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Gamble House

Our wedding celebration begins with the arrival of our family and friends the week of the wedding.  Having our loved ones near is what makes the occasion so special.  If you are visiting the Bay Area for the first time the travel and maps section might be useful.

We plan to have two private wedding ceremonies on our wedding day -- one Chinese and one Western.  Both of the ceremonies will be in the gardens of the Elizabeth F. Gamble House in Palo Alto.  The Chinese tea ceremony is attended only by our parents, where we honor them.  Our tea ceremony will borrow bits and pieces from the more elaborate traditional Chinese tea ceremony -- if you are curious you can read about that here.

Purple Orchid

Next we'll have a Western ceremony in the Gamble Gardens with our family and closest friends attending.  This ceremony will be more traditional with ladies in waiting, groomsmen, rings, etc.  Rev. Kemp Segerhammar from the First Lutheran Church of Palo Alto will officiate the ceremony.


Following that we head down the street to Ming's Chinese restaurant for a traditional wedding banquet -- this means good food and lots of it!  Here we've invited many of our friends to come join in the celebration of our marriage.

Many of the foods served at the wedding banquet have special significance for the newlyweds.  Here's a guide to what some of the foods symbolize.

Directions to Ming's:

From San Francisco:
 Highway 101 South
 Exit Embarcadero Road East.
 Turn right at the first stoplight.
 Take the first left into the parking lot.

From San Jose:
 Highway 101 North
 Exit Embarcadero Road East
 Turn right at the first stoplight.
 Take the first left into the parking lot.

Wedding Registry:

We are registered at a couple of places.  If you are interested email us for details.

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