We met our senior year of high school in 2005 through our mutual friends. Carolyn needed a date for prom and I was available. After being together for 8 years and both of us having stables jobs, I thought it was time to propose.
For the proposal, I wanted something memorable and meaningful to our relationship. I thought Disney World would be a really memorable place to propose since we both love Disney and celebrated our one year dating anniversary at Disneyland. I tried my best to hide the ring with me as I packed for the trip to Florida. When we were at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, I had the ring in my cargo shorts (yes I needed the pockets. lol.) and tried to find the best opportunity to propose. However, it was too crowded during the day and there were tropical rains so we decided to head home early. I still wanted to come back at night to catch the fireworks and try again to propose. We made it back in time to see the last part of the fireworks, but it didn’t feel like the perfect time to propose since we missed most of the show. Luckily I thought about the wishing well outside of the castle at Magic Kingdom that I had seen earlier in the day! I asked her to come see the castle with me and she kept on saying “Why? We’ve already seen the castle today.” I kept on insisting, and she reluctantly followed. Later we came upon the wishing well and I asked her if she had a penny to make a wish. She did not have a penny but after a lot of digging was able to pull out a dime that she said we could share to make our wishes. I asked her what was her wish? and she said I can’t tell you or else it wouldn’t come true. Then I asked her if she wanted to know what I wished for. With a bit of frustration in her voice, she reminded me that “You can’t tell or it won’t come true.” But I told her anyway, that my wish was “For you to be my wife,” and I got down on one knee and pulled out the ring from my cargo shorts and she said yes!
Our main color was eggplant purple with touches of blush pink. The colors were carried throughout our wedding decor. They were used in our wedding invitations, tablescape, centerpieces, wedding bouquets/boutonnieres, wedding party attire, and lighting. There were touches of a fairy tale theme that can be seen in the carriage shaped card holder and the seating chart title of “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast and our first dance song, “Tale as Old as Time”. We wanted touches of the fairy tale in our wedding reception because we love Disney. The one theme that carried throughout the wedding planning process was classic, elegant, and timeless.
I love lace and tried on a bunch of lace wedding dresses, but in the end fell in love with a simple mermaid shaped organza dress that I knew Andrew would love because he loves simple elegance. I also had a custom made Vietnamese dress. My mom went through a lot of trouble to find the fabric in Vietnam and had the little pearls hand sewn on. The Vietnamese dress was used for the tea ceremony and visiting guests at their tables. For the end of the night and dancing, I had a short, knee-length dress that was comfortable and easy to move around in. My Vietnamese dress, my short dress, and my veil was where I got to have my touches of lace.
I had to try on 20 pairs of shoes until I found my perfect white satin Badgley Mischka heels with a touch of bling! I fell in love as soon as I tried them on. They’re classic, elegant, timeless and…comfortable!
For the groom, we really liked dark gray/charcoal since it’s formal without being too formal, like black. The groom wore a charcoal tux with black vest and tie with an eggplant pocket napkin to tie in with the wedding colors.
For the ceremony and the first half of the reception, the bridesmaids wore a one shoulder fitted, knee-length satin eggplant purple dress, silver heels, and a monogrammed necklace that I had give them. For the second half of the reception, the bridesmaids wore a traditional Vietnamese dress in eggplant purple that had hand embroidered flowers on it. The groomsmen wore a charcoal tux with eggplant purple vests, ties, and pocket napkins.
My was mainly white with touches of blush pink to match the bridesmaids blush pink rose bouquets. The bouquet was composed of peonies, roses, and calla lillies. I’ve always loved the look and smell of peonies. Actually, at the beginning of our relationship, always wore peony scented lotions and Andrew knew it was my favorite scent.
Andrew had a white calla lily boutonniere to match the my mainly white bouquet and the groomsmen had blush pink rose boutonnieres to match the bridesmaids bouquets.
Our ceremony was at St. Lawrence the Martyr church. It was a special location to Andrew because that is where he grew up with most of his groomsmen. They all went to middle school together at St. Lawrence. The aisle were lined with vases filled with water, blush pink crystals, and eggplant purple calla lillies. We incorporated lighting of a unity candle and all of the traditional aspects of Catholic wedding, including Canon by Pachelbel as the wedding party procession song and the Bridal March for my entrance and the traditional Wedding March as the recessional song.
Our reception was at Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club. We chose this location because we loved the venue at first sight. Before visiting this venue, we thought we would never find a place that had everything that we were looking for, but Palo Alto Hills just had it all! It’s had a grand entrance staircase, a separate place to have cocktail hour, and a beautiful waterfall with a gorgeous view.
For our guest tables, we had a champagne colored table cloth with eggplant purple napkins. Our table numbers and escort cards matched our wedding invitations that were purple with accents of gold. Our centerpieces were set atop a circular mirror and was composed of 3 vases filled with water and crystals that were lit with a blush pink LED light. Each vase held a different flower – orchids, calla lilies, and tulips (my favorite!). The whole ballroom had purple uplighting.
Our first dance song was “A Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast to give it that touch of fairy tale and tie in our love of Disney.
We had a photo booth for guests where there were double prints, one for the guest to take home and one to put in our guest book. Speaking of our guest book, we had one custom made that looked like a fairy tale book. It was of course purple in color with a touch of that rustic metal which made it look so authentic.
We offered two flavors of cake – chocolate baileys and green tea. Something classic and something a bit more unique. The case was designed to be truly elegant and classic. Two tiers that were covered in demasque and two tiers that had simple piping, all topped off with flowers.
We had custom made wedding invitations, escort cards, and table numbers with the table number printed on one side and the menu printed on the other. Everything was eggplant purple with touches of gold.
The tea ceremony was really special to us since it showed how important family is to us, especially our parents. Although we decided to forego a lot of the Vietnamese traditions, that was something that we had to do.
We’d like to remind future couples to remember what the day is really about and to schedule some time on your wedding day to just spend with each other. We had a great day but looking back on it, a lot of it was spent entertaining guests. Having that time where it’s just the two of you to truly appreciate each other and the journey that you’ve taken as a couple to get to that day is really important. Also, don’t move and get a puppy all within a month of getting married! That was super hectic 🙂