Beatrice and Jonathan approached their wedding with a practical mindset: they wanted to make choices that would allow their wedding to run smoothly, and that showed their guests a great time. At the end of the day, it sounds like they achieved that goal, and they did so beautifully.
“We chose to have our wedding at India House for several reasons. First, it was a beautiful historic building. We’re not into trendy or overly showy locations. Second, the pricing per guest was quite reasonable. Third, it was close to mass transit and we were able to secure parking for our guests.”
Your ceremony in three words. Traditional Korean-American.
Who officiated your ceremony? Rev. Milind Sojwal officiated the ceremony, following a traditional Episcopalian ceremony format. Beatrice attended his church so it made sense to choose him as our officiant.
What was your ceremony music? The ceremony music was a theme from the Twilight movies, selected and performed by our cousins on violin, cello and keyboard.
What were your ceremony readings? We selected readings from the Old Testament and the New Testament.
What were your vows like? We recited traditional vows.
“After our ceremony and a cocktail hour, we included the Korean Paebaek ceremony which in the U.S. has been modified to become more of an entertainment for guests rather than an actual Korean wedding ceremony.”
How did you go about planning your wedding? We did most of the planning ourselves, with some suggestions from others. We knew we wanted to start with the ceremony, then cocktails, then a modified Korean Paebaek ceremony, followed by dinner and dancing.
“Our reception was held on the top floor of the India House.We’ve always believed that weddings are really for the guests, and we loved that everyone seemed to have a good time.”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We kept in mind the mantra: “simple done well”
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Seeing all of our friends and family gathered in one place to celebrate a special day with us.
What was your first dance song? “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Have a clearer schedule for the reception/dancing. We waited too long to start the dancing. But then again we had never planned a wedding before!
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Gear the wedding around making your guests happy, so long as it doesn’t conflict with your personal tastes. If your family has difficult-to-pronounce names, make a recording of their names so whoever announces them can practice.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Nothing will ever go exactly as you plan, so try not to stress when they don’t. If you don’t have a planner, assign a key person or two who can help you sort out wedding day mishaps so you don’t need to worry about them.