You may have heard that according to some wedding industry insiders that the return of more traditional, ballroom weddings and receptions are making a comeback. If that’s the case, then today’s real wedding from Atlanta event planner By Brian Green is a slam dunk. Held at the quintessentially classic Ritz-Carlton, a hotel wedding venue in downtown Atlanta GA and outfitted in the most sophisticated shade of navy blue and blush, Karyn and Jason’s fall wedding is the poster child for that new wave in wedding trends. Wedding photography by Shawna Herring Photography, an Atlanta, GA wedding photographer
Can you give us an overview of the event? We had a Catholic wedding ceremony at the Korean Martyrs Catholic Church in Doraville, GA followed by a reception at the Ritz-Carlton, Downtown Atlanta. Afterwards, we had a party at Reign Nightclub with 50 of our closest friends to close out the night’s festivities.
Was there a specific theme or style? I wanted my wedding to be classic and elegant, timeless but with a touch of glam. The colors were Sapphire blue and silver with compliments of shades of purple ranging from deep plum to lilac.
How did you meet? My husband and I are Atlantans that attended the same college: Georgia Tech. We both grew up in the states but he is of Chinese descent, and I am Korean. Although we attended the same school and lived in the same city, we met through a friend who lived in a different state who happened to be interning in Atlanta during the summer of 2007. She invited Jason to meet us for several friendly gatherings during her limited stay in town but he was a no show until the end of summer. We hit it off as great friends for a couple of months before we started dating. We still don’t remember who asked who first or how we started dating. I don’t think either one of us wants to concede who liked whom first LOL.
What special twists did you do to make your event unique? My wedding planner will tell you I was probably one of the easiest brides for him to work with. I am generally a laid back person, so once we figured out what my style was, I was happy to be led in the right direction. The only personal touch we wanted to make was a Bride and Groom drink special highlighting our favorite drinks. We wanted to make sure all our guests knew to drink up, it’s a party!
Now for the proposal! Jason and I started custom designing my dream ring together with help from our jeweler in October of 2010. I knew a proposal was coming, but I didn’t know when or how. Jason kept mum on when the ring would be ready and if he had seen the finished work or not. I was DYING to see it what it looked like. Christmas passed without a word, then New Year’s. Valentine’s Day came and went, but we had decided to celebrate post holiday since reservations were a nightmare to get. I picked Jason up at his place, but he insisted I come up since we had some time before dinner. He surprised me with a bouquet and a photo album he had put together for Valentine’s Day. Each page in the album featured a photo of places we’d been to together with a handwritten commentary on what we were doing. I turned the last page to find a picture of a diamond ring with the words “Will you marry me” written in Korean. I looked up from the page to find him on one knee with the ring in his hand. I was so overcome that I was teared up, hugged and kissed him, exclaimed over how beautiful the ring was, and we were popping open a bottle of champagne to celebrate our engagement when I realized I hadn’t answered his proposal! We clinked our glasses, and I finally answered “Yes!”
Did you DIY any of the events? Our wedding favors were handmade fabric coasters crafted for us as a gift from a distant cousin. It’s a Korean tradition to give a pair of mating ducks, usually in the form of wooden dolls, to signify the bonds of marriage. My cousin chose instead to have chickens featured on the coasters LOL. I guess a bird is a bird by any other name.
Describe your wedding in one to two sentences: We had a traditional catholic wedding ceremony which was conducted mostly in Korean (poor Jason, this is how I know he loves me LOL), but we said our vows in English. A catholic wedding tends to be long. We were so relieved once we were pronounced man and wife that we marched back up the aisle and were about to step out of the church when our wedding planner and photographer suddenly blocked our path. We were stunned until Brian, our planner, told us we forgot to kiss!
What was the most memorable moment? Waiting to walk down the aisle on my father’s arm was such a wonderful moment for me. There was a feeling of excitement and some nerves, a lot of smiles from my dad and my bridesmaids, and to be met with smiles, winks, and even some tears from my family and friends as I walked past them to be hand-in-hand with the person I love the most was truly like being on cloud nine.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore: I wore an Angelina Faccenda by Mori Lee wedding dress in light ivory raw silk. It had a vertical scalloped neckline, fitted waist, and a full ballgown skirt with pockets. I added a crystal belt in a repeating chain link pattern to give it a little bling. I borrowed a cathedral length veil with swarovski crystals and seed pearls, no blusher, to complete my bridal look. My bridesmaids wore a cobalt blue evening dress by Max & Cleo. It featured a straight floor length skirt, a single asymmetrical shoulder strap, a gathered empire waist with fabric rose detail at the center of the bodice.
Tell us about the food and dessert: The Ritz-Carlton catered our food and drinks, and our dessert was our wedding cake catered by Perfect Wedding Cake. The food was absolutely exceptional! We started with a butler passed Hors d’oeuvre precocktail hour in the antechamber of the grand ballroom followed by a seated dinner reception.
What were the honeymoon plans? We took an 11 day Mediterranean cruise on the Azamara Quest that started and ended in Athens, Greece which stopped at ports in Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, and the Greek Isles.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give your event: We hired a DJ who got us as a couple, and we felt confident could get the party started: our friend Adam Darby. We knew he moonlighted as a DJ for various East Atlanta hot spots and various weddings. He is hip, urban, and trendy; everything we wanted to translate about us and the way we liked to party!
What is/was the best wedding advice you received? Don’t stress over the details don’t go according to plan because your guests didn’t notice it.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be? I wish I had taken more time off work preceding the wedding. There are so many things going on and so many things to remember to do. Most of the issues you run into, you don’t even realize you forgot it until the week before the wedding. And of course, I wish I had managed my time during the reception better to enjoy all my family and friends. Time went by much faster than I wanted.