Spin on Tradition | Kyung + Zach


At Moana Events we LOVE when couples decide to include their cultural customs into their big wedding day. No matter the location or color scheme of an event, such an inclusion automatically adds an air of value and respect for familial tradition that can rarely be achieved otherwise. At this beautiful wedding we celebrated the marriage of a Korean couple with both a Western and Korean ceremony. Kyung and Zach wanted a wedding that was welcoming and comfortable, but also intimate and warm. To achieve this they decided on a color palette that included peach, cream, French blue, and accents of rose gold. 

For their Western ceremony, the couple exchanged vows in a traditional church to the tune of live violin music, beautifully played by the bride's sister. From there, they proceeded to the reception held in a translucent canopy tent decorated with hanging strands of twinkle lights. On each banquet style table stood incredible bouquets of white and blue hydrangea, soft pink and peach roses, and delicate baby's breath. The tablescapes also included French blue lines, gold chargers, and warm votive candles. For their signature cocktail, the couple offered a rosé champagne garnished with a sprig of lavender. As dinner time arrived, the menu for the buffet style dinner was found hand-painted on a vintage mirror and included items such as pan seared fresh-catch lobster beurre blanc with a side of saffron rice. 

The Korean portion of the wedding included a tea ceremony, after which, the couple, dressed to the nine's in traditional Korean clothing and accessories, also participated in the customary dates and chestnuts ritual. In this ritual, guests playfully throw dried dates and chestnuts at the bride who then hilariously tries to capture as many as possible with the skirt of her wedding dress. As jolly as this ceremony sounds, the dates and chestnuts are actually symbolic of a fruitful womb, and the hope is that the more the bride catches, the more children her family will be blessed with later on. This Korean tradition is historically hosted by the grooms family and only includes close family members, however, today it is commonly celebrated at the reception and open to all the guests.