Today’s wedding is full of so much fun and laughter, including the hilarious bride and groom! Between their sweet first look, the Korean ceremony, and not one, not two, but three delicious Brooklyn food trucks to cater their awesome reception, Jen and Drew know exactly how to throw a party…
Photography by Merari Photography.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? To steal away for a brief moment, immediately after the ceremony, with Drew to take it all in and bask
in the fact that we were married.
Jen channeled Old Hollywood glamour in her sleek dress, sparkly accessories, and side swept waves.
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? We had a number of DIY projects for the wedding. It was a great way to involve our parents! Although it took some time, it gave us the opportunity to visit Drew’s parents and gave me a creative outlet to relieve some stress. I designed and letterpressed our invitations, and created all the paper goods for our wedding from the programs, the place cards and signs for the soju bottles on each table. Drew’s parents cut down a walnut tree in their yard, from which Drew’s dad created our table numbers, our cake stand and stands for the rest of our desserts. We had photos at the wedding on our guestbook table that chronicled the chopping down of the tree that became our beautiful wedding decor. Drew’s parents also procured a bunch of old frames and transformed them into beautiful chalkboard frames, which we then used for our bar menus and other signs like for our gift and guestbook tables. Drew’s mom also created our burlap table runners.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Jen: Decide together early on what is important to you for the wedding, and let that guide you in your planning. Don’t kill yourself over all the little details! What guests remember most after your wedding is what they ate, what they drank and whether the music was killer—they rarely remember what color your linens were, what kind of flowers you had, and what the tableware looked like.
Drew: For grooms, just pick two or three things that you think are important and only worry about those. You aren’t going to win the war, but you can pick off a few battles here or there if you think strategically. Also, get good beer and don’t trust alcohol guidelines on the internet.
Event Planning and Design, Floral Design by Whimsy Weddings.
“I wanted to get married in a barn, but having it out-of-state (i.e. Ohio where Drew is from) or outside the city was logistically difficult for us. As soon as we saw our venue (while we were helping my sister scope out venues for her wedding — and before Drew and I were engaged), we fell in love with its rustic-but-urban vibe. It wasn’t a barn and it doesn’t really look like a barn, but it had a barn-like feel. The fact that it was just an open space—although that made planning a bit more challenging—really allowed us to
tailor our wedding to reflect “us”.
Your ceremony in three words. Structurally traditional yet irreverent
How did you go about planning your ceremony? We wanted to keep it short, as well as involve our parents.
What was your ceremony music?
Bridal Party Recessional: “Ohio” by Daniel Dye
Bride’s Recessional song: “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
Recessional: “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? Not really. We couldn’t even keep to only kissing at the end of the ceremony. We kept kissing each other—after I walked down the aisle, after he said his vows, after I said my vows, after we exchanged rings. It drove our officiant crazy!
Who officiated your ceremony? Drew’s law school roommate—a polished and experienced public speaker who appreciates the importance of brevity.
What were your ceremony readings? 1 John 4: 7-8, read by my mom in Korean and Drew’s mom in English.
What were your vows like? Jen: We wrote our own vows. We liked the idea of using the traditional wedding vows, that many couples before us have taken to express their commitment to each other. But in keeping with trying to make the wedding as “us” as possible, we thought it would be cool to take this opportunity to state our love for each other in front of our friends and family in our own words. Drew’s was wonderful. He made alot of people cry that day—including me.
Drew: Jen’s vows were sweet, touching and funny. Very much like her. My vows were largely improvised as I attempted to keep it together throughout the ceremony. The creative process was largely driven by fear (and at the same time overconfidence).
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Jen: The fact that we were getting married! I was waiting in the back while Drew was walking down the
aisle, and I could hear everyone laughing as he walked out. I still don’t know what he did to make everyone laugh, but that’s Drew, and I couldn’t wait to walk down the aisle to see what was going on!
Drew: Seeing Jen walk down the aisle next to her father, with so many of our friends and family looking on. It’s a cliche, but it really was a special moment that I’m happy I’ll be able to remember for at least the next 3 to 5 years.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? Two of Drew’s friends had a bet on how long the ceremony would be. The over/under was 20 minutes. The officiant started out slow, but quickly remembered his instructions and finished things up in a sharp 18 minutes. We all ended up winners with that result.
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? We decided to do a traditional korean wedding ceremony called a paebaek. Traditionally it was for the bride to pay respect to the groom’s family, but nowadays it’s a way for the bride and groom to pay respect to both families and to receive blessings from both. We thought it would be fun to showcase my Korean background in a fun and colorful way. The costumes we wore were beautiful, and it gave our parents the opportunity to bestow onto us some marital advice and well wishes. My favorite part was Drew piggybacking me, then his mom, and my mom as a symbol that he would help to support me in our marriage, and both our families.
“Eight plus years in the making, but like a fine Franzia, things only improved with time.”
Escort cards were displayed on a frame filled with moss, adding a whimsical garden feel to the urban venue.
Did you have a signature cocktail? No. Just a lot of alcohol. When the whiskey ran out, an enterprising friend of Drew’s switched to Tequila and ginger ale. So that should be the unofficial signature cocktail. Drew is very much into beer, and so he carefully curated a selection of craft beers for our guests to enjoy. I guess you could call that his signature cocktail—delicious beer. Despite going by online guidelines, the beer disappeared within two hours. Amazing, if you provide people with decent beer, they will drink it!
How would you describe your reception? Jen: An awesome awesome party with my favorite people, amazing food and free-flowing drinks.
Drew: 100+ people on the threshold of middle age, recapturing their youth for one night to help us celebrate our nuptials. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We just wanted to put on the bestest, greatest party that we and our friends had ever been to. We really
labored over the choice of food, dessert, drinks and music. Well, not “labored”—eating our way through food trucks to come to our final selection was not unenjoyable—haha!
What was your wedding menu? Cocktail Hour: Assorted cheeses and crudites from Murray’s Cheese / Chicken Biscuits from Pies n’Thighs // Appetizer: Porchetta Chicory Salad with Garlic Dressing // Entrees: Morris Truck’s Classic Grilled Cheese with Landaff and NY State Cheddar / Gouda Grilled Cheese with Bacon & Herb Butter / Delicate Gilled Cheese with Truffle Cheese, Truffle Butter and Carmelized Shallots / Spicy Tomato Bisque Shooters / Sweet Chili Truck // Entrees Salad: Heavenly Beef / Miso Glazed Tofu / Honey Chili Pork / Sweet Chili Chicken / Korilla Trucks Tacos Burrito and Rice Bowls / Ribeye of the Tiger Taco / Wonderbird Taco / Porkinator Taco / Tofuture Taco
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had a big dessert table with an assortment of our favorite sweets. We had a mini birthday cake from Milk Bar. Our dessert table included assorted cookies from Milk Bar, marshmallow chex mix treats from Gregory’s Coffee, assorted doughnuts from DOUGH, peanut M&M’s (Drew’s favorite candy), buckeye candies brought in from Ohio by Drew’s parents.
What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance? Our first dance was “When I See You Smile” by Bic Runga. The mother/son and father/daughter dance was at the same time to “What a Wonderful World” by Louie Armstrong.
Music by 74 Events.
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Drew: Other than the quite fantastic beer selection—the one detail that I successfully pulled off—I enjoyed seeing my high school friends, several I’ve known for 32 years, acting like we never left Casstown, Ohio. It was glorious. Also Maceo Parker at midnight, a fraternity tradition.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Jen: Every moment was pretty special because every moment I was spending it with someone very important and dear to me—whether it be my new husband, my family, my friends or being twirled on the dance floor.
Drew: Other than dancing with my Bride (contractually required answer), floating around talking to friends and family that I so rarely get to see. Most of all, talking to my Mom and seeing how happy she was that the big city hadn’t completely changed her youngest son.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?
Drew: More whiskey and beer. Less white wine and tequila. Other than that, I wouldn’t want to change a thing.