They say you should be “friends first,” and that was the case with Daniela and Quoc. They met in junior high school, and though Quoc secretly always had a crush on her, they parted ways and went to separate colleges. It wasn’t until later that they reconnected, went snowboarding and fell in love.
We learned the storybook proposal on the balcony of a hotel in Sicily as romantic music played in the background and the red moon cast its light over them. Sigh.
Quoc and Daniela warned us that they weren’t really dancers, but watching their first dance together to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds, it was obvious they are made for each other. They moved so well on the dance floor, Quoc leading confidently and Daniela following, that it was really a delight to see.
Guests picked up their place cards, stamped passports for each table named after either a place or an activity the couple loves: Furnari, Sicily, Ithaca, Snowboarding, Rock Climbing. The Garrison served both Italian hors d’ouevres and Vietnamese delights, authentic Vietnamese spring rolls and banh mi made by Quoc’s mother!
The bridesmaids wore bright aqua gowns and wore pink orchids in their hair. The tables were decorated with sea green napkins and mixed tropical arrangements of yellow, pink and white orchids, lilies and roses. Chopstick favors were set at each seat for the guests to enjoy.
Daniela, a dark Italian beauty, looked amazing in her traditional wedding gown. But this lucky bride had two beautiful dresses; after the cake she changed into a gorgeous fitted pink Vietnamese ao dai. What an entrance in her second stunning gown!
When Quoc asked us to dedicate a Tevin Campbell love song to his Best Man, I didn’t understand the significance, but once we heard the toast it all became clear. The Best Man talked about their secret Asian gang (don’t worry, I won’t reveal your gangster name, Quoc) and being a big hit with the ladies like Tevin Campbell.
We danced a Tarantella for the Italian side, and the night saw Daniela upon a chair, hanging on for dear life. This group was not shy and we loved it!
Thanks so much for sharing your story and your sense of humor with us, Daniela and Quoc. Congratulations!
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