FC: Kim and Martin A Love Story
1: We decided not to go the traditional route for wedding invitations. Since our wedding is personal and sentimental we thought our invites should be as well. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did making them.
2: Kim Thi Duong was born on a beautiful autumn morning in October. She grew up in a small town in east Texas. She went to school and | received her degree in nursing. She loved being a nurse but Kim always knew that she was not meant to stay in a small town, so the first chance she got she packed it up and moved to the city of angels! A small town girl in the big city! The city and all its marvelous new adventures were everything | The Bride
3: she needed it to be and so much more. Los Angeles to a girl that grew up in a one traffic light town was like never-land. Kim got to see and experience so many different cultures and was excited to learn all she could. She was able to move to Los Angeles and work at the same time as a travel nurse. As fate would have it she started working at USC. She thought this was the beginning of her travel career - it was in fact the beginning of something else entirely.
4: The Groom | Martin Gaylon Halum II was born on March 29th to a beautiful and wonderful family. Before he was even born he was very loved. He grew up in the "mean" streets of East Brunswick New Jersey | and his parents did everything they could to ensure that both he and his sister wanted for nothing. They dedicated their lives to their family and Martin grew up knowing what love truly is. He was nicknamed Tini as a child since he was
5: named after his father. Tini's father was an amazing man with a devoted spirit and a loving heart. Tini often says that he hopes he can emulate the wonderful man that his father was. Tini excelled at many things from very early on in life. Whether he was annoying his sister, charming his family and friends, or gliding through college and medical school, Tini has always looked at life as a gift and lived it to its fullest. He decided to embrace his fun loving spirit and journey out to California for his residency. Not just anywhere in California but in Los Angeles at this little hospital called USC. This is where Kim and Martin begin...
6: Kim and Tini met in 2008 at USC Hospital. From the moment they first laid eyes on each other they felt a connection. Once they started dating they were pretty much inseparable. Even though they came from different parts of the country and grew up in completely different environments - Kim in the country and Tini in Jersey - they just felt like they knew each other and their love grew. The love that they share is a once in a lifetime love. | First Comes Love
7: Kim and Tini had tons of fun from the very beginning. They loved to travel as much as Tini's schedule would allow. Even though they got lost once or twice they liked to hike around in California and explore the city together. They both knew very early on that this was a forever love and they talked about their future often and have always been on the same plan about where they were headed. Although this is a beautiful thing, between their openness and Kim’s keen detective skills she never thought Tini could pull of a surprise proposal. Boy was she wrong!
8: It all started on an innocuous Saturday morning. Kim and Martin had some friends and family coming in for a short visit for the long weekend. They had plans to go to brunch with Cousin Jenny when she arrived but they woke up to a call saying that she missed her flight. Kim thought it would be a great idea to sleep in and clean a little before their guests arrived. Martin insisted on going to brunch anyway. So Kim got ready and off they went to brunch. On the way there Martin was asking Kim for directions stating that he did not remember what street the restaurant was on. While Kim was looking up the direction Martin ran a stop sign. “Baby be careful what are you doing?” Kim said in a slightly raised voice.
9: (Editors note: Martin received a ticket a few months prior and had gone to an attorney to keep it off of his record. In doing this he was not allowed to get a ticket for 6 months.) Just as this was said blue and red lights start flashing in the background. | Martin pulls over in a church parking lot and starts sweating and talking about how he should have followed up with that lawyer, how he is not supposed to get a ticket, he looked so nervous. The cop comes around the driver's side “Sir did you not see that stop sign?” asked the officer. “I am sorry I was looking for parking and I did not see it.” replied Martin. Kim thinking she could be of use said “I’m sorry officer it was all my fault we were running late and I was yelling at him.” The officer smiled unfazed and asked for Martins license and insurance. He took it back to his car and Martin went back to
10: looking super nervous and fidgeting. The officer came back only this time there was another officer at the passenger side as well. “Sir how do you pronounce your name, is it Halum?”, “Yes” replied Martin. “Sir you got a ticket back in February that you did not pay or go to court for. There is a bench warrant out for your arrest I am going to need you to step out of the vehicle.” Martin was visibly sweating now as he stepped out the car. The officer made him put his hands on the car and patted him down asking if he had any weapons. Meanwhile the second officer asked Kim to step out of the car so he can search it and demanded to know if she had any weapons either. Kim's thoughts were running a million miles a minute and she started making plans in her head - How do you post bail? How can she get home? Could she try to drive a stick? Or would that lead to an accident and further worsen the situation? Will he even get bail on a weekend?
11: What jail will he go to? How is this happening? - She tries to walk over to Martin and the second officer tells her to stay where she is. The officer explains to Martin that he has to take him in because of the warrant. He then tells him to please put his hands behind his back and get on his knees. “I understand you are just doing what you have to do but can she take my car so it doesn't get towed?” asked Martin, the officer replied “Yes that is fine she can take all you possessions.” At this time the second officer walks Kim around the vehicle to see Martin down on one knee with a ring box open. Kim gasps and looks at the ring and looks away. Martin still down on one knee says these amazing sentimental sweet words and then finishes it up with “Will you marry me?”
12: Kim looks at him eyes wide and says “Yes of course but not now your about to go to jail!” Martin looks at her patiently, Kim looks at the officers sees their expectant smiles and it all clicks! She was set up! This is real! The moment she had been waiting for came and she didn't even realize it. She ran to Martin crying and kissing him! Kim and Martin were finally engaged and Martin had finally surprised her.
14: Then Comes Marriage
15: Because you have shared in our lives through your friendship and love, we Kim Thi Duong & Dr. Martin Gaylon Halum II together with our families invite you to share the beginning of our new life together when we exchange marriage vows on Saturday, the fifth of May two thousand and twelve at five o’clock at the Grand Old House in Georgetown, Grand Cayman.
16: GRAND CAYMAN | We will be staying on Seven Mile Beach at the Marriott. We would love for you to stay close but understand if you choose to stay elsewhere. We will be on island the week before the wedding. Grand Cayman is a beautiful island with many different attractions and wonderful dining options. We are so excited to share our special day with you in this beautiful location.
17: We will be constantly updating the website. Please visit for any further information at www.weddingwire.com/kimandmartin | See you soon in paradise! Love Kim and Tini
18: A Mother’s love is binding Unrelenting in its power The glow from it so blinding Beyond her final hour Even after a Mother’s gone Her love will see you through A love to help you carry on Because that’s what Mother’s do Dedicated to Kim's mother who passed away. "I love you mom and even though you will not be there physically on our big day, in spirit you are with us everyday." Love Kim
19: Although death has separated us physically, faith and love have bound us eternally. Though we cannot see you, we know you are here. Though we cannot touch you, we feel the warmth of your smile, as we begin a new chapter in our lives. We pause to reflect upon those who have shaped our character, Molded our spirits and touched our hearts. May we always cherish the memories we have shared, THey are a representation of the everlasting impact you have made upon our lives. Dedicated to Martin G. Halum
20: A special thank you for Tini's Mom, Dr. Marietta Moraleda Halum. She has always been there for Tini and helped shape him into the wonderful man that he is today. She embraced Kim into her arms and her heart as if she were her own daughter. She is the epitome of an amazing woman who has the heart of gold and the ferocity of a mother lion. Kim and Tini know that no matter what happens they have her in their corner. Without her love and generosity this beautiful day would not be happening. "Mom, We love you and thank you for all that you have done, are doing, and will ever do for us. You are an amazing woman and we both love you and feel absolutely blessed to have you." Love Kim and Tini