Angie and Mervin’s wedding, planned in just a few short months, was packed full of emotional moments. Following a personal ceremony featuring vows straight from the bride and groom’s hearts, this adventurous couple entered their reception in a romantic and memorable way … via scooter! Tears were flowing during the father-daughter dance Angie shared with her dad, at this wedding held at a location that meant a lot to the couple. Angie and Mervin said there was no other venue they considered to be married at, and it truly does look like the perfect fit for them.
Angie + Mervin | May 17, 2015 | Saratoga, California | Dress Listing: Monique Lhuillier, Sonnet
We hosted a “Black tie admired, but not required” wedding and we had our ceremony outside at Villa Montalvo’s Love Temple. We had 85 guests in attendance and read our own vows. There was love, laughter and a few teary eyes!
We picked this venue because of the sentimental value it has for us as a couple. My family retreated to hike at this venue every weekend for the past eight years following an illness in the family. The shaded trees behind the villa provided shade and an escape from city life. When Mervin and I began to date, he began joining the family on our weekly hikes. Recently, we received some news this family member’s illness which prompted us to plan a short engagement — this was the only venue we considered. We planned our wedding in three short months!
We held our reception outdoors on the terrace. Our colors were cream and gold. Since we wanted a very intimate wedding, we found photos of us with each of our guests and used those photos as their name cards. My best friend sang a traditional Chinese song (she’s not Chinese) for my father-daughter dance.
Angie’s Dress Search
I went to three stores and tried on 20 dresses. When I tried on this one, it just fit like a glove — it flattered my curves and the best part was that it was SO light! I could dance, walk and move in it without feeling like I was being weighed down! I knew it was the one when I didn’t want to take it off anymore!
How Angie Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Vibrant, Effortless, Beautiful
Why Angie Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
This was such a pretty dress and I had such a great time at my wedding, I wanted to pass it along to the next lucky bride. Wedding gowns are meant to be oooed and ahhhed at, I knew by keeping it in my closet would deprive it from being seen again — I wanted to pass my good luck on to the next lucky bride!
Wedding Dress:Monique Lhuillier, Sonnet | Photography: The Goodness | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Villa Montalvo | Wedding Planner: PS I Love You Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Family friend | Cake: Jen’s Cakes
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