Crystal & Jonathan {Fairmont Newport Beach Wedding}

Hi Friends!

I had such a fun time working with Crystal and Jon on their special day!  One of my favorite part is learning that by the time Crystal and Jon tied the knot, they have been seeing each other over the span of 20 years!  Isn’t that incredible? I loved getting to know them, and meeting their family.  They have a deep respect for tradition, and their family is their universe.  This thoughtful couple kept in mind, aspects that were in line with tradition to pay respects to their family, throughout the process of our planning!

Crystal and Jon wanted to have a modern garden style for their wedding!  My favorite floral designer that does the modern garden style so well is Shawna of Shawna Yamamoto Event Design.  We teamed up with Shawna to create a gorgeous play on a modern garden.  Also, photography was extremely important to Jon & Crystal, so I brought in John & Joseph Photography to capture their wedding!

We started the morning with the traditional vietnamese tea ceremony at the bride’s family home.  I love tradition, and it’s been a long time since I’ve been a part of a full traditional vietnamese tea ceremony. In case you are not familiar with the tradition, in vietnamese culture, the tea ceremony is the only ceremony that takes place.  (In fact, I had to persuade Crystal in having the American ceremony as well, so that she can experience wearing a gorgeous white bridal gown!).  The ceremony always takes place at the bride’s parent’s home, and this is where the couples will exchange their rings, vows, and pay respects to their parents, families, and ancestors. The families are formally introduced to each other.  The couple also serves the tea to both sides of the families to show respect, love, and appreciation for everything that the families have done for them to shape them into who them become today.

It was so much fun to witness! Below is the alter for the tea ceremony.

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Crystal wore a traditional vietnamese gown, called an Ao Dai for the tea ceremony.  She had it custom made with a gorgeous sequined fabric that we picked out.  I thought she looked absolutely stunning!

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After, the wedding party with our lady in waiting Rachel Le, packed up and headed over to the Fairmont Newport Beach for photos!  Then the entire wedding party started getting ready again for the American/Western style ceremony!

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I love this courtyard at the fairmont!  Jon and Crystal both love picture frames and with their focus on photography, I came up with the idea of using large picture frames to be the focal point for the ceremony.  We softened up the frames with the florals and dripping greenery!

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We love how the backdrop looks! One of our favorite things to do is to repurpose florals or designs from the ceremony so that it doesn’t go to waste!  We reused this backdrop and brought it inside the reception to use as the photo booth back drop!

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We loved the pop of color from the linens! I just loved the juxtaposition of the abundance of florals and garden greenery against the sleek modern ghost chairs.  The chairs made such a huge difference in the overall feel of the room!

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It’s been a few weddings now, that we get requests for these adorable bow napkin ties.  The WAE girls were busy folding them all night!

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It’s all in the details! From the Wynn Austin Collection, we had these table numbers and menus etched on to mirrors!

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For the centerpieces, we had 3 different styles!  The room was quite large, so in order to add some interest, Shawna and I came up with the different styles.

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How sweet is this sweetheart table?  It was so absolutely stunning, it took my breath away!

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Crystal said that her dream was to always have a floating cake! We love couples that want things out of the box! Shawna and her team did a phenomenal job creating this custom floating cake wall! It was so much fun to see the guests walk by and wonder how the cake was being suspended!

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We ended the night with a fun sparkler exit! Towards the end of the night, our bride changed back into her Ao Dai to greet guests at each table.  We had such an incredible time planning this special day and the WAE team worked so hard to bring all the details to life!

Event Planner | Wynn Austin of Wynn Austin Events

Venue | Fairmont Newport Beach

Photography | John & Joseph Photography Inc.

Florals | Shawna Yamamoto Event Design

Catering | Furiwa Restaurant

Cake & Desserts | Pacific Patisserie Bakery

Make-Up & Hair | Beauty by Angelina

Transportation | United Limousine & Charter Inc.