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Real Wedding: Susan & Jade

She was on the cheer squad, he was in the school band. Susan Inthavong, 26, and Jade Theimsuwan, 27, first met in high school biology class. After a year of being friends, Jade finally asked Susan to his junior prom. “It was the first time I screamed inside, ‘She said yes!’” says Jade. “The second time came eight years later.” Kneeling on the bow of a dinner cruise in the San Diego Harbor, Susan gave Jade the second yes that he had been waiting for. Together they planned a royal affair worthy of Versailles for 150 lucky guests.  —Katelyn Montero

July 27, 2013


Pretty in Pink

A blush color palette helped to create a soft, elegant, and romantic environment for the Parisian-inspired wedding and reception. Pinks and accents of gold were paired with shades of blues and purples throughout the venue.


Lighting the Path

For the ceremony, the couple wanted subtle décor, in order to let the hotel’s beautiful interior shine. Two rows of different-sized candles lined each side of the aisle.


Respectful Gestures

On the morning of the wedding, the groomsmen delivered bouquets of flowers to each of the bridesmaids as well as handwritten letters of inspiration to the bride.

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Favorite Moment

For their first dance as husband and wife, Jade and Susan chose “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. Jade remembers it fondly: “The first dance was the moment everything slowed down and we finally looked at each other, holding back tears, and said, ‘We did it.’”


The Dresses

Susan wore Kenneth Pool while the bridesmaids wore Ivy & Aster. Their “Lierre” dresses were custom-made into long sweetheart gowns in cherry blossom chiffon.

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Let Them Eat Cake

The Marie Antoinette-inspired event truly came to life with a selection of eight different multi-tier cakes.

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Floating Wishes

Jade, an electrical engineer, and his groomsmen spent several months creating paper boats decorated with colorful paper, flowers, and LED lights for guests. Traditionally made with banana leaves in Thailand, these small boats are used during the Loi Krathong holiday to signify making wishes and hopes for good luck.


Coordination: Amorology Weddings
Photography: Caroline Tran Photography
Ceremony and Reception: The Westgate Hotel
Florals: Blush Botanicals
Catering: The Westgate Hotel
DJ: Riamu Entertainment
Gown: Kenneth Pool
Shoes: Valentino
Cake: Hey There, Cupcake!
Paper Elements: Brightly Designed
Hair, Makeup, and Styling: Kelly Zhang


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