Oanh-Felix Wedding-Hotel 340 in Saint Paul, MN, US
Eileen K Photography beautifully captured Oanh-Felix Wedding-Hotel 340 in Saint Paul, MN, US.
Event Date: July 28, 2018
From Eileen K Photography: Oanh-Felix Wedding-Hotel 340
Oanh & Felix are one of the sweetest couples I’ve met! The couple has been together 10+ years and made it official this summer starting with a traditional Vietnamese ceremony on Friday and an American ceremony on Saturday. Both ceremonies had touches of pink and gold. Desserts featured their corgi Rocky, in cookie form! One of my favorite things from their day was the Vietnamese table greeting the couple did with each table at their wedding ceremony along with a toast. It was so awesome to see all the traditional parts of a Vietnamese couple come together on their beautiful wedding day!
Q and A: Oanh-Felix Wedding-Hotel 340
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
Our wedding was a two-day celebration. As Asian-American individuals, we wanted to embrace our cultural traditions. So on the first day, we had a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony which involves a presentation of the gifts for the bride’s family, honoring our ancestors, and presenting tea to our elders. The next day we had our traditional American ceremony at a Catholic church and reception at the hotel venue. The theme I was going for was a soft and romantic wedding. I’ve always loved blush and gold together.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
There were minimal decorations needed for the church and the hotel since both of the venues were already beautiful. We just kept it really simple. For the head table, I just used the bridesmaid’s bouquets and altar flowers from church as our centerpieces. My globe guest book was DIY. I hand painted the globe with white acrylic paint and gold leafed the seven continents. And finally I had one of my bridesmaids help with the lettering on it.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
My bridal bouquet consists of blush, ivory, and soft pink garden roses, white hydrangea and silver dollar eucalyptus leaves. It was a perfect mix of elegance and romantic feel that I was going for. Originally I wanted peonies for my bouquet because they were my favorite flowers but they were not in season. But my florist still did an amazing job with all the florals at my wedding. I was really happy at how everything turned out.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
We had a traditional Chinese 7 course family style menu. Felix, my husband loves to dj for fun so he dj’ed part of our wedding night. We had personalized cookies with our names on it and wedding date. We even had corgi ones to represent our boy, “Rocky” The photobooth was a huge hit at our wedding. Everyone had a blast.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
I wanted something timeless and elegant so on my wedding day, I wore a form fitted, fit & flare ivory laced dress with an illusion neckline made by Romona Keveza. I wore a cathedral veil to complete the look. My bridesmaids wore blush dresses that came in two different styles. Felix wore a navy tux and his groomsmen wore navy suits.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
We met through mutual friends at a party. After 11 years of dating, he finally proposed to me on a cliff near the Mississippi River that overlooked the 35W bridge in Minneapolis, MN. It was simple, but perfect. Just the two of us.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
We had many special moments on our wedding day. – the first look – the vows – felt so real – the first dance – it was very emotional just thinking about how much we’ve been through together for the last 11 years.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
To have fun and not stress out about the little things. Don’t procrastinate, the checklist on the Knot app really helped me stay on track of things. To compromise and stay within your budget. Breathe.
Oanh-Felix Wedding-Hotel 340:
Hair Stylist: Hair by Emmy Le
Makeup Artist: Julie Phaxay
Floral Designer: The Fabulous Flower Market
Cake Designer: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Bakery: Icing Art by Mary Bolger
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Heimie’s Haberdashery
Bridesmaid Store: M. Elizabeth Bridal
Location: Hotel 340
Photographer: Eileen K Photography
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