When it comes to planning the perfect wedding, trusting your vendors is essential. Well, this beautiful Bride and her dashing Groom took that trust to the next level — booking the venue before seeing it in person and meeting most of their vendors on the day of their wedding. But, it’s safe to say they put their faith in the right people, because their Pasadena wedding, captured by Honey Honey Photography, is an absolute dream. Head to The Vault for every pretty moment!
From The Bride…We met through a mutual friend in 2012. Although we lived 500 miles apart, we managed to continue our flirtations over text messages, emails, and phone calls for 5 months. Our first date was in NYC. We ditched the dinner-and-movie idea and spent the whole day together, from morning to midnight. These day-long dates would continue for over a week. On the eve of my departure, James took me to the Brooklyn Bridge and asked me to be his girlfriend overlooking the stunning Manhattan skyline.
Our once-every-month or -two dates were abridged by countless Facetime talks, all of which were more precious than words could describe. We created many memories exploring the beautiful cities of NYC and Ottawa through the changing of seasons. On our second year anniversary, we came back to the Brooklyn Bridge. James got down on his knee and popped the big question.
Planning a wedding is like trying to multitask on a rollercoaster going backwards. Our greatest challenge was to plan everything remotely. We signed the contract with our venue before seeing it in person. And we met most of our vendors on the day of — yes, even my makeup artist. Thankfully, we couldn’t have asked for better vendors.
There were three possible locations to hold the ceremony: a garden with a fountain, under a giant tree, and on a bridge. We decided to go with the bridge over a cute pond. The setting was unique. We were surrounded by our guests 360 degrees, instead of having them just behind us. The aisle was a long beautiful staircase flanked by tall Italian cypress tress with a stately mansion as the backdrop. While walking down the aisle, my dad blessed me wholeheartedly. It was an unforgettable father-daughter moment.
Our wedding was in Pasadena on a beautiful day in October. We wanted our photos to be organic and full of emotions rather than have each shot be picture perfect. Emma and Allen from Honey Honey Photography did a stellar job capturing the full gamut of emotions and idiosyncrasies of each moment. When we open our wedding album 10, 20 years from now, I would want to see how much fun we had and recall all the emotions we shared. How perfect my hair was or how long my makeup lasted is secondary. So, one thing I would like to share with all the brides-to-be is don’t worry about how you will look in photos or if things will go perfectly as you had planned. Rather, just be in the present and enjoy every single moment!
Photography: Ether & Smith | Coordination: Michelle Brown | Floral Design: GJ House Flowers | Wedding Dress: La Sposa | Cake: Cake Sensations | Catering: Cynthia Brooks Catering | Hair + Makeup: Grace Lin | DJ: Shine Entertainment | Venue: Ambassador Mansions & Gardens | Bridesmaids' Dress: Badgley Mischka | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Paebaek (Korean Traditional Ceremony): Chosun Myung Ju | Rentals: Etablir Shop