Gia Canali takes gorgeous picture. Pure and simple. The kind of pictures that we love to mull over for hours, mesmerized by the intricate details of a garden wedding with nods to the couples heritage. And the the kind that make for the perfect way to end a day full of beautiful affairs. In other words, Wedding Wednesday isn’t over until Gia Canali has sung and she’s singing a pretty tune right here in the full gallery.

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From Gia Canali Photography This wedding, held in the morning, started with a Western ceremony but also incorporated a traditional Korean Paebaek ceremony. The bride’s sister, Helen, was very involved in helping DIY plan and design this wedding for her sister. She created the topiaries in front of the tents with flowers from her own garden, made all the day-of paper goods, the escort chart and the honey favors for the guests.

After the western ceremony and tented lunch reception, the bride and groom, along with their families, switched into traditional ceremonial attire for the Paebaek. The Paebaek symbolizes the bride being formally accepted into the groom’s side of the family, and a series of rituals are performed to represent this idea. First, the couple and their family takes turns bowing. The bride’s attire is so heavy she has to have someone help her (her headpiece alone weighs almost 20 pounds, so Angella wore it only for a few formal photographs at the end!). Then the couple’s parents take turns tossing dates (representing girls) and chestnuts (representing boys) for the bride to catch in a cloth. However many of each they caught symbolized how many boys and girls they will have. Finally, the groom carries his mother and the bride around on his back, a public display of his strength. Although the symbolism of the Paebaek was fascinating, what really stood out about this wedding was how much joy this couple found in their family and in both sincerely and playfully honoring their traditions.

Wedding Photography: Gia Canali Photography / Wedding Venue: Palmdale Estates in Fremont, California / Event Planning: Helen Yoon, The Bride’s Sister / Floral Design: Floral Design Studio / Topiaries: From Garden of Helen Yoon, The Bride’s Sister / Wedding Day Paper Goods: Handmade by Helen Yoon, The Bride’s Sister / Rice Cakes: Yaewon (408-248-1505) / Wedding Dress: Enzoani / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair + Makeup: Maria Chang of Professional Makeup Artistry

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