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.
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.
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.
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.”
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