Tram & Eoin tied the knot in Wales on the 20th September 2013 in a Japanese-Vietnamese styled wedding. This beautiful bride was also expecting a baby! how gorgeous is her dress! We love it! The fabulous Taran Wilkhu photographed the day and captured some wonderful moments. We’ll hand you over to the Bride, Tram, with all the details…
I didn’t want a traditional ‘Western White’ wedding dress. I wanted something with colours and screamed out stylish and different. The style is very much in the Japanese/Asian fusion. It was inspired from the time I had lived and worked in Japan about 10 years ago. I have always loved the beautiful and colourful fine silk fabrics I saw in Japan. Initially I wanted something with a Vietnamese touch, as my heritage is Vietnamese. I wanted to infuse the traditional Vietnamese dress “Ao dai’, that women wear in Vietnam. Entwined with the Japanese Kimono style, which I love.
Fusion of Asian (Japanese for the bride) and Vietnamese/Chinese for the bridesmaids and formal long-tail for the groom/best-man/father’s of bride and groom. A throng of vibrant colours, mainly blues, gold/yellow.
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
Exchange of the vows was a very emotional moment for both of us. It was difficult to hold composure and making sure we said the vows without making any mistakes or being overly emotional.
I also loved the moment my father walked me up the aisle to my husband to be. As all eyes were on me, I had my eyes only on my husband to be. I could see Eoin was so nervous and emotional, but could see that he looked so proud and happy too, which was reassuring!
Our first dance was nerve racking, but once we were up there we both forgot about everyone and just focused on each other! Dancing and laughing the night away with our family and friends
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
Best Man: Ciaran Gibbons (groom’s older brother)
St Marys Catholic Church (Ceremony) and Bryngawr Country House, Bridgend, South Wales (Reception). http://www.bryngarwhouse.co.uk/
Eoin’s family lives in South Wales, in a little village called Blaengwynfi so it was convenient to hold it in South Wales. We mainly chose Bryngawr House because we both have spent some weekends there when they offer special (bed & breakfast) deal for 40 quid/night. The venue is also a country park with some beautiful surroundings and walks.
We met at work in Hammersmith, London, we both work as social workers. The first time we met was at a work team-building day, where we did a cook-off and were placed on the same team.
We’ve been together since April 2012, but were colleagues and friends since October 2011.
Eoin proposed on Christmas morning in his parent’s home through a poem he wrote himself. When he recited the poem, I thought it was part of his Christmas present, as that was what I had asked for. But I realised he started getting nervous and shaky I realised it was just a poem he was reciting but his proposal.
‘You’ll Never be the Sun: lyrics by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris’, we chose it because of the lovely lyrics and it was ‘slow’ and had a really lovely rhythm to it. Eoin and I didn’t know how to waltz, and only had one lesson two days before our wedding. So we had to choose a song that was ‘slow’ but also romantic ☺
Do you have any advice for future couples?
I am so pleased I never became ‘bridezilla’ through out the planning and organising of our wedding. All in all it only took us about 6 months to plan our wedding. We planned and envisaged the wedding ourselves without too much input or interference from family or friends, so it made it much mores stress-free, as we didn’t have to accommodate or please anyone but each other. The most important thing was to focus on the real importance and meaning of the love and commitment we had for each other and our desire to become ‘husband and wife’ and the meaning behind this. We both just wanted all our guests to be the people we loved and cared for to be there at our wedding, and not felt we had to invite anyone else due to obligations.
Our wedding was a magical and unforgettable day filled with an abundance of love, joy and celebrations from family and friends coming together from across the different corners of the world! A beautiful fusion and joining of 2 cultures!!
We chose Taran because we have seen some of his works (wedding and engagement shoots) and thought it to be very unique in it’s style and creativity. Not the usual run of the mill stuff! Taran’s got a great natural eye for a unique twist and is inspired by the couple’s themselves, based on their own personalities, story, background and ideas.
What was your biggest surprise of the day?
The sun was shining for us in Wales! We had perfect weather!
Wedding Suppliers used:
Bride’s Dress: It was a Japanese designer a friend of mine found on line. My friend posted an advert on some Japanese website: ‘looking for a Japanese dress maker’. Then Lisa Ohto responded and I got in touch with her. Lisa Ohto (brand name: Asil London): As featured here. Lisa Ohto designed my dress in collaboration with me. I gave her ideas of what I wanted, colours, style, themes etc. Lisa drew up a few designs, and the process continued to evolve along the way .
Bride’s Shoes: Blog Peep (Peep-Toes Court) shoes by Stuart Weitzman from Russell & Bromley. These perfect mid-heel peep-toe are the ultimate in understated elegance
Bride’s Headpiece: Very minimal accessories apart from diamante ring clips I got from Accessorize and white rose buds.
Bride’s Jewellery: White gold butterfly designed necklace studded with little diamonds, designed by Bonomi Diamanti
Groom’s Outfit: Moss Bros, hired suits
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: 4 of my bridesmaids wore blue chong-sam dresses were bought from Chinatown in Soho, London (only 40 quid, bargain!!) The yellow/gold silk dresses worn by 2 of my bridesmaid, who are my nieces wore the traditional Vietnamese “áo dài”, which was made by a Vietnamese dressmaker from Sydney, Australia.
Cake: Our 2 tiered wedding cake was designed and home baked by my friend and colleague (Lynette) who recently got into baking. It was a red velvet cake, covered in white cream icing. It was so tasty, simply divine. All our guests finished it off on the wedding day, even after they already had their dessert.
Flowers: Flowers for the all the bouquets, table arrangements were designed and put together by Eoin’s (groom) mother’s Catherine. She was amazing really as she had never really done anything like this before for a wedding or any major events. But Catherine suggested that she would like to help out, as it would save us money. Catherine had just started a flower arrangement course as a hobby and wanted an opportunity to build on her new skills. I had very little input in choice of flowers. I only suggested I wanted flowers that were in season and told her some of the colour themes I wanted and allowed her the freedom to do as she wished.
Hair and Make up: Suki Miles
Band: Traditional Irish band, Mac’s Fancy: Organised by Eoin’s mum, Molly (lead singer) lives just outside Swansea. Molly and her band were a great! Got all the guests up dancing all night!
Stationery: Wedding invites were designed and made by our very creative and wonderful friend and artist; Minako Oka, she resides in London. Her works can be bought at Southbank Printmakers Gallery in Gabriel’s Wharf.
Caterers: Catering organised by Bryngawr House.
Any Reception Decor/Props: Chopsticks (with Japanese prints of a geisha (for the female guests) and samurai (for the male guests). The cotton print chopstick holders were designed and made my dressmaker Lisa Ohto.
Transport: Kennedy Classics, Bridgend.
The Wedding Album