After a surprise proposal in the Bahamas, Seattle-based couple Melanie and Dien held a colorful, whimsical wedding at the B.R. Cohn winery in Glen Ellen. They chose “Dahlia Bouquet” by Alethea and Ruth as their wedding invitation and the talented bride made the ceremony programs, menus, and table-number signs herself. Keep reading for more from their alfresco celebration (you have to see the fun poufs at the reception!).
Bride and groom: Melanie Apuyan & Dien Nguyen
Occupations: Mortgage industry (Melanie) and software sales (Dien)
Based in: Seattle, Washington
Wedding date: August 14, 2015
Venue: B.R. Cohn, Glen Ellen, CA
Number of guests: 110
Minted wedding invitation: “Dahlia Bouquet” by Alethea and Ruth (in the “Sherbet” color palette)
Wedding planner: Sugar Rush Events
Florist: The Monkey Flower Group
Cake designer: Crisp Bake Shop
Photographer: Margaret Austin Photography
How did you and Dien meet?
Through a mutual friend.
Tell us about the proposal…
The proposal happened on a trip to the Bahamas. It came as complete surprise! And he picked the ring out all by himself, I love it.
How did you find your wedding venue?
We researched wedding venues online first, then took a trip out to Napa and Sonoma to visit sites in person.
Who made your wedding dress?
What was the wedding-dress shopping process like?
It was surprisingly easy—it was one of only four dresses I tried.
How did you choose your reception invitation (“Dahlia Bouquet” by Alethea and Ruth)?
We wanted a design that wasn’t overly formal but one that was colorful, fun, and had some sort of nature-inspired element.
Did you add any special touches to your invitations to make them your own?
I hand-calligraphed the addresses on all of the invitation envelopes myself.
Did you incorporate any other Minted elements into your wedding?
Our save-the-date postcards (“Modern Script” by Lehan Veenker) were also from Minted.
How did you choose your wedding venue?
We loved that we could have our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception at three different locations at B.R. Cohn, they have such a beautiful property.
What were some of your fondest memories from the day?
Our ceremony was extra special as the officiant is one of our close friends. He made us laugh and cry and had us take a shot of Hibiki 18 whisky with our parents during the ceremony.
Did you make any of the wedding decorations yourselves?
I made decorative flags for the lemonade straws; chalkboard signage for the bars, guest book table, and entrance; wedding ceremony programs; drink menus; dinner menus and table numbers.
I love those colorful poufs at the reception! How did you think of the idea?
We rented the poufs from Bright Event Rentals. We wanted our reception to have a relaxed and fun feel and I thought it would be a great choice for additional seating, something different from couches or chairs. The poufs also brought in a pop of color to the already beautiful olive grove at B.R. Cohn. All of the kids at the reception loved them and they were such a hit at the reception.
What was on the menu?
For hors d’oeuvres we had savory gruyere gougeres, summer peaches and crescent cheese, and pan seared prawns. Dinner featured an heirloom tomato and burrata salad, herb-roasted chicken, grilled wild salmon, grilled summer vegetables, quinoa, and artisan breads. And for dessert, we had a variety of cupcakes, cookies , mini brownies, and red-velvet whoopee pies.
Did you have any after-party?
Some friends joined us at the house we rented near the wedding venue.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Fiji and Australia
Any advice for brides who are starting to plan their wedding?
Do your research, stay organized, keep an open mind but most of all have fun and don’t forget to include your future husband in some of the planning.