From the Bride: “I knew I wanted the day to be glittery, shiny, full of sparkles and a special nighttime glow. I was crazy in love with my grey and gold color theme. I think it’s very modern, elegant and classy. I love gold, so I focused many elements on that such as the tables, chairs, invitations and menus; however, adding in the grey instead of white made it more unique. The biggest highlight of the day was our first dance. I always loved watching a couple’s first dance at weddings and would wonder how they felt because they were always looking at each other, just entirely in their own world. Getting to finally feel that myself was literally a magical moment. When Mike looked at me, nothing else mattered and I just felt so grateful and thankful to everything and everyone who helped make this day so special.”
First off, how did you two meet? “We have mutual friend who introduced us over the phone when I was in Korea and Mike was in New York. She thought we would be a good match, and surely we wound up speaking on the phone day and night for many months before finally being able to meet in person. Mike invited me to Los Angeles on his birthday and asked me to be his girlfriend. That’s how this story started. Every year over his birthday, we celebrate our anniversary too. We dated for five years before finally getting married!"
What kind of emotions did you (or your husband) feel throughout the day? “Looking forward to the day, I knew I didn’t want to miss any of it because it would be the best moments of my life. I wanted to take in every second and focus on the day. We prepared for over one year, so we were ready and knew everything would go well. We also wanted all of our guests to enjoy themselves as much as we knew we were going to. The most unexpected moment of the day was when I was walking down the aisle and saw one of the priests that had baptized me a few months ago. He had told me he couldn’t make it to the wedding due to health issues, but he showed! When I saw him, I felt so blessed that he made it and so lucky to have him be a part of our wedding ceremony.”
Were there any magical moments that you’ll never forget? “The most memorable moment was before I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of ‘Beauty And The Beast.’ That was the first movie I saw when I was little, and I can still remember going to the theater for the first time. I loved Belle so much because she wasn’t a traditional princess, but she still looked so beautiful and was also smart and educated. I always wanted to be that girl growing up, so I think that’s why that song always makes me tear up. It’s always been so special to me when dreaming of my own fairytale.”
Any other memorable moments? “We danced to ‘You Are The Reason’ by Calum Scott and Leona Lewis. It has beautiful lyrics, and we loved that it is a duet song, so you feel like it’s sang from both the bride and groom’s perspective. West Coast Music sang it so beautifully; all of our guests kept mentioning that it was the most memorable and touching song of the day.”
Describe your wedding - what were your favorite parts? “My favorite design element of the wedding was the reception lighting—we fell in love with it from the first moment we saw it. We wanted the reception to be outside to capture the amazing sunset of Newport Beach; however, we needed the area to stay lit once the sun went down so we added hundreds of small, twinkling lights that looked like stars in the nighttime sky. I also loved the mirrored aisle at the ceremony. It’s reflection of the flowers and blue sky made me feel like I was floating on water.”
Any advice for future brides? “Just like many brides say, enjoy every moment. Enjoy yourself throughout the whole planning process and how you want the celebration to be. Listen to your heart and how happy and lucky you are on the wedding day; nothing else really matters, not the way the napkins are folded or the size of your flowers. Know that with your beloved next to you, everything will be a dream no matter what.”
Venue: Pelican Hill | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Makeup & Hair: Kelly Zhang Studio | Photography: Lost in Love Photography | Videography: Moon and Back | Florals, Linens, & Furniture: Celio’s Design | Flower Wall: OC Flower Walls | Lighting & Draping: Amber Even Production | Photobooth: Hashtag Photo Booth | Event Planning & Design Execution: LLG Events | Entertainment: West Coast Music | DJ: DJ Karam | Groom’s Attire: Alton Lane | Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Stationery: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Wedding Favors: Fusion Gourmet Food | Bridal Robe: Le Rose