A Romantic DIY Wedding at Corks & Cleaver Bistro in Gulfport, Mississippi

Christine Hang Nguyen (29 and a medical technologist) and Loi Duy Nguyen (34 and a manager at MLJ Liquor) brought their rustic DIY wedding to life wit

Christine Hang Nguyen (29 and a medical technologist) and Loi Duy Nguyen (34 and a manager at MLJ Liquor) brought their rustic DIY wedding to life with lavish greenery and ambient lighting, along with a neutral color scheme of creams, blush and gray. “I have always loved the rustic theme,” Christine says. “So I wanted to stick to that kind of style. I like the simplicity and Southern appeal.” After dining at the delicious Mississippi eatery Corks & Cleaver Bistro in Gulfport, Mississippi, one evening, the couple discovered that the restaurant had an event space. “When I walked into the building, I knew I wanted to have my wedding here,” she says. The couple said “I do” on the venue’s ivy-covered terrace, which they spruced up with bistro lights, a chandelier and white picnic chairs. Inside, for the reception, long banquet tables were clad in crisp white linens and topped with gold chargers, gray napkins and lush eucalyptus garlands. While a majority of the wedding decor was pulled off by the couple, they hired a florist to deck out the dining room in luxurious foliage, from the table garlands to the chandeliers draped in leaves. The dinner reception wowed guests with a lavish spread of lobster bisque, pork belly, duck-stuffed quail and truffle-crusted wagyu beef tenderloin. Christine and Loi honored their roots by incorporating the Vietnamese wedding tradition of personally thanking each guest for coming and in return each family gifting money as a token of well-wishes. For the couple's first dance, Loi’s nephew surprised them by singing “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth. —Marissa Hermanson

“I am a simple person, so I wanted a simple round diamond with a platinum band, reminiscent of a Tiffany & Co. ring,” Christine says of her engagement ring. For Loi, she purchased a simple platinum wedding band.
Christine and Loi’s rustic-themed invites were sealed with gold wax and imprinted with their last-name initial.
“I didn't want a dress that looked like a wedding dress, but I did want a wedding dress feel,” Christine says of her floor-length wrap dress from Stone Cold Fox. Christine adorned her loose curls with a baby’s breath crown that her sister-in-law fashioned.
Christine and Loi met through Loi’s sister, and the couple dated for seven years before they tied the knot.
Christine and Loi said “I do” under a wooden awning that was embellished with ethereal chiffon curtains and a crystal chandelier.
As the flower girl, Christine's niece wore a white smocked dress and silver ballet shoes, while Loi's nephew acted as ring bearer, sporting suspenders and a bow tie.
The couple’s intimate ceremony took place on the terrace, where brick walls were covered in ivy. Guests were seated in white folding chairs, and the patio was simply decorated with romantic bistro lights.
“I have always loved the rustic theme,” Christine says. “So I wanted to stick to that kind of style. I like the simplicity and Southern appeal.”
After dining at the delicious Gulfport, Mississippi, eatery Corks & Cleaver Bistro, the couple heard that the restaurant had an event space. “When I walked into the building, I knew I wanted to have my wedding here,” Christine says. “What made me fall in love with the place was the environment of the building.” The couple dressed up the already beautiful event space with rustic chairs, white linens and lush greenery garlands and chandeliers.
Long banquet tables were dressed in white linens and topped with fragrant eucalyptus garland, gold chargers, gray napkins and menu cards. “It was important for me to have candles because I wanted natural lighting when it got dark outside,” Christine says.
Christine and Loi’s florist embellished Corks & Cleaver Bistro's vintage chandeliers with lush hanging greenery.
Along with wedding cake, the newlyweds had a refreshments and dessert table with lemon Bundt cakes, cotton-candy-flavored macarons and tasty beverages.
Christine and Loi’s cake table was styled with rustic “love” lettering that was embellished with white blooms.
New Orleans bakery Chasing Wang created the couple’s yummy macarons and naked berry Chantilly cream cake that was embellished with mint leaves and cascading roses. The cake was displayed on a custom wooden cake stand that was personalized with “Mr. and Mrs. Nguyen” in calligraphy.