TuAnh and Vietson had the “best of both worlds” as they celebrated their nuptials on a beautiful, sunny day in June. The bride and groom chose a unique way to honor the Vietnamese culture they share, as well the American life they love. The day began with a traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony, and ended with an American wedding and party!
The colorful Vietnamese Tea Ceremony took place inside of the bride’s childhood home, which was one of many traditions observed throughout the day. Elise coordinated, and one detail we LOVED about this special ceremony was how involved the entire wedding party is in the whole process. To begin, the groomsmen met the bridesmaids at the entrance of the home, where trays were then carried by the ladies and placed around the ceremony altar. The eight different trays, each containing various gifts of food, including a whole roasted pig, flowers and other goodies were then placed on a large table to be delivered to the bride and groom. The whole wedding party wore traditional colorful garb (the bride looked especially dazzling in an eye popping, deep hot pink traditional attire), beautifully captured in the photography done by the talented Jessica of A Darling Day. For more of the talented Darling Day’s work, check out Emily & David’s wedding here!
After the morning tea ceremony, the bride and bridesmaids changed into beautiful dresses for the American ceremony. The bride carried the pink hue she wore from the morning into the afternoon by selecting a sophisticated, soft pink chiffon for her maids. The bride did an amazing job of having two separate types of ceremonies that were tied together using many small details. Modern touches, bright colors and tradition were seen throughout the theme of their wedding. Grey linens rented through Professional Party Rentals were accented by beautiful and unique centerpieces bursting with bright pinks and oranges artfully created by Botanica Event Design.
The ceremony, held at Greer City Hall, took place outside on an expansive lawn in front of a softly flowing fountain. Since their wedding was in the middle of the afternoon in June, the bride decided to provide not only programs made into fans, but also a large umbrella to provide shade for her guests as she and her sweet groom exchanged their I do’s. This is a great idea, and a cost effective way to provide shade and comfort to your friends and family! The couple was picture perfect as they exchanged vows in the sunshine with their family and friends comfortably looking on in the shade of their umbrellas.
The celebration continued as the group moved the party inside Greer City Hall’s ballroom. The 200 guests dined on a 9 course feast provided by the Bride’s favorite restaurant, Canton House. Each course consisted of traditional Chinese delights. The variety of foods was overwhelming—in the best way, as only delicious food can be! For dessert, the bride and groom cut into a three-tiered masterpiece (accented with the same navy and white striped ribbon that accented the bride’s bouquet handle) created by Kathy & Company. When it was time to party, The Big Baby Band got everyone on the dance floor. We ensured a stage for the band, which really emphasized and set the tone for the par-tay. We strongly recommend having a stage for your bands, if your budget and venue allows it, of course. To give a great example of the power of having your band set apart on a stage: picture going to a concert- the band is front and center, ready to rock the house. Putting your reception band on a stage can have the same party time impact on your wedding reception!
The whole day was beautiful: the venue, the vows, the flowers, the fashion and of course the special touches created by the bride. Our favorite decor of the whole day: the jaw-dropping paper flower backdrop was carefully crafted to be used as a photobooth background. The texture and the colors were so beautiful, guests were almost taking pictures of it instead of with it. All of the magic can be seen below as captured by A Darling Day! Enjoy!