If I were to describe how I felt the morning of our wedding day in one word, I would say “surreal.” After a year and a half of looking at bridal photos on Pinterest and Instagram, I just couldn’t believe that it was finally my turn to be a bride. I remember looking at my girls with their hair and makeup done, wearing their robes, and thinking “Wow, they look so beautiful.” We laughed and were silly. It was just about us having fun.
Everything started to feel real when I put on my dress. My maid of honor and mom were patiently helping me button all of the buttons. They are beautiful, but can be difficult! I remember starting to feel my anxiety rise, even though I was so confident in what this day was about. All I could think was, “I’m getting married. This is it.”
One of my favorite moments of the day was my first look with my dad. He had no idea what to do or how to act. He literally asked, “What do you want me to do?” as he came out and saw me. We all thought it was hilarious and couldn’t stop laughing. My dad is so special to me and I loved that we didn’t have the typical cheesy moment. He just did what came naturally to him and it was awkwardly perfect.
I remember that I couldn’t wait to see Ryan. I kept wondering, “What is he doing? How is he feeling?” My heart missed him so much and couldn’t wait to give him a hug. We decided not to do a first look because we wanted to see each other for the first time at the ceremony. That moment of walking down the aisle felt incredible. There was so much love, walking on a trail of rose petals in the middle of friends and family. And then, I saw him and instantly felt a sense of euphoria and peace; like I was home. He looked so handsome and I could see the tears in his eyes. I got teary-eyed too and began to look around me. My mom looked so radiant and happy. His mom couldn’t stop crying. Our dads looked proud. There were so many emotions going on and I was about to marry the man of my dreams. I’ll never forget that moment.
The rest of the day felt more relaxed and we got to focus on eating, dancing, and having fun. Looking back at the day, it was our own version of a perfect little fairytale. The flower arrangements were whimsical, the crystal accents added a touch of elegance, and the scenery at Calamigos Ranch is pure romance. It was one of the best days of our lives and I’m so happy Sun and Sparrow beautifully captured the special moments so we can cherish these memories forever.
It’s impossible to describe your wedding day with just a few words, resorting to magical, wonderful, everything I’ve ever wanted isn’t good enough. Leading up to the day, we thought it would never come, waking up on the morning of the wedding anxiety sets in. “OMG” is my initial thought, I am going from Miss to Mrs. this is real! Yeah that really happens. I thought about it and it sunk in, why am I freaking out? I am so ready, it’s about time! Most of the pampering, wardrobe, hair, make up all went by too fast. The next thing I remember is having to surprise my husband and unveil what I look like to him for our first look. The seconds leading up to this was an over whelming feeling of nervousness and excitement. All those feelings went away the moment he looked at me and smiled, at that moment I knew that tonight was going to be the best night of my life. From walking down the isle, saying Ido, our first dance and enjoying the night with our closest friends and family amounts to nothing compared to that moment there. A lot of people say the night is a blur, not to me….I remember everything from that moment on. I will forever play that day in my head, the day I said I do.
What was your favorite moment from your wedding day? Did you have any special moments/story with friends or family that stand out to you?
From the Bride – one of my favorite moments of the night was honoring all veterans that joined us on our special day. I had Handmade “America” signs with a little toy soilder an a note on the back, thanking them for their services.
From the Groom – Hands down the best moment of the entire night was being introduced as husband and wife In front all of our guests, Immediately afterwards we danced our first song. The song we had chosen was “Perfect”- By End Sheeran. We never discussed when to turn the music off, instead of dancing for roughly a minute as we planned, we danced for the entire length of the song 4 minutes & 20 seconds. As we both gasped and realized how long the song was, we became nervous..this turned out to be the best part of my night. Four minutes of you, me dancing alone under the stars.
What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor? Was there any special element that made your decor come together for you, personally?
From the Bride: I’ve always wanted an outdoor wedding, something about candles and simplicity was always in my mind. Having candlelights and the night stars is something I always dreamed of, Plus Pinterest doesn’t hurt.
From the Groom: I said “Yes dear” a lot. My strategy worked out great
Do you have any advice for brides/grooms who are currently planning their weddings?
From the Bride: Do not stress over the little things, when the big day comes you won’t even recall them. Be in the moment, be glad you have Tiffani there, she really makes a big difference.
From the Groom: Say ” Yes Dear” a lot, it works out fine. Don’t forget to laugh, smile and dance. Drink Plenty of Booze….to keep you warm.
HYUN MIN: The day of our wedding started as a total whirlwind. We were both up till 4am trying to finish making all the little items and decor pieces we wanted for the ceremony and reception, and then we had to get up at 7:30am! We barely had a chance to look at each other properly that morning, and I just remember frantically saying “See you later!!!” as we each rushed off to get ready. As I was getting my makeup and hair done, I was constantly nervous and worried that something wouldn’t go as planned, but having my aunt there the whole time was a huge relief. My wonderful mom sadly passed away almost 20 years ago, and for a long time I was worried I wouldn’t be able to stop crying on my wedding day because she wasn’t there. My aunt, as my mom’s sister has always been like a second mom to me and my siblings, and I could feel her love and care in every moment during the preparation. She took care of me, all the bridesmaids, my fiance’s mother and aunts, the makeup artists……Everyone with such loving attention and I think that was what helped me slowly calm down my nerves as the morning progressed.
Once I was done getting ready though, it felt amazing! It was as if everyone around me, the hair/makeup artist, our wedding coordinator and the photographers all had waved a magic wand and made everything feel perfect, sparkly and happy! I think from that moment on I pretty much couldn’t stop smiling. First look was so much fun – it was wonderful to see Sun Jae’s face light up as he opened his eyes and saw me, and after that we were just a pair of grinning, giddy, silly lovebirds! Contrary to my worry about crying too much on my wedding day, I was so filled with excitement and glee that I almost started to worry I wouldn’t cry at all. I needn’t have worried though, because once I started reading my vows during the ceremony, tears just started gushing out. As I read on and looked at Sun Jae’s tender smile, all the sadness I ever had before I met him seemed to wash out of me through my tears, and I felt like I was being born again into a loving, blissful life together with him.
Our wedding day, despite the crazy start to it, was truly a fairytale dream come true. Everything was so beautiful, glowing, and fun. It was more joyful than I ever imagined any day could be, I just wished it didn’t fly by so quickly! The most magical part was seeing how our union brought two separate groups of family and friends together, and it was like everyone had been sprinkled with glittery, happy fairy dust. I hope Sun Jae and I can always love and laugh together, and be able to spread that joy to all those around us, for as long as we both shall live!
SUN JAE: My first look experience was truly magical and unforgettable. I honestly did not know what to expect, as I nervously closed my eyes shut and waited at the spot where my bride was to arrive for the first look. Hyun Min got out of the shuttle bus and walked toward where I was standing. I held Hyun Min’s hand and slowly opened my eyes and I was struck in awe! It was even more beautiful than I had imagined. My mouth was just wide open with joy and happiness the whole time. Our photographer Tiffani was awesome so we quickly warmed up to taking photos and from then on, we were just having fun and enjoying the moment together. It was the happiest, most joyful moment of my life. Looking back on that day again it was a full day of so many emotions, love, and laughter. At times, there were moments when we were hustling and the day just went by too quickly. But getting to spend a whole day with your loving wife, blessed by the people we cherish, was such an amazing experience that I will forever keep dear to my heart.