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.
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.
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