Real Weddings: Amy Nguyen & Kevin Walker

From Fireworks to Forever

Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral and Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco

Kevin Walker and Amy Nguyen’s first (blind) date went so well, it ended with a trip to the happiest place on earth.

“We had such a great time that we [ended up] going to Disneyland . . . We made it there just in time to watch the fireworks,” says Amy.

Kevin had just graduated from UCLA, and Amy was a sophomore at Cal State Fullerton. Kevin, a Walnut Creek native, was moving back to the Bay to start law school at UC Berkeley. “When we decided to do long distance, we both realized that we were in the relationship for the long haul,” says Kevin.

Amy transferred schools the next year, joining Kevin in NorCal. A few months later, Kevin timed his San Francisco proposal at the marina just as the sun set behind the Golden Gate Bridge.

The pair tied the knot in Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral with a reception in the ornate Julia Morgan Ballroom. “I didn’t want to get caught up in trying to match colors to a venue as beautiful as the Julia Morgan Ballroom, so I went with a neutral palette that allowed the architectural beauty of the ballroom to shine,” says Amy.

But it was the personal touches that made their wedding extra special. A Polaroid camera was set next to the guest book, where friends and family could “leave a photo and wishes for the new Mr. and Mrs.” In true millennial fashion, they also custom-designed a Snapchat filter for guests to use at the wedding. To honor Amy’s heritage, the couple changed into Vietnamese ao dai gowns during the reception. Guests also took home custom-made cookies that looked like the bride and groom.

After a honeymoon in Spain, the couple moved to the Lamorinda area, where they plan to start a family—after completing a semester in Asia through the Berkeley Law Field Placement Program.

Meo Baaklini Photography

Meo Baaklini Photography

Meo Baaklini Photography

Bridal Gown: La Soie Bridal, Walnut Creek  |  Groom’s Tuxedo: Generation Tux  |  Invitations: Minted  |  Flowers: Poppy’s Petalworks, San Francisco |
Catering: Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco  |  Dessert: Jasmine Rae Cakes, San Francisco  |  Entertainment: DJ Dave Tutton, San Francisco |
Rentals: Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco  |  Hair and Makeup: Lisa’s Hair-N-Makeup, Milpitas  |  Photographer: Meo Baaklini Photography, Benicia |
Planner: Lillian Phan and Elexis Feldbrill of Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco  |  Wedding Favors: Parker’s Crazy Cookies, Hayward