An Effortlessly Elegant Wedding at the Villa in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts

For their early-fall wedding in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Yan Huang (25) and Stephen Wong (31) planned an intimate affair with a hint of bohemi

For their early-fall wedding in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Yan Huang (25) and Stephen Wong (31) planned an intimate affair with a hint of bohemian glamour. Since they both come from large families, they wanted a venue that could comfortably accommodate over 200 guests while still maintaining a fuss-free feel. The Villa was the perfect fit, with its dazzling candlelit ballroom, lush green lawns and serene woodlands. With a palette of soft gold, ivory, gray and blush hues, the couple injected the Villa with a warm, romantic feel. “The ceremony was by far the most important thing to me because it’s the most intimate moment for the couple on the day of their wedding,” Yan says. “Naturally, it was important that the decor stand out for photographing purposes. I wanted to create a picture-perfect moment at the altar so I can look back many years later and still remember what that moment felt like.” Collaborating with the florists at Sweet Annie Floral Design, Yan transformed the Villa gardens into a whimsical scene. Cascading vines, lush greens and oversize pale pink florals brought the outdoor space to life, with a simple chandelier suspended from the ceremony’s domed archway to up the decor’s romantic appeal. After saying “I do,” Yan and Stephen performed a traditional Chinese tea ceremony with their closest family members. “Serving tea to your new family is a symbol of respect and love, and in return they welcome you by giving you jewelry, which often includes family heirlooms,” Yan says. “I appreciated this part of the wedding the most because it represented my culture and roots—it’s something I’ve dreamed of doing since I was a kid.” A reception followed in the Villa ballroom. Bundles of peach, blush, pale blue and ivory blooms arranged in gold teacup vases graced the tables, each surrounded by brightly lit votive candles. Guests found the way to their seats with the help of calligraphed leaves bearing their names and seating assignments. A photo booth provided endless entertainment throughout the evening, while Jet Set Sounds got guests out of their seats and onto the dance floor. A tip from Yan: “Forget about what everyone else wants or might want. What's important is planning and giving yourselves the day as you've imagined it.” —Libby MacCarthy

Before the day’s festivities kicked into high gear, Yan got ready with her girlfriends at a nearby hotel. As a thank-you, she gave each a floral satin robe, which they all wore while primping and pampering for their walk down the aisle.
To introduce guests to the evening’s whimsical rustic theme, Yan and Stephen incorporated a number of handcrafted touches throughout the decor. The couple had a wooden welcome sign featuring playful calligraphy specially made for the ceremony entrance, which Sweet Annie Floral Design decorated with wispy wines for a fresh feel.
The couple’s flower girl looked as if she had stepped out of the pages of a storybook with her whimsical full-skirt tulle gown and garden-inspired flower crown filled with pale pink florals.
Yan knocked her bridal look out of the park, wearing a Pronovias crepe mermaid-style Vicenta gown with an illusion lace bodice and open back for her “I dos.” “The dress I ended up wearing wasn’t the first dress I bought,” Yan says. “I think I made the mistake of buying my first dress too early. It left too much time for having second thoughts.” She paired the statement-making dress with Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandal and simple drop earrings. “I wanted a simple, single strap heel that wouldn’t take away from the dress. They were also 4.5 inches, which gave me the extra boost I needed for someone as petite as I am,” she added.
To keep things feeling cohesive while letting her bridesmaids show off some of their own personality, Yan had them wear convertible gowns from Lulu’s in a soft, flowy lavender-gray fabric. The girls wore their hair down in loose, romantic waves and completed the look with simple stud earrings.
Stephen took the classic route when it came to choosing wedding day duds for his groomsmen. The guys donned traditional black Vera Wang tuxedos, which they paired with sleek patent dress shoes and black bow ties.
For Yan’s walk down the aisle, Sweet Annie Floral Design arranged a lush, still-life-inspired bouquet of full dahlias, garden roses and ranunculus in soft shades of blush, coral and peach. The textured bouquet popped against Yan’s illusion lace gown for a dramatically romantic look.
While Yan opted for a one-of-a-kind style for her bridal debut, Stephen opted to keep things classic. He rocked a traditional black tuxedo by Vera Wang for the occasion, which he teamed with a black bow tie, sleek dress shoes and a pale pink boutonniere.
The Villa’s Madera Ballroom provided a warm, intimate backdrop for the reception with its lofty, wood-paneled ceilings, amber uplighting and statement fireplace. To set a romantic tone for the evening, Sweet Annie Floral Design created bundles of peach, blush, pale blue and ivory blooms arranged in gold teacup vases for each table, with each bountiful bouquet surrounded by brightly lit votive candles.
Yan and Stephen thought outside the box when it came to designing their wedding cake. The pair tapped Konditor Meister to create an elegant birdcage-inspired confection for the occasion with their iconic strawberry Grand Marnier cake. For a bit of extra panache, Yan and Stephen opted for blush fondant and a sprinkling of fresh flowers.
Yan opted to make the escort cards herself, using leaves in lieu of card stock to achieve an earthy, bohemian look. She hand-lettered the names and seating assignments on each leaf in gold ink for a hint of glamour.
While the newlyweds performed their tea ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Villa’s ballroom. As they mixed and mingled, guests nibbled on pan-seared scallops, mini crab cakes, teriyaki steak drumsticks and more.
“My favorite detail was the traditional tea ceremony that took place immediately after the ceremony,” Yan says. After exchanging vows, Yan and Stephen gathered with their closest family members at the arbor to perform the traditional Chinese custom. “Serving tea to your new family is a symbol of respect and love, and in return they welcome you by giving you jewelery, which often includes family heirlooms,” Yan says. “I appreciated this part of the wedding the most because it represented my culture and roots—it’s something I’ve dreamed of doing since I was a kid.”
After the Western ceremony, Yan slipped out of her Pronovias wedding dress and into a traditional red and gold silk gown for the tea ceremony, which she had found on a trip to China.
Yan and Stephen paid tribute to their Chinese roots during the reception with a traditional lion dance. The dance is traditionally performed during the reception as a blessing bestowed upon the newlyweds. During the dance, the lion presents the couple with gifts, such as oranges to represent prosperity and bamboo to symbolize strength and fertility.