Two years ago, a curly haired brunette with the biggest, joyful smile and a heart engulfed with excitement, held an envelope in her trembling hands addressed to her from The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day saints. Anxious to hear where she would be sent for the next year and a half on a service mission, family and friends gathered to watch the great reveal.
Emily could hardly breath as she tore the envelope open. Cambodia Phnom Penh, Vietnamese speaking.
With wild excitement, she entered the missionary training center a few months later, not knowing that it would change her life FOREVER.
An Ho, raised in Vietnam, had come to the United States as a teenager to gain experience and education that was not available to him in his home country. He was working at the missionary training center, teaching Vietnamese when he met this beautiful curly haired brunette with the biggest, joyful smile.
When Emily’s training was over, she knew she didn’t want to lose contact with An and got his email address.
At first, their emails to each other were short. As time went on, they got longer and longer. The conversation transformed from what the weather was like to deeper feelings of the heart. And over time, half a world away, they fell in love and knew they didn’t want to be with anyone else.
With a surprise proposal on Christmas Eve a year ago over a Skype call and a joyous return home, Emily and An have been smiling and holding hands as their journey together continues.
When I met them in person for their engagement session at Snow Basin, there was one characteristic that they both had that I was immediately drawn to. Joy. It’s the one with that I want to describe my entire life and Emily and An are the embodiment of it. Their engagement session was joy-filled and so was their wedding day.
It started out to be such a foggy day, but once Emily and An stepped out of the Bountiful Utah temple, it was as if their joy encouraged the sun to break out and shine down happiness. All they could do was smile. It didn’t even matter that their noses were red and their hands were absolutely frozen. Their journey as husband and wife had began, on a joyful winter wedding day at the Bountiful temple.
Along with their big smiles, Emily’s bride’s maids wore flowing dusty blue dress with pops of burgundy in their bouquet to create a beautiful winter wedding look. Everything was simply stunning.
Dear Emily and An,
It has been such a joy to be able to spend time with you as you’ve prepared for such a special day and as you’ve experienced. You were both so incredibly kind to me and inspired me to keep a smile on my face more often and to always laugh. I am so excited for the incredible journey you are embarking on and can’t wait to see where life will take you!
Wedding Dress: JJsHouse.com alterations by Terri Renner
Cake Pinata: made by bride’s dad
Cake Topper: made by bride
Flowers: Pat Berglund with Berglund Floral and Wedding Decor
Videographer: Jayden Sanders Films
Decor/Rentals: Weddings For Less, INC
Invitations: Whitney Sue Designs
Luncheon Venue: Eldredge Manor Reception Center