LOCATION: HOME + STEVESTON
DATE: FEBRUARY 22 2019

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IT ALL STARTED IN EARLY 2004…

“We started chatting online every night, despite the three hours time difference..."

WITHIN AN OLD ONLINE VIDEO GAME CALLED GUNBOUND ABOUT 14 YEARS AGO. IT WAS A TIME DURING WHICH MSN MESSENGER IS SLOWLY SURPASSING ICQ AS THE MOST POPULAR ONLINE MESSENGER PROGRAM.

LAM-TUAN WAS LIVING IN MONTREAL AND PAK KA WAS LIVING IN VANCOUVER. WE STARTED CHATTING ONLINE EVERY NIGHT, DESPITE THE 3 HOURS TIME DIFFERENCE. AFTER A FEW MONTHS, LAM-TUAN DECIDED TO VISIT VANCOUVER. HE BOOKED A PLANE TICKET AND FLEW OVER THAT SUMMER. PAK KA WAS NERVOUS WHEN SHE WENT TO PICK HIM UP AT THE AIRPORT. ALL HER FRIENDS THOUGHT SHE WAS CRAZY TO MEET THIS GUY SHE MET ONLINE FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. PAK KA AND LAM-TUAN MET IN PERSON FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE FIRST PLACE PAK KA TOOK LAM WAS TO A TAIWANESE RESTAURANT FOR BEEF NOODLES AND POPCORN CHICKEN - FOR PAK KA KNOWS THAT THE PATH TO A MAN’S HEART IS THROUGH HIS STOMACH. PAK KA AND LAM-TUAN SPENT THAT WEEK RUNNING AROUND TOWN EATING ALL THE GREAT FOOD AND ENJOYING ALL THE SUMMER FUN VANCOUVER HAD TO OFFER. IT WAS A TEARY GOOD BYE WHEN LAM-TUAN’S TRIP FINALLY CAME TO AN END. PAK KA AND LAM-TUAN WENT BACK TO BEING IN A LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP. AFTER CONNECTING LONG DISTANCE FOR A TIME, LAM-TUAN EVENTUALLY MADE THE MOVE TO VANCOUVER.

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 THE PROPOSAL

“I CASUALLY SUGGESTED WE WALK ALL THE WAY BACK TO THAT SPOT…”

I PROPOSED TO PAK KA ON OUR 1ST TIME TRIP TO HAWAII. AFTER DINNER WE WALKED ON THE MAIN BEACH STRIP IN WAIKIKI AND I INITIALLY PLANNED TO GET ON ONE KNEE ONCE WE REACHED A SPOT WITH ENOUGH MOONLIGHT AND NOT TOO MUCH CROWD. AFTER WALKING NEARLY THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE BEACH AND PASSING ALL THE HOTELS, WE FINALLY REACHED A SPOT WITH NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE AND A CLEAR ENOUGH VIEW OF THE OCEAN AT NIGHT. AS PAK KA TOOK IN A MOMENT STARING OUT INTO THE NIGHT, I TOOK OUT THE RING BOX AND OPENED IT; ONLY TO REALIZE THAT THE MOONLIGHT IN MY MIND WAS MUCH BRIGHTER THAN IN REALITY. IT WAS WAY TOO DARK AND I QUICKLY PUT THE RING AWAY. TIME FOR PLAN B.

WHEN WE STARTED OUR NIGHT WALK ON THE BEACH, IT WAS AT THE HILTON HOTEL WHICH WAS AT THE EDGE OF THE STRIP. WE HAD PASSED THROUGH THE GUEST POOL AREA WHICH WAS FILLED WITH NICE PRIVATE POOL CHAIRS, THE KIND THAT LOOK LIKE BIG BUBBLES THAT ENCLOSE THE OCCUPANTS FOR PRIVACY. I CASUALLY SUGGESTED WE WALK ALL THE WAY BACK TO THAT SPOT AND SINCE THAT AREA WAS MOSTLY EMPTY I SUGGESTED WE SIT DOWN IN ONE OF THE FANCY BUBBLE POOL CHAIRS FOR A BIT. AT THIS POINT MY MIND WAS IN FULL INSPIRATION MODE ON HOW TO SMOOTHLY STEER THE CONVERSATION TOWARDS PROPOSING. THIS WAS STILL EARLY IN ON OUR TRIP AND PAK KA WAS TALKING ABOUT THINGS WE COULD DO DURING OUR STAY – I HAD NOT DONE TOO MUCH RESEARCH ON ACTIVITIES FOR THIS TRIP SINCE EVERYTHING REVOLVED AROUND THE PROPOSAL…

AS PAK KA LISTED OFF ONE BY ONE THE ACTIVITIES THAT COULD BE FUN, I SEIZED THE OPPORTUNITY AND SAID… “OH YEAH THAT SOUNDS LIKE FUN! BUT HOW ABOUT DOING ALL THOSE THINGS WHILE WE ARE ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED?” HER FIRST WORDS: “WHERE DID YOU GET THAT!?”

LAM-TUAN: “SO WHAT DO YOU SAY? WANT TO GET TO GET MARRIED AND MOVE OUR LIVES TO THE NEXT CHAPTER?”

PAK KA: “MAYBE…” “…”

PAK KA: …OK. 

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MEET THE TEAM // BRIDESMAIDS + GROOMSMEN

 
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BEST MAN



TIEN GIA NGUYEN (A.K.A. RED)

TIEN HAS BEEN A CONSTANT IN LAM’S LIFE. THEY ONCE ROAMED THE STREETS OF MONTREAL BREAKING HEARTS AND KICKING ASSES. NOW THEY HAVE BOTH SMARTEN UP THANKS TO THEIR BETTER HALF. FACT: TIEN IS THE PROUD FATHER OF TWO INCREDIBLY ADORABLE DAUGHTERS.

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MATRON OF HONOUR



CARRIE KONG (NÉE WONG)

PAK KA’S BEST FRIEND, THEY GO SO FAR BACK THERE ARE PICTURES OF THEM SURROUNDED BY PLUSH TOYS TALLER THAN THEM. EVERY NOW AND THEN PEOPLE WILL EXCLAIM IN SURPRISE, “YOU TWO ARE STILL FRIENDS?” YES. YES THEY ARE

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GROOMSMAN



Phong le

PHONG AND LAM WENT THROUGH THE MOTIONS OF CEGEP TOGETHER AND THAT’S WHEN THEY DISCOVERED THEY HAVE SIMILAR TASTE IN MANGAS, ANIMES, MOVIES, AND VIDEO GAMES. PHONG AND LAM LOVE TO PUT ON THEIR MONOCLES AND PHILOSOPHIZE THE MANY THEORIES SURROUNDING THE MANY SUBJECTS OF THEIR GEEKDOM.

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bridesmaid



KIMBERLY BARTFAI

PAK KA’S CLOSE FRIEND. AT SOME POINT WE KIND OF SHIFT FROM MAKING FRIENDS THE WAY WE USED TO AS KIDS AND MAKE FRIENDS “AS AN ADULT”. ANYWHO… KIM DOESN’T GIVE A #^$% ABOUT THIS RAMBLE, KIM WOULD HAVE BEEN FRIENDS WITH PAK KA SOONER IF IT WEREN’T TO HAVE TO WAIT TO MEET HER AT ISV (AH YES … THOSE GOOD OLD DAYS).

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GROOMSMAN



DAMON LIU

GROOMSMAN: DAMON IS BROTHER-IN-LAW TO BE. SINCE COMING TO VANCOUVER, LAM AND DAMON HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW EACH OTHER THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. THEY WERE CALLING EACH OTHER BROS LONG BEFORE THIS WEDDING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED.

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bridesmaid



CARMEN CHEUNG (NÉE TSE)

PAK KA’S COUSIN ON HER MUM’S SIDE. THEY GREW UP TOGETHER ON THE SAME STREET AND EXPERIENCED COUNTLESS FAMILY GATHERINGS TOGETHER. SOME FUN, SOME AWKWARD, SOME WHERE THEY MOSTLY SENT EACH OTHER COMMUNICATIONS THROUGH KNOWING & NODDING LOOKS ACROSS THE ROOM. THEY’RE SO CLOSE THEY CAN TALK WITHOUT WORDS.

 
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WEDDING DAY

MAY 18TH 2019

BOTH THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION WILL TAKE PLACE AT CECIL GREEN PARK HOUSE AT 6251 CECIL GREEN PARK ROAD, VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA.  CECIL GREEN PARK HOUSE IS SITUATED ON THE TRADITIONAL, ANCESTRAL AND UNCEDED TERRITORY OF THE MUSQUEAM PEOPLE.

CEREMONY:
6:00PM

RECEPTION:
PROMPTLY FOLLOW THE CEREMONY

 
 

RSVP

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO CELEBRATING THIS DAY WITH YOU. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN MAKE IT!

KINDLY RSVP BY: APRIL 1ST, 2019

IF YOU'VE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL US AT PakkaXLamTuan@gmail.com

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