Oanh & Felix are one of the sweetest couples. They met through mutual friends at a party.  After 11 years of dating, Felix finally proposed to Oanh on a cliff near the Mississippi River that overlooked the 35W bridge in Minneapolis, MN.  Oanh described the proposal as simple, but perfect. Their two day summer wedding started with a traditional Vietnamese ceremony on Friday and an American ceremony on Saturday. Both ceremony’s had touches of pink and gold. Desserts featured their corgi Rocky, in cookie form!

The Couple Tells All

Our wedding was a two day celebration.  As Asian-American individuals, we wanted to embrace our cultural traditions.  So on the first day, we had a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony which involves presentation of the gifts for the bride’s family, honoring our ancestors, and presenting tea to our elders.

The next day we had our traditional American ceremony at a Catholic church and reception at the hotel venue. The theme I was going for was a soft and romantic wedding.  I’ve always loved blush and gold together.

I wanted a dress that was timeless and elegant so on my wedding day, I wore a form fitted, fit&flare ivory laced dress with an illusion neckline made by Romona Keveza.  I wore a cathedral veil to complete the look. My bridesmaids wore blush dresses that came in two different styles. Felix wore a navy tux  and his groomsmen wore navy suits.

My bridal bouquet consisted of blush, ivory, and soft pink garden roses, white hydrangea and silver dollar eucalyptus leaves. It was a perfect mix of elegance and romantic feel that I was going for.  Originally I wanted peonies for my bouquet because they were my favorite flowers but they were not in season.  But my florist still did an amazing job with all the florals at my wedding. I was really happy at how everything turned out.

There was minimal decorations needed for the church and the hotel since both of the venues were already beautiful. We just kept it really simple. 

For the head table, I just used the bridesmaid’s bouquets and altar flowers from church as our centerpieces.  My globe guestbook was DIY. I hand painted the globe with white acrylic paint and gold leafed the seven continents. And finally I had one of my bridesmaids helped with the lettering on it.

We had a traditional Chinese 7 course family style menu. Felix, my husband loves to DJ for fun so he DJ’d part of our wedding night. We had personalized cookies with our names on it and wedding date.  We even had corgi ones to represent our boy, “Rocky”. The photobooth was a huge hit at our wedding. Everyone had a blast

Advice to future Coordinated Brides? Have fun and don’t stress out about the little things. Don’t procrastinate.  To compromise and stay within your budget. Breathe.

Vendor Collaborators

Hair Stylist:Hair by Emmy Le // Makeup Artist: Julie Phaxay // Floral Designer: The Fabulous Flower Market // Cake Designer:Nothing Bunt Cakes // Bakery: Icing Art by Mary Bolger // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Heimie’s Haberdashery // Bridesmaid Store:M. Elizabeth Bridal // Location: Hotel 340 // Photographer: Eileen K Photography //

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