Magic Garden Matrimony



Nicole Johnson

Who: Kim Nguyen, professional makeup artist, and Robert Boulter, web developer for a shipping company.

When: Sept. 18, 2015

Where: Hermitage Museum and Gardens, Norfolk.

Guest List: Approximately 175 guests traveled from California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Northern Virginia and Germany.

Where They Met: The two had many mutual friends since they both attended Tallwood High School and Old Dominion University, and what began as a good friendship soon turned into a dating relationship.

The Engagement: On a chilly day in February, Kim and Bobby decided to spend Valentine’s Day in Norfolk visiting the Hermitage Museum and Gardens as well as the Chrysler Museum of Art. “We hid under a little nook to block the cold,” Kim says. “Standing there we were kind of just soaking up the scenery, and then Bobby got on one knee, expressed how he felt about us and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes, and he gave me a beautiful aquamarine ring (my birthstone), which I really love.”

Wedding Wishes: “We wanted a wedding that truly felt magical, sweet, yet laid-back. I love being outside, so it was a given that we would have an outdoor wedding underneath the sky and stars,” Kim says. Instead of adopting the traditional wedding rituals, they opted for a more customized approach to truly emulate their interests and reflect their relationship. “We didn’t have a seating chart, as we wanted guests to sit with whoever they wanted to, and we went with a family-style dinner so guests could interact with one another.” The two also opted out of the garter and bouquet toss, and Kim had her best friend as the Man of Honor to mix things up. “It was important to us to have personal elements and to recognize our loved ones. I lost my mother to cancer the year before, so it was very important to me that she was remembered that day. I had a framed photo of her on her very own chair at the ceremony.”

What’s Next: Kim and Bobby ventured to Europe this past June for their honeymoon. They plan to grow their family within the next few years.

BRIDE: Gown—Watters from BHLDN. Headpiece—Friend and bridesmaid, who is also a fashion professional, crafted Kim’s lovely headpiece.

GROOM: Suit—Asos

BOUTONNIERES: The men wore boutonnieres of pom-poms and hops, a nod to the Boulters’ love for beer.

KISS OF COLOR: Among the neutral color palette, Kim incorporated bold-colored flowers as her “kiss of color.” Norfolk Wholesale Floral provided the bouquets of pom-poms, dahlias, roses, dusty miller and thistle. Dangling from Kim’s bouquet is a photo of her mother.

WEDDING PARTY: “Our wedding party consisted of our closest friends and family. They were people who were by our sides throughout our relationship, watched [it] blossom and always gave us so much love and support,” Kim says. Bridesmaids’ dresses—Jenny Yoo from Nordstrom.

VENUE: “My best friend Waldemar took me to the Hermitage, and it just took my breath away. I felt goose bumps even from the drive in,” Kim says. “I knew right away that one day when I got married, it had to be there.”

TOUCHES OF NATURE: A glass terrarium, made by her bridesmaid, Aleth, was reserved for cards.

CENTERPIECES: Bobby crafted the whimsical terrariums adorning each of the community-style tables.

MONARCH PRIDE: Many of their friends and family members also attended Old Dominion. “We wanted to represent our school!” Kim says.

FAMILY PHOTOS: A table labeled “In honor of our loved ones watching from heaven” held photos of loved ones who had passed, including Breyer, Bobby’s beloved German shepherd.

SWEETS: The lemon blueberry and salted caramel chocolate cupcakes were homemade by Kim’s niece and her friends.

FAVORS: Each guest took home adorable succulents, which were ordered from Etsy. Kim and her bridesmaids hand lettered the tags and packaged each.

Hair: Mollie White, Glimmer Hair & Makeup, Outer Banks

Makeup: Friends and makeup artists Aleth Almelor, Jennylynn Gabana and Maria Dubois

Nails: Quy Nguyen, Lucky Nails, Virginia Beach

Caterer: Gourmet Gang

Music: Pro DJs

Wedding Party Cards: http://www.etsy.comEtsy

Photobooth: ShutterBooth

Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals, Chesapeake

Wedding Video: Reds Creations, Fredericksburg

* Kim and Bobby wrote their own vows and included an excerpt:

Kim: “I’ve seen the best of you, I’ve seen the worst of you, and I take all of you. You make me laugh like no one else does; you’re my person.” 

Bobby: “I promise today and the rest of our tomorrows that I will be the best husband I can be.”

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