The couple did a pre-ceremony photo shoot all over the city, which included at stop at Parc on Rittenhouse Square.
On the morning of their wedding, the couple and their families took part in the traditional Vietnamese wedding tea ceremony, each serving tea to the other’s parents in their respective homes.
Donna O’Brien from Beautiful Blooms created a bridal bouquet of ivory garden roses, pink astilbe, gray brunia berries and dusty miller.
Hau and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres coordinated perfectly with the rest of the day’s flowers.
The groom and groomsmen, all friends from Temple, goofed around with the ’maids’ bouquets of pink astilbe in Rittenhouse Square.
Jen saw these pink dresses at H&M while shopping one day and thought they’d be perfect for her bridesmaids. They had just the right sizes left, so she scooped them up on the spot.
Before the ceremony, Jen and Hau took some shots in the subway station directly below the ballroom in which they’d soon be married.
In Jen’s endless scouring of wedding blogs, she came across a cotton-candy tree and knew she had to have one for her dreamy, romantic wedding. Sarah Morrison from All About Events and Donna O’Brien from Beautiful Blooms collaborated on the project with the Cotton Candy Confectionery, with Jen changing the color from light pink, which matched her scheme, to light blue at the last minute, for fear the pink would read white in pictures. Jen couldn’t believe her guests actually ate it!
Coordinating blooms were placed in gold urns, which echoed gilded touches throughout the decor, including the frames Jen used as table numbers. (They held the couple’s engagement photos.) At each place setting were macarons from Miel Patisserie.
The gold confection was chocolate cake with buttercream icing, Jen’s favorite, and coconut cake, which is Hau’s.
Jen and Hau Nguyen
After their first date, Jen wasn’t convinced that Hau was for her—but he got her on a second one, and they’ve been together ever since. Jen is a girl who knows what she wants (she narrowed her gown choices down to two online, and ordered the Vera Wang dress she wore on her Big Day after one try-on!), and they immediately began planning a romantic, modern, fairy-tale wedding. She handed over tons of inspiration and pictures to her planner and florist, trusted them to bring it to life, and that’s exactly what they did. Friends and family filled the dance floor until the night was over, bringing to a close exactly what the bride wanted the day to be: a fairy tale.
Venue: ARTS Ballroom, Philadelphia.
Catering: Stephen STARR Events, Philadelphia.
Cake: Ciao Bella Cakes, Hatboro
Decor: Beautiful Blooms, Philadelphia.
Cotton Candy Tree: The Cotton Candy Confectionery, Philadelphia.
Photography: Marc Anthony Photography, Turnersville; Free the Still, Philadelphia.
Bride’s look: Vera Wang gown from the Vera Wang Flagship Salon, New York; hair by Lynn Nguyen (the bride’s sister); makeup by YMK Designs, Philadelphia.
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: H&M
Jewelry: Bride’s rings, Kim Thanh Jewelry, Philadelphia; groom’s ring, Tiffany & Co., multiple locations.
Groom’s formalwear: Hugo Boss, King of Prussia.
Stationery: Mozaic Designs, Philadelphia.
Music: Silver Sound Entertainment, Malvern.
Transportation: Advanced Limousine Services, Newtown.
Favors: Macarons from Miel Patisserie, Philadelphia.