A young couple has revealed why they decided to invite their friends and family to a lavish KFC-themed wedding party after getting married in Sydney.
Thanh Huynh, 29, and Brian Tran, 28, met at their university library and slowly fell in love during long Tuesday study sessions that usually ended with a trip to KFC for spicy chicken.
Speaking to FEMAIL, the loved-up couple revealed that takeaway remained a staple throughout their 20s, with Brian stopping to try something from the restaurant in each country when they traveled through Europe.
So when the opportunity arose to make their love official with the help of the Colonel, eight years later, they knew they had to take advantage of it.
The couple participated in the ‘onion rings engagement’ contest, and Brian asked Thanh to marry him on camera.
Thanh Huynh, 29, and Brian Tran, 28, had an $80,000 KFC-themed wedding.
‘We sat down and wrote a script together. I was the secret herbs and spices and he was the colonel. He also kind of fits our love story,” he said.
They were halfway through planning the wedding but figured they had nothing to lose by participating.
“Our invitations and everything had been sent out; we knew we’d be fine if we won.” Thanh said.
“But we couldn’t believe it when we got the call to tell us we had won.”
They had officially gotten engaged months earlier, with Brian getting down on one knee on the famous walk from Coogee to Bondi.
The couple got engaged by the water during a walk between Coogee and Bondi.
They have been dating since college when Thanh set out to find out who ‘quiet Brian’ was.
‘He knows I like hiking, so that’s where he did it. He didn’t know he was coming,” Thanh said.
She said her mother had been insisting they get married for years and was equally excited about their engagement.
The couple’s big day would always include an intimate ceremony at the Sydney Opera House, followed by time at Bennelong Lawn and a reception at Cabra-Vale Diggers.
The dentists had a post-ceremony picnic on the Bennelong lawn after tying the knot at the Opera House
The bridal party seemed very happy with the mid-wedding snack.
They then headed to Cabra-Vale RSL for their reception which included plenty of KFC products.
But winning the competition meant every part of the big day was infused with KFC elements.
The lawn stop included a themed picnic which was a big highlight for Brian.
At the reception there was a KFC bucket-themed wedding cake, custom buckets for guests, chicken outfits galore, and a grazing table filled with menu items.
Brian, who is the soft-spoken one of the couple, made Thanh cry with his vows.
The couple said the wedding was a hit with their guests, who loved the KFC merchandise and personalized buckets.
They also included a KFC grazing table overnight.
Thanh threw merchandise into the air: he challenged his friends to catch it in their buckets
“Watching guests try to catch the KFC products with their buckets when Thanh threw them into the crowd was pretty surprising,” Brian said.
The couple was able to invite close friends from work after winning the contest, as the $80,000 budget was more generous than their own.
“They gave us some suggestions and we were able to go with what we wanted, so it was still our day, but with a dash of KFC,” Thanh said.