I love spring weddings! There’s just something about the weather, the bouquets, and all the pretty colors! ViAnn and Michael had their wedding at The Kiva Club in Trilogy at Vistancia. This wedding was particularly fun because it had a lot of colors and because two uniquely different cultures were coming together. Michael’s family is Jewish and Russian and ViAnn’s family is Vietnamese. ViAnn also didn’t wear a typical American wedding gown – which I particularly LOVED! She wore the traditional Vietnamese outfit called áo dài. The term literally translates to English as “long dress”. An áo däi consists of a long tunic with splits on either side worn with wide-leg pants underneath. The outfit can be paired with a headpiece that is worn like a headband, called khän dong. In the past, ão däi were worn more frequently in everyday life and even were school uniforms for girls. Nowadays, however, áo dai are primarily only worn on Lunar New Year, at weddings, or at other formal events. A Vietnamese bride traditionally wears all red and a large khän dong on the wedding day. However, ViAnn wanted to mix things up a bit and go with a more modern take. She chose to go with wearing an all-white with a smaller, modest khän dóng. A characteristic of áo dài is that they are very form-fitting. For this reason, she had her áo dai custom-made in Vietnam.
I asked ViAnn what her favorite part of the wedding day was and she said the first look and their first dance. I also asked her if she had any advice for future brides and this is what she had to say: “Do the first look! We were so glad we chose to do this because this was the only time in the whole day that we got to spend quality time alone without any distractions. We both were so anxious leading up to that moment. Seeing each other at the First Look took away all the nerves so that when we walked down the aisle later in the ceremony, we were able to relax and really enjoy the moment. Also, soak it all in and enjoy every moment. People are not kidding when they say your wedding day flies by! The little things really do not matter in the end. Just focus on you and your significant other.”
She’s 100% spot on! One of the neat things you’ll see in the images below is their first look. After the first look, they chose to read their own personal vows to each other. This is something I LOVE so much! It’s a time when just the two of them can state their vows to one another and have that quality and intimate time together before the ceremony. I can’t wait for you to see their day! Enjoy a few of my favorites! xo