JOYCE & JAE – WELLINGTON, FL

A huge pleasure to work with Joyce & Jae on their wedding in Wellington, Florida! Their wedding was recently featured in The Knot Magazine as part of the Fall/Winter 2015 issue. Here’s the blurb written by Joyce herself!

Growing up with my father as the senior pastor of our church, I started attending weddings, rather, a plethora of weddings, from an early age. I was very blessed to have witnessed so much beauty and love on a weekly basis. However, this came with the caveat that the bar only rose higher for my own fairytale wedding with each one I attended. Having taken bits and pieces from countless events, as well as entering this new era of Pinterest, I was completely overwhelmed when the time came to plan our very own wedding.

With the help of Jae, my fiancé at the time, we started with the basics and thought of what would best illustrate our story. We imagined a garden, just like the one we ventured through on our first date. Since we decided to get married in Jae’s hometown of Wellington, FL, we wanted to bring down a piece of New York City through the food. It needed to feel like an escape into a fairytale, because after all, marrying your soul mate should feel like nothing short of such a dream.

To set precedence for the big day, invitations were hand stamped with a wax seal, displaying our matching initials: “J + J”. For mailing, we created postage stamps using snapshots from our engagement shoot, taken by the ever-amazing Judy Pak.

On November 8, 2014, guests arrived to St. David’s in the Pines Episcopal Church, tucked away on a corner enclosed with tall pine trees. Shedding the traditional guestbook, friends and family were asked to autograph their presence on a wooden heart which, would then be placed in a shadowbox frame. As they made way to their seats, from each pew hung pictures of Jae and myself growing up; the bride on the left and groom on the right. The musicians began to play and the two flower girls walked in, holding their hand-woven baskets, gilded with an olive leaf ribbon by one of my very own bridesmaids. My father walked me down the aisle while gaining his composure, for his job wouldn’t be done even when we reached the alter… he had to preside over the wedding as well! Jae and I recited our vows, then Mr. & Mrs. Ko we came to be~.

After the ceremony and a short, breezy drive, the guests entered to flowers floating in the pool at the International Polo Club. From highlighting encouraging verses in the bible used during the ceremony, to sipping on “Mr.” and “Mrs.” specialty cocktails out of birch tree paper straws, everyone found their way to retrieve their escort cards. As a keepsake and reminder of our roots, the cards were tied to mason jar mugs printed with the state outline of New York and Florida, “Joyce” and “Jae” written inside each state respectively.

In order to create our exact vision of a secret garden, the patio covered by two tents became our blank canvas for the reception. As grapevines and eucalyptus leaves wrapped around each pole all the way up to cover the ceilings, chandeliers and candlelit glass orbs hung among the draping eucalyptus, illuminating the space as everyone walked into our love story. Orange Blossom Florals swooned us all while transforming our ideas to life.

Sharing what was once only my passion, and now Jae’s as well, our personal favorite candies and desserts enticed on top of vintage carts presenting the banner, “A Few of Our Favorite Things”. Next to the carts rested the wedding cake, whimsical in shape, complete with a miniature tennis racquet & ball peaking out from the base… because after all, this was the groom’s wedding too ;-).

As guests dined through courses and stations, tasting much more than what we thought NYC had to offer, Executive Chef William Sellner Jr. and the team at the Polo Club truly outdid themselves to make our story complete.

Later that evening, it rained right on cue, as everyone was safely under the amaranthus adorned tent. Our secret garden transformed into an enchanted forest as we danced the night away, and such a fairytale it truly was!”

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