Thanh is so eloquent and stylish and had her own blog, Hali Chic, that you should visit and follow; she is amazing! I just want to say, that this was such a fun two days, so much love for us, great food, even better company, beautiful people, a ridiculous amount of cultural experience, and Thanh’s dad has some pretty sweet dance moves… and his father-of-the-bride speech still makes me cry my face of when I think about it…
Since I did not want to miss any details, I thought it best to have the story told through the bride’s words, enjoy…
“Our wedding took place over two days of celebrations (photos of our day 1 Tea Ceremony are here to see).
The first evening was dedicated to my Vietnamese roots and consisted of our take on the traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony. The traditional Ao Dai gowns that our family wore were custom fitted and made in Vietnam by Ao Dai Vinh. My mother made her own gown (of course). Tea ceremony is the official union of both families and is blessed by our ancestors. After the tea ceremony is lots of feasting.
The second day was a more traditional Canadian wedding; white dress, aisle, and Justice of the peace. We chose to wed at Oceanstone Seaside Resort because it offered an upscale private east coast cottage feeling and really a great place for the two families to unite and get to know each other over the course of the two days. Also, who can deny the gorgeous backdrop that the ocean and beach gave us. This was an especially great location for all of Jon’s family that travelled from Iceland – a chance for them to experience the east coast life. The weather… With threats of a thunderstorm for that day, we crossed our fingers and prayed for Mother Nature to bless us with some sun. She did not let us down! When we woke that morning, the clouds parted and the sun was shining all day! We started the day off getting ready with the girls from The Hills Bowtique Hair and Makeup there to make us pretty, and of course some mimosas (the drink of that week). I loved how happy Agla was to receive her flower girl gift and although there was a language barrier… Her smile did not need any translation.
I was so surprised and of course speechless by Jon’s wedding gift to me (a Rose Gold Watch from Burberry), my husband knows me well – Thanks Touch of Gold! I hope that my gift of whiskey glasses from Nova Scotian Crystal and a bottle of aged whiskey made him just as happy. The first look photos were so special to me, a few moments amongst the wedding bustle that Jon and I could share for the first time that week. After 11 years and 8 months (or 4,233 days) – in those moments of our first look we both still had butterflies and excitement as if it was the first date. The ceremony was short and sweet and followed by an open bar cocktail hour on the terrace if the main house – red and white sangria were our signature drinks.
Dinner was prepared by Oceanstone, and they did not disappoint. We chose to do a dessert that Jon and I both adore; Macarons from Le French Fix Patisserie in ivory and blush tones. Later in the evening we had homemade pizzas and a surprise poutine platter for all of the hungry dancers. The music for the day was provided by DJ Skills (Scott Rideout), of True North DJs and we left most of the music choices up to him – since Jon and I are horrible at choosing songs – he certainly came through for us! After the dance was over and the main house closed for the evening – we had a beach bonfire under the light of the moon. We dined on clams and lobsters and drank Alexander Keith’s while listening to our friends play guitars and sing some of out east coast favorites – at 4am we were barely ready to end the perfect day. “
Important details too good not to mention:
Venue: Oceanstone Seaside Resort
Bridal gown: a beautiful Maggie Sottero “Blakely” dress in Ivory/Gold, purchased at Chester & Felicity
Shoes: Badgley Mishcka “Drama” in Platino Metallic Mesh
Bridal party attire: Designed by Thanh Phung/Kim Nguyen and Handmade by Kim Nguyen (Bride’s mother) from “K & K Fashion Designers” in Yarmouth, NS. She also made the Flower Girl Dress and Basket, Lily’s (Fur baby) tutu & Ring Boy’s bow tie
Wedding Bands, Engagement Ring & Bridemaid Rings: Trinity Jewellers
Groom and Groomsmen attire: Tip Top Tailors
Macarons: Le French Fix Patisserie
Caterer: Oceanstone Seaside Resort
Favours: Locally produced honey – bottled by Cosman and Whidden, honey dippers, twine, tags, “thank you” stamp and ink from Michael’s
Wedding planners: The beautiful bride, Thanh Phung
Music: True North DJs
Hair and makeup: The Hills Bowtique Hair and Makeup (Hair by Meg Ryan and Makeup by Lauren Arbuckle)
Flowers: The Flower Shop
Stationery: Save the dates, Invitations, RSVP cards, and menus from Vistaprint, Programs, Place cards, and table numbers from DiyWeddingTemplates on Esty, Guestbook vintage map from MarshmellowIncLLC on Esty and Advice Books from BHLDN