Haesook + Wayne: Inter-cultural Wedding in Gwynedd
You may remember this adorable couple from their sweet, wintery engagement session at Longwood Gardens. Haesook and Wayne were married in March in one of the most interesting ceremonies I’ve ever witnessed.
We met up at the Church of the Messiah in Gwynedd. Due to some small mishap, we weren’t able to get into the church til about an hour before the ceremony began. Bridesmaids were getting ready in cars. Haesook and Wayne were cool as cucumbers.
The ladies got ready downstairs. Haesook wore a sleek Vera Wang silk and organza gown that looked lovely on her petite frame. And I adored the bridesmaids’ outfits! They were outfitted in grey tea length dresses from the brand new BHLDN line (Anthropologie’s bridal collection). Even better, they were paired with fabulous yellow pumps!
A note to brides : bridesmaids looooove pockets!
There were some very touching moments when her girls gathered around her and prayed together to support the couple on this day and all days going forward.
Upstairs, the guys were doing something similar with the Pastor Young Kim.
As I said, the ceremony was fantastic. Not only was it incredibly personal because of their close relationship with the pastor (Wayne has known him for 10 years and Haesook and Wayne met through church), but it was held in three languages. Her family is Korean and his is Vietnamese. There was laughter, a few tears, and lots of translations.
Despite the chilly and overcast day, we took some great pictures on the grounds of the church. It was so obvious just how close this group was. (Or maybe it was just that cold!)
I got the happy couple alone for a few minutes before we left the church.
The daytime reception was held at Noboru restaurant in North Wales. Guests were treated to a massive sushi buffet. There was a
little bit lot of everything!
Their simple black and white cake was simply gorgeous.
During the casual reception, Haesook and Wayne made a few outfit changes into traditional Vietnamese and Korean garb and greeted their 250 guests.
Through both the ceremony and reception, musically inclined friends sang and played various instruments.
Wayne’s persistence with Haesook paid off (Pastor Young Kim referred to him as a bulldog) and I’m so glad! It was a great day and I hope their honeymoon in Paris and Bruges and the rest of their lives are just as wonderful! Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of it!
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7