BC: May 5, 2012
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 reading them as much as we did making them.
2: The Bride | Once upon a time, in a very small town in Texas there was a princess named Kim Thi Duong. Kim loved helping people and decided to become nurse. Kim loved her family very much but she never felt like she belonged in a small town. She always knew there was somewhere else she was supposed to be. So the first chance she had she became a travel nurse and traveled to the city of angels.
3: Los Angeles was a complete change from her one traffic light town she grew up in but Kim felt at home. She fell in love with the city but didn't want to stop in only Los Angeles. She developed a plan to travel to all the major cities as a travel nurse and explore America. It was a brilliant and fool proof plan. That is until one day as she went in to work she saw someone who would change her life forever.
4: The Groom | Meanwhile on the east coast in a little state known as New Jersey a prince named Martin G. Halum II was growing up in a loving family. This prince was indeed very charming. Since he was named after his father he was nicknamed Tini. Whether he was annoying his sister, charming his family and friends, or gliding
5: through college and medical school, Tini has always looked at life as a gift. His parents taught him to live life to the fullest, to work hard and to play hard. Tini decided to embrace his fun loving spirit and journey out to California to complete his residency. As fate would have it he was working in the same hospital at the same time that Kim was working. This is where the love story begins....
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. | 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 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 weekend visit. Kim thought it would be great to clean the apartment before their guests arrived yet Martin was adamant about going to brunch. 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. Sure enough blue and red lights started flashing.
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.) | Martin pulls the car over and starts sweating as he talks about how he should have followed up with that lawyer, how he is not supposed to get a ticket. He looked super nervous. The officer comes to the drivers side and asked "Sir did you know that you ran a stop sign back there?" "I am sorry officer I was looking for parking and I guess I missed it." replied Martin. Kim thinking she could be of use said "I'm sorry officer it was my fault I was yelling at him and distracting him." The officer unfazed asked for Martin's license and insurance.
10: The officer came back only this time there was another officer at the passenger side as well. “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 does she post bail for him? 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? What jail will he go to? How is this happening?-
11: She tries to walk over to Martin and the second officer (in a very stern voice) 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 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. For further information and details regarding wedding festivities please visit www.weddingwire.com/kimandmartin | See you 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 Rustie Duong
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 possible. "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