Sometimes you’re lucky in love, sometimes you’re lucky, and sometimes you’re BOTH! Phuong + Zac just happen to fall into the latter category. They won not one but TWO wedding giveaways—including one between Green Wedding Shoes and Birdy Grey! Phuong also won a giveaway from The Inn at Five Points, a darling little wedding venue in Saratoga Springs. The all-inclusive package meant P + Z got to work with creative pros like Five Points Design Co and day-of coordinator, Kate Taylor Events & Weddings. To make it even crazier, the happy couple handed over the reins to let their vendor team dream up the most magical tropical-inspired day. What’s it like to be surprised by your own wedding? We had to know:
Ninety percent of our wedding was a surprise to us. I know that sounds like a heart attack waiting to happen for most brides but for us, it was SO fun to just let our vendors do their thing! We chose outfits for us and our bridal party, the food, some invitation wording, and the important songs we wanted to be played. Otherwise, our vendors collaborated flawlessly to execute the rest. Just showing up on our wedding day was an absolute dream! We knew it was going to be beautiful but seeing it all come together, being surprised by the thoughtfulness of all of the details…we were absolutely blown away!
Dawn Honsky Photography captured all the surprise details + happy moments. Let’s have a look!
Holly Winnie Calligraphy created a fun invitation that matched Phuong + Zac’s personalities and attitudes toward the day: cute + informal!
All in the Details
Love thises macrame rings by Kilo Bravo!
The most memorable moment had to be our first look! There was so much anticipation leading up to it…I couldn’t wait to see him and he couldn’t wait to see me. It was THE moment that made everything really sink in for us! Like, I knew when I woke up that morning that I was going to be marrying my best friend but it wasn’t until our first look that I was really like, “AHHHH HELL YEAH I’M ABOUT TO MARRY MY BEST FRIEND!!”
The Intimate Ceremony
How sweet is this setup?! Such a cool vibe with the tropical details juxtaposed against the historic space.
The most amazing tropical florals by Olive and June Floral Company!
Mr. + Mrs.
I highly recommend giving your vendors creative freedom. Trust me, they know what they’re doing and the number of resources and knowledge they have will trump any Pinterest board ideas you have, promise!! Ask them about new ideas they’ve been wanting to try and see if they can put a more fun or personal spin on an idea that you’re really loving!
So, what’s the final word on showing up to a surprise wedding?
This whole “let your vendors be creative and just show up to a beautiful wedding” thing—we’re ALL about it! Save yourselves the stress and leave it to the professionals! I can’t tell people enough how amazing it was to just enjoy being engaged. And, can I add, your bridesmaids will LOVE you! My bridesmaids were able to focus all of their attention on throwing me the best bachelorette ever! No planning stress pretty much guarantees you won’t turn into bridezilla. My girls actually called me “BrideChilla” because our whole process was so relaxed! Surprise weddings are a thing and we’re all here for it!
OMG how cool is this suspended cake by Austin Bayliss?!
They look pretty happy to us :) Congrats to Phuong + Zak—and may that luck continue!
photography: Dawn Honsky Photography // venue name: The Inn at Five Points, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA // event design: Five Points Design Co // planning: five points design company // florals: Olive and June Floral Company // wedding dress: Grace Loves Lace // bridesmaid dresses: Birdy Grey // hair stylist: True Beauty Co // makeup artist: Mama Irvine // groom attire: ASOS // videography: Kenneth Cooper Films // paper goods: Holly Winnie Calligraphy // calligraphy: Holly Winnie Calligraphy // handmade details: Kilo Bravo // catering: Austin Bayliss // cake: Austin Bayliss // officiant: Ask Cruise // day of coordination: Kate Taylor Events & Weddings