Jimmy and Jade met through mutual friends about seven years ago when they both lived in their home town of New Jersey at the time. They would go to weekly car meets/car shows, talk about cars, show off their cars, and discuss the latest “mods.”
The couple still enjoys nice cars, and occasionally going to car shows when they can. They have hopes to work on a “classic-car project” together in the future.
Jimmy and Jade also enjoy watching movies together, traveling together, and taking road trips. For a time, they were going to the Renaissance Fair every year together.
What Jade loves most about Jimmy is how supportive he is with everything, and always how accepting he is of her and the things she does. When the opportunity arose for Jade to take a job as a registered nurse in Texas, there were no complaints from Jimmy when he moved halfway across the country with her.
What Jimmy loves most about Jade, apart from her beauty, obviously, is that she is smart, thoughtful, determined and strong. Even if she fails, she comes back stronger than before until she achieves her goal and beyond.
Not only is this couple totally perfect for one another, but their wedding day really represented a lot of meaningful details for them.
They had a modern-traditional / Chinese wedding theme. The red and gold are traditional Chinese wedding colors and are symbols of good luck. The Chinese character for double happiness is very common for weddings and is a sign for goodness. The dragon and phoenix symbols, which were their main symbols and theme, also common in Chinese weddings, represent yin (phoenix) and yang (dragon). They compliment each other/balance each other to harvest successful matrimonial bliss. The celestial couple is the symbol of everlasting love, and them being together is the ultimate symbol of marital happiness.
The couple incorporated and substituted the dragon and phoenix candles instead of “the unity candle.”
They also incorporated the Chinese tea ceremony during the reception – the bride and groom would traditionally kneel in front of their respective parents (and other elders) and serve them tea and then thank them, which is a devout way to express their gratitude for being raised.
Jade, being half Caucasian and have Chinese, really wanted to incorporate both traditional American and Chinese elements into their wedding. Jimmy has always loved Asian culture, so incorporating both of their heritages into their wedding together was a no-brainer.
Jade did most of the wedding planning herself, which was not easy, since they live near Dallas. She credits receiving a lot of help from a planning guide that her sister and matron of Honor, Lana, handed down to her from her own wedding. Beth, one of Jade’s bridesmaids, who is a Las Vegas local was able to help with scouting some of the locations/venues/casinos and their chapels by sending Jade photos and giving her input. Jimmy helped give opinions at times, ordered some supplies, completed the invitations, and made arrangements for all of the transportation required. Susan (bridesmaid) made sure the decor was completed and set up on the day of the wedding. Not only that, but she actually made all of the centerpieces, and completed the decorations (flowers/bamboo/topper) to the cake. Wow – big props go out to her for all of her help! That is some major talent and helpfulness right there!
Looking back on the wedding day, Jade recalls her favorite moment of the day being when she was finally able to see Jimmy’s reaction and the look on his face when he first saw her in her wedding gown. This moment was pretty significant for both of them as the story is, at the time Jade was dress shopping, Jimmy actually went along for moral support, since she doesn’t have any family living with her in Texas. When she actually put THE gown on in the store, Jimmy almost starting crying right then and there. So, based off of Jimmy’s reaction, Jade knew that this was her gown and she needed to say “yes to the dress,” but she obviously just couldn’t let Jimmy know that this was the dress she was going to wear! She still wanted that surprise element, so naturally, she tried to play it off and said she wasn’t sure if it was “the one” for her, as a couple other options were also good, and she didn’t want to spend that much money on a dress! Just in case Jimmy suspected that she might have still ordered the white with red dress, she made sure she went to the dress fitting with two of her local bridesmaids (Susan and Adriana) and left Jimmy at home this time around! When she went home that night, apparently she was quite “pissed,” relaying to Jimmy that allegedly everything was wrong on the dress that came in! Phrases like these started spewing out of her mouth: “It wasn’t what I asked for” and “It didn’t fit, they got the measurements wrong!” “There wasn’t enough time for them to reorder and make the right dress I wanted in time and I would have to choose a different one!” Then, Jade asked Susan if she could keep the dress at her house, which she did, and she also took it with her on the plane when they left for Las Vegas. Jade really felt like she was able to pull off keeping the dress a surprise, and when the time for the big reveal came, Jimmy was indeed overcome with surprise and happiness.
Jade also, of course, really enjoyed having everyone brought together and having such a great time on the wedding day! She loved how everything came together, especially all of the Chinese elements.
Looking back on his wedding day, scanning for the fondest moment, it really was the surprise of seeing Jade during the “first look,” Getting to see her in “the dress” all done up was the highlight of his day. “She was more gorgeous than I could have imagined,” exclaimed Jimmy. Jimmy also had a lot of fun with the wedding games and driving out to the Vegas Sign for photos immediately after the wedding.