Alice & Kien at Mansion Hotel & Spa


Werribee, Victoria

Credit: Louisa Bailey

Alice Lei got more than she bargained for while shopping with a friend at a Melbourne department store. Cashier Kien Nguyen convinced her to sign up for a store loyalty card, and sneakily made a note of her contact details so that he could ask her on a date. 

Alice and Kien at Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park

 

It was a risk worth taking; five years later, the couple became engaged after a family wedding in Hong Kong. They decided to marry on their six year anniversary, on the very memorable 12/12/12. Given that the date fell on a Wednesday, they opted for a simple civil service in front of close family and friends at a registry office, with a larger celebration party that weekend. 

They also broke with tradition when it came to choosing their wedding outfits, and bought Alice’s gown together during a trip abroad. 

Alice and Kien at Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park
Alice and Kien at Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park
Alice and Kien at Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park
Alice and Kien at Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee ParkAlice and Kien at Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park

 

The bride added a navy blue velvet belt, which gave it a totally different look and was more in keeping with her style, while Kien accessorised his grey designer suit with a velvet blue bow tie, and a navy and white handkerchief.

Given that the couple was already legally married, a friend was able to host the weekend ceremony. “She she did such a great job that most of the guests didn’t even know she was not a real celebrant,” Alice said.

Alice and Kien at Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park
Alice and Kien at Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park
Alice and Kien at Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park

 

A summer luncheon was served immediately after the ceremony and featured a soft vintage theme, with shades of peach, pale grey, yellow and a touch of navy blue. 

“I don’t remember the exact details as the day went so quickly; but I do recalI that we were both having a great time, and I honestly wouldn’t have changed a thing,” Alice smiled. “We had a bit of Alice and Kien in every part of the wedding, didn’t try to pretend to be someone else, and were both very relaxed on the day.” 

Alice and Kien at Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park
Alice and Kien at Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park

 

Gown: Anaiss on Weddings | Photographer: Louisa Bailey | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park | Reception Decorations, Flowers and Floral Decorations: Bud Flowers | Shoes: Viviene Westwood Melissa Dragon Lady Wings | Wedding Rings: Cartier | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen’s Outfit: Ralph Lauren | Hair and Make-Up: Miss Aimmey Hair & Makeup | Cake: Cioccolata Bella | Music: Melbourne Harp Music | Honeymoon: Koh Samui, Thailand


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