How did you meet your partner? Ron and I were work colleagues many years ago but had lost contact. One day I was walking my dog, and we ran into each other by chance in Brooklyn and the rest is history!
How long have you been together? 6 years.
Do you have a proposal story? We took a road trip up the West Coast last summer, flying into Palm Springs then driving all the way to San Francisco. When we arrived in Big Sur, we spent a few days exploring. Ron surprised me (and my friends!) when he proposed after a long day of excursions. He got our friends to pose for photos, then to our surprise he got down on his knees and asked to marry him. So glad we got to capture that moment!
What was your wedding date? July 1st, 2017
Wedding Location? Brittland Manor in Chestertown, Maryland
What made you choose there? We didn’t want to get married at a typical wedding venue, and with guest coming from Korea and Jamaica having somewhere to stay on the property was important to us. The beautiful Brittland Manor on the Chester River that included a small river house ticked all the boxes. We were able to rent the property for the entire weekend and have our wedding party and international guests stay with us for the whole event. We had the reception on the patio outside of the manor, and a poolside brunch the following morning!
How did you find it? I found the venue online. It took us two visits before we knew it was the right one.
How was the weather on the day? There was a 50/50 chance of a thunderstorm, so we moved the location of our ceremony from the river, to the hillside closer to plan B. If it rained, we would move our ceremony under a backup tent. There was a downpour right before the wedding, but it only lasted for about 10 mins. It turned out to be a blessing because it was very hot, and the rain ended up cooling it down. The sun came up right after so it all worked out!
Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? We got married on 7.1.17. It’s a palindrome, and anyway you look at it, it makes sense.
The Wedding Details
Theme? The theme was to feature our heritage, Ron’s family is from Jamaica and mine is from Korea. So it was important for me to wear traditional Korean outfit 'Han-Bok' for a part of the wedding. We also had Jamaican rum punch and soju (Korean rice vodka) as our special cocktails. We even surprised our guest with surprise dancehall number follow by our first dance. We practiced almost every day to get it right. As to be expected it wasn’t perfect on the day of, but it was a nice surprise for everybody! We also had my friend Carmine to play electric guitar during our ceremony. He played “The Final Countdown” when Ron walked down the aisle with his mom, which was a big hit! A recap of our wedding was featured on a wedding blog Over the Moon.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? We are very proud of our culture(s) so we just wanted to show the merger of the two.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Not much of D.I.Y really... My bridesmaids did help decorate our golf cart.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
Herculano Fernandes - Man of Honor - BFF
Amanda Pecharsky - Friend
Gigi Ng - FriendDave Soto - Friend
Courtney Dawley - Friend Lily Feng - Friend
Groomsmen – who/relationship?
Don Brodie - Bestman - Ron’s twin brother
Moe Brodie - Ron’s brother
Daniel de los reyes - Friend
Richard Carlton - Friend
Opiyo Okeyo - Friend Joshua Johnson - Friend
Omari Wheat - Friend
Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?
Gabby - Flower girl - Sohee’s niece
Emile - Ron’s nephew
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
Sohee looked stunning in the 'Annika/Joni' gown with lace sleeves from the D.Y.G. Collection.
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I was looking at some dress shops on Yelp, Karen Willis Holmes had lots great reviews and pretty dresses.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Before I went to the shop I looked up some pictures on the Karen Willis Holmes Instagram - KWHBRIDAL.
How many gowns did you try? 3-4
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes - Soho, NYC.
What did you especially like about your gown? As soon as I saw the lace sleeves, I was sold. And the fact that was able to put a different tulle skirt, it was everything. I fell in love with it even before I put it on.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? BHLDN
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wanted to keep it pretty simple and have the dress be the main focus. My nail art was inspired by the dress details.
Where did you get your shoes from? BHLDN
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? The veil was from Karen Willis Holmes, it was long lace veil that matched my dress.
What advice would you give brides organising their wedding? I know it’s super stressful and lots pressure, but try to think of it as.. you are planning the biggest party of your life! Try to have fun and make sure to ask for help if needed. Also, make sure to have your moment with your groom at the wedding. It’s a lot to process and it’s overwhelming with lots people around you. Make sure to take a quick moment to digest and enjoy your big day!
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? You should have some ideas of your dream dress before you start trying anything on. The shape of the dress, what sort of details you like and don’t like. But once you find that perfect dress you will know!
Photographer – Veronica Rafael
Florist – Ann’s Garden
Videographer – Algerson Vincent
First Dance – “Is this love” by Corinne Bailey Rae (Original from Bob Marley) and “Temperature” by Sean Paul.
MC – Allison Rozanne Cooke
Celebrant – Nolan Rosemond
Menu and Cake – Magnolia Caterers
Hair – Tracy Rasmussen from Bull In The Heather Salon
Make-Up – Charles Zambrano
Extra features – We had a choreographer who put together our surprise dancehall dance. Her name is Jessica Phoneix, the “FIYAH” and also our personal trainer, Shenika King!