the love story + romantic proposal
Bobby and I have been together for 7 years so I was sort of expecting a proposal.
I would say it all started when he bought tickets to a Jack Johnson concert in August 2010. A few weeks passed and we drove by the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater and realized we missed the concert. Bummed that we missed my favorite singer and wasted tickets, Bobby suggested that we take a break from all the craziness at work and just relax. The next afternoon, he called me to tell me that he’s planning a small weekend trip for us to San Diego. Instinctively, I thought… proposal… (He rarely plans anything!) Excited, I called my mom to ask her if Bobby asked her any special questions and she said no.
A vacation is still a vacation and I was excited to be relaxing in the San Diego sun. When we arrived at the hotel, we immediately headed to the spa and enjoyed a wonderful massage. I quickly forgot about everything and all my thoughts had melted away but then Bobby mentioned that he made reservations at a restaurant next door and my mind quickly went to PROPOSAL! We entered the restaurant and were seated in an intimate booth in the corner of the restaurant. We each had a 4 or 5 course dinner with a glass of wine and even dessert… I waited and waited throughout dinner but there was no ring in my wine glass and no diamond on my dessert. The question I eagerly waited for never arrived.
After dinner, Bobby suggested that we go explore the city but I was tired and wanted to sleep. After an hour of persuading, I reluctantly went out with him. We got into the car and started driving, I asked him where we were going and he wouldn’t tell me! I thought to myself, why would he want it to be a surprise? So, I put the pieces together and again thought PROPOSAL! He was trying to surprise me with a PROPOSAL! We ended up at San Diego State University, not knowing what was going on but excited at the possibility of being engaged, I went along with his plan. Walking into the University, I noticed that there were a bunch of people (adults and children) so, I thought there was a fair or carnival in town and how cheesy but oh so romatical to be proposed on top of a Ferris wheel. As we continued to walk towards the amphitheater, I realized that that I was wrong. He surprised me with Floor Seating at a Maroon 5 concert! SURPRISE!! This whole trip was to make up for the concert we missed last week. I was excited, happy and now hopeful that maybe Adam Levine would ask me on stage so Bobby could PROPOSE but this never happened.
Bobby woke me up the next morning to tell me that we had reservations for Brunch at 10am. It was raining in sunny San Diego, so I really wanted to sleep in. By the time we were ready, we were running late and didn’t have time to pack up, Bobby called the front desk to ask for a late checkout and they gave us till 1pm. Since we were leaving later that day and didn’t need them to clean the room, I to put up the “DO NOT DISTURB” sign.
We were walking over to the restaurant and I thought to myself, maybe during brunch? Well, that idea was quickly forgotten as I entered the restaurant. I was in food heaven. I tried everything and loved it and by the time brunch ended, I was so full that I forgot about the proposal. Good thing too because I didn’t get one.
It was about 1:30pm when we got back to the hotel room. Before walking in, I noticed that the “Do not disturb” sign was gone and there were dirty cups right outside our room. Needless to say, I was annoyed that they completely disregarded the sign that we put up. When Bobby and I walked into the room, I noticed that there were rose petals everywhere and there were a dozen red roses on the coffee table. OOO..LA..LA… I thought that these items were meant for the next guest who was going to stay in the room but I was curious. I went to look at the card that was attached to the flowers and it was a postcard from the hotel! On the back of the card it said, “You’re invited” and there was a scratcher right underneath, excited that I was being invited somewhere and thinking that I won something, I started to scratch off the back, LINE BY LINE I started to scratch. Date: October 17, 2010. Time: Noon, (oh no, I’m already late) so I scratch even faster. Location: Hotel Coronado, awesome… I’m already here! Event: Will you marry me? I turn around to look for Bobby and he was down on one knee.
the wedding day
What an amazing day.
So in love with all the beautiful ao dais and colors from the traditional vietnamese wedding tea ceremonies from the day. Gorgeous ao dai, Angi!
Such a precious moment seeing Angi and her mom alone as she got ready on the wedding day. Beautiful photo by our assistant, Bryan!
Angi and her beautiful sisters
So fun to watch as the bride and her bridesmaids tried to take a peek at the festivities below as the groom and his family arrived!
We loved capturing all the emotional moments between the couple and their parents.
The adorable little flower girls
Their WAT-AH pose!
Angi, you have such gorgeous eyes!
Our favorite photo of you, my dear. LOVE that gorgeous Vera Wang gown.
Ah, can’t get enough of the beautiful skirt on her wedding gown!
Her beautiful ladies
Love from the groomsmen.
Such a fun bridal party moment!
It’s always fun to get some alone time with the couple.
Doesn’t Rob look like he’s got his own TV show?
Beautiful romantic moments at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
These are the kind of dress shots we love. Wedding gowns look most gorgeous when the brides are beautifully walking in them!
Room for 500 please
Beautiful winter wonderland decor!
LOVE the Christmas ornament name cards!!
And one of the best parts of the wedding reception for most…the AWESOME dessert bar!
One of our favorite photos: the smiles on Angi’s parents as they danced
Aren’t these wedding gifts absolutely adorable?
What a party
This singer was FABULOUS! She got everyone having a good time on the dance floor.
Hilarious. I’d personally be too scared to have had David blindfolded while finding my garter.
See the full winter wonderland below or here!
- Photography | D. Park Photography
- Venues | Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Westminster, CA and Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, CA
- Wedding Coordinator | Cathy Do
- Gown/Hairpiece | Vera Wang
- Shoes | Ivanka Trump
- Tuxedos | Calvin Klein
- Bridesmaids’ Gowns | Amsale
- Hair/Makeup | Kelly Zhang
- Band | Le Hoa
- MCs | Quoc Bao Tran + Vanessa Nguyen
- Lighting | Atmosphere DJ
- Rings | Kim Thu
- Florist | Pink Floral Designs
- Cakes | Van’s Bakery
- Caterer | Seafood Palace
- Photo Booth | Cheesy Photobooths
- Assistant Photographers | Suan Eustaq and Bryan Bui
- Thank You Photos | Dai Bac Wedding Center
- Videographer | Cuong
From our heart, Angi and Rob, we had such an amazing time getting to know you two. Thank you for the fun foodie double dates, the laughs, the talks about Twilight and all the great moments inbetween. We’re so excited to have met and gotten to know you two and can’t wait to get to know you better for years to come!
Congratulations to the wonderful newlyweds!
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