I can’t imagine a single person that wouldn’t want to be on the guest list of this next al fresco affair captured by Duy Ho Photography. It’s perfect California weather mixed with the lovely setting of Castoro Cellars layered with florals from Elegant Details and that all equals dinner party perfection in my book. But the best detail of all is this adorable duo saying I do – so it goes without saying, the full gallery is a sight to been seen. See it all here!
From the Bride… I’m the last girl of five to get married and the first one to break away from “my big fat Vietnamese wedding.” All my life, I dreaded walking down the aisle and became resistant to the concept of marriage. Luckily, we had a magical wedding day. I was almost in a daze and fell in love with my wedding on the day-of, and I continued to fall in love with it upon reflection of the many great details our photographers were able to capture from a team of great vendors collaborating with each other. Our families and friends enjoyed our intimate, outdoor, vineyard wedding where the wild greenery secluded us from the world. It’s not often you find a perfect small dance stage with a tree growing through it or grape trunks cradling an assortment of succulents! Castoro Cellars was a beautiful canvas.
Our vision was a lush yet down-to-earth Tuscan theme, and the planning centered on comfort, fun and childhood memories connecting both the elder and younger generations. The vineyard inspired the Tuscan theme as well as my hunt for ceramic pitcher vases, which led our florist to come up with the unique slab of stone to place underneath each flower-filled vase at the reception table. The childhood memories inspired the beanbags, gigantic balloons, sparklers, horse and buggy by White Horse Carriage, and a burlap party favor bag stuffed with See’s chocolate lollipops, a horse carriage picture holder, and “When Pigs Fly/Just Thought You Should Know” sticky notepads by KnockKnockStuff. It was very important to us to have abundant and delicious fine dining food, and we could hardly believe that a business with the simple name of Mama’s Meatball could so far exceed our expectations. They not only made our personalized menus, but also surprised us with beautiful wooden chopsticks – labeled for the ceviche – connecting my family’s heritage to a wedding that had lost Asian traditions and embraced new ones.
I got two wedding dresses whose prices were as stunning as the dresses, and it was awesome to have two “first looks!” Two weeks before the wedding, I found two unique beautiful headpieces that fit my personality and the lines of the wedding dresses perfectly. Also, I found nine Key-to-My-Heart and six flower necklaces, by Nardi, for the important females in my life, even if not part of the wedding party. Lastly, it’s was very special to find a beautiful white horse carriage in Paso Robles that made the grand entry very special for me, my dad, maid of honor and three flower girls, as well as memorable for the guests during cocktail hour. All my sisters said it was the wedding they always wanted, and that meant so much to me since I had never hosted any of our numerous family events until my wedding day. It was a miniature destination wedding of at least three hours drive for all guests and our photographer, so it was very rewarding to know everyone loved the food, music, wedding décor, and our relaxed energy. I recycled the RSVP cards as guest name cards at the reception tables and hand-made our guest book with a funny front cover page reflecting the word that started it all, “committed.”
Wedding Photography: Duy Ho Photography / Wedding Venue: Castoro Cellars in Templeton, California / Floral Design: Elegant Details / Wedding Day Coordination: Mary Allegretta-Butler of Joyfully Joined / Catering: Mama’s Meatball / Wedding Cake: Cake Cathedral / Music + Lighting: Kramer Entertainment / Place Settings: Town & Country Event Rentals / Wedding Dresses: Kenneth Pool + Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bride’s Headpieces: Ophelie of Hats and Treads / Hair + Makeup: Jessi of The Queens Bees