An Elegant Fusion Wedding at Venue at 400 North Ervay in Dallas, Texas

Mai Duong (28 and a publicist) and Tyler Davis (28 and a registered nurse) infused their Vietnamese and Italian American heritages into their wedding celebration at Venue at 400 North Ervay in Dallas, Texas. “Because our two families were coming together as one, we mixed in Vietnamese and Italian American traditions throughout the day,” Mai says. The couple kicked off their day of festivities with a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony at the bride’s parents' home. “It’s a special time to honor our ancestors and to unify our two families,” Mai says. Her parents' home was decked out in red and gold decor, symbolizing happiness, luck and prosperity for the couple’s future. The tea ceremony included an offering of gifts, the couple receiving marriage blessings and advice from both sets of parents, along with the couple’s two grandmothers sipping tea together. “I cannot even begin to tell you how excited and anxious I was to see Tyler for the first time that morning,” Mai says. “Since I was a little girl, I have attended countless tea ceremonies and weddings. That morning, I had to keep pinching myself because it was so surreal just thinking that this time I was attending as the bride, and it was our tea ceremony.” The tea ceremony was followed by a brunch reception and then a bilingual (Vietnamese and English) Catholic ceremony at the church Mai grew up attending. “Looking back on our big day, the tea ceremony was one of our favorite moments,” Mai says. “With Tyler's family in Ohio and mine in Texas, our extended family had never crossed paths. It was incredibly special for Tyler and me, especially because we realized that this was the one day in our lives we would have so many loved ones—from near and far—in one place.” The couple decked out their rooftop reception space with a clean and classic palette of blush, white and french blue. Loose garden-style floral arrangements of white dahlias, ranunculus, anemones, garden roses and hydrangeas were accented with textural greenery. The couple incorporated Tyler’s Italian heritage in the reception by serving a variety of delicious Italian baked goods (pita piatas, pizzelles, galettes) and Jordan almonds (an Italian tradition signifying well wishes). Their families also danced the Italian tarantella. “It was incredible to see our families dancing together celebrating, especially when Tyler's 94-year-old grandmother got up to dance with him,” Mai says. “Looking back, we are so happy we included and honored both our families' beautiful cultures and traditions.” —Marissa Hermanson