For Le and Duong, it’s always been the little things in their relationship that have meant the most. “I was sick the first time we met for coffee,” Duong says. “She reminded me to drink my medicine and got up to get me some water for my pills. The next day, she made soup and brought it out to my workplace. I knew right away she was a sweet girl; the type of girl you want to take home to meet your mom. I introduced her to my mom after about two weeks of dating.”
Duong impressed Le by showing her he was always thinking of her and putting her first. “One time, we had this ice cream brownie dessert at Leatherby’s and I told him how delicious the brownie was. He quickly ordered a dozen brownies for me to take home. It was very sweet and thoughtful,” she says.
The couple took a trip to Tokyo, and Duong proposed on the last night of the trip. “He told me this trip was basically to ask for my hand in marriage and that there’s no one he would rather travel the world with but me,” she says. “He said a lot more, but I was tearing up and getting so emotional that I couldn’t remember it all.”
As they started planning, Le knew she wanted the day to be sweet, elegant and memorable. “What surprised me is my vision came true but just better,” she says. “I was really impressed with the outcome of our wedding. I’m serious when I say everything was perfect.” Once again, Duong was surprised by just how special his bride had made their wedding day. “I didn’t really know what to expect regarding the decorations because I let her do whatever she pleased,” he says. “When I saw how everything was, I knew she had done so much. I knew all the hard work she put into making everything so perfect. I was blown away. I was extremely happy that all our guests had a great time and no one left hungry. This party wasn’t just for me, but for all the people around who matter most in our life.”
As Le walked down the aisle to meet her groom, she felt the love surround her. “I was thinking ‘Wow, it’s happening,’ and in the back of my mind praying that I don’t trip over these high heels I have on,” she says. “I was a little nervous because everyone was staring at me, but happy to see everyone there and how they were standing up to cheer for us. I remember seeing Duong standing there, looking at me with the biggest smile on his face. I think the feelings were mutual. I must’ve had the biggest smile on my face as well. This was our day.”
First Dance Song
“3 Little Words” by Nu Flavor
Father/Daughter Dance Song
Vietnamese song called “Cha Cha Cha” by Luu Viet Hung
Bouquet Toss Song
“Formation” by Beyonce
Garter Toss Song
“Pony” by Genuine
Details about the cake
Strawberry cake with strawberry jam
Details about the favors
“Mint to Be” mints
Anything else you’d like to share about your wedding?
My (bride) 8-year-old niece (at that time) and 9-year-old niece practiced all year to perform on my big day. My 8-year-old niece, Tianna, sang, while 9-year-old niece, Charlene, played the piano to “Stitches.” It was very touching how brave and amazing these young girls were. They were not afraid to stand in front of 300 guests and show off their talents. They melt my heart. We loved all the speeches made that night as well. Some brought us tears and some made us laugh hysterically.
Our bridal party was the best! They all were there to help us in all our needs. Without them, our big day would not have been the same. They were also the life of the party and definitely got the crowd going. Each couple came in with their own dance routine for their grand entrance. It was so fun and entertaining. One thing was for sure, our wedding was definitely not boring.
All our vendors really blew us away! We cannot thank them enough for making our big day so perfect! Huge thanks to Elizabeth from Behind the Scene Sounds. She really took a genuine interest in making sure our day went well. She was knowledgeable with weddings so she was able to help answer any of our questions about the wedding planning process. She was good about creating a timeline for our meetings and was available to meet almost anytime. She was awesome! Monica did an amazing job with our engagement and wedding photos! We got so many compliments for them. We loved all our photos. She really helped us to capture the moment.
Any tips you’d give brides and grooms planning their wedding today?
The best tips we can offer is start planning your wedding early. It’ll be less stressful not to have to deal with deadlines later.
Have as much help as you can possible get because you’ll need it when planning your wedding and on the big day. There’s so much to do prior to your wedding that you will need the extra help plus it’s always nice to have people you can ask for ideas, suggestions or opinions.
On your wedding day, you’ll be so consumed with photos, video and everything else in between that you won’t have time to do anything. It’ll be helpful if you have a wedding coordinator or wedding planner.
Also, get plenty of rest the night before. Things happen really fast on your wedding day. You want to have the energy to greet your guests, smile for photos and really look and feel your best. You’ll enjoy it a lot more if you have the energy for it.
Last, but not least, take a moment to step back and really take in what’s all around you. The day happens so fast that people sometimes forget to just enjoy their surroundings.
What would you have done differently if you had the chance?
For me, the bride, I wish I had slept more the night before. I was really happy on my big day, but also extremely exhausted from all the last minute planning and preparations that I had been sleep deprived all week.
Viaggio Estate & Winery Officiant:
Kevin Brown Ceremony Music:
Behind the Scene Sounds Photographer:
Monica S Photography Videographer:
Fusion Films Reception Site:
Viaggio Estate & Winery Bridal Hair:
Sidney Le Beauty Bridal Make-up:
Sidney Le Beauty Bridal Attire:
Dori Anne Veils Bridal Veil:
Dori Anne Veils Bridesmaids' Attire:
Etsy shop Flowergirl Attire:
Etsy shop Groom’s Attire:
Calvin Klein Groomsmen's Attire:
Men's Wearhouse Save the Date Cards:
Etsy shop Place Cards:
Etsy shop Menu Cards:
Etsy shop Horse & Carriage:
Vintage Carriage Company Wedding Party Flowers:
Flowers European Design Ceremony Flowers:
Flowers European Design Reception Flowers:
Flowers European Design Cake:
Sarah’s Custom Cakes Cupcakes:
Mui Sweets + Creations Desserts:
Mui Sweets + Creations DJ/Entertainment:
Behind the Scene Sounds Lighting:
Behind the Scene Sounds Dance Lessons:
Krystle Morales, choreographer Transportation/Limo Services:
Mix Master Pro DJ and Limousines Favors:
Etsy shop Photo Booth:
Temple Photography & Photo Booth Decor Rentals:
Flowers European Design Table Rentals:
Flowers European Design Chair Rentals:
Flowers European Design
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