Khatu Ho & Darren Wong
Draw inspiration from this stylish local celebration.
September 9, 2012
The Crane Estate
Darren Wong and Khatu Hoâ€™s gorgeous outdoor wedding almost didnâ€™t happen. In the week leading up to the main event, all of the weather reports promised rainâ€”and as the couple drove up to the Crane Estate, in Ipswich, the day before their nuptials, it was pouring so hard â€śyou could barely even see through the windshield,â€ť Darren remembers. Thankfully, the clouds parted in time for a stunning celebration that married their heritages (Khatu is Vietnamese; Darren is Chinese) with the brideâ€™s flair for fashion.
Khatu, a stylist and blogger, made clothing a big part of the celebration, donning an elaborately beaded dress from Vietnam for the traditional Asian tea ceremony, and an elegant Vera Wang gown for the American ceremony. Darrenâ€”who frequently models menswear for Khatuâ€™s websiteâ€”showed off a bright pair of socks from Barneys. â€śI just wanted everything to look classic and retain everything that showed off our personalities,â€ť Khatu says. â€śSometimes people can forget who they are when they are planning a wedding. I didnâ€™t want to conform to any standard.â€ť
Khatuâ€™s mother ordered the handmade dress for the tea ceremony.
The first of the coupleâ€™s two ceremonies was a modified traditional tea ceremony that reflected their Asian heritage.
The bride wore dramatic heelsâ€”including this studded Valentino pairâ€”throughout the day.
The groom showed off his style with striped socks from Barneys.
The picturesque Crane Estate was the perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony. â€śAs soon as I got out of the car to visit it, I turned around and gasped and knew that was it,â€ť Khatu says.
Masks and other photo props were passed out at the reception.
The elegant cake echoed the coupleâ€™s â€śwhite weddingâ€ť theme.
Centerpieces of varying heights decorated the tables.
The couple affixed decals of their silhouettes to cornhole boards from Dickâ€™s Sporting Goods.
Tea-Ceremony Dress: Custom-made in Vietnam
American-Ceremony Dress: Vera Wang Boston
Brideâ€™s Shoes: Valentino (both ceremonies) and Christian Louboutin (reception)
Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG
DJ: DJ Raffi Music & Lighting Productions
Caterer: Vinwood Caterers
Cake: Konditor Meister
Lighting: Design Light Co.
Videographer: Long Haul Films
Makeup: Lisa Chy Makeup
Rings: Longâ€™s Jewelers
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Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/weddings/article/2013/07/02/wedding-khatu-ho-darren-wong/