After being dragged to the gym by her sister, Denise Victoria Nguyen unexpectedly met the love of her life, Randy Mendoza. Randy admits that Denise did not know what she was doing, but her lack of gym knowledge paved the way for the perfect introduction. From there, the couple's love matured and Randy was soon preparing to propose.
Following a romantic dinner, Randy suggested they go for a walk on the beach. Denise discovered glow sticks displayed in the sand reading, “Will you marry me?” and initially thought the display was meant for someone else. When she turned around, she saw her beloved down on one knee. “There are no words that can describe that moment,” smiles Denise of the intimate proposal. When it came time to plan their nuptials, the pair spent their one-year engagement coordinating the details with their talented wedding team.
On a warm fall day in Newport Coast, California, Denise and Randy’s loved ones witnessed the alfresco vow exchange beneath a striking rotunda embellished with soft drapery and blooms, offering a picturesque view of the Pacific Ocean. Desiring a glamorous and classic theme with a blush and ivory color palette, the tone was set as soon as loved ones made their way through the floral entrance gate at the ceremony and was carried throughout the ceremony, which concluded with a stunning dove release after the “I dos.”
Though the ceremony and cocktail hour took place alfresco, friends and family made their way into a grand ballroom for the luxurious reception. “I wanted the floral pieces to be large like floral trees surrounding everyone in floral heaven,” describes the bride of the décor. Golden tables with mirrored tops showcased blush and ivory flowers interspersed with crystal candlesticks and candelabras. Each guest’s place setting showcased a pink dahlia, and loved ones found their seats atop modern bullion chairs and listened to the sounds of a live jazz band throughout the reception.
After the sit-down dinner service was enjoyed by all, attendees were awestruck by the gorgeous confection. An impressive floral-embellished swing suspended from the ceiling presented the delectable Champagne-soaked vanilla cake decorated with sugar flowers. “We received a lot of compliments on it!” shares the bride of the exquisite display. After slices of the confection were served, Denise and Randy spent the rest of the evening dancing with friends and family on a custom dance floor featuring the newlyweds' gilded monogram.