From the Bride... I am a true believer that timing is everything and that things happen the way they do for a reason. I met Michael several times before our relationship really took off. We first met in 2003 while vacationing in Cancun, Mexico. Both of our families were part of the same guided tour but we didn’t really talk much and really had no interest in each other. Then, in 2007, Kenny, Michael’s fraternity brother, introduced us at a club. He always mentioned that he had a great guy to introduce me to, but I never took it seriously. When we finally met at the club, we talked, but things just kind of fizzled. The following year, Kenny told me that Michael was asking for my email address and instant messenger name. He wanted to introduce me to his brother-in-law, who would also be heading to Cornell that year to get his M.B.A. He now admits that he used this opportunity for himself to get back in touch with me. Our relationship started with the constant text messaging and emailing. When we finally met face-to-face, we were inseparable. That’s when we realized that we had met in Cancun, five years prior and that our parents were even acquaintances! Unfortunately, I had to move to Ithaca, NY to start school so we took our relationship online with Skype and the bi-monthly visits by Michael. Although for the most part, our relationship was long distance, we couldn’t deny that fate really brought us together at a time when we were both ready to be committed to each other.
Michael and I both grew up in the Los Angeles area so we decided to pick a focal and reputable location where all of our family and friends could celebrate with us. We felt that Beverly Hills Hotel held those attributes. Beverly Hills Hotel is not only a historical landmark of Southern California but also a hotel with excellent service and quality food. I wanted to capture a sense of elegance and class and BHH’s Crystal Ballroom fit well with our traditional, romantic décor. I loved its Murano glass chandeliers and the foyer. The elegant moldings in the ceiling, the walls, and even the mirrors complimented this essence of luxury. I felt that I had to pick a timeless place close enough where Michael and I can return to celebrate our anniversaries and also be a reminder of our wedding day. We definitely plan to stay in BHH’s bungalows again as we did on our wedding night.
I wanted the wedding to be traditional, romantic, elegant, and feminine. What better color is there than pink?! I chose a softer dusty pink to give the décor an old traditional feel, as opposed to a more modern baby pink. We chose dusty pink linens, gold charivari chairs, and antique gold centerpiece bases with hanging crystals. The dance floor was a darker dusty pink with a large ivory decal of a design we incorporated from our wedding invitations. The focal point of the décor was flowers, especially roses. So we filled the tables with multiple high and low centerpieces and created a cake table linen made entirely of pink roses.
Wedding Photography: John & Joseph Photography / Wedding Ceremony Location: Good Shepherd Catholic Church / Wedding Reception Location: Beverly Hills Hotel / Wedding Planner: Jeannie Savage, Details Details / Hair + Make-up: Jessica Kim, Hair Day / Officiant: Father Welbers & Father Alex / Cocktail Music: West Coast Music, Jazz Trio / Wedding Reception Music: West Coast Music, James Gang Band / Surprise Performance: “The Baker’s Dozen” of Yale University / DJ: DJ Lucky Lou / Wedding Videography: Elysium Productions / Floral Design, Rentals, Dance Floor, Linens + Chairs: Nisie’s Enchanted Florist / Lighting: Shine Lighting / Individual Wedding Cakes + Cakes: Kayla’s Kakes / Photo Booth: Pacific Photo Booths