A Weddings That's Blush, Gold and All Things Pretty
September 15, 2016
Al FrescoRomanticWeddings in Wineries
A little bit of gold, a little bit of pink, a whole lot of greenery and we're always on board. Planned and designed alongside the wedding wizards at Charmed Events Group, the couple pulled off the prettiest winery wedding while honoring their Chinese and Korean cultures with traditional ceremonies and meaningful details. Watch how it all unfolded in the gallery from Vero Suh and film by Major Diamond Productions.
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From the Bride.... It all started when Jin surprised me with a proposal during our vacation in Maui on November 2014. He proposed on his birthday! He planned everything so well that I had no idea at all that it was going to happen. The proposal deserves a story own its own!

When it comes to wedding venue, we know that we wanted to have it in a winery. Jin loves wine and I have been collecting wine corks from all the wine that he drank for the past few years. Napa and Sonoma have so many beautiful wineries but location (distance) is very important to us as we have very busy work schedules. We decided to look for local wineries. We visited two wineries and fell in love with Clos LaChance Winery (the second winery we visited). When we walked into the winery and out to the ceremony area, we knew that this is it – gorgeous views! Our venue hunting journey has ended. Another thing that we wanted is to have an outdoor wedding for both the ceremony and reception and Clos LaChance was perfect for that. Finding a wedding date is a challenge. We wanted a Summer wedding and decided on Summer 2016, again due to our busy schedules and family overseas it will be impossible for us to have our wedding in Summer 2015. After a few dates were turned down by m y parents, we finally agreed on the first Saturday in July 2016. I know that a date is just a number, but it is important to me as I like even numbers (I know I am weird). When we agreed on the first Saturday in July 2016, I did not know yet at that time if it falls on an even or odd number. I checked the calendar after I got off the phone with my parents and to my relief it falls on the 2nd – yay! It also falls on the 4th of July weekend which will be perfect for our out-of-town guests. On top of it, it also happens to fall on our anniversary (6th year anniversary in 2016). This was all totally unplanned. I was thrilled!

I like pretty little things – I think all girls do. So when it comes to wedding design and decorations, I get very detail-oriented. I want to make sure I have every little things that I like and incorporate it well to the wedding. For example, a personalized wedding logo, wooden signs for table numbers, dessert table, escort card display, welcome sign, Instagram sign and many others. The theme that I was going for was garden party with a touch of romance and elegance. I love flowers and greeneries and that is important for me to have as well at the wedding. As for the color, since it is an outdoor summer wedding, I opted to go with blush and champagne. The wedding invitation is very important to me as that is the first thing that guests will see about the wedding (other than the Save the Date card) and it sets the tone for the wedding. I worked very closely with a vendor based in Indonesia on the color, design, and the little details in it. We sealed the invitations with a rich gold wax in our personalized logo. We could not be happier with how the invitations turned out. This vendor also designed our wedding favor (a notebook) and the wedding program in a shape of a fan (perfect for the hot summer weather in California). I realized that I could not do the wedding planning and design myself if I want everything to turn out perfectly.

After hiring a few vendors on my own, I decided to look for a wedding planner and designer. I have been following Charmed Events Group for a while on Instagram and I really love their design and style. I decided to hire them. Long story short, Frances, the creative director of Charmed Events Group really made magic happens for weddings. I was blown away by the stunning work of art that Frances and her team created for our wedding. Frances totally understands me and everything turned out just like how I envisioned it. The wedding decoration was so beautifully done, full of blush, lush, blooms and golds. Our sweeatheart table and that original escort card display that Frances designed were amazing! I have seen the sweetheart table photos taken by the talented Vero Suh being re-posted a few times on Instagram. I love it!

For a personal touch, we used my wine corks collection as the place card holders at the wedding. The personalized logo was also used on various things such as our wedding invitations, favor, photobooth, cocktail napkins and even on the wooden decoration trays. We also did something different for our first dance. We decided to do the first dance privately instead of in front of our guests. This is something that we decided at the last minute on the day itself. We took dance lessons and had a choreographed first dance to “show off” to our guests. However, the wedding day itself was so hectic and we thought that the first dance would be a good time for us to have some alone time (other than the first look). We did the private first dance after the traditional tea ceremony. I was also super nervous about dancing in front of people, so it was a win-win situation for me.

It is also important for us to remember our culture and respect our parents in a traditional way. Jin is Korean and I am Indonesian-Chinese. We did a Chinese tea ceremony (in Cheongsam) for my family and a Korean ceremony (in Hanbok) for Jin’s family before the actual wedding ceremony. We also did parents’ appreciation towards the end of the wedding ceremony to honor our parents. Unfortunately, Jin’s mother could not be there with us, but it was very important to us to involve her in the wedding. We had a bouquet of flower with a note “In honor of Mama Yoo” especially for Jin’s mother. We also bowed and paid our respect to her during the Korean Ceremony. This is a very touching moment for both Jin and I as we were in that exact same room just a few months ago with her for our food tasting. It was truly a day to remember. I have always heard people saying that their wedding day was the best day of their lives and I have always been so curious to know what that feeling is like. Now I know. 7/2/2016 was the best day of our lives! Special thanks to the incredible team of vendors who have made our wedding a dream come true.
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