Tell us your love story!
We met in St. Louis. We kept seeing each other in random places and Adam eventually asked me on a date. It turns out that we are both from Indiana and our parents live 30 minutes from each other. We both had a familiar point of reference that stayed with us as we eventually moved across the country to California.
What about the proposal?
We planned a trip to Paris and Copenhagen during December 2015/ January 2016. While in Paris, Adam told me that we were meeting up with his boss, who also happened to be in Europe at the same time. As we arrived at the metro station near the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, Adam kept looking at his phone. He told me that his boss was running late. He then directed me over to the bridge and said that we should look around over there before meeting with is boss. As we were walking over to the bridge, we stopped to take a selfie and had a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower. I turned to take in the view some more, and when I turned around to face Adam, he got on one knee, with ring box in hand and asked me to marry him. He stood up, gave me a hug and kiss, and told me that he had one more surprise. It turned out that the "tourist" taking photos was actually a hired photographer that captured the entire moment. Immediately after, the photographer took us to some beautiful places around Paris where we did a photo shoot- these ended up being our engagement photos. It was such a surprise and very unexpected- a day that I will never forget.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
Pretty much right away...
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
Since our guests were flying in from all around the world, we wanted everything to represent exquisite taste and personalized touches. Our wedding planner, Amy June, made sure that every element was layered with luxe textures that were at the same time simple and timeless. One of our favorite trips was to Japan. As such, Adam and I decided to incorporate the Japanese tradition of senbazuru- the folding of 1,000 cranes, for blessings of a blissful marriage. Adam made the frame and strung the cranes as our ceremony backdrop.The seating chart was also DIY, mostly, consistent with our travel theme. We painted the world in gold and strung gold thread from people's names to a place on the map. That place corresponded with a table, and at each table was a picture of the two of us in that location. The beautiful calligraphy was done by Wendy Ware. For the reception, Amy June cleverly made the layout with a massive family table in a long rectangle, vertical in the middle of the room, while the rest of the tables were squares and circles. This made it very easy to manage the ever-changing seating chart and gave the room some unique visual interest.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
It was very important for us to honor our families and ancestors. We incorporated a modified Chinese tea ceremony in order to show respect to our families. It was also very important for me to partake in this cultural element. For our entry into the reception, we surprised everyone with Chinese Lion Dancers. All of a sudden everyone heard the drums and didn't know what was going on. They were entertained with the dancing acrobatics of the lions and the two grooms followed behind. Everyone was so excited and intrigued at this unexpected and dramatic entrance.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
Make sure that you hire a good wedding planner and enjoy the planning process. We evaluated several and chose our planner, Amy June. She understood that the two of us have very different approaches to planning. I like to talk things through and Adam doesn't necessarily need to do that. If you hire a good wedding planner, you also can trust him/her. You can relinquish control-they have done this a thousand times over and will walk you through every single detail. Our wedding planner didn't overwhelm us and also brought forth certain details at the appropriate times. Do you need to plan the floral arrangements at the beginning? The answer is no. What flowers are in season and available when your ceremony is? A good planner will handle all of this for you.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Make sure that you get to see your reception area before the rest of the guests enter. Our planner did a private viewing session when the room was completely set and we were absolutely blown away.