After taking Polly Nguyen to a three-hour omakase sushi experience for their first date, it was no surprise that Chris Trinh’s proposal was also impressive. “Chris planned a ‘surprise’ trip and didn’t tell me where we were going but just to pack for warm weather,” describes Polly of their fairy-tale engagement on a romantic trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy. 

When they returned home, the newly betrothed hired a wedding planner to orchestrate their dream celebration. “Get a wedding planner!” they urge other engaged couples. Their planner was invaluable in helping them plan the day, including finding a catering company that could accommodate the traditional eight-course Chinese banquet menu they so desired at a gorgeous hotel venue that allowed for outside catering – and navigating Covid protocols throughout. 

With their venue decided, the next step was selecting a design scheme. The bride and groom chose a modern, feminine style in a palette of blush, gold, and grey, which was first introduced in the invitation suite featuring acrylic details. “While ‘blush and gold’ is a very popular color palette for weddings, we incorporated grey tones into the cake and one of the layered plates to bring a more modern look to the palette,” shares the bride of some of the décor additions. 

“While ‘blush and gold’ is a very popular color palette for weddings, we incorporated grey tones into the cake and one of the layered plates to bring a more modern look to the palette.”

On the day of the summer alfresco ceremony, friends and family took their seats in front of a golden mosaic fountain at the luxury property, with palm trees and greenery on either side. The bride was gorgeous in an illusion long-sleeve gown with lace embellishments as she walked down the petal-strewn aisle and met her groom – dapper in a tuxedo – beneath a modern white four-post structure enveloped in swirls of roses and baby’s breath in ivory and pink tones. 

After the vow exchange, loved ones enjoyed a cocktail hour and found their seating assignments on a large white-and-gold display presenting mirrored cat silhouettes in lieu of escort cards and “You Had Me at Meow” signage. Round and rectangular tables strewn with vanilla-toned linens and surrounded by gold chairs with velvet pink cushions filled the ballroom. Lavish centerpieces featured striking arrangements of florals, as well as “clouds” of pink-and-white blooms over a long head table and the pair’s sweetheart table, both embellished with warm candlelight. 

Polly changed into a sleek, low-back gown for the couple’s first dance to “Contact” by Lulleaux. From there, the revelry continued with plenty of dancing and a lively Champagne tower experience, as well as a surprise gender reveal to celebrate the pair’s new addition by way of confetti sticks filling the white-and-gold dance floor. To complete the celebration of both their marriage and their baby, an In-N-Out Burger truck provided a late-night snack for partygoers. The couple’s advice for a perfect wedding day? “Let loose and have fun!”

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