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

An Elegant Korean Marriage ceremony with Inclusive Design Touches at a New York Fortress

In January 2020, Grace Jun and Greg Lee had been linked by mutual mates. Regardless of dwelling in several states, the pair began chatting through textual content and telephone. After a few month, Greg flew from Atlanta to New York Metropolis to take Grace on their first official date. “I requested her to satisfy at Through Carota in Greenwich Village for dinner,” he remembers. “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.”

Shortly after Greg returned to Atlanta, the pandemic grounded journey to a halt. So, the duo arrange date nights through video and synced the beginning of films to look at them collectively, all of the whereas attending to know one another higher and higher. As journey grew to become safer, they started visiting one another in individual and a relationship blossomed. 

Then, almost a yr later, Greg lastly acquired that reservation at Through Carota—for New Yr’s Eve, no much less. He used the event to suggest, and Grace gave a powerful, “Sure!” 

Their wedding 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 Type Lab, a nonprofit devoted to creating vogue accessible to folks of all talents). Each choice was intentional, particularly the seller decisions. “A lot of small, minority-owned companies had been hit laborious [during the pandemic], and for us to help that by our big day was a objective of mine,” Grace says. She pegged native Korean-owned companies for the marriage planner and photographers, and Asian Individuals for graphic design, vogue, and music. 

Learn on to be taught extra in regards to the couple’s conventional Paebaek ceremony and the marriage of their goals, deliberate by White Collections Bridal Atelier and photographed by Don Hwang Images and Haseok Chung Studio.

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Design was an essential aspect of wedding ceremony planning for the bride, from the typography on the invites to the symbolism of the colour palette. “The design needed to have which means and be each stunning and purposeful,” she says. “Our graphic design for print, invites, menu, and reward baggage was very customized.”

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

Photograph by Don Hwang Images


Photograph by Don Hwang Images


The 2-day occasion started with a rehearsal dinner and conventional Korean Paebaek ceremony at Crown Shy in New York Metropolis. They saved decor minimal—the ceremony objects introduced sufficient shade and dimension with out the necessity for added florals—and centered on 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 course was grilled citrus-marinated rooster with home scorching sauce.

Photograph by Don Hwang Images


Photograph by Don Hwang Images


Beneath their ceremonial robes, Grace and Greg donned conventional apparel—with a twist. “Historically, the bride’s hanbok consists of two items which might be pink or the same shade,” Grace says. “But I had mine designed fully the other: daring mustard yellow and deep indanthrene blue.” The chosen tones complemented her pores and skin tone higher, however there was extra to it than that. The bride labored with grasp designer Agnes Jung of Hanbok Story: “She works with artisans in Seoul who informed me [that] Korean hanbok textiles are coloured utilizing pure dyes, and the daring yellow and blue shades I selected had been unusual and uncommon.”

Photograph by Don Hwang Images


Honoring their mother and father all through the festivities—each the Paebaek and Western wedding ceremony—was an essential element for the couple. “We’re fortunate our households have been so supportive of our careers and lives, so it was nice to have the ability to honor their sacrifices and laborious work,” Grace says.

Photograph by Don Hwang Images


In entrance of a colourful ornamental background panel, a bunch of conventional objects displayed on a Korean rosewood desk set the stage for his or her fashionable Paebaek ceremony: wood geese, chestnuts, dates, cash envelopes wrapped in silk, and gold cups for rice wine.

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Grace met nearly all of her bridesmaids by Open Type Lab so it was solely becoming that their wedding-day prep paid homage to the nonprofit’s mission and values. “My maid of honor, Lea—who couldn’t come from Korea—in a single day shipped our bridal celebration pink and cream pajamas, designed by a model in Seoul known as Large Biba Assortment,” Grace says. “These pajamas had been excellent as a result of they not solely match each various dimension for my bridesmaids, however in addition they had motifs of Paris, which was our first journey collectively for selling Open Type Lab.” To prep her pores and skin for a pure however long-lasting magnificence look, the bride used serum from Sulwhasoo, a Korean holistic skincare line, and an on the spot detox masks from Caudalíe.

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


One among Grace’s bridesmaids (and her companion at Open Type Lab), couldn’t maintain a bouquet as a result of paralysis of her arms. As is the mission of their firm, the 2 created an answer: “She had an adaptive bouquet holder tied round her waist and neck to have her arms supported,” Grace says. “I made this for her twice, first at her personal stunning wedding ceremony.”

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


For the large day, Grace selected the Marthe Gown from Vera Wang’s Fall 2019 assortment.I fell in love with the macramé lace and the neckline particulars,” she says. “It had an extended skirt that actually made me really feel bigger than life in a venue as large as Oheka Fortress.” Her veil was customized beaded, and her hair worn in a excessive bun to carry the load of the pearls and showcase the excessive neckline of the costume.

She paired the look with earrings and a diamond tennis bracelet gifted from the groom’s household. Even her Louboutins had been thoughtfully chosen: “Pink in lots of Asian customs is a logo of luck, so the long-lasting pink sole was excellent.” She additionally loves the model’s dedication to justice and fairness with its “Stroll A Mile In My Footwear” marketing campaign.

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Grace had visited Oheka Fortress a number of instances together with her mother for the reason that age of 13 for tea and brunch. “It additionally occurred to be a marriage venue, so this was a deliberate alternative by my mother,” Grace laughs. For her mom, Oheka Fortress 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 a second when garments grew to become vogue, and vogue grew to become an expertise,” Grace remembers. So, years later, it made a surprising and becoming setting for portraits in her wedding ceremony robe.

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


For his half, the groom appeared dapper in a black Canali tuxedo with satin peak lapels, Drake’s faille silk bow tie, and Salvatore Ferragamo calfskin leather-based oxfords. He accessorized with a rose gold IWC chronograph watch, gifted by the bride’s household—a conventional groom’s reward in fashionable Korean weddings.

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


The out of doors ceremony area at Oheka Fortress was nothing wanting regal. The ceremony decor centered on simplicity, with white florals—lisianthus, roses, and hydrangeas—recent greenery, and hints of purple. “The aisle runner had numerous white roses and child’s breath to offer it a light-weight ethereal vibe,” Grace says. “We tried to maintain true to Gatsby vibes of the citadel and praise the panorama exterior the place our ceremony was held.” (Psst… If the venue appears acquainted, right here’s why: It’s the place Taylor Swift filmed her “Clean House” video.)

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

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


After “I do,” the newlyweds recessed out to “Setting Sail” by Gary Clark, the opening tune for Amazon’s “Trendy Love” collection. “We had a reside band that made a world of a distinction,” Grace remembers. “Keyboard, bass, drums, guitar, two feminine vocalists, two male vocalists, and a sax participant.”

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Maintain all the things in perspective, do not let any worrying scenario get in between you.

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Whereas the bride and groom hit a couple of snags as a result of Covid, they managed to remain calm collectively by the complete planning course of. “I used to be actually fortunate to have Greg,” shares Grace. “He’s tremendous detailed-oriented, so the visitor listing and reception planning was the simplest to handle.”

Her recommendation to others getting married? “Maintain all the things in perspective, do not let any worrying scenario get in between you. Issues may be fairly unpredictable (like a pandemic!) and so attempt to preserve one another from stressing about anyone element or drama, and simply respect that family and friends are coming collectively to rejoice your relationship on this big day.”

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


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

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


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

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


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

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


I used to be so impressed by studying in regards to the reduce and seams in hanbok, that I utilized a excessive waistline to this white costume.

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


Grace became a second costume for the reception, one she’d customized with NOEL Studio, a Korean-owned manufacturing unit in Manhattan’s Garment District the place she herself had realized many stitching strategies. “I wished one thing easy but refined,” she says. Particulars like pearl beads alongside the highest fringe of the bust lent a chic air—and it had cultural which means, too. 

“I used to be so impressed by my go to to Hanbok Story in studying in regards to the reduce and seams in hanbok, that I utilized a excessive waistline to this white costume,” Grace says. “The excessive waistline seam was designed shut below the bust in a straight line and adorned with clear white beads in geometric figurations that echoed the wrapping expertise of carrying a hanbok.”

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


“We had particular musical choices that included a bit of jazz and k-pop,” shares 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” by Van Morrison, carried out to perfection by their band The Eleven.

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


When, on the final minute, journey restrictions prevented Grace’s maid of honor from attending the marriage, the couple knew her speech can be missed. “So one in all my bridesmaids, Anna, and her husband Jose, found out the way to Zoom Lea in for her speech,” Grace remembers. “The 2 MIT geniuses found out—with little discover—the way to get the audio system and mic linked, projector and laptop computer prepared, whereas coordinating all of this to match Korean Commonplace Time.”

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


The normal mother-son and father-daughter dances and the remainder of the night time out on the dance flooring was a particular reminiscence for the couple. “Our mother and father on each side had strikes we did not notice that they had,” Grace remembers with fun. 

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


For the couple’s wedding ceremony cake, Oheka Fortress’s in-house pastry chef, Daniel Andreotti, created a chocolate and pistachio confection with edible pearl beading, and the florist topped it with recent purple flowers. 

Photograph by Haseok Chung Studio


After their excellent wedding ceremony, Grace and Greg headed again to Manhattan for a minimoon. “We stayed on the Baccarat Lodge, had their well-known afternoon tea, and went to eat round NYC whereas getting impressed by the MoMA,” Grace says. Shortly after, she made the transfer to Atlanta—and so they formally started their lives collectively.