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.
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."
Thai and his groomsmen looking very handsome and distinguished.
"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!"
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.
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.
Programs with a photo of Thai proposing to Hoa in Paris awaited guests at each table.
The bride and groom salute all in attendance with a champagne toast.
Thai and Hoa join for the first dance . . .
. . . while the Eiffel Tower glimmered in the sky.
"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."
And family and friends did just that — danced the night away.
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).
Paris in Houston, for just one special night.
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.