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This wedding brings the Eiffel Tower to Houston: How two high school sweethearts enjoyed a sexy dream night

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Ten years ago, high school sweethearts Hoa Kim Nguyen and Thai Van Nguyen celebrated a decade together with a vacation to Paris. And Thai surprised his then-girlfriend with a proposal in front of the Eiffel Tower.

"It was what you call a dream proposal and what every girl wants," Hoa says.

Naturally, they had to bring a bit of that sophisticated and elegant French flair to Texas for their recent wedding and reception in the Petroleum Club's Discovery Room — including a projected light version of the Eiffel Tower, seen here just above the bride's gorgeous cake, glowing in the night sky.

Le Duc Gourmet Bakery made the fabulous five-tiered cake for the bride.

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The beautiful bride and her lovely bridesmaids, with Hoa wearing a gown by Pronovias of Barcelona.

"I chose this designer because I wanted a vintage lace dress that would match my theme," Hoa says. "My bridesmaids wore long, light pink gowns with pearl jewelry sets that I gifted to them."

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Thai and his groomsmen looking very handsome and distinguished.

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"The moment I walked into the Petroleum Reception Room, my jaw dropped and I fell in love with it right away," Hoa says. "The view, the layout, and the long, classic draping was exactly what I was looking for. We knew this was our venue right away."

She adds with a laugh, "Thai did place the wedding band on the wrong hand!"

 

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Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Thai Ngyuen.

Hoa is a CPA working for an energy company, while Thai is an IT specialist employed with a Houston-based engineering company. They are both graduates of the University of Houston.

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Hoa, who planned the entire wedding by herself, chose her colors based on her idea of a classic and elegant wedding: Blush pink, ivory and, of course, champagne.

Stephanie Do with La Belle Fleur and Designs created the gorgeous arrangements.

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Programs with a photo of Thai proposing to Hoa in Paris awaited guests at each table.

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The bride and groom salute all in attendance with a champagne toast.

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Thai and Hoa join for the first dance . . .

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. . . while the Eiffel Tower glimmered in the sky.

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"We hired D.J. David Lam with RLF Society for the music," Hoa says. "Thai chose a variety of music starting from love songs to start out the mood, then mellow for dinner, then hip-hop for the late night dancing."

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And family and friends did just that — danced the night away.

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The adults enjoy their own party at a table, with toasts for the bride and groom and one another. Standing, from left, Daniel Nguyen, the groom's father; Hoa and Thai; and Don Nguyen and Hong Le, parents of the bride. The groom's mother is Annie Nguyen (not pictured).

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Paris in Houston, for just one special night.

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Following the celebration, Thai and Hoa traveled to Hawaii for two weeks, exploring the islands of Maui and Oahu. They hope to start a family soon.