Our Jaws Dropped When We Saw This Thai-American Wedding
February 13, 2018
MulticulturalGarden WeddingsSummer Weddings
In addition to their gorgeous, floral-inspired wedding at Rock Creek Gardens, this sweet couple held an intimate Thai wedding ceremony at the bride's father's home to honor her heritage and culture, and we could not be more in love. Photo after photo captured by the wonderful O'Malley Photographers shows the exquisite beauty that was the coming together of these two. Rebecca of New Creations Wedding Design + Coordination puts it best, "As two became one, two cultures also combined, creating one perfect day, perfect couple, and perfect marriage." See it all in the film by Good Times Productions.
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From New Creations Wedding Design + Coordination... Planning a wedding while your fiancé is going through med school and trying to move cross-country is one tough gig! Joy was tasked with doing just that, so she knew she needed assistance. She reached out for help in planning her and Zach's summer wedding in Seattle as they were gearing up for a cross country move just a few weeks after their engagement. Since both of them grew up in the greater Seattle area, the wedding was planned here so family and friends could be in attendance. However the majority of the planning was done long-distance from Georgia.

Joy and Zach were a dream couple - the ones that make you LOVE your job! Kind hearted, genuine, passionate, and certainly not least, possessing impeccable style and taste. They made it back when they could for planning meetings - mostly surrounding the design, as that was the most important to pulling off their vision for the wedding. Creating their inspiration board first, followed by artist renderings to have the space take on a more realistic feel (and to help their vendors capture the overall design), the design began to take shape and no detail was spared.

Creating the vision of a bountiful summer garden, we wowed guests upon entering the venue with a 8' tall floral wall backdrop. We dubbed this the "selfie station," and guests LOVED taking their photo in front of it, not to mention the stunning portrait photos captured of the bride and groom before the guests arrived. The garden feel carried over to the ceremony with a lush floral canopy attached to the venues existing arbor, sheer draping, a chandelier, and garlands along the backside of the ceremony chairs.

There wasn't a dry eye as Joy and Zach exchanged vows in a ceremony officiated by Zach's father. As they recessed out, guests threw flower petals on the happy couple. After, guests enjoyed signature cocktails to cool them off on a hot summer day and could rest on the lounge area by the bar. Once cocktail hour was over, guests were escorted down to the reception tent where they found their seating assignments on scrolls hanging from wrought iron gates topped with florals transferred from the ceremony site. They were wowed by the reception tent with textured custom linens on the guest tables, gold rimmed glassware and flatware, and stunning floral centerpieces in burgundies, pinks, creams, and greens. Rough edge paper table numbers with calligraphy numbers were held by floral frogs to carry the floral theme throughout. Various styles of centerpieces dotted the guest tables as well as provided visual interest to the tent.

As the reception moved on and we got to the dessert portion of the night, it was clear that guests were not going to leave hungry. Three dessert tables abounded with wedding cakes, dessert bites, and even mini peach cobblers to give a nod to the couples' new home state of Georgia. "Georgia on My Mind" was their first dance song as they kicked the night into open dancing. The night ended with a grand sparkler exit to the car, and Joy and Zach were whisked away to wedded bliss.

This wedding seriously was a dream to work on, and I could not have asked for a better, more beautiful couple to partner with to make their dreams come true. One of the things I love most about specializing in Asian weddings is that I get to be witness to the blending of traditions and cultures of so many families. Joy and Zach opted to have an intimate Thai ceremony at her father's home to celebrate Joy's family heritage just a couple days before their actual wedding day. Joy dressed in traditional Thai wedding attire, and family surrounded them in an intimate celebration of her culture and joining Zach into it. As two became one, two cultures also combined, creating one perfect day, perfect couple, and perfect marriage. Cheers to one of my favorite weddings! Enjoy!