Abbie Post, 31, and Joon Seo, 27, fell in love in a science lab. “We were both studying biology at William Paterson University, and Joon helped me get to know the lab. It was pretty charming,” recalls Abbie, now a graduate student. A year later, at a sushi restaurant in Wayne, New Jersey, where they had their first date, Joon, a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers, proposed. When it came time to wed, “we didn’t want anything too glitzy or formal,” says Abbie. “The New York Academy of Medicine really spoke to who we are as a couple. We loved the colors of the books, the painted rafters, even the checkered floors.” The reception for 150 guests included scholarly touches like reading lamps on every table and library cards for guests to write well wishes. The band 45 Riots played the couple’s favorite songs (lots of Stevie Wonder), and to honor Joon’s Korean roots, bowls of bibimbap were served with the surf and turf. And for dessert? A periodic table of elements made of macarons.
Event planner: Brilliant Event Planning
Dress: Birnbaum and Bullock
Suit: Calvin Klein Collection
Flowers: Rountree Flowers
Catering: Sterling Affair
Music: 45 Riots
Hair & Makeup: Face Time Beauty
Photographs by Brian Dorsey
*This article appears in the Winter 2015 issue of New York Weddings.