Heejin and Bryan incorporated both traditiona Korean culture and modern elements into their wedding celebration at The Foundry! The couple's mothers both wore traditional Korean gowns and lit a unity candle to signify the union of their families, too. After the ceremony, surrounded by weathered brick walls and ivy-clad facades, the reception moved indoors for a lively party in The Foundry's open, industrial space. City Love Photography captured their day, and NST Pictures created their wedding film!
A multicultural wedding at The Foundry in Long Island City, NY
We took a long weekend trip to Ocean City, where we had had our first vacation together in 2012. Our hotel balcony opened up right into a beautiful view of the ocean, and one night Bryan kept urging me to join him outside to watch the sunset. I'd had work to do and was annoyed because of that, and was wearing sweatpants – when I finally came out to the balcony, he surprised me by getting down on one knee!
About the Wedding
We wanted our wedding to reflect us in every way possible. We chose a venue that offered lots of opportunities for customization, we worked with our caterers (who were amazing) to develop a Korean-inspired menu, we wrote our own vows, etc. We spent a lot of time and effort to try and make every detail of our wedding feel like an expression of our personalities and relationship. Our overall aim for our wedding was a playful, more casual vibe where we and our guests could have fun and laugh a lot.
I ended up getting the very first wedding dress I'd ever tried on – it was a dress from BHLDN that I absolutely fell in love with. I knew I wanted something very embellished with a full skirt that was still comfortable, and when I put it on I was 100% sold. I did try on other dresses, but didn't love them as much. Bryan didn't wear a tux – instead he wore a navy suit (which we got when he came to visit my family in Korea) with a light pink tie, which was in line with the more casual feel that we were going for.
The Flowers & Cake
Our florist (like all of our vendors) was incredible. We wanted our flowers to be on the more simple/minimalistic side, and we also wanted to play off of and incorporate the lush greenery at our venue. I love peonies and other very fluffy flowers, so we used those for the bouquets and boutonnieres.
We went with a white tiered cake with textured buttercream, decorated with fresh flowers. For the flavors we had half pistachio and half strawberry shortcake, with white chocolate frosting. It was delicious.