Mike and Vikkie’s Vietnamese mountain wedding was a beautiful logistical challenge. We planned a JAM PACKED three days of events including three hair and make-up changes, four dress changes, two sets of family photos and two wedding day locations! And we only had three months to design and plan the whole thing!
The run-up was high speed, but Mike and Vikkie live in New York, both work very busy jobs, and know how to make things move! Plus they’re one of the sweetest, most well spoken couples we’ve ever met!
They wanted to blend the ‘western wedding’ representing their home in NY, with a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony, showing their heritage, all wrapped up in a mountain rustic style with big, open, airy views. So we started with photos at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and around beautiful Banff. Then we headed 45 minutes down the road to Lake Louise (past most spectacular scenery of any commute!) to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, for a Vietnamese tea ceremony.
We loved how they each honoured their families and their new spouses families through this tradition. We also loved that they had an ‘MC ‘ (not traditional) to explain what was happening for those of us who are, well, a little rusty with our Vietnamese traditions!! Finally, we adored the bright colours of the Vietnamese tea ceremony attire (inspired by Vikkie’s favourite flower, the sunflower, as well as tradition – see the photos below).
We closed the day down with a fun reception in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Victoria Ballroom, featuring a seven-piece band, full of pewter, silver and purple colours with shades ranging from lavender to eggplant, plum to violet and deep burgundy. Check out these amazing photos from Orange Girl Photographs.
Full wedding planning and design: Postcard Weddings & Events
Rehearsal dinner location : The Balkan
Photography: Orange Girl Photographs
Hair: Hedkandi Salon
Bride’s Make-up: Danielle Vincent from Kimiko Beauty
Bridesmaids Make-up: Canmore & Banff Makeup Artistry
First photo session venue: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Wedding day transportation: MC Limo Transportation
Tea ceremony and reception venue: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Tea ceremony musician: Ensemble Cascade
Florist: Flower Artistry
Candy bar: Whippt
Band: Wildcard provided by PM Gigs
DJ: Stardust Provided by PM Gigs
Day after brunch location: The Lake Louise Train Station