Emily Nguyen & Chase Henckel
Mar 16, 2019
Boerne , Texas
Dawn Elizabeth Studios
During the first weekend of August 2017, Chase planned a weekend getaway for our five-year anniversary. I was so excited to celebrate and enjoy one last summer vacation before I had to return to work. Chase planned the entire trip; the only thing I knew was that we would be traveling to La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas. The first night we were there, Chase told me that we were going out to dinner and that I needed to dress up. We dined at La Cantera Resort’s signature restaurant and enjoyed fireworks while we ate. Everything was delicious! After dinner Chase suggested we go upstairs and check out the mezzanine area. Though I was ready to go back to the room, I agreed and upstairs we went. While we were both looking around, taking in the view, Chase got down on one knee and the moment I turned around and saw him, I instantly started crying and saying “yes”! I was so surprised, I didn’t even notice the videographer. Once we finished taking pictures, we went returned to the hotel where all of our best friends were waiting for us. Chase arranged for them to come and celebrate with us all weekend long.
After a few months of engagement bliss, we began planning our big day! We quickly realized how much work and money needed to go into planning the wedding and decided to have a longer engagement. The first item we wanted to cross of our check-list was selecting a venue. Surprisingly enough, we fell in love with the first venue we toured – Kendall Plantation. We also looked at a few other properties, but knew Kendall Plantation was where we wanted to being our journey as husband and wife. After booking the venue, all the other vendors began to fall into place, especially after hiring Helayne as our planner. Dress shopping was next and was definitely my favorite part of planning. Not only did I find my dream gown with my friends and family by my side but my mom also found her dress at the same time! Chase and his father built a donut wall together and enjoyed bonding over that. We used the wall at our reception and offered the tastiest donuts to guests. After almost a year and a half of preparing, we were finally ready to say “I do”.
The Big Day
We were worried about rain but God blessed with the most beautiful, clear skies. The bridal party spent the morning getting ready together, sipping on mimosas, and dancing to Cardi B while the guys hung out in the groom’s suite. We did out “first look” before the ceremony and it was such a special moment to enjoy some alone time before the rest of the evening started. We then took photos with our entire wedding party. Our photographer, Dawn, made everyone feel so comfortable; we all had a blast! Finally, it was time for the ceremony. To top off this incredible day, all of our guests joined us on the dance floor to celebrate. I can’t believe how smoothly (and quickly!) the whole day went by. Our dream wedding ended with a sparkler send-off in Chase’s uncle’s 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.
We also incorporated a special cultural touch into our big day by changing into Vietnamese attire for the cutting of the cake. In Vietnamese culture, the bride and groom wear clothing called “Ao Dai” at the reception to express gratitude for the presence of their guests and gifts. The color red symbolizes good luck and happiness, while gold represents prosperity. Chases’s outfit included a dragon which represents strength, power, and luck. I love that he wanted to incorporate my family’s culture and traditions into our wedding!
We love to travel so planning our honeymoon was so fun and exciting. Our favorite destinations are tropical areas and after lots of researching we decided on Belize! We stayed at two different resorts and islands which was really cool to experience both. Matachica Resort & Spa was our first stop. We stayed in an oceanfront casita where we could relax and really enjoy quality time together. We went reef fishing and caught barracudas, snapper, and horse-eye jacks. Our guide even cooked our catch for us. The second stop was Coco Plum Island Resort. Another beautiful place where Chase finally got to scuba dive (he was certified right before the trip). He swam with nurse sharks and saw multiple species of fish and sea turtles. On our last night, the resort was celebrating Lobster Fest and was the best way to end the trip.
CAKE – WEDDING
The Road to Marriage
FAVORS & GIFTS
Hayley Paige from Julian Gold Bridal Corpus Christi
HAIR & MAKEUP
Makeup by Monica D
Matachica Resort & Spa and Coco Plum Island Resort
Dawn Elizabeth Studios
RENTALS & DECOR
Etsy, Home Goods, Amazon
Infinity Video & Photo