The bride wore black in this gothic wedding
26 Jun 2019
Amy Vosinthavong and Andrew Nguy's big day in Sydney, Australia showcases how a gothic wedding can look chic and stylish
How did you meet?
Andrew and I met through mutual friends. We almost didn’t meet back then as he was heading overseas the next day but decided to come out to a local club for the night. He was extremely shy at first, but then with some Dutch courage he asked to borrow my mobile to make a call and ended up calling himself to get my number.
Tell us about the proposal
Andrew organised the proposal in advance, with some help from friends. We were all heading overseas to Hong Kong for a wedding, and decided to extend our trip to a few other places. So when we were at the Fushimi Inari temple in Kyoto, Japan (my favorite city) he bent down on one knee and popped the question. I was so floored; my first thought was 'why is he doing that – is he offering me chocolate?'.
What do you love most about your partner?
He has a heart of gold and never fails to make me laugh every day.
What is your best piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Communication is key; in the first few years we were together it was all about knowing each other’s communication styles. He is more of a brooding type, who doesn’t like to be pushed into discussing his feelings and talking things through. Whereas I am much more the type to sit down and talk it out right away, so I pushed. For a time it was hard, however after seven years I am a lot more patient and he is a lot more open. Also, never act or speak in harshness; respect each other as partners and individuals.
Tell us about your wedding dress
I was never a traditional person. I am covered in tattoos and white was never for me, so naturally I always knew I would be wearing a black dress. I picked some elements from dresses I liked and worked with the designer to make the dream dress. I very much love the modern styles but also love the gothic look so replaced white lace with black lace.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Gothic; full of blacks, reds and orange-glow candles. The floral feature roof over the dancefloor at the reception venue was turned into a permanent feature before the wedding day, so the black and red flower roof I wanted was out of the question. However, looking back at the pictures, the white actually provided a really nice and open contrast. In the end, I was still ecstatic with the outcome...and we saved some money.
What was your favorite moment from the day?
Being walked down the aisle with my parents on each side. Being announced as husband and wife too, of course, and shocking all our guests when Andrew and I made our entrance at the reception, head-banging to a metal song (Face the Pain by Stemm)!
What songs did you choose for your wedding?
The bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and pageboy walked out to With You by Sum 41.
- I walked down the aisle to Stay Young, Go Dancing by Death Cab for Cutie.
- Our reception entry was Face the Pain by Stemm.
- Our first dance was Take the World by Johnny Swim.
- Father/daughter dance was My Hero by the Foo Fighters.
We also had a family dance song, which is my parents' song - Waiting for a Girl Like You by Foreigner.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went on a two-week trip to Asia, covering Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. We have planned a seven-week trip to Europe as our official honeymoon.
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Just enjoy yourself. Surround yourself with the positive vibes that family, friends and unity brings, and try not to sweat the small stuff.
Steal their style:
Photography: Zee & Cee Studio
Ceremony venue: Eschol Park House
Reception venue and catering: Villa Capri
Wedding invitations: Giant Invitations
Dress: Made by True Love Couture
Hair, make-up and floristry: Organised by wedding stylist, Anna Wang
Bridesmaids' dresses: Shona Jay and ASOS
Groom's suit: Brent Wilson
Cake: Homemade by groom's sister
Entertainment: Lao/Thai Community band
Celebrant: David Cox
Transport: Unique Wedding Cars