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The Groom Had a Touching First Look with His Daughter at This Minimalistic Wedding in Texas

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Jenny Fu Studio

|Planning by 

XO Moreau

Touyen Pham, who works at Apple, and Jimmie Chen, a dentist, met at their college graduation. “We shared the same major but never met until graduation day!” she explains. After five years together, he proposed while on a trip to Hawaii with their daughter and some of their best friends on the beach. 

The minimalist couple wanted a clean-looking venue for their late October wedding, and Prospect House in Dripping Springs, Texas gave them a blank slate to work with. To help them plan everything, they hired Austin-based coordinator Alex Moreau of XO Moreau Weddings.

To walk down the aisle, Touyen gravitated to something contemporary, yet still romantic. She worked with Budapest brand Daalarna Couture to create her custom dress with a lace top and full taffeta skirt. And she completed the look with classic Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps. Bridesmaids complemented her well in white, custom looks too from Fame & Partners.

The groom looked I do-ready in a custom, made-to-measure tuxedo by Geno Suits You with their wedding date embroidered on the collar. For shoes, he matched Touyen in Manolo Blahnik’s Carlton slippers.

On the day-of, the bride got ready with Laura Martinez, who gave Touyen a secure and sophisticated bun that lasted the whole day. And the traditional first look was reserved for the couple’s daughter, Madison, and her father, the groom, who teared up at the sight of her in a dress that replicated her mother’s.

The ceremony was a traditional Catholic service in a church, and once the two were officially husband and wife, everyone headed to Prospect House for the reception, where a seven-course, Asian-style spread was served. The dining room was artfully decorated with greenery, by Sweetwater Stems, spread out on the tables and even hanging from an installation above the seating.

In a sweet moment, the newlyweds shared their first dance to “Lover” by Taylor Swift, before dancing the night away with their loved ones and DJ Squared and DJ Mac Sauce. And after they cut their delicious earl gray wedding cake by MeyCakes and the party slowed down, the new Mr. and Mrs. exited through a sparkler tunnel, and then some of the couple’s friends came to the bridal suite and continued the celebration with more drinks—an ideal end to a love-filled day.