An Ly Winter 2014

Loves Conquers All

An Ly and her fiancé Hiep Nguyen find love

By Laurette Veres


An Ly never gave up on love. She met Hiep Nguyen at the gym and it took him awhile to get the courage to speak to her. She knew he was the one on their first date.


On their second date things turned sad. Hiep found out both of his kidneys had been damaged by decease and he needed a transplant. The 26 year old luckily had a sister ready and willing to donate a kidney. Even luckier, the kidney was a 100% match for Hiep.


An was impressed with his positive attitude and how he grew as individual as he dealt with the fate he was given. “I fell in love with him during this time,” she says. “After five strong years of learning, growing, maturing and loving, we knew we were ready to take our life and relationship to the next level.”


An is a fan of the creative graffiti walls in Austin, Tx. Hiep used the public art she loved as a canvas for his proposal. Her cousin helped him set the stage. As she walked towards the wall, she saw pictures of she and Hiep; he got down on one knee, and the rest is history.


Amid tones of ivory, green and corral, she will walk down the aisle at Heaven on Earth event facility in her Mori Lee gown from Ventura’s Bridal on April 12, 2014. Following the service, An will host a Traditional tea ceremony in her home. Symbolically and culturally, this is where the couple’s union is official and they will be able to call each other’s parents mom and dad. She will wear traditional Chinese red and gold at this event, then change back into her wedding gown for the reception at Ocean Palace. One final change will bring back the red and the couple will visit each table, personally thanking 400 people for attending.


The bride-to-be is a graduate of Cypress Ridge High School and the University of Houston. She works as a project coordinator at Weatherford. Hiep is in new home sales at Cinco Ranch.


An is the latest real bride-to-be selected by the Bridal Extravaganza Show to appear on billboards citywide. “I would love to showcase to the world what true love and happiness are all about,” she says. “Being the Billboard Bride proves true love does exist and anyone can turn their dreams and fantasies into reality through hard work and commitment.”


Get this look:

Gown: Ventura’s Bridal

Photography: MD Turner

Hair & Makeup: Exquisite Reflections

Bouquet: Arteflora