Wedding Inspiration: A Budget-Friendly Black-and-White Bash in San Jose


The theme is Kim K., but on a budget.

For Jenny Ou and Kevin Nhek, a couple of San Jose natives who got engaged during a picnic near the Golden Gate Bridge, that meant "modern, monochromatic, chic, and glam"—and, of course, a body-con bridal gown.

To keep within their budget, the decor was DIY, minimal, and timeless. They also incorporated elements of their own cultures (Ou is Chinese and Nhek is Cambodian) including a small tea ceremony before the wedding, and traditional Cambodian attire for the reception where Ou wore a mermaid-style, lacey gown; her beaux wore a black and white tux. Their rings, too, were classic with a solitaire and thin diamond engagement ring, and matching gold love bands from Cartier. "I love the mix of two metals together," says Ou.

The couple also kept things close to home, selected Bella Montagna as their venue because of its intimacy and views of the city. Plus, they were able to bring in their own catering, which was perfect because Ou's father was set on a Chinese-style reception.

Inspiration for the guests' attire came from another celebrity couple's wedding: Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union asked guests to wear only black and white. The same classic color combo made up a sleek palette for Ou and Nhek, with gold details for a bit of luxe. While they were unable to push the two-color scheme with their Asian family, groomsmen sported classic black tuxedos, while the bridesmaids wore long white frocks.

Floral arrangements were made by the maid of honor with white roses sourced from Costco. Other personal touches included a matching pair of Nike 270s for the newlyweds to wear at the end of the night to "dance their butts off." There was even karaoke and traditional Cambodian dancing to Khmer music.

Venue: Bella Montagna

Dress: Viero Bridal

Groomsmen/Groom: Tuxedo Fashions

Hair: Shea Styles

Makeup: Marlyn Valencia

Shoes: Light in the Box

Bridesmaids dresses: Lulu's

Flowers: DIY

Décor: DIY

Wedding planner: A Joyous Occasion

Caterer: Ginger Cafe

Cake: Sweets by Linda

Photographer: Kat Ma Photography

Videographer: Tito Thepkaysone

DJ: DJ Illusive

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