Lynn and John

Minneapolis, Minnesota



Photography | Eileen K Photography | @eileenkphoto

Venue | U Garden Restaurant and Event Venue

Floral Designer | Gemma Floral Gifts | @gemmafloralgifts

Gown Designer | Maggie Sottero @maggiesotterodesigns

Men’s Attire | Milbern Clothing @milbernclothingco

Makeup Artist | Julie Phaxay | @juliephaxay

Cake Designer | The Thirsty Whale

Lynn and John celebrated their wedding day with lots of family and friends! Their fall Minneapolis wedding day was beyond perfect. Prior to their traditional American ceremony they had a Vietnamese ceremony. On their wedding day the couple opted not to do a first look, but to have a special moment to say “hello”. Following their ceremony the couple celebrated at U Chinese Garden with a traditional Vietnamese dinner.


Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

John and I wanted our wedding to be fairly simple. We didn’t want to stress too much on the details as we just wanted to enjoy our day with each other and with our families and friends. As for our color palette, my favorite color is purple, so of course that had to be in there somewhere and John really liked the grey color for suits- so there we had it, purple and grey. Growing up I always went to Sunday Mass with my family, so I knew that when the time came, I wanted to get married in a church. Our wedding ceremony was at the church I grew up going to, St Anne & St Joseph Hien in Minneapolis, MN.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Like I mentioned previously, John and I wanted our wedding to be fairly simple and easy. I’m not very good at DIY’s so minimal was the best. I felt like the church itself is already beautiful so it didn’t need much other than flowers. We went through Gemma Floral & Gifts, they made several big flower arrangements that was placed at the altar- they were so gorgeous. We ended up using the flower arrangements from church to the reception. U Garden Restaurant was so easy to work with, they had a simple white backdrop with purple lights and purple napkins on the tables all ready for us. For our centerpieces, we used wine bottles that we spray painted them with different shades of purple, silver, adding some glitter and putting some flowers in there- simple. I have to say though, our “Guest Book” was my favorite. Our guest book was a puzzle of John and I from our engagement shoot that was glued together and put on wood planks. Guests would then sign around the puzzle on the wooden planks. It was so easy but so cute!

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

I really like flowers so it was important to me that it looked good. Plus, the flowers were a big a part of the decor. I have known Liz from Gemma Floral & Gifts for many years and have seen her work in other weddings so I knew when I went to her that I would not be disappointed. I showed Liz a picture of a bouquet that I found on Pinterest that I liked and she was able to recreate and make it even better. She made me a heart-shaped bouquet, filled with beautiful flowers in purple and white. The flowers she used for my bouquet was also used in the flower arrangements that we had for the ceremony and reception.


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

My favorite part of the wedding was our first look. We did our first look the “old school” way. After everyone was in their places at church, the doors opened and I walked down the aisle with both my mom and dad. Walking down the aisle towards the man I was marrying, filled with so many emotions (good emotions, of course), I will never forget that moment. It was perfect. At the reception, it was important to John and I that everyone had a lot of fun. That meant having a Vietnamese band for the older guests and a DJ for the younger guests. Everyone had a blast on the dance floor.


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I wanted something that has some beadings, a little lace and something that was going to make me feel awesome but not uncomfortable. I ended up going with an A-Line dress with a sweetheart neckline that has gorgeous beading from Maggie Sottero. For my “something borrowed”, I wore my sister’s cathedral veil and made it my own by adding lace to the raw edges. My bridesmaids wore a grey-toned purple dress which paired up well with the grey suits the groomsmen wore. John knew he wanted to stand out, so he went with a dark grey suit with a grey vest that matched the groomsmen.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

John and I have known each other since middle school age through mutual friends. We had always been acquaintances but reconnected after high school. During our 8 years of dating, I always wanted to have a picnic at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden but it never happened. After it was remodeled, John asked if I wanted to go on a date there. He ended up proposing to me that day across the street at the Loring Park.


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The whole wedding was a special moment for the both of us. During our first dance, we were so happy and kept saying to each other “We did it!” After a year of planning and organizing, the day was finally here and we loved every moment of it. From the walk down the aisle, to the vow, to the limo ride filled with singing and dancing, to greeting each table at the reception, to the photobooth pictures, to our first dance, and dancing the night away- it was all so perfect.


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Help yourself by asking for help. You can probably plan a wedding by yourself but it will be so much easier and enjoyable when you have people helping you. And enjoy every minute of it, because time truly flies by.