The couple stuck to a one-mile radius, with a City Hall ceremony, a family dinner at Oriental Garden, and an after-party at the Wooly Public.
Since most guests were traveling, the couple planned a full weekend in the country, including a group trip to Storm King Art Center.
One of the grooms, a master tailor for Hermès, made the clothes: a blue velvet tailcoat for his husband and and a red-and-yellow tailcoat for himself.
The bride unveiled a surprise groom’s cake on which she had hand-painted her new husband’s tattoo designs.
“Both of our parents emigrated to the U.S., and they kind of were like, ‘It won’t be traditional Chinese or Filipino anyway.’ ”
Although “it did hurt our photo schedule,” says the bride, “we got beautiful pictures in the snow.”
At the greenhouse-style rooftop ceremony, Ballet Academy ballerinas danced as the bride walked down the aisle to the sounds of a gospel choir.
“It’s a Rye golf club so probably one of the whitest places in the state. We were like, ‘Are we adding a little flavor to this place?’ ”
“In the cab from City Hall was the first time we got to be alone. We looked at each other and said, ‘We’re married.’ ”
The couple married in front of their 200-plus guests on May 19, 2017, a year to the day before the ceremony at Windsor.
A 1940s jazz club, a short-lived disco, and other New York locales that have since become unrecognizable as the wedding hot spots they once were.
“I come out of an aesthetic that doesn’t want to look like it’s trying too hard. I work really hard!”
“The fountain Diet Dr. Pepper is the way to go. That’s my pre-coffee drink.”
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The wedding-planning process was guided by a simple principle: “How can we make people say, ‘That wedding was rad!’?” says the groom.
The couple found visual inspiration in the film Grey Gardens, which played on a loop in an empty room throughout the reception.
“I’ve never been to Korea, but I feel rooted in my culture. I just always knew I wanted to do that,” says the bride.
“Our families waited so long for us to get married; they were so happy for us,” says the groom.
Bales of hay served as seating for the ceremony, and later in the night the 50 guests chowed down on s’mores around a fire.