Good morning, SMPers and a happy Wedding Wednesday to you! Are you ready for a day filled to the brim with pretty, pretty inspiration? We sure hope so, because we have eight (Yes, EIGHT!) fabulous affairs in our lineup today... each one overflowing with a plethora of lovely details and a bundle of special moments to make you smile. And since we know you adore Wedding Wednesdays just as much as we do, we've filled our galleries with even more pretty for your viewing pleasure... so be sure to spend a little extra time in each and every one.
We're jump starting our day of lovely with one very stunning Delaware affair designed by Make My Day Event Planning. Held in the breathtaking backyard of the bride's family home, these intimate nuptials had me at hello with each and every darling detail, including the fabulous florals by The City Florist, a gorgeous custom gown (Designed by the sister of the bride!) and a charming ceremony held beneath a cherry tree. Seriously, I don't believe it gets any sweeter than this. Maria DeForrest Photography was on hand to capture every heartwarming moment and you can see them all in the full gallery of images!
From Make My Day Event Planning... This wedding was on a perfect June evening, set in the backyard of the bride's family home in Harrington, Delaware. The traditional elements and personal touches spoke to the couple without saying a word, except "I DO," of course!
The bride's sister created a one-of-a-kind wedding gown for the bride which paid an ode to Korean tradition and form, but followed American tradition in it's color. The two flower girls also wore handmade gowns by the bride's sister, as well. The ceremony consisted of about 60 close family and friends who gathered underneath the old cherry tree, perfectly green and full, to witness the wedding ceremony performed by the bride's most inspiring professor from college who flew in for the occasion. The professor spoke of Korean tradition and referenced the history of marriage, Korean wedding tradition and the history of the couple in his meaningful service. At the center of the ceremony, sat two wooden ducks - symbolizing a long and happy marriage in Korean tradition. Guests celebrated and showered the newlyweds with walnuts as they celebrated their recent vow exchange, which in Korean tradition symbolizes luck in fertility in their marriage.
As guests enjoyed the soft sounds of a string ensemble, orange mojitos and mint juleps were flowing (a favorite of the groom) and passed hors d'oeuvres were presented which began to introduce the cultural fusion menu to guests with fresh sushi rolls and eastern shore mini crab cakes. The bride and groom shared a few quiet moments together before mingling with their guests during cocktail hour.
A true sense of family and tradition was the highlight of this couple's wedding day, just as they had envisioned. The reception tables were dressed in colorful flowers and elegant touches of gold and porcelain complimented to match the "English Country meets Korean Tradition" decor - and wedding photos (dating back to the 1920's) of their family members were scattered throughout the outdoor space bringing an even more personal and real sense of family and history to this wedding.
Guests made their way to their seats inside the dinner tent and enjoyed a family style feast of traditional kimchi (brought all the way from the couple's favorite restaurant), Korean short ribs, soybean salad (all Korean dishes) and inspired by the Eastern Shore of Delaware (and all grown locally) guests also shared/passed platters of grilled scallops, barbecue chicken, and summer potato salad. The meal was finished with the groom's mother's famous strawberry shortcake, served individually to each guest and wedding cake made by the groom's mother herself. Throughout the evening, guests mingled, swayed to the jazzy string ensemble, witnessed an impromptu Korean calligraphy demonstration from the bride's grandfather and to end a magical evening of family and love, "What a Wonderful World" played (a surprise request from the groom to the bride) under the soft string lights dancing in the ceiling of the tent. This wedding was not only full of family, culture, history and tradition - but everyone present could feel the love.
Wedding Photography: Maria DeForrest Photography / Floral Design: The City Florist / Event Design + Planning: Make My Day Event Planning / Ceremony + Reception Location: Private Residence / Wedding Invitations: Bride's Grandfather / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Wedding Dress: Bride's Sister / Wedding Cake: Groom's Mother / Caterer: Plate Catering / Favors: Fifer Orchards (Jams)