This Pair Paid Homage to Their Korean Roots in Every Part of Their Georgia Wedding
Hannah and Ricky's relationship dates back to their teenage years—but it wasn't quite love at first sight. "There is still some debate on who noticed who first," Hannah, a wedding photographer, jokes. "Ricky (now a fourth-year medical student) remembers the encounter where he tried to sell pizza to me—but I just remember the pizza." A church mission trip in June 2008, several late-night phone calls, and (eventually) a couple of dates later, and the two officially started dating.
A decade after their relationship began, the duo became engaged in New York. The proposal came as a surprise to Hannah: As she traveled to Dumbo, New York, for Bridal Fashion Week with her photographer friends, all she could think about was her then-boyfriend. "[I was] bummed that we couldn't celebrate our 10-year anniversary together," she recalls. "But little did I know there was no show—and I was about to get engaged to my best friend at one of my favorite spots, in the city where I was born." As her friend (and future wedding photographer) Vicki Grafton asked her to take a few headshots while their other friend went to the bathroom, the groom-to-be made his appearance. "Around sunset, after a few minutes of snapping photos, someone tapped me on the shoulder. It was my husband, down on one knee with happy tears rolling down his cheeks," the bride shares of the surreal moment.
They ultimately decided to return to the place where it all began to tie the knot: In Duluth, Georgia, at the TPC Sugarloaf Country Club. "It's the neighborhood I grew up in for more than 15 years, and it's where my husband and I took photos for my high school senior prom back in 2010," Hannah notes. "Ever since I was a kid, and drove past or went to the club house with my family, my parents and I would always talk about how one day I would be getting married and how fun and special it would be to get married there." Not only did the venue hold sentimental value for the pair, but the celebration itself honored their Korean heritage and a few of their favorite things—making their 150-guest wedding on October 5, 2019, even more personal. "We take pride in our Korean culture and background, so tying in Korean elements was a great way to personalize our wedding," Hannah says. "Also, using my favorite colors as the color palette, choosing the music, and even having a surprise bubble tea dessert (since everyone knows how much we love boba), really reflected us."
A Touch of Pink
Here Comes the Bride
"Wow" was the word that came to mind when Hannah first tried on her Mira Zwillinger wedding dress. Complete with a slight sweetheart neckline and detachable off-the-shoulder straps, the handmade tulle gown was "the one"—something the bride knew right away. Her mother and grandmother, pictured here, both donned traditional pink hanboks for the ceremony.
The bride's bouquet featured the same hues as the event's color palette—dusty rose, ivory, and sand. The organic arrangement included brown lisianthus, white ranunculus, koko loko garden roses, white snowberries, quicksand roses, white tweedia flowers, and cappuccino roses.
"Since the dress attire for guests was formal, we went with the classic black tuxedo with a peak lapel from Suit Supply," Hannah says of her groom's attire. Ricky tucked a custom white pocket square, featuring the couple's names and wedding date, into his jacket and wore Montblanc cuff links and a white dress shirt with black buttons; these details differentiated him from his groomsmen.
Hannah's bridesmaids picked out a tulle Jenny Yoo dress that spoke to the color scheme; groomsmen kept it classic in black tuxedos with notched lapels from The Black Tux.
Moment to Remember
After having a first look with her father at her childhood home, Hannah then met her groom at TPC Sugarloaf Country Club for their own. "I felt so many different emotions: excited, happy, nervous!" the bride recalls. "I loved having a first look with my dad and Ricky. To be able to have just a few minutes to soak everything in and be able to talk to each other right before the ceremony was calming and put me in the right headspace."
In line with the pair's vision for a minimal, yet romantic aesthetic, the ceremony décor was simple and sweet; a floral arch was the main attraction.
The chairs in the back row were draped with chiffon and lined with foliage-centric arrangements.
All in the Details
An illustration of the venue highlighted the couple's textural ceremony programs.
A Sweet Exchange
Hannah and Ricky initially planned to skip writing their own vows, hoping to prevent any nerves or tears during the ceremony. But after 11 years together, they knew it was only right to express their love for each other—in their own words—in front of all of their family and friends. "I'm so glad we did, because it was so personable, and it really showed our personalities," the bride shares.
Right This Way
Iron Grace Rentals provided the escort card display backdrop; calligraphed notes guided each guest to their seat.
The newlyweds skipped their cocktail hour to take extended family photos and pose for a few portraits by their vintage convertible, courtesy of Drive Share by Hagerty.
Dusty rose tablecloths from La Tavola Fine Linen, topped with cheesecloth runners, covered each station.
Custom Place Settings
Ceramic plates with modern silver flatware from TableMade defined each setting; a mix of taper candles and votives created a warm glow along the tabletops.
Ikebana-style florals and petite compote centerpieces were arranged in handmade bowls and frosted sake cups.
Wrapped in Tradition
Macaroons from Mac Lab Bakery were encased in bojagi, a traditional Korean wrapping, and presented alongside each plate.
Sweet Caroline's Cakes created a delicious four-tier confection for the bride, groom, and their guests. The treat's layers and flavors included black-tie chocolate filled with triple-chocolate ganache, white- and milk-chocolate mousse with Kahlúa, cream cheese pound cake filled with lemon curd, and white-chocolate mousse with raspberry preserves. A hidden dairy-free layer was created just for the bride and groom.
Words of Love
Guests shared sweet words and dedications for the couple as they dined over a three-course plated meal, which comprised of a fall apple salad (with baby greens, red onions, crumbled feta cheese, pecans, and dried cranberries with balsamic vinaigrette) for the appetizer, grilled steak, mahi-mahi, or wild mushroom risotto for the main course, and cake and bubble tea for dessert.
Made for Each Other
The couple ended the evening by driving (literally) straight into married life. To couples currently planning their big days, they offer this advice: "Stay as organized as possible! It will make planning and budgeting run smoother and easier for you," Hannah says. "For example, make an Excel spreadsheet with all of your vendors and pricing, and list them from most to least important. Also, ask your wedding planner or day-of coordinator for a rough timeline checklist. That was super helpful to make sure I wasn't falling behind on certain tasks!"
Photography, Vicki Grafton
Associate Photographer, Charla Storey
Venue, TPC Sugarloaf Country Club
Wedding Planning, Event Design, and Flowers, Sarah Park Events
Videography, Fred Lee
Invitations, Custom Crafted
Officiant, Pastor Jae
Wedding Dress, Mira Zwillinger
Veil, Twigs & Honey
Shoes, Rene Caovilla
Hair, Jennifer Nieman
Bridesmaids' Dresses, Jenny Yoo
Groom's Attire, Suit Supply
Groomsmen's Attire, The Black Tux
Wedding Bands, Cartier
Guest Book, Artifact Uprising
Music, Mixpro Events
Cake, Sweet Caroline's Cakes
Cake Sugar Flowers, Sweetleemade
Bubble Tea, Gong Cha
Rentals, Peachtree Tents & Events
Tabletop Settings, TableMade
Seating Chart, Iron Grace Rentals
Linens, La Tavola Fine Linen
Favors, Mac Lab Bakery
Transportation, Bret Baker of Drive Share by Hagerty
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