This wedding is seriously wow-worthy! Bride Devina tells us all about her romantic and elegant wedding day…
How did you and your partner meet?
We met in Rowland High School 10 years ago. He was a senior and I was a junior. We happened to be in the same class for that one spring semester when he passed me a paper note (smart phones were not booming back then). He sat two seats in front of me and we would passed notes during lecture that entire semester!
How did Andy propose?
He brought me back to the first dining place we had during our college years at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood. I thought we were just having a nice dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Little did I know he had ordered me a ring and bouquet of roses. I remember the waiter was just finished taking our order and walked away when another server approached us with wine and bouquet of roses. I thought that the two dozen bouquet of roses was random. I was surprised and confused at the same time. I looked back at him and that’s when he knelt down on one knee and pulled out a ring box to propose. Thinking back, I’m still amazed that he had a planned proposal knowing that he’s not naturally a good planner, he’s more of a winging it type of a person.
What do you love most about your partner?
Hers: What I love the most about him is his ability to consistently make me feel exclusive at all times. He makes me feel special and loved. I also adore his honesty and trustworthiness. He is the most passionate and optimistic person I’ve ever met. He works so hard to be good at what he does and to show people that he cares. He is a man I can constantly learn from as we both grow and take care of each other.
His: It’s hard to choose just one, I love everything about her. She is the purest human being I have ever met. She is smart, kind, beautiful, considerate, and compassionate. She gave me reasons to love, to live, to smile, and to hope. From the very first time I saw her until now, there is no doubt that she’s my greatest happiness. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t because of her.
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
A white classy ball gown has always been in my mind. I’ve also been in love with off-shoulder and lace pieces, so those were the first thing that I told my designer. A dress traced with pearls, crystals, embroideries, and tulle. A style that hopefully will never fade as the time goes by.
My wedding gown was a made-to-order dress by a family designer from my hometown, Karma Gyalpo, that my family has worked with for quite a while. Executing an out-of-country process was definitely not easy. There was never a dress fitting session for me. Everything was done through phone chat and video, from providing him my measurements, to choosing the fabric. From sharing the very first sketch to the final result, my designer would update me on the progress by sending images and videos periodically.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Classy and Romantic. We were thinking about having an outdoor wedding at first, garden or winery wedding. However, after a second thought, we agreed that it’s probably not a good idea to have an outdoor wedding during winter. We started to search for ballroom venues when Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles crossed our mind. It was the place that we had our high school prom 10 years ago and so we decided to tie the knot together in the same place.
What was your favourite moment from the day?
The first dance was our favourite moment. It was such an emotional moment, it felt as if the world stopped turning and it was just the two of us dancing the night away.
Name your wedding soundtrack (aisle, reception entry, first dance songs):
Aisle: Thousand Years – Christina Perry
First Dance: Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Where did you go on honeymoon?
Due to our current busy schedules, we won’t be having our honeymoon this year. However, we are planning to have a mini honeymoon to Bali this fall and we are thinking of spending our honeymoon in Paris next year.
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Start planning early. Wedding planning can get pretty overwhelming at first, but the earlier you get into it, the less stressful it will be. The first to-do list would be to get rough guest list numbers and then find the perfect venue accordingly. Getting help from family and friends would be wonderful as there would be a lot of things to be prepared for the big day. However, if your venue has a wedding planner, then things should be organised and taken care of quickly. Bridesmaids should be your biggest support throughout your wedding planning process, so choose the girls wisely. Last but not least, remember to always take a step back and relax in between, as wedding planning can be stressful. Always remember the most important meaning of your wedding – it’s marrying the love of your life!
Wedding Date: 12/23/2018
Wedding Invitations: Adorn Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/product/black-victorian-gates-with-foil-wedding-invitations
Dress: Karma Gyalpo
Makeup: Grace Lin
Hair: Grace Lin
Shoes: Jimmy Choo (tea ceremony), Valentino (afternoon ceremony), Louboutin (reception)
Accessories: Karma Gyalpo
Bridesmaids Dresses: Karma Gyalpo
Grooms Suit: BOSS https://www.hugoboss.com
Cake: The Smitten Kitchen
Flowers: Petals LA https://petalsla.com/
Photographer: Human Artwork https://www.humanartwork.com/
Ceremony and reception Venue: Millennium Biltmore https://www.millenniumhotels.com/
Entertainment: TMM Pro
Wedding Planner: Modern LA Weddings