An Elegant Korean Wedding with Inclusive Design Touches at a New York Castle

In January 2020, Grace Jun and Greg Lee had been hooked up via mutual buddies. In spite of residing in numerous states, the pair began chatting by way of text and call. After a few month, Greg flew from Atlanta to New York Town to take Grace on their first reputable date. “I requested her to satisfy at Via Carota in Greenwich Village for dinner,” he recollects. “However, I used to be silly and didn’t notice how lengthy of a wait it might be.” They known as an audible and decamped to Rosemary’s—however from that first date, “one thing felt proper.”

In a while after Greg returned to Atlanta, the pandemic grounded shuttle to a halt. So, the duo arrange date nights by way of video and synced the beginning of flicks to look at them in combination, all of the whilst getting to grasp each and every different higher and higher. As travel become more secure, they started visiting each and every different in particular person and a dating blossomed. 

Then, just about a 12 months later, Greg in the end were given that reservation at Via Carota—for New 12 months’s Eve, no much less. He used the instance to propose, and Grace gave a powerful, “Sure!” 

Their marriage ceremony on August 26, 2021, mixed their Korean tradition with an impeccable sense of favor (Grace is a graphic design professor and the CEO of Open Style Lab, a nonprofit devoted to creating type available to other folks of all skills). Each and every choice was once intentional, particularly the vendor alternatives. “Loads of small, minority-owned companies had been hit onerous [during the pandemic], and for us to enhance that via our special occasion was once a purpose of mine,” Grace says. She pegged native Korean-owned companies for the marriage planner and photographers, and Asian Americans for graphic design, type, and tune. 

Learn on to be told extra concerning the couple’s conventional Paebaek rite and the marriage in their desires, deliberate via White Collections Bridal Atelier and photographed via Don Hwang Photography and Haseok Chung Studio.

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Design was once a very powerful part of marriage ceremony making plans for the bride, from the typography at the invitations to the symbolism of the colour palette. “The design needed to have that means and be each gorgeous and useful,” she says. “Our graphic design for print, invites, menu, and reward luggage was once very personalized.”

The typography, which incorporated the bride and groom’s names in each Korean and English, was once set with steel plates and pressed in gold foil. “I cherished operating with DWRI Letterpress as a result of we knew the right way to communicate to one another about print and consistency in branding,” Grace provides.

Photograph via Don Hwang Pictures

Photograph via Don Hwang Pictures

The 2-day match started with a rehearsal dinner and conventional Korean Paebaek ceremony at Crown Shy in New York Town. They stored decor minimum—the rite pieces introduced sufficient colour and measurement with out the will for added florals—and taken with print and graphics that made the marriage week really feel cohesive. Dinner started with family-style appetizers like watermelon salad and olive pull-apart bread; the primary route was once grilled citrus-marinated rooster with dwelling sizzling sauce.

Photograph via Don Hwang Pictures

Photograph via Don Hwang Pictures

Beneath their ceremonial gowns, Grace and Greg donned conventional apparel—with a twist. “Historically, the bride’s hanbok is composed of two pieces which can be purple or a an identical coloration,” Grace says. “But I had mine designed utterly the other: daring mustard yellow and deep indanthrene blue.” The selected tones complemented her pores and skin tone higher, however there was once extra to it than that. The bride labored with grasp dressmaker Agnes Jung of Hanbok Story: “She works with artisans in Seoul who informed me [that] Korean hanbok textiles are coloured the usage of herbal dyes, and the daring yellow and blue sun shades I selected had been unusual and uncommon.”

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Honoring their parents right through the festivities—each the Paebaek and Western marriage ceremony—was once a very powerful element for the couple. “We’re fortunate our families had been so supportive of our careers and lives, so it was once nice so as to honor their sacrifices and tough paintings,” Grace says.

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In entrance of a colorful ornamental background panel, a number of conventional pieces displayed on a Korean rosewood desk set the degree for his or her fashionable Paebaek rite: wooden geese, chestnuts, dates, cash envelopes wrapped in silk, and gold cups for rice wine.

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Grace met virtually all of her bridesmaids via Open Style Lab so it was once most effective becoming that their wedding-day prep paid homage to the nonprofit’s undertaking and values. “My maid of honor, Lea—who couldn’t come from Korea—in a single day shipped our bridal birthday celebration crimson and cream pajamas, designed via a logo in Seoul known as Big Biba Collection,” Grace says. “Those pajamas had been absolute best as a result of they now not most effective have compatibility each numerous dimension for my bridesmaids, however in addition they had motifs of Paris, which was once our first commute in combination for selling Open Style Lab.” To prep her pores and skin for a herbal however long-lasting good looks glance, the bride used serum from Sulwhasoo, a Korean holistic skin care line, and an speedy detox masks from Caudalíe.

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

One among Grace’s bridesmaids (and her spouse at Open Style Lab), may just now not dangle a bouquet because of paralysis of her palms. As is the undertaking in their corporate, the 2 created an answer: “She had an adaptive bouquet holder tied round her waist and neck to have her palms supported,” Grace says. “I made this for her two times, first at her personal gorgeous marriage ceremony.”

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For the massive day, Grace selected the Marthe Get dressed from Vera Wang’s Fall 2019 collection. I fell in love with the macramé lace and the neckline main points,” she says. “It had a protracted skirt that truly made me really feel greater than lifestyles in a venue as giant as Oheka Castle.” Her veil was once customized beaded, and her hair worn in a top bun to carry the load of the pearls and show off the top neckline of the get dressed.

She paired the glance with earrings and a diamond tennis bracelet talented from the groom’s kin. Even her Louboutins had been thoughtfully selected: “Purple in lots of Asian customs is an emblem of good fortune, so the enduring crimson sole was once absolute best.” She additionally loves the logo’s dedication to justice and fairness with its “Stroll A Mile In My Sneakers” marketing campaign.

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Grace had visited Oheka Castle a number of occasions along with her mother because the age of 13 for tea and brunch. “It additionally came about to be a marriage venue, so this was once a planned selection via my mother,” Grace laughs. For her mom, Oheka Castle represented part of the American dream—leisure—and symbolized why she had moved to Lengthy Island, immigrating from Seoul within the Eighties. “Going to brunch at Oheka was once a second when garments become type, and type become an revel in,” Grace recollects. So, years later, it made a shocking and becoming surroundings for portraits in her marriage ceremony robe.

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

For his section, the groom seemed dapper in a black Canali tuxedo with satin height lapels, Drake’s faille silk bow tie, and Salvatore Ferragamo calfskin leather-based oxfords. He accessorized with a rose gold IWC chronograph watch, talented via the bride’s kin—a conventional groom’s reward in fashionable Korean weddings.

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The out of doors rite area at Oheka Castle was once not anything in need of regal. The rite decor taken with simplicity, with white florals—lisianthus, roses, and hydrangeas—recent greenery, and hints of crimson. “The aisle runner had a number of white roses and child’s breath to offer it a gentle ethereal vibe,” Grace says. “We attempted to stay true to Gatsby vibes of the citadel and praise the panorama out of doors the place our rite was once held.” (Psst… If the venue seems acquainted, right here’s why: It’s the place Taylor Swift filmed her “Clean Area” video.)

One of the crucial couple’s favourite moments of the day was once when Grace walked down the aisle along with her dad, who “took care to stroll slowly and provides her all of the enhance she wanted to ensure she would not commute.”

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

After “I do,” the newlyweds recessed out to “Atmosphere Sail” via Gary Clark, the outlet music for Amazon’s “Trendy Love” sequence. “We had a live band that made a global of a distinction,” Grace recollects. “Keyboard, bass, drums, guitar, two feminine vocalists, two male vocalists, and a sax participant.”

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Stay the entirety in viewpoint, do not let any hectic state of affairs get in between you.

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Whilst the bride and groom hit a couple of snags because of Covid, they controlled to stick calm in combination via all the planning process. “I used to be truly fortunate to have Greg,” stocks Grace. “He’s tremendous detailed-oriented, so the visitor record and reception making plans was once the perfect to regulate.”

Her recommendation to others getting married? “Stay the entirety in viewpoint, do not let any hectic state of affairs get in between you. Issues may also be moderately unpredictable (like a virus!) and so attempt to stay each and every different from stressing about anyone element or drama, and simply recognize that family and friends are coming in combination to have a good time your dating in this special occasion.”

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Bridesmaids selected their very own attire in sun shades of plum, and groomsmen wore tuxedos with silk bow ties, plum pocket squares, and customized shades. “I attempted to offer as a lot freedom to my bridesmaid in opting for their attire,” provides Grace. Plenty of white florals made up the bouquets and boutonnieres

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

The marriage signage and escort cards had been additionally revealed from steel plates, and featured a mix of Bookman Kind and a singular serif script unique to DWRI Letterpress.

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Matching the invitation envelopes, the marriage guestbook was once rendered in plum. The colour was once selected for its cultural that means: “Many Korean noble households wore plum crimson, together with students,” Grace says. “Each our households have robust values of schooling.” 

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I used to be so impressed via studying concerning the reduce and seams in hanbok, that I implemented a top waistline to this white get dressed.

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

Grace became a second dress for the reception, one she’d customized with NOEL Studio, a Korean-owned manufacturing unit in Big apple’s Garment District the place she herself had discovered many stitching tactics. “I sought after one thing simple but delicate,” she says. Main points like pearl beads alongside the highest fringe of the bust lent a sublime air—and it had cultural that means, too. 

“I used to be so impressed via my seek advice from to Hanbok Story in studying concerning the reduce and seams in hanbok, that I implemented a top waistline to this white get dressed,” Grace says. “The top waistline seam was once designed shut below the bust in a directly line and embellished with transparent white beads in geometric figurations that echoed the wrapping revel in of dressed in a hanbok.”

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“We had particular musical picks that incorporated a little bit jazz and k-pop,” stocks the bride. “We entered in as a pair to BTS’s ‘Dynamite!'” For his or her first dance as newlyweds, Grace and Greg took a flip to “Loopy Love” via Van Morrison, carried out to perfection via their band The Eleven.

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When, on the closing minute, shuttle restrictions averted Grace’s maid of honor from attending the marriage, the couple knew her speech can be overlooked. “So one among my bridesmaids, Anna, and her husband Jose, found out the right way to Zoom Lea in for her speech,” Grace recollects. “The 2 MIT geniuses found out—with little understand—the right way to get the audio system and mic hooked up, projector and computer able, whilst coordinating all of this to check Korean Usual Time.”

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The standard mother-son and father-daughter dances and the remainder of the night time out at the dance ground was once a different reminiscence for the couple. “Our folks on all sides had strikes we did not notice that they had,” Grace recollects with amusing. 

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For the couple’s marriage ceremony cake, Oheka Castle’s in-house pastry chef, Daniel Andreotti, created a chocolate and pistachio confection with safe to eat pearl beading, and the florist crowned it with recent crimson flora. 

Photograph via Haseok Chung Studio

After their absolute best marriage ceremony, Grace and Greg headed again to Big apple for a minimoon. “We stayed on the Baccarat Hotel, had their well-known afternoon tea, and went to devour round NYC whilst getting impressed via the MoMA,” Grace says. In a while after, she made the transfer to Atlanta—they usually formally started their lives in combination.