Photography: Vero Suh // Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ruby Hill Golf Club // Hotel Getting Ready Location: Marriott Fremont // Bride’s Dress: Mikaella at Bo Lee Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Zara // Bride’s Veil: Novella Bridal // Grooms and Groomsmen Tux: Tuxedo Fashion // Bridesmaid Dresses: Zara // Table Numbers: Mason Rabbits Paperie // Flower Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar // Thank you Banner: BHLDN // Hair & Makeup: J Beautique // Video: Alex Vo Films // DJ & Lighting: Spintronix // Harpist: Krista Strader //
Authored by the bride:
September 7th was the day when Kevin asked for my hand in marriage. Two years later, we got married on the exact same day. What felt like a long engagement was soon realized that time was slipping through our fingers as we plan our wedding down to the details. Planning a wedding that incorporates the Chinese and American culture was no easy task. In our culture, there are a lot of pre-ceremony customs, such as tea ceremony and door games. The make up artists arrived early in the dawn to beautify my mom, bridesmaids, and myself in the morning. After getting dolled up, my bridesmaids waited at the door for my husband-to-be and his groomsmen for some creative door games. These games are created as challenges to test how much Kevin will endure to win me as a bride. After all the laughter and screaming (I was listening on the other side of the door), Kevin and I met at a quiet spot to exchange our first (nervous) looks. After the first looks, it was immediately followed by a tea ceremony where Kevin and I had to pay our respects to the elders in the family. It is a Chinese tradition that symbolizes the acceptance into each others’ families.
Before you know it, I was standing under the terrace, looking at my groom at the opposite end with my mom and dad in each arm. I walked slowly to the beautiful rendition of “Here Comes the Bride”, played by our harpist. When the dj played the pre-recorded appreciation message Kevin and I had done for our parents, there were no dry eyes on site! We kept our ceremony sweet and short, so after our vows and “I do”, it was followed by the cocktail hour. During this time, Kevin and I, sneaked off to the side of the golf course, sat down and just enjoy the sunset. The day was passing by so fast, we really needed to sit down and soak in the fact that we are married! After a couple kisses and pictures, we had to return for the grand entrance down Ruby Hill’s iconic staircase. We provided our emcee an excerpt of 2 truths and 1 lie about each wedding attendant. The whole room had a good laugh, the best way to loosen up and start celebrating! The night continues on with emotional speeches, the sound of the silverware hitting against glasses to encourage the newlyweds to kiss, delicious food, endless drinks, and ridiculous amount of dancing. We had never boogie with our parents before better yet, never saw our parents really have fun at all, it’s always work, work, work. But on this special day we did. It will have to be one of the best moments in life for me.
We are so lucky to be friends with many extremely talented friends. Most of the people we hired for the wedding were friends of ours – photographer, photobooth photographer, videographer, wedding singers, and florist. We even got to include our cocker spaniel, Cosmo in our ceremony! Our officiant was a close friend of ours. All the signs were diy and our cake-topper was sparkler candles that spelled out L O V E. With so many of our friends contributing to the wedding, it made the day feel so complete and one of a kind.
Authored by Event and Floral Designer, Nancy Liu Chin
When I first met Victoria and Xavier, I remember how important it was for the wedding to be fresh and vibrant. Casual yet sophisticated. Charming but not too vintage or whimscial. Highly individual with attention to the fine details. Xavier wanted it to reflect that they were having a summer wedding. Victoria is a warm person, always cheerful with such a sunny disposition so we landed on bright summery yellows with spring green and blue accents. Ultimately —- the most important thing was that their guests felt relaxed and at ease.
The venue they choose was the iconic Rosewood Sand Hill right in the middle of the Silicon Valley with views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s Contemporary California architecture featuring beautifully landscaped floral gardens, contemporary art, and high ceilings with grand windows that let in the sun perfectly melded with Victoria and Xavier’s modern, stylish and relaxed aesthetic.
The ceremony started on one of its landscaped gardens where olive trees lined the edges. White and bright yellows were used to make the space rather understated and crisp. Victoria walked down the aisle in a lovely and feminine strapless wedding gown with floral petal appliques. She carried a bouquet of white and yellow flowers that featured garden roses, dahlias, billy balls, and lisianthus with long aquamarine ribbon streamers. Both wore something blue!
As guests transitioned from the ceremony, they were brought to an intimate Terrace where an al fresco reception was set up. Under a covered terrace, we designed the dinner to focus on one long table so that the two dozen guests could feel like they were part of a big family dinner. We choose this modern pattern linen with a pale aqua hue to contrast with the bright yellow Oncidium orchids, mini callas, green moss ball dianthus, scabiosa pods, and twisted grapewood. White modern shaped vases had simple textural flowers while bright green ceramic vases had mixed color flowers all done simply. Aqua votives finished the table. Over the table hung dozens of clear glass bubbles with votives so as the sun set, there would be tiny little flicker of lights.
Our bride, Victoria created her own invitation after searching for months but not finding exactly what she wanted. Her invitation suite featured aqua hues with bright yellow accents with swirling of circular patterns. All the place cards were hand written by our bride for a nice added touch. Guests dined on a menu specially selected by the couple with wine pairings to match. In the evening, guests were invited indoors for dancing and a dessert buffet. At the end of the night, homemade jams by the couple were sent home with all the guests.
Photography: Vero Suh // Ceremony & Reception Venue: Rosewood Sand Hill // Event and Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin // Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta // Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Photo Booth: Say Ya Photo Booth // Hair & Makeup: The Glamourist // Music: Denon And Doyle // Dessert & Cake: Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel // Lighting: Enhanced Lighting and Sound // Rentals: Hartmann Studios
Photographer Vero Suh // Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church Walnut Creek // Reception Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery // Hair & Makeup: Melisa Hall Makeup and Hair // Florals: Diyari Wedding // Cake: Bev Tanaka // DJ: Henry Kim // Video: Ryan McDuff Productions // Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara