You know you’ve hit the cute couple jackpot when not just the blushing bride and handsome groom are radiating with love, but every single guest has the giddy elation that only shows THIS strong – and all over their faces – when the couple is absolutely made for each other. I don’t know how Boutwell Studio didn’t reach around her camera and squeeze these two every chance she got, but I will thank her because she has filled our galleries with sweet, sweet love!

My husband Tory and I met 4.5 years ago in college. We had developed a very strong and genuine friendship in a short amount of time. After a semester of being friends, we started dating. It was a difficult decision because I knew that he would be leaving to serve in the Korean army for 2 years. We had only been in a dating relationship for about a month before he had to leave for another continent.

Despite the odds, we maintained our love for one another during the years that we were apart. Our time apart actually strengthened us and was a huge blessing in disguise. After Tory’s military service was over, he came back to the U.S. to finish school. He also got a part-time job, which I later found out was to save up for my ring! I had no idea that he was even thinking about marriage at that time because we had talked about how it would happen a few years down the line. So when he popped the question on stage at my friend’s concert, I was in complete shock. He sang the song “Marry Me” by Train and the whole time I was in disbelief that it was actually happening! After the song finished, all my family and friends jumped out from the crowd to congratulate us (I had no idea they were all hiding back there)!

We first decided on the Beverly Hills Montage Hotel for our reception because the ballroom was so elegant and the colors fit right in to the palette I was using.  We knew we were going to have a fairly large wedding, and the room was perfect for our 270 guests.  We started looking around for a ceremony spot that was close to the hotel and discovered a hidden gem called the Greystone Mansion and Parks.  It’s such a beautiful and unique venue that’s overflowing with so many picturesque spots.  The first time I saw the Greystone I knew it was where I wanted to get married.  I loved that we were able to have our ceremony outdoor and our reception indoor.

From the beginning I knew I wanted my wedding to be timeless. The venues we chose are definitely places that will never go out of style. The architecture of both venues is so stunning and timeless. I didn’t want to be tied down to choosing two specific colors, but I wanted a palette of colors that just flowed throughout the wedding. I was inspired by all the soft and romantic colors. I incorporated blush, champagne, gold, beige, sage, and other similar tones throughout.

My husband and I both love traveling and have been to many cities throughout the world.  We incorporated a travel theme at our reception and used cities we’ve visited together as table signs.  We made luggage tags as name cards with a map on one side and the guest’s name and table on the other.  We also handmade our ceremony programs that doubled as fans.  A cultural tradition we included during our reception was the Korean paebaek.  We wore the traditional Korean garb and bowed to both of our parents.

My favorite memory of my wedding day was when we said our personal vows.  Our vows encapsulated everything we had been through up until our wedding day, and it also set in motion the commitment to spend the rest of our lives together.  Nothing made my heart smile more than hearing the love of my life promising to love and cherish me forever.

Photography: Boutwell Studio / Flowers: Flower Allie / Event Planning & Decor: Shirley Han, Fresh Events Company / Ceremony Location: Greystone Mansion / Reception Location: Montage Beverly Hills / DJ: Shine Entertainment / Rentals: Fresh Events Company / Shoes: Valentino / Dress: Monique Lhuillier

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