Linda and Mark's love story began thanks to mutual friends. After seeing each other at many important life events of their friends and trips to Napa and Boston, the spark finally was lit. After a first date following their time in Boston, they enjoyed their time together so greatly that it led to date after date after date. The rest is history.

On the day of their wedding, the cool air and overcast skies were a welcome greeting compared to the wet winter the Bay Area experienced. We joined Linda at her childhood home as she calmly prepared for the important day surrounded by family and friends.

Bridal details including wedding dress and shoes.
Flower girl views bridal gown in home during getting ready for wedding day.
Asian bride prepares for wedding day in San Jose, California.
Bride is zipped into wedding gown by Maid of Honor.
Bride puts on shoes standing up in wedding dress.

Linda went on her way to Queen of Apostles Church for the ceremony to begin. Final touches were done as the ladies arrived and guests were seated for their Catholic wedding ceremony. Linda and Mark opted to not do a first look, so their first time seeing each other on their wedding day was as Linda glided down the aisle accompanied by her parents.

Final touches for bride completed at church in San Jose.
Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in San Jose on a wedding day.
Groom walks in with mother and father down aisle.
Bride walks in with mother and father down aisle.
Groom's first reaction to seeing bride on wedding day with no first look.
Groom wipes bride's tear during wedding ceremony.
Newlyweds first kiss during wedding ceremony
Newlyweds walk down aisle after getting married.

Following their cheerful ceremony, the wedding party made their way to Villa Montalvo - a beautiful Italian Mediterranean Revival mansion nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The cream colored mansion complemented the blue tones of their wedding colors and made the wedding party pop with pizzazz!

Wedding party at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga
Bridesmaids with bride in front of Villa Montalvo in Saratoga.
Groomsmen with groom at Villa Montalvo near San Jose
Wedding party walks through Italian style villa in Saratoga, CA.
Wedding party in blooming magnolia trees at Villa Montalvo

Next came some alone time for Linda and Mark... if you can call hanging out with your photographer and videographer that. :) We wandered around the grounds of Villa Montalvo and found beautiful nooks and crannies to have the newlyweds enjoy some peace and quiet. Eventually, we ended up at the Italianate Gardens onsite. The cypress tree lined path made it feel like we were far away from the Bay Area.

Newlyweds at Montalvo Arts Center Wedding
Creative spring wedding portraits in Bay Area CA
Wedding at Villa Montalvo with Italian inspiration
Asian couple married at Tuscan garden at Villa Montalvo
Couple runs through Villa Montalvo on wedding day
Classic wedding portraits for couples with minimal PDA
Non-kissing wedding photos

Following portraits, the party began at Villa Ragusa. The newlyweds greeted the guests as they entered the ballroom before making their own grand entrance. As a delicious dinner was served, members of the wedding party led toasts to the happy couple.

Open bar with custom his and her drinks
Wedding table decor inspiration at Villa Ragusa
Bride and groom grand entrance at Villa Ragusa in Campbell
Bridesmaid speech at wedding
Groomsman speech at Bay Area wedding
Groomsman speech at Northern California wedding
Toast to newlyweds at California wedding
Vietnamese wedding traditions at wedding ceremony
Champagne toast at wedding
Asian newlyweds cutting cake at wedding

Linda and Mark started the dancing off for the evening with their first dance to You Are The Reason by Calum Scott. As the dance floor opened, the open bar helped friends and family join the party with lowered inhibitions and plenty of good dance moves.

Couple shares first dance to You are the Reason
First dance at Villa Ragusa
Alternative to garter toss at wedding
Garter toss alternative
Bouquet toss at Villa Ragusa in Campbell CA
Garter toss at Villa Ragusa
Newlyweds dancing at wedding reception in Northern California ballroom
Groom dancing during wedding reception at Villa Ragusa
Villa Ragusa wedding reception


Photography/Videography: Trevor & Elisebeth

Hair & Makeup Artist: Joli de Jackie

Dress: Garnet and Grace Bridal Boutique

Menswear: Macy's

Ceremony Venue: Queen of Apostles Catholic Church

Portraits Location: Montalvo Arts Center

Reception Venue: Villa Ragusa

Catering: Newport Dim Sum and Chinese Food

Cake & Desserts: Sweet and Crumb

DJ: Qntm Sound