April 16, 2011

Haesook + Wayne: Inter-cultural Wedding in Gwynedd

Wedding

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!

Vietnamese Korean Wedding Photography
Cartier wedding ring
A note to brides : bridesmaids looooove pockets!

grey gray BHLDN bridesmaid dress wedding
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.

Gwynedd Wedding Photography
Upstairs, the guys were doing something similar with the Pastor Young Kim.

Gwynedd Wedding Photography
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.

Gwynedd Wedding Photography Vietnamese Korean ceremony
Gwynedd Wedding Photography Vietnamese Korean ceremony
Gwynedd Wedding Photography Vietnamese Korean ceremony
Gwynedd Wedding Photography Vietnamese Korean ceremony
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Gwynedd Wedding Photography Vietnamese Korean ceremony
Gwynedd Wedding Photography Vietnamese Korean ceremony
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!)

grey gray BHLDN bridesmaid dress wedding vera wang bride gown
Gwynedd Wedding Photography Vietnamese Korean bridal party
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I got the happy couple alone for a few minutes before we left the church.

Gwynedd Wedding Photography Vietnamese Korean bride groom
Gwynedd Wedding Photography Vietnamese Korean bride groom
Gwynedd Wedding Photography Vietnamese Korean bride groom
Gwynedd Wedding Photography Vietnamese Korean bride groom
Gwynedd Wedding Photography Vietnamese Korean bride groom
 Gwynnedd Wedding Photography Korean bride vera wang dress
 Gwynedd Wedding Photography Korean bride vera wang dress
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!

wedding Noboru sushi food North Wales
Their simple black and white cake was simply gorgeous.

black white wedding cake flower
During the casual reception, Haesook and Wayne made a few outfit changes into traditional Vietnamese and Korean garb and greeted their 250 guests.

Korean Vietnamese wedding reception photography
 Korean Vietnamese wedding reception photography
 Korean Vietnamese wedding reception photography
Through both the ceremony and reception, musically inclined friends sang and played various instruments.

 Korean Vietnamese wedding reception photography
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!

Korean Vietnamese wedding PA photography

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

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