We love the old Hollywood glamour of Debbie and Adam’s wedding at the Hotel Bel-Air, but we especially love that they focused on creating an intentional ceremony which would fill their married life with the same excitement and love they felt as they said their vows. From the bride’s fabulous Chanel sling backs, to the romantic gazebo on the lawn, to the stunning floral arrangements that filled the ballroom, this wedding is sure to inspire.


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“Of course I used wedding blogs for ideas and inspiration–but ultimately, I stuck to my general ​sense of style to make decisions about our wedding. I love simple, classic, yet modern designs, so I used that as the baseline for most of the details. Adam and I also thought about what elements we’d enjoyed at other people’s weddings, like personalized menus and an open bar, and incorporated them into ours.”


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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Though Adam and I live in New York, we are both originally from Southern California and wanted to get married in Los Angeles, close to our families. We chose Hotel Bel-Air because it was exactly what we were looking for: classic, private, and intimate.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? ​ Though it would be nice to plan and decide everything together, the reality is: sometimes you must divide and conquer.



The Ceremony

“I thought I would be a total mess during the ceremony. I predicted many, many tears. But the only time I cried was when my dad gave my hand to Adam. After that, I was smiling like a goober the entire time. The favorite part of the ceremony was standing up there with Adam, face-to-face, beaming in bliss. It’s very hard for me to remember much else.”


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Your ceremony in three words.  Genuine, intimate, and thoughtful. ​

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Planning our ceremony was pretty simple and organic. It was important that the ceremony captured the essence of what our wedding was all about: a celebration of our promise to one another. So we boiled it down to: a short message from the officiant, a beautiful poem recited by a groomsman, our vows, and that was it!”

What was your ceremony music?  My father and I walked down the aisle to “Gabriel’s Oboe” by Ennio Morricone, a tremendously moving piece. ​Our recessional was “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys.



Who officiated your ceremony?  A close family friend and mentor of Adam’s officiated our ceremony. We thought about who embodied the values we wanted to live by, and Mike came to mind. We had a lot of fun working with him, and the message he shared with us and our guests at the ceremony was thoughtful and inspiring.

What were your ceremony readings?  One of Adam’s groomsmen, Paul, recited Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda, one of our favorite poets. Paul and Adam are best friends from college, where they were both English majors; their shared love for literature and poetry made Paul an easy pick for the reading. The poem is a beautiful and honest work, and was a perfect addition to our ceremony.

What were your vows like?  We wrote our vows together. We wanted to have continuity with each other, so we decided to have the same vows, with slight variations. It was important to us that the vows communicated realistic, grounded thoughts. We recognized that we are making a promise to prevent time and routine from wearing away the overwhelming excitement and love that we felt on our wedding day.


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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? ​ At the end of the ceremony, the officiant asked us to, “Repeat these words after me,” and segmented a series of statements that would officially make us husband and wife. Adam did great, but when he moved onto me, I totally spaced out by the third statement and forgot what to repeat​! I ended up saying, “What was it again?” into the microphone. Everyone laughed–it​ was embarrassing and hilarious.



The Reception

“Our reception had a classic yet modern aesthetic–formal without being stuffy. Our emcee was Matt, one of Adam’s closest friends. He was hilarious and made the event run seamlessly, so even though there was a schedule of sorts, it felt very relaxed.”


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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  I am Korean, and we wanted to incorporate my Korean heritage to the reception. During the entrees, Adam and I changed into our traditional Korean wedding outfits and planned to re-enter the reception. But just as we were about to enter, my mom, who had also changed into Korean dress, decided she wanted to walk in with Adam. So I walked in by myself, everyone clapped, and moments later, my mom and Adam waltzed in like a couple. It was very cute, and so true to my mother’s personality.


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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? ​ We had two cakes: A berry chiffon shortcake with seasonal berries and vanilla mascarpone cream, and an Austrian chocolate cake with a touch of Espresso and chocolate​ pudding.



What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?
Our first dance song was “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding. Adam and I shared our father-daughter and mother-son dances to “Stand By Me,” sung by Tracy Chapman, my favorite singer-songwriter.


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Please tell us about any special moments from your reception.  Adam’s older brother gave the most intellectual and comprehensive best man speech I’ve ever heard. It was full of perceptive thoughts about Adam’s character, our relationship, and the institution of marriage. People were asking for copies of the speech afterwards. // During my father’s speech, he warned Adam that I was “expensive to maintain” ​and wished him luck. That statement went viral – I think it even became a hashtag on Instagram!


Photography: Patrick Moyer  / Venue, Catering, Cake: Hotel Bel-Air in Bel Aire, California / Event Planning & Design: Twine Events / Dress: Christos from Saks Bridal NY / Shoes: Chanel / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Suit: Prada / Stationery, Calligraphy: Bella Figura, Bloomingdales / Floral Design: Oak and the Owl / Hair & Makeup: Theresa Huang Makeup and Hair Design / Ceremony Music: Angelica Strings / Reception Music: Scratch Weddings, DJ Dosa / Lighting: Amber Event Production / Photo Booth: Mag Booth

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  • Twine Events

    10 March 2015
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    A gorgeous spring day in Los Angeles was the perfect backdrop for this punchy, colorful, and totally authentic celebration. Karen and Masato brought their shared graphic eye to wedding planning and the results. From the newspaper wedding announcement to the hand-painted ceremony backdrop, this celebration was a true team effort.



    What inspired you while you were planning your wedding?  We were inspired by our own experiences as wedding guests. We wanted to have an enjoyable and comfortable environment for our guests, and make them feel like they were part of our celebration. It was an intimate party with only 65 guests, which gave us the opportunity to celebrate with the most important people in our lives.”


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    “As professional graphic designers, we are extremely conscientious about how the details work as a whole. As a result, we designed and created almost all of the details ourselves. To kick off the wedding, we designed a custom newspaper wedding announcement along with a responsive website to host all the wedding information. For the wedding day, we painted an eight foot striped canvas backdrop, created hand-lettered signs, painted flowers pots, and crafted our favors.”



    Did you include any special traditions in your wedding?  Karen was raised in a traditional Chinese family, and to honor her heritage, we hosted an intimate tea ceremony on the morning of our wedding. During the tea ceremony, we gave sweet tea to the elders of both our families as a thank you for all their love and care. In return, they gave us their blessings and wedding gifts.


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    After the traditional tea ceremony, Karen slipped into her structural Vera Wang wedding gown, while Masato swapped his red bow tie for a mint green tie.


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    The Ceremony

    “We’re not sailors, but the tradition of ‘tying the knot’ symbolized our relationship beautifully. The fisherman’s’ knot represents the strong bond of friendship, love, and passion we share, just as we share our lives and our work. Plus, having the knot framed at home will always bring back wonderful memories of our wedding day.”


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    Your ceremony in three words.  Cozy, secluded, modular.

    How did you organize your ceremony?  Instead of traditional ceremony seating, we preferred for our guests to stand around us, with no designation of a bride or groom’s side.

    What was your ceremony music?  Karen was accompanied down the aisle by her father, a hummingbird, and butterflies to “The Winner is” by Mychael Danna and DeVotchKa. Masato decided to use The Final Countdown by Europe as our recessional–it was a perfect expression of his sense of humor!



    Who officiated your ceremony?  We asked our long time friend Dan, from our college years, to officiate. He has been through so much with us as we have grown as individuals and as a couple. He understood our chemistry and our attitude towards the ceremony, and kept it light-hearted, casual, and friendly.

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Since neither of us are particularly religious, we took a light-hearted and fun approach to our ceremony. We didn’t include long ceremony readings or vows, because we wanted our actions to speak for themselves.


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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Tying the knot was the best part of our ceremony. It was interactive, intimate, and slightly comical as the guests enjoyed our messy knot tying skill. Overall, the ceremony was very true to us and who we are as a couple.


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    The Reception

    “Our reception had a cozy, laid-back, house party vibe. Since it was such an intimate celebration, it was important to us to introduce our friends from different parts of our lives, and we encouraged mingling by not assigning seating. Our guests spent the afternoon enjoy each other’s company (and the perfect spring weather) in the outdoor garden.”


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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Elysian LA is a hidden gem in a conveniently central location. The modern, industrial indoor space, lush green garden and all the vibrant, playful furniture made Elysian LA our dream venue for an afternoon spring wedding.

    How did your wedding venue influence your celebration?  Everything was dictated by the look and feel of the venue itself. We didn’t have to do much decorating since the venue was already gorgeous and we wanted to maintain its simplicity. Using a flexible color palette based on the existing furniture at Elysian LA, it was easy to create a cohesive aesthetic.


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    What was your first dance song?  We’re not big dancers, so instead we spent time enjoying our guests’ company. We felt it was important to fill our day with things we like and people we enjoy hanging out with, rather than the things we were supposed to have.

    What was your wedding menu?  Food was a big priority for us, and David from Elysian LA provided a fantastic variety of food for our afternoon tea-time buffet. The menu included open-faced sandwiches, quiche and fresh spring salads.



    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  In addition to the two-layer organic vegan chocolate cake baked by our friend and professional baker, Divina, we also served brownie bites, raspberry thumbprint and pistachio shortbread cookies. Karen created the geometric cake topper using modeling clay.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  It was amazing to see everything we’d planned come to life, since we’d spent so much time and energy crafting our wedding. When we realized that our photographer had captured all of those moments for us, we were absolutely thrilled.


    Photography: Hannah Arista Photography / Venue, Rentals, Catering: Elysian LA in Los Angeles, California / Event Planning: Kayla from Elysian / Event Design, Stationery, Calligraphy: Epic Layers, The Happening Studio / Floral Design: The Plum Dahlia / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Gianni Bini / Hair Piece: H&M / Suit, Shoes: Hugo Boss / Tie: Ferragamo / Cake: Luz Divina  / Valet: Jeffrey Valet / Bartening: Bar One Catering
  • Colorful Los Angeles Wedding at Elysian LA by Hannah Arista

    5 March 2015
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