The Modern in Long Beach California was the perfect spot to host that Alice and Andrew’s wedding. This couple threw an incredibly fun filled wedding that was full of so much love! Alice likes clean and modern and I loved all her ideas. Not only is she a talented calligraphy artist (who designed her own wedding invitations), she is also an incredible and beautiful person. I decided to use Martha Stewart’s description since Alice helped write it (and what better way to share the info than having the brides own words and input):
Although Andrew remembers meeting Alice in their shared biology class in the seventh grade, Alice’s description of the first time she saw Andrew is the kind of fairy-tale moment many tween girls dream about. “I have this vivid memory of Andrew coming into our class one day and I thought he was as cute as a button,” she says. I knew then that one day I’d marry this guy.”
It took eight years of friendship before they started dating as sophomores in college—and another nine years of dating before they tied the knot during a formal ceremony at The Modern in Long Beach, California, in front of
It took eight years of friendship before they started dating as sophomores in college—and another nine years of dating before they tied the knot during a formal ceremony at The Modern in Long Beach, California, in front of 160 guests. The couple chose their wedding date—August 18, 2018—two years in advance, knowing that the Chinese cultural association of luck with the number eight would make it a popular day. But that gave them plenty of time to design a ceremony and reception that fit their tastes perfectly, using The Modern’s gray and white interior as a starting point. “I just knew that our wedding had to be minimalist, modern, and elegant,” says Alice, a visual merchandiser. “The accents were based on my [rose gold] engagement ring and my obsession with marble.”
Alice and Andrew worked on every detail of the wedding together, from choosing the letter press used on the invitation suite to picking out the bride’s rose gold eyeglasses; they even added a rose gold inlay to his black tungsten wedding band to coordinate. “I definitely wanted little details in every aspect of our wedding to be reflective of us and connect to each other,” says Alice. And the hard work and long hours paid off: “The wedding was definitely everything I could ever dream of and more,” says Alice, “and worth every penny, late nights, stress, and bickering. It was amazing being able to see all of that come together.
Alice designed a paper suite that included two versions of the invitation—one in English and one in Vietnamese. The set, which featured a marble background and the couple’s names in gold letterpress, was printed by Twig and Fig. The finishing touch? A white wax seal imprinted with the Chinese symbol that represents double happiness. The bride, the owner of calligraphy company Lace and Lettering, then assembled and calligraphed all of the invitations by hand. “They were definitely a labor of love,” she says.
Alice and Andrew decided on their wedding venue, The Modern, before construction was even finished on the building. “We didn’t want anything typical,” says Alice. “I was looking for a modern yet simple-looking space, after several attempts of not being in love with the rustic look.” The soaring windows, white interior, and gleaming concrete flooring resulted in a space that the couple could customize with their own style choices. For Andrew, the venue checked off another important must-have: “I chose the Modern,” he says, “because of the abundant parking.”
Alice had always found herself drawn to the “sleek and simple, yet classic” style of wedding dresses from designer Sarah Seven, and after trying on 10 different gowns, she knew the sequined “Orleans“, with its halter neck, side cut-outs, and slim crepe skirt, was the one. “I just love the style of the dress and how much it screamed ‘me’ when I wore it,” she says. “I felt so beautiful wearing that dress and I love how modest, yet also revealing in the right places the dress was. The sequined fabric gave the dress just the right amount of statement and sparkle without being too flashy. It was everything I was looking for in a dress.”
Alice accented her dress with rose gold jewelry that coordinated with her Brilliant Earth engagement ring, which features a rose gold band modeled after a twisted vine. She also wore a metallic arm cuff that was a gift from her sister-in-law, and matching Blair glasses from Warby Parker. “Glasses are reflective of who I am and to me, I wouldn’t be me without them,” she says.
An updo from Vivian Tran Artistry showed off the back of the gown—but was also a choice made with the groom in mind: “Andrew loves my hair up, so I knew I wanted to surprise him with an updo for the wedding,” Alice says. Her strappy heels from Bella Belle, with their sheer, hand-beaded detailing, added an extra dose of sparkle.The Flower Boutique based the design for Alice’s bouquet off of the rest of the wedding’s neutral color palette, but added texture by working with a variety of different blooms and greenery, including anemones, roses, and ranunculus.
Before the wedding, Alice and Andrew met up for a first look in their ceremony space—an emotional moment for both of them. “The anticipation leading up to our first look was nervewracking,” says Andrew. “I was overwhelmed when I saw Alice, I teared up seeing my beautiful bride.” Those tears were one of the most memorable moments of the entire day for Alice: “I’ve never seen Andrew cry throughout our entire relationship,” she says. “That moment when he turned around and saw me was priceless—I started crying as well. At that moment, nothing else mattered but the two of us. It was unforgettable.”
The three-tiered cake from Simply Sweet Cakery had a marbled design that tied into the wedding’s décor and included two flavors: Cookies with sweet cream (Andrew’s choice) and strawberry (Alice’s pick). “Our cake topper was from Happily Ever Etched with the word ‘meh,’ which means indifference,” says Alice, “something that Andrew and I were throughout the wedding planning process.” The couple also offered a boba bar and an ice cream cart for a full selection of sweet treats to end the evening.” ~ Martha Stewart Weddings
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Photography, Lucy Munoz Photography
Location, The Modern
Event planning, Christine Tran
Catering, 24 Carrots
Flowers, The Flower Boutique
Stationery, Twig and Fig
Calligraphy, Lace and Lettering
Cake, Simply Sweet Cakery
Music and Lighting, DJZ Productions
Rentals, Harvested Goods
Bride’s gown, Sarah Seven
Hair and Makeup, Vivian Tran Artistry
Groom’s suit, TruTailor Co.
Groom’s accessories, Burberryglasses
Cake Topper, Happily Ever Etched