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Jiae and John were married in a traditional church ceremony at First Assembly followed by a reception at Oxon Hill Manor in Oxon Hill, Md. on November 2. “We fell in love with the historic beauty of our venue,” Jiae said. “Each room was truly unique with its own distinct personality, providing the perfect backdrop for creating an intimate feel that we wanted.” The bride wore a strapless satin trumpet wedding dress with a bow on the back, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and sparkly, platform peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hosta leaves wrapped in ribbon. “We were so honored to have John’s uncle, Peter, officiate our wedding ceremony,” she said. “This meant a lot to us, and we were truly blessed to have him bring his warmth and humor to our wedding. Participating in paeback, a Korean wedding custom, was a beautiful way to include our families. We had so much fun while doing it, and we were so happy to have shared this experience with all of our guests too.” The reception was separated into two rooms — the gold and black. Signature cocktails were served such as gin and tonic and pickle backs, and tables were decorated with tall crystal draped centerpieces surrounded by chiavari chairs. “That would have to be the moment when I felt liberated,” Jiae said. When the details disappeared, and the nerves faded, and I could truly join in!” Dinner was food stations complete with sushi, cheeses, and meats, and dessert was an entire table of sweets complete with to-go boxes. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Wedding planning is notorious for being stressful, so picking the right team was extremely important to us, especially for having such a short engagement period,” she said. “As much as we wanted our wedding to be an intimate affair with family and friends, we also wanted to feel a connection with our vendors. By trusting in their talent, exertise and passion, we were able to focus our energy on each other and enjoy the wedding planning. We felt our vendors truly cared about our vision and not only saved us time and money, but also gave us the encouragement and support we needed.”

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Photography: Stephanie Dee Photography | Ceremony Venue: First Assembly Church | Reception Venue: Oxon Hill Manor | Event Planner: Wedding Story | Dress Designer: Nicole Miller from Lovely Bride | Shoes: Jean-Michel Cazabat | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Hair Stylist: Jackie Yu | Makeup Artist: Suhreal Makeup | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Peter Kim | Ceremony Musicians: Joseph Kim and Jasen Chung | Caterer: Eat & Smile | DJ: Kyo Jo

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Liz and Zach were married at King Family Vineyards in Charlottesville, Va. on April 26. “We were looking for a beautiful ceremony and reception space all-in-one, but it was very important to us to find a venue that had just as beautiful of a setting for our ceremony if it were to rain,” Liz said. “After seeing some pictures of indoor ceremonies at King Family Vineyards, we knew it was ours.” The bride wore a strapless ball gown, accessorized with a floor-length veil and a statement necklace, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a solid bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long blush chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, and snapdragons. Fun fact: Liz also designed the invitations! “The moment before walking down the aisle is what stands out the most,” she said. “I was weirdly calm throughout the entire day of our wedding until I was standing at the double doors about to go outside. I was arm-in-arm with my dad. I could feel his pulse and my pulse at the same time and was lookout out at all of our family and friends waiting to watch us get married. It was an indescribable feeling!” Following, guests were direction inside for the reception. Tables were decorated with chevron patterned runners, mercury glass vase centerpieces, and candles. “I loved all our flowers,” Liz said. “Our cake table too.” A dessert display featured the two-tiered cake and cupcakes, which served double-duty as favors. The newlyweds best advice? “Hire a planner!” she said. “They will keep you sane during planning and relaxed on the day of.”

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Vendors:

Photography: A Muse Photography | Venue: King Family Vineyards | Event Planner/Floral Designer: Amore Events by Cody, LLC | Dress Designer: Sottero & Midgley from Celebrations Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Rosalin’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup Artist: Faces by Joy  | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Bella Rosa Bridal & Special Occasions | Officiant: Caroline and George Mendis | Ceremony Musicians: Michelle Fleischman, Missy Gallina, Samantha Oakley, and Nichole Fleischman | Rentals: MS Events | Caterer: Scumptious Suppers | Cake: Maliha Creations | DJ: John Garland | Videography: Beyond Creativity | Transportation: A&A Limo | Calligraphy: Joie de Vivre Calligraphy

Lakeside Coral and Gold Spring Inn Wedding in New York

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 30, 2014

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Erinn and Brian were married in a traditional church ceremony at Willard Memorial followed by a reception at Inns of Aurora in Auburn, N.Y. on June 7. “There are two things we loved — the beautiful setting and the food!” Erinn said. “We wanted an outdoor wedding and having the tent right on one of the Finger Lakes was just perfect. We grew up in the area and love being on the lake, so the setting just felt like ‘us.’ Also, we are huge foodies, and Aurora Inn had one of the best ratings in the region. They definitely didn’t disappoint because everything was absolutely delicious.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of pink satin bow pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece black suit, accessorized with a solid tie and bulldog cufflinks. “All the personal touches from my family made the day extra special,” she said. “My mom gave me a locket on the morning of the wedding that included various objects such as a piece of her veil, piece of my great great grandma’s dress, and my late grandma’s earrings. I pinned it to my bouquet, and when I walked down the aisle, I knew I had these women with me in spirit.” Bridesmaids wore long coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, and olive leaves. “I couldn’t stop staring and smelling at them,” she said. “Saying our vows to each other was the most memorable part of the day, and obviously meant the most.” Tables were decorated with white linens, picture frames with descriptions of special places, and “hubby” and “wifey” chair signs in honor of the newlyweds. Cookies served as favors. “We wrapped them and on each tag wrote, ‘Something sweet for your tooth, and something sweet for your soul,” Erinn said. “Below that, there was 10 different quotes. For example, one from Maya Angelou and Brian’s favorite show Friday Night Lights.”

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Vendors:

Photography: The Story Photography | Videography: Zach Culler Studios | Ceremony Venue: Willard Memorial Chapel | Reception Venue: Inns of Aurora | Event Planner: Heather Davidson | Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm from Kleinfeld Bridal | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Spybaby Bridal | Hair & Makeup Artist: Andrea Scalisi Makeup Artistry | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: In Bloom | Officiant: Father O’Brien | Ceremony Musicians: Clinton String Quartet | Stationery: Celebrations in Ink | Cake: Carlo’s Bakery | DJ: Celebrations D.J. Service | Favors: Dorie’s Bakery

Gorgeous Gold Winter Ballroom Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 06, 2014

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Katie and Kevin were married in a traditional church ceremony at the Chapel of our Lady followed by a reception at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco, Calif. on March 21. “It was actually the first (and only) place that Kevin and I looked at,” Katie said. “We walked into the Chapel of our Lady and immediately fell in love with the gorgeous beams above us and the stunning glass window behind the altar. It was where we wanted to get married without a doubt. After we toured the Golden Gate Club, with the amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, we were completely sold.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with off-the-shoulder capped sleeves, accessorized with a finger-tip length veil in her loose half-up/half-down curls, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white tie. “The way the chapel looked when the doors opened for me to walk down the aisle, seeing it packed with our loved ones, the bridal party all lined up in the front, and the smile on Kevin’s face made for an absolutely perfect moment,” she said. Following the intimate nuptials, guests traveled to the reception complete with buffet dinner stations like a Cheese and Nacho bar, tables decorated with chevron runners, and glass centerpieces filled with hydrangeas, greenery, and fiddle heads. The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “The speeches!” Katie said. “They were the perfect combination of touching memories, hilarious anecdotes, and well wishes. My dad’s in particular was supremely heartwarming.”

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Photography: Michelle Damas Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Chapel of our Lady | Reception Venue: The Golden Gate Club | Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Caterer: Toast Catering | DJ: Elite Entertainment | Videography: Jon Aaseng | Cake: Creative International | Event Planner:Ashley Stanfield | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair and Makeup Artist: Katie Hoxter | Floral Designer: Sue Wood | Officiants: Fathers Jim MacDonald and Tom Martin | Ceremony Musician: Dan Zemelman

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Karen and Joonho were married at The Society Room of Hartford in Hartford, Conn. on April 5. The bride wore an antique colored drop waisted wedding gown with a beaded bodice and tiered feather skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white vest and bow tie. Bridesmaids wore purple short one-shoulder chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, and daisies. Before the ceremony, the couple opted to do a first look on Pratt Street, which is located near The Capitol Building. Perfect for portraits! The ceremony and reception both took place inside the ballroom. Following the lighting of the unity candle, it was official.The newlyweds made their grand entrance down a sweeping staircase into a room of grand marble columns soaring high above guests. Escort cards were attached to mini elephants (a nod to the Asian culture), tables were decorated with floating candle centerpieces, and signature “Carolina on my Mind” drinks were served. The best part of the night? Dancing to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin,’ which was a total crowd pleaser.

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Vendors:

Photography: Candace Jeffery Photography | Venue: The Society Room of Hartford | Dress Designer: YSA Makino | Bridesmaid Dresses: NY Bride | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair & Makeup Artist: Dana Bartone & Company | Jewelry: Swarvoski | Floral Designer: Sharon Elizabeth’s Floral Designs | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Cake: Kim’s Cottage Confections | DJ & Lighting: Audio Media Solutions

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