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Their Classic Spring Wedding Incorporated Korean Tradition

We may be approaching winter in a matter of weeks but this wedding designed by So Happi Together has me dreaming of sunny spring days. It strikes the perfect balance of modern and timeless, with thoughtful nods to the couple’s Korean heritage. “Both our moms wore traditional Korean dresses, called Hanbok, that were color coordinated and held hands while walking down the aisle,” said the bride. Watch it all unfold in the gallery by Esther Sun.

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From the Bride…Rewind 5 years from now – Chris and I both sitting at dinner with our mutual friend Tiffany, who’s been wanting to set us up for months. We all thought it will just be another fling. Who would’ve thought after that night, we would date for 4 years, half of which were long distance in different countries, fall in love, and would decide to take that first step to one of the biggest commitments of our lives. We got engaged!

First comes engagement, then comes wedding planning. I knew booking a vendor is the first thing I should check off my list and I knew exactly what I wanted for my wedding. Outdoor greenery, sunlight, garden, someplace captivating yet not too extravagant, someplace grand but cozy. Then I realized my criteria is not the easiest to find especially to find all in one venue…after researching over 100 venues online I was so close to telling myself, I can’t have it all. I need to give up a few of my wants in order to find a venue. Then, we found Kohl Mansion. We visited the venue right away and oh my…everything we want in one place! Beautiful brick walls, an enchanting black and white room, garden filled with roses, the library room, that grand staircase, and so much more than what I envisioned!

Once the venue was set, everything else fell into place. We wanted the wedding to have a soft and romantic feel but balanced with clean and modern lines to be timeless. The color palette that Nancy, our wonderful planner, put together for us was perfect. Different shades of greys, blush, green, muted gold, with grey/black accents. And the outdoor lawn was just so amazing for our ceremony and the cocktail hour after surrounding the fountain. Both of our families are Korean, so it was also important to us to have a part of our culture in our wedding. Both our moms wore custom made traditional Korean dresses, called Hanbok, that were color coordinated, and they held hands while walking down the aisle. That was definitely one of my favorite parts of the wedding.

Now the reception! We loved the overall vibe of intimacy and coziness that was created from such a grand hallway. Candle lights, flowers, the emotional speeches, and all our loved ones altogether just brought out all the feels of that night. So many people reminded us before the wedding to enjoy the day, and oh yes we did. We had so much fun and enjoyed every second of our perfect wedding. It was definitely a lot of hard work and countless stressful days and nights, but it was all worth it. It is a day that we will forever look back on and will always bring the biggest smile to our face.

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Photography: Esther Sun Photography | Cinematography: REB6studios | Event Planning: So Happi Together | Floral Design: My Wedding Sense | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Red Letter Day | Catering: Le Papillon | Hair + Makeup: The Glamourist | Invitations + Calligraphy: Red Letter Day | DJ: Verducci Event Productions | Venue: Kohl Mansion | Flatware: borrowed BLU | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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The Most Epic Groomsmen Dance Ever

Sure, we’ve seen choreographed wedding dance routines on our favorite sitcoms but come one, have you ever seen a REAL wedding pull it off? Look no further folks. These groomsmen hit it out of the park with this epic show for all the guests – and the lucky new Bride – and Amari Productions captured it all on camera. This is not to be missed! (See even more moments from this modern wedding right here!)

From Amari ProductionsWhen members of the bridal party get together for a choreographed dance, everyone is in for a good time. Since the stipulation for inclusion is “Are you in the bridal party?” and not “Can you dance?”, there’s always a fair amount of self deprecation, improvised solos, and laughter. So, when we saw that the groomsmen had scheduled a dance for Mike and Ashley’s reception, we knew what to expect, and were excited to capture the fun. But then, as I went to mic Mike before the ceremony, I stumbled upon them rehearsing. I was in total awe, and that is not hyperbole. So You Think You Can Dance? Yes. The answer is yes. They can.

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Photography: To Wander And Seek | Cinematography: Amari Productions | Coordination: Betty Blue Events | Floral Design: Floral Works | Cake: San Diego Candy Buffet | Catering: Continental Catering | Lighting: SD Socialights | DJ: Still Listening Productions | Transportation: Avery | Wedding Venue: The New Children's Museum | Bar: San Diego Wine & Culinary Event Center | Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booth | Rentals: Raphaels

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We found your perfect wedding stationery… and a giveaway, too!

Pretty paper goods? Sort of our jam here at SMP. So to say we’re excited to introduce you to one of our fave stationery designers, Carla Fahden of Color Me Carla, is, well… a serious understatement. Because if there is anything that can brighten up your work week, it’s her one-of-a-kind works of stationery pretty. Fall in love with every. last. piece (+ check out her awesome giveaway) below.

Painted by hand in gouache (and fine-tuned in photoshop), each collection from Color Me Carla is absolutely unique and timeless in a way that will make your minimalistic hearts happy. Think a modern meets classic aesthetic with a balanced use of white space and a defining approach to symmetry.  Not to mention that each stunning work of art is sooo pretty AND printed locally on a variety of paper stocks (hello, luxe 100% cotton), plus completely customizable with colors and fonts.  It’s what we call absolute perfection… and the perfect way to let your guests know just where the party is at. We love.

Visit Color Me Carla’s website, Instagram and Pinterest to start your journey to the perfect stationery suite, including fab Save the Dates and even menus.  That wow-inducing invitation you’ve been searching for? Color Me Carla has it. We promise.


What: Color Me Carla is excited to announce her $1,000 giveaway! Yep – one lucky bride and groom will receive 100 invitations, reply cards and pre-addressed envelopes – with the option to customize color palette and fonts!

How: To enter, simply…
1) Follow @colormecarla_ on Instagram, and
2) Click the link in @colormecarla_’s profile to fill out a quick form

Who: One lucky bride or groom, chosen completely at random, will be notified via Instagram.  Contest ends 11.17 @ 5p CST. Good luck, lovelies! xo