Bride | Vivian Ma
Groom | Ryan Ng
Wedding gown style | Dawn
Wedding date | 10/29/2011
Boutique purchased | Vera Wang Melrose, West Hollywood , CA
Location | XX
Photographer | Ja Tecson and Max Wanger
First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first site? I met my husband at a wedding in San Francisco back in 2006. We didn’t think much of each other because we were both in relationships. However, we both sat on the same table and exchanged a few words. His last words to me before I left were “maybe I’ll see you in LA when I move there”. Two years later, we got reunited by a mutual friend of ours to go on a date when we were both single. It definitely wasn’t love at first sight, but when we met again we felt a strong sense of commitment towards each other very quickly.
How did he propose? Tell us the story! Ryan told me that we were going out for a nice dinner, so I put on an elegant red dress because it was close to Christmas time. As he was pretending to drive to the restaurant, we passed by LACMA Urban Lights in Los Angeles. He asked if it was okay for him to stop by to take some photos since it was so beautiful. My husband loves taking photos so I didn’t think too much of it but jokingly ask “you’re not going to propose to me here, are you?”. He asked if he could take photos of me so I agreed to it. At the same time he was taking photos of me, there was a guy in all black far away that was also taking photos of us. While I was being distracted by this guy taking photos of us, Ryan pretended to look through his camera bag on the floor and asked if I could hold something for him. When I looked down, he had the box and ring pulled out and on the floor proposing. After we had our moment, I looked up and the guy in the black taking photos was the photographer he hired to capture the entire proposal. He was also a friend of ours, Ja Tecson.
Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? I was online searching for gowns through Google and found this amazing dress. The moment I saw it I could NOT take my eyes off of it. The bow was the first thing that caught my attention because I LOVE bows. When I clicked on the photo, I found out the designer was Vera Wang. I thought “of course it is, Vera Wang is amazing”. I absolutely fell in love with it because it represented who I am as a person. I called the only Vera Wang boutique in California and all the designer boutiques. I became very discouraged because there was no availability of the Dawn dress. I gave up looking for this dress and started trying a few other dresses, but every time I tried on a dress I would keep thinking of the Dawn dress. Then one day I was online and found a photo of Vera Wang looking at the Dawn dress when she was celebrating her legendary label with an exhibition at Bloomingdale’s. I immediately thought of ALL the dresses, why is she photographed only looking at this dress! This motivated me to continue my search for the dress. My husband knew how much I loved this dress, so he called Vera Wang in New York and gave me the number. I called the New York flagship store and when they told me the sample is available and will have it shipped to LA, I was so ecstatic! So, I really have to thank my husband for always trying to make me happy. I got my dream dress because of him.
How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique? Since I was getting married in a former Cathedral, the Vibiana, I wanted to match the venue. I wore a veil to be more traditional during the ceremony and a gold antique hair clip for the reception. All my accessories were either my mother’s antique jewelry or some I had bought that were antique inspired. I had to make sure I matched the entire theme of our wedding.
What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding? The inspiration of our wedding came from the venue itself. Vibiana was formerly known as the cathedral church building and parish of the Roman Catholic Archdocese of LA by the name of St. Vibiana. We wanted to respect the historical elements of this space and decided to match the decor accordingly with vintage pieces. During the time we were planning the wedding I was also in the middle of starting vintage rental business, Etablir so I started shopping at antique stores, thrift stores, estate sales, and more. Every piece we used, I wanted to make sure that Etablir would be able to showcase as the first post in the blog to make more significance out of it. If you search for a picture of St. Vibiana in the late 1800s, you’ll see two candelabras placed on the alter and that was around the same spots they were placed during our ceremony.
Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours? I did use something borrowed which was my mother’s antique gold diamond earrings. My something new was a new pair of Christian Louboutin Pigalle gold glitter shoes that went perfectly with the Vera Wang Dawn dress! I didn’t go all the way with the something old or blue.
What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress? Pick a dress that truly represents you as a person. Try a more glammed up version of what you would normally wear. If you can picture yourself 20 years later looking through wedding photos saying “I’m still so in love with my dress”, then you have found the right dress. Do not be confused by the emotions of other people towards your dress because it may not be the right dress for you. Just remember it’s about “you” and not what other people would like.
What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share? My favorite part of the day was the moment I walked down the aisle with my Dad, seeing my husband in front of me, with friends and family on both sides of me all in one room. Everybody I loved was with me and that moment being so rare happening in front of me will never be forgotten.