friends and family came from as far away as new york, canada, hawaii, south korea, and california to gather together in one house, the casa del prado, to witness saerin and brian’s wedding. like the two of them, it was non-tradional for the most part, with subtle korean tradition mixed in for balance. the ceremony included plenty of san diego sunshine, song, and smiles. it could not have been a more beautiful day.
the day was as any lucky enough to wear the moniker of wedding, a blur of activity. the courtyard marriott in liberty station was where saerin and brian got their first look at each other on their wedding day. it was a classic saerin and brian moment. she walked up behind him and gave him bunny ears, then danced up on him until he couldn’t hold back his smile any longer. after sharing a few minutes together they headed off to balboa park for their wedding ceremony at the casa del prado and reception at the san diego museum of photographic arts a.k.a. mopa. on exhibit at the mopa for all of saerin and brian’s guests to enjoy were unforgettable rock ‘n’ roll photographs. one of our personal favorites was a shot of elvis costello (circa 1977 in holland) by a master photographer that we look to for inspiration, anton corbijn. he is amazing and we could talk about his work for days. but i digress.
from funny faces, to googly eyes, to requests to remove all traces of sweat from their images, saerin and brian’s wedding party had us lol-ing all day long. honestly one of the best groups since janell and r.j.‘s comoedicus cast of characters.
the reception was packed to the rafters with fun. there was singing, dancing, a photo booth, and april’s favorite… a chocolate fountain. saerin made us all a little weepy when she grabbed a microphone with one hand and brian’s hand with the other and sang a beautiful song in korean that she had written for him. the cool part for all of us that don’t habla korean was that she printed out the english translation of the song and put a copy at everyone’s seat. you have an incredible voice btw saerin!
one thing i need to point out is that saerin and brian’s parents were awe and then some. they were out on the dance floor most of the night and i don’t think i ever saw them without a smile on their face. i think they might be the coolest parents evar! if you were their daughter, they would definitely let you borrow the royal car. i have to give saerin’s dad props for coming up with the name angelina cho-lee. he suggested that name should saerin and brian have a daughter some time in the future. pops is pushin hard to the hoop for some grand kids.
saerin and brian, your engagement session in san diego showed us that you were a rad couple, but your wedding earned you ultra-combo bonus points. we had so much fun that we didn’t want the day to end. you two could make debbie downer laugh out loud. we’re so happy to have shared this time in your life. may the rest of your days hold happiness that is equal to, or greater than, the joy you felt on this day.
brian was looking sharper than T2’s finger and saerin was simply stunning. i love her traditional korean hair pin.
saerin’s dress, shoes, bouquet, and jewelry were pretty amazing too.
saerin on her way to get her first wedding day look at brian
here’s proof that i wasn’t kidding when i said saerin looked absolutely stunning. i never lie about the hotness level of our brides. she’s on fi-ah!
the flower girl was adorable! she chucked all the petals by the time she had taken about 4 steps down the aisle and then refused to go any further.
kim did a great job capturing this moment. saerin couldn’t hold back her tears of joy when she looked into her father’s eyes just before walking down the aisle.
they’re so cute together
here’s brian’s “holla at a playa” pose.
what has two thumbs and is standing between you and cocktail hour? this guy.
here’s that shot by anton corbijn, and some of the other sweet portraits on display at the mopa. if you get a chance you should go check them all out.
the table cards pulled double duty. they not only told you where to sit, they were also cool protector sleeves for the photo booth prints. awesome idea #42!
saerin’s song was so beautiful that if brian would have been on a ship he would have ran aground to get closer to her.
i like steak and i like chocolate, but not together.
saerin and brian didn’t dress in traditional korean wedding attire, but their cake toppers did.
glow bracelets make every party more fun.
leave one for us!
mom was in the mix
i said duke’s upside your head, duke’s upside your head. i still don’t know how he jumped that high.
you know how we do. we shut em down! as the party was ending this couple made a mad dash through the mopa to see the exhibit, pausing only briefly to say “hey, that’s biggie.”
casa del prado… at night
thanks to everyone that helped make saerin and brian’s wedding amazing. here’s some love.
wedding coordinator – divine events by helena
photography – ohana photographers
caterer – the abbey catering & event design
flowers – tessilk flowers
formal wear – mary me bridal & formal wear
harp – magical harps
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