Details of the day: John and I met in person in November 2012 after a couple weeks of emailing and video chatting after meeting online (eHarmony!). We quickly felt we had met our soulmate, and were warmly welcomed by each others families. We were engaged 5 months later in April 2013. For the special day, John took me to my favorite room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC (The Temple of Dendur) and proposed. Afterwards, we ate in Little Italy and happened to sit near a couple celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. Unbeknownst to us, they paid our bill and told us to “pay it forward” to a new couple on our anniversary some time. How sweet!
John’s parents held a beautiful engagement party for us at a lovely hotel in Seoul, Korea for John’s extended family there and my father hosted an engagement dinner at his house for immediate family in New Jersey. We were married almost exactly one year later in April 2014 in NYC by the Honorable Judge Lippman, Chief Judge of the state of New York. We were honored to have him “tie the knot” as a special event as he is my brother-in-law’s uncle. As an aside, he told us after the ceremony that “no one he has married has ever gotten divorced” and John replied “no pressure!” We planned the religious ceremony (the blessing and consecration of the marriage) and wedding reception for friends and family for August 16, 2014, at Jasna Polana in Princeton. It was a perfect day weather wise and things pretty much went off without a hitch! Our marriage was blessed and consecrated by Father Philip Carr-Jones of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Lebanon,.
We had a lovely venue with unparalleled elegance from the beautiful cake to the garden grounds. We were entertained by a Korean dance troupe and musicians, along with our band. We had a lovely candle lit, black tie evening wedding. As it turns out, April is a special month for me and John: we were engaged in April 2013, married in April 2014, and are now expecting our baby boy in April 2015:)
Your favorite part: We had a lovely venue with unparalleled elegance from the beautiful cake to the garden grounds. We were entertained by a Korean dance troupe and musicians, along with our band. We had a lovely candle lit, black tie evening wedding.
Officiant: Father Philip Carr-Jones, pastor of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Lebanon
Wedding Planner: Stacey Sainato of Peony Events, Morristown
Bride’s Gown: Pnina Tornai
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair: Marissa Renell of Bloom Studio, Morristown
Makeup: Gisella Prejs
Flowers: Laura Clare, Bernardsville
Cake: Jasna Polana
Invites: Cranes (save the dates) and Arzberger Stationers (wedding invites) and Belles Lettres for calligraphy.
Music: Hank Lane (Rhythm Review)