Jason Chang had a special surprise in store for his sweetheart, Alice Wang, on a trip to Las Vegas. “He booked a full-day helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon and proposed at the end of the day when we were at the top of the canyon,” reminisces Alice. Jason presented her with an exquisite engagement ring showcasing a canary cushion-cut center stone, diamond halo, and split shank.
For their intimate wedding, the couple wanted to invite friends and family to a unique, picturesque location. The luxury resort they selected in Napa Valley met this criteria as well as offered exceptional food and great wines. Invitations featuring a pink-and-gold design, gilded lace belly bands, and wax seals with the Chinese characters for double happiness offered a sneak peek at the palette of the celebration.
The alfresco ceremony and reception offered magnificent views of a lake and surrounding lush hills covered in aged oaks. Alice’s three bridesmaids were swathed in champagne goddess dresses with rhinestone accents. Escorted by her father, the bride donned a fit-and-flare gown with a lace neckline and frothy skirt. The crystal headband adorning her coiffure complemented her sparkling bracelet. Alice carried a bouquet of orchids lined in fuchsia, coral roses, and lavender peonies.
After the vow exchange, the sit-down dinner was served on a long table clad in an ivory linen with a gilded damask design. High and low arrangements of hydrangeas, roses, peonies, and orchids in vanilla, pink, coral, and lavender tones, and amaranthus filled bullion vessels and teal ceramic vases. “The goal was to achieve a romantic and classic outdoor garden look that would pair well with the beautiful views of the valley,” explains Alice. Inspired by the natural locale, the couple found their seats designated by name cards displayed on small nests complete with golden eggs. Place settings were composed of china with a delicate floral pattern on clear chargers showcasing gilt beaded rims. Lilac napkins were folded into rosette forms.
Another a stunning décor element, the cake consisted of a ruffled alabaster layer, and two additional tiers in blush with a golden sheen boasted floral details that resembled the lace design of the bride’s wedding dress as well as pink sugar peonies and small white flowers. “It looked beautiful and everyone thought it tasted great, too!” extols Alice.
Guests received more sweets in the form of Georgetown Cupcakes – the bride’s favorite – tucked into mason jars to take home as favors. The newlyweds also found a festive way to thank their loved ones for being a part of their big day. “Since we’re both Chinese, we decided to include an element of our culture with a Chinese lion dance, but we made it more contemporary by asking the troupe to dance to ‘Glad You Came’ by The Wanted,” Alice says.
Enlisting the assistance of a professional is something Alice recommends to engaged couples planning their own weddings, as she found that it saved her a lot of stress in orchestrating their special day. “I was fortunate to have a talented wedding planner and designer for my wedding that made all the difference in the planning process,” she notes.