Hosty Duo - Band
Mom (Hong Truong) - Florist

Leia Smethurst

Leia Smethurst Photography, PO Box 18694 , Oklahoma City, OK 73154, United States