Anna and Nancy of Aisle Ai Weddings, have done it again! They’re back with another wedding spotlight:
About Aisle Ai Weddings:
Aisle Ai Weddings is a wedding planning company focused on celebrating love. Many of their couples come from different backgrounds and a lot of their work incorporates a mixture of cultures and styles. They particularly love giving incorporating traditional aspects of a culture into a wedding, while also mixing in modern elements. Aisle Ai’s weddings are always fun and consist of three ingredients: one element of promise, one of romance, and one of surprise. The two founders of the company do everything that they can, to ensure that the brides have a wedding beyond their expectations. “Ai” means love in Mandarin. Aisle Ai prepares the bride for her walk down the aisle, towards her true love.
You’ve met them before, but here they are again: Aisle Ai Weddings was co-founded by Nancy and Anna
Date of Wedding: August 6, 2016
The Couple: Jarod & Wendy
Share a brief background story about your clients including their names, wedding date, how they met, how the engagement happened:
Jarod and Wendy met while they were studying at UIUC. A friend introduced them during a culture trip when Jarod was running Etc. Cafe on campus and they bonded through their mutual love of nature and beauty. Cultural differences created some struggles along the way, but in the end, their love persevered.
How were they referred to you?
Jarod had heard of us by word of mouth and was impressed by our company’s strong reputation.
What unique elements did they want to incorporate into their wedding?
Interestingly, Jarod and Wendy wanted to incorporate some Celtic traditions from Jarod’s background and some Chinese elements from Wendy’s background. They wanted a garden themed wedding with lots of trees because they were both big fans of nature. We searched far and wide to find the perfect wedding venue that catered to all of their needs.
Because Wendy’s family spoke Chinese only and Jarod’s family spoke English only, half of the wedding speeches were done in Mandarin and half in English. We acted as translators as well as planners at this wedding!
In a special surprise for the bride, Nancy taught Jarod a song in Chinese that he sang to Wendy during the reception. Needless to say, Wendy was incredibly touched.
We also incorporated the ancient tradition of a tea ceremony, but this time with a modern twist. The bride and groom knelt in front of both sets of parents and presented them with tea, thanking them for their upbringing and taking care of their new wife/husband.
Throughout the wedding, our bride cried tears of happiness several times, which was so rewarding for us!
What was your favorite moment on this wedding day?
Our favorite moment was during the tea ceremony, when Wendy and Jarod were both crying and we were able to host. Usually we stay in the background and run around as planners, but this time we were presenting the tea and speaking in both English and Chinese to an entire room filled with people. It was so fun! We really enjoyed it and felt that we paid the proper respects to the elders.
What was your favorite part of planning this wedding?
This wedding was particularly fun because we were able to incorporate elements of the Chinese culture into the wedding. This made it very interesting because the dynamics of an American wedding and a Chinese one are very different. We really enjoyed mixing the traditional with the modern.
What was one item you could not live without on this day?
Again, our Crash Cart! We cannot do any weddings without our Cart. It literally has everything that you can think of. We are prepared for anything to happen! It has eye drops, undergarments, screwdrivers, tin foil- you name it!
What was one aspect of planning this wedding that you were excited to execute?
We have to say the surprise that we planned for Wendy was what we were most excited about. Jarod sang a love song and we had it on the itinerary as “DJ intermission”, signaling to the DJ and the staff that it stood for Dear Jarod intermission so that Wendy would not suspect that there was a surprise that was going to happen. Music started, lyrics were posted on the wall, and Jarod was winning major points with his new wife and her parents!
Thank you to Anna and Nancy for allowing us to feature this wedding. And a special thank you to Erica K by Erica Kohagizawa for the beautiful images. If you are a CWP through The Bridal Society and would like to submit a Spotlight Wedding to be featured, please be sure to visit our private Facebook forum for the application.