Chrissy Wai-Ching's Puerto Rico wedding

By on Dec. 31st

Wai-Ching's wedding dresses are the stuff of legend here on — but what about Chrissy's OWN wedding, exactly a year ago today?

The offbeat bride: Chrissy Wai-Ching Fashion Designer/Fiber Artist

Her offbeat groom: Vasili Zolotov, Software Engineer

Location & date of wedding: The Gallery Inn, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, 12/31/06.

What made our wedding offbeat: Our wedding was offbeat because I made and designed my own gown, the groom's outfit, my mother's dress, and my mother in law's dress! We had the wedding in the courtyard of an art hotel.

The ceremony consisted of a statueing cupid robotically handing out noisemakers and chocolate coins, suspenseful lead up of the bridal march, a drunken pirate demanding a ransom for the bride's release, dispensing of the chocolate coins, deployment of the noisemakers, and a flamenco dancing bride.

Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was trying to plan the wedding in Puerto Rico from Seattle. Being half Puerto Rican, I knew that it might be a struggle to begin with, as Puerto Ricans work on island time. We have a lot of vegans and vegetarians in out group, so the menu was quite a challenge to coordinate.

We arrived at the hotel the day before the ceremony not really knowing exactly what was going to happen for the wedding. We winged it the whole way. My uncle's quattro band that was to play at the reception got carjacked earlier that day so there was a lot of uncertainty as to whether we would have music at all. They pulled though, Boriquen soldiers that they are! Muchos Gracias!!!

My favorite moment: My favorite moment was dancing to the traditional Puerto Rican music after the feast.

My offbeat advice: If you want to minimize stress, have alternative plans lined up in case of unforeseen circumstances. Try not to control things to much and let them flow.

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn:

Chrissy's wedding dress is only the beginning of the beauty …

PS: Happy anniversary, Chrissy! Now, get back to work on those dresses!