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Sleek modern taste with a hint of whimsy. That’s how we would describe Sun-a and Brian’s wedding at the Westmount Country Club in New Jersey.
Accented with nuances of purples and rich pinks, their wedding was beautiful. From personalized invitations and name cards to individual cupcakes in lieu of a wedding cake, Sun-a and Brian showed that putting in hard work can produce great results.
Check out the pair’s stunning wedding photos captured by Ethan Yang Photography.
What was the proposal like?
Brian: For me, the proposal was something that needed to be memorable and individually special for Sun-a. She had mentioned that she wanted to celebrate her engagement with her friends and family as well as hinted how special it would be to get engaged on her birthday in October. After secretly meeting with her parents for their permission and arduously picking out the simplest and brightest diamond, I planned to show her a video of our lives before dating, while dating, and ending with a future picture our hopeful wedding day, all in the form of arts-n-crafts figures and stop-motion.
Brian: On the day of her birthday, we started the day with a relaxing spa and massage followed by a formal lunch in the City at a historic restaurant. Afterwards, we ventured to her brothers’ condo, which had a built-in movie theatre and watched one of her favorite movies The Wizard of Oz. When she asked if there was anything else, I told her there was one more thing. I anxiously tried to set up the video on the big screen but to no avail, nervously pacing back and forth with the ring behind her chair. We had to watch the engagement video on the computer! Another thing she wanted was to have the engagement taped so I gave her an HD video camera as a birthday gift and proceeded to record the engagement unbeknownst to her. She did not initially understand the meaning of the wedding picture at the end of the video. It wasn’t until I was on bended knee and asking her to marry me that she finally understood the purpose of the video and said yes. After some more tears, she met her closest friends and family who were waiting to celebrate that special day with her.
Sun-a: For my bridal party, I wanted to make sure they felt comfortable and looked amazing. So, instead of dressing the bridal party in traditional attire, we thought outside the box. My vision from the beginning was to dress the bridesmaids in a two-piece outfit. Think more sweet and less stuffy in terms of style and fabric. We ended up picking a scalloped lace skirt in the prettiest blush pink color and a light silk camisole.
Weddings can be similar and repetitive, and there’s is nothing wrong with that, but we decided to pay attention to the subtle details to make it our own. We wanted to create a whimsical environment where our guests could feel warm and even fall in love all over again. We wanted to not only focus on us and our union, but also celebrate love in general. It was important to us that our venue was cozy and intimate. We loved the fire place at the Westmount Country Club and that the back wall had windows from the ceiling to the floor, which let in a lot of sunlight. It was the first venue we looked at and immediately fell in love.
Sun-a: For our reception, we didn’t want to be separated from our loved ones by being seated at a sweetheart table. We wanted to be immersed in the party and be totally accessible all night. Luckily, our florist was gracious enough to put together a few rectangular tables that were big enough to seat us, our entire bridal party of ten, and all of their dates. It was by far one of the best decisions we made.
Advice for newly-engaged couples?
Sun-a: This first bit of advice is that after the securing the big things – venue, food, photographer, music, etc., there are many little things that will need to be decided and taken care of so remember to enjoy this time as well. The engagement period is the time to plan and prepare a wedding, but being engaged is also a part of a couple’s engagement that is different, unique, and special. It is a transitional time – the honeymoon before the honeymoon, a period of excitement of renewed joy of a loving relationship.
Furthermore, as busy as the wedding planning can become, do not forget about each other. As necessary as it is to please everyone else, a wedding is also a momentous celebration of a committed and joyful relationship. It is the one party that a couple can have that is dedicated solely to each other. The wedding day is not the end, but the beginning of marriage. As our pastor astutely reminded us, the promise of “I do” made on the weeding day is not for that day, but for the eternal days that follow.
Thanks Sun-a and Brian for sharing your special day with us!