This unique wedding at The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History was transformed into a gorgeous royal happening by Along Came Mary for Dieu, Greg and their beloved guests. Robert Evans, owner of Robert Evans Studios, captured all the couple’s gorgeous and very memorable wedding photos. The photos captivate and guide you through the event as if you were a guest of honor. The significance of the venue, the gorgeous formal ambience, the respect between family members and the loving wedding customs are beautifully depicted in each photograph. Read an interview from the bride dishing out all of the elegant details and view all of the dazzling photos below.
Dieu & Greg
Wedding Date: 1/12/2013
Ceremony: St Anthony’s Catholic Church, Los Angeles, CA
Reception: The Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Honeymoon: Pre-wedding engagement trip for three weeks in Vietnam to introduce Greg and his parents to my relatives in Vietnam and to throw a huge engagement party. Stayed at the Six Sense Con Dao for the relaxing part of it.
How did you meet?
We both went to Pomona College but never met while we were enrolled. I was even friends with his college girlfriend and never once laid eyes on him. Years later, we were introduced at a korean barbeque dinner by another Pomona College graduate who was a dear friend to each of us. After dinner, we went to sing karaoke and I remember leaning in to the mutual friend and saying ‘I think your friend is into me.’ We had our first date two days later and that dear friend was our best man.
Describe the proposal.
I live to plan things and I had planned a great trip to a couple cities in Europe. We started out in London visiting friends, then up to Solihull for a day long tour and driving adventure at the Land Rover factory , a stop in Birmingham to watch a friend DJ on the Katy Perry tour . Then we flew over to Reims to have a romantic stay at Les Crayeres and a private tour of the most wonderful champagne producers in the Champagne valley and, naturally, outrageous dinners. By this point in the trip, it was the first break I had planned and all I wanted to do was sleep. Turns out he’d been hoping to just find the right moment to propose and if not sooner, at the very least, perhaps at Les Crayeres but I was so sleep deprived that I wouldn’t open my eyes, thereby missing waking up to a proposal and an engagement ring. Long story short, it was the last few hours of our trip, we were now in Paris, on our way back to the hotel to tidy up before going to dinner and leaving on a 3am flight to Los Angeles. We bought one of those love locks from a street vendor and wrote our initials on it. Greg knelt down to lock it on the bridge over the Seine, I turned to throw the key into the river, and when I turned back, he had the engagement ring in hand!
What inspired your wedding theme/colors/details?
The reception venue inspired everything. With the Beaux Arts style of the museum, I really wanted the wedding to be formal but also have an overall tone and feel of the 1920s with free-form feeling florals, dark purples, shiny golds, and richness in textures. I studied book arts in college and so printed matter was an important detail. I designed and hand painted all of the wedding invitations in purple and and had them all printed in gold foil. They really are spectacular invitations.
Is the location significant?
We go to the museum every year. I love taxidermy, dinosaurs, bugs, precious stones, metals, and history so we end up going to natural history museums all around the world. It had been the very beginning of our wedding venue search when it was time for our annual museum visit and the minute we walked into the space, we both knew instantly we were going to bring everybody to party there.
What wedding details were the most unique?
Major items: hand painted wedding invitations with gold foil embossing, the Natural History Museum, black tie, and the linens for everything was very patterned and textural.
Our wedding flow was very typical but the spaces were all spectacular or meaningful, Catholic wedding performed at my childhood church, shuttles to the reception, cocktail hour in a stained glass domed rotunda, and dinner and dancing in the west african mammal hall. Guests were free to walk around the museum all night and view the exhibitions at their leisure. I’ve seen so many friends with new facebook profile pictures, wearing tuxes or gowns, holding martini glasses with taxidermy! We also had a glut of shiny going on in our outfits. My manicure was done at Marie Nails and my manicurist hand-placed and completely covered my nails in pale blue, white gold, and silver holograms, then hand painted the letters MRS H in gothic lettering on my left hand. This took 2.5 hours to position ever hologram and paint the lettering. Those nails stopped people and received compliments for weeks afterwards. The photography was also super important. My oldest sister used to work for a company working on hand bound wedding albums and so when it came time to talk about the wedding photographer, I told her how much I loved black and white photos for weddings. We both remembered the one photo of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston cutting the cake and so I went on the Google hunt for the photographer. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I found Robert Evans‘ name and that he was in Southern California. It was our first meeting with a photographer and such an easy meeting that we didn’t even bother to hold meetings with any other photographers.
Bridal Gown: Priscilla of Boston [no longer in business]
Cake/Dessert Bar: Along Came Mary
Caterer: Along Came Mary
Photographer: Robert Evans
DJ/Band: Stevie Kream and Yung Skeeter
Florist: Along Came Mary
Décor: Along Came Mary
Groomswear: Ralph Lauren
Bridesmaid Dresses: Rent The Runway
Makeup: Kat Laskey
Hair: Kat Laskey
Nails: Marie Nails
Invites and Programs Design: The Bride, Dieu Ha
Invites and Programs Printing: Aardvark Press
Guest Book: Kolo Albums, Perfect Shot Photo Booth
Lighting: Along Came Mary
Linens: Along Came Mary
Officiant: Father Mate Bizaca
Planner: Penny Barr, Along Came Mary