Real Wedding: Beatrice Van & Khai Nguyen

Epic Elegance | August 6, 2016 | Photographs by Jenny Chokbengboun Photos

NAMES Beatrice Van and Khai Nguyen LIVE IN Cedar Hills OCCUPATIONS She’s a certified educator and specialist for Aveda and CND; he’s a product engineer HOW THEY MET THE PROPOSAL Khai surprised Beatrice at her birthday party—he interrupted the birthday song to pour his heart out and then asked for her hand NUMBER OF GUESTS 85 COLORS Black and white, with accents of gold, silver, and lightsaber colors (blue, green, and red) THEME Star Wars! Khai is a big-time fan. His attire was inspired by Darth Vader, hers by Queen Amidala, and guests chose the dark side (wore black) or the light (wore white). FLOWERS Romantic and classic with all-white blooms, plus succulents, craspedia, and pheasant feathers to suggest the galaxy and planets MORE THEME FLAIR Star Wars Legos held the rings and the dinner description cards, and guests signed R2D2 silhouettes on a keepsake poster MENU A tasty and elegant array of heavy apps that satisfied all their guests, be they meat lovers, vegan, or gluten-free DRINKS A full bar with craft beers, Oregon wines, and two signature cocktails: “The Force” (whiskey old-fashioned) for him and “Yoda Soda” (vodka with fresh lime and soda) for her DESSERT A cutting cake crowned with a custom Vader and Amidala topper, as well as mini cupcakes, chocolate-dipped strawberries, gluten-free coconut macaroons, and fresh berry tartlets CEREMONY SURPRISE Just as Beatrice finished walking down the aisle, the music scratched and Khai ran out. He soon returned to the “Imperial March” dressed as Darth Vader and put a “Force choke” on the officiant. FIRST DANCE A mashup of songs that began slow, got fast, and ended in a lightsaber duel to the “Star Wars Main Theme” ADVICE It’s your day—don’t compare your wedding or try to compete THE DAY IN 3 WORDS Intimate, flawless, chillaxed HONEYMOON Royal Caribbean “Harmony of the Seas” cruise

Make the wedding an extension of both your personalities—you’ll both have a more vested interest in the process and the day itself! —Khai Nguyen

Venue Private Estate in Milwaukie, Oregon, overlooking the Willamette River
Photography Jenny Chokbengboun Photos
Photo Booth Bellow Photo Booth in Santa Ana, California
Catering Pearl Catering
Flowers Flowers by Nancy Joslin
Dessert Beaverton Bakery
Alterations Silhouette
Bride’s Accessories Ayaya Dress on Etsy (custom lace cape), Weddingvalle on Etsy (headpiece), Nordstrom (shoes/jewelry)
Groom’s Formal Wear Hugo Boss from Nordstrom, Darth Vader shirt from the Disney Store
Rings Utah-based Wilson Diamonds
Hair & Makeup Dosha Salon Spa’s Bridal Elite Team
Custom Star Wars Nail Decals JJ Nail Design
Paper Goods Jennifer Sam with JSam Creative (design), Wedding Paper Divas (printing)
Lightsabers LDM Custom Sabers
Cake Topper AsiaWorld on Etsy
Guest Book Poster Cloud9 Keepsakes