Even though Minah and James had drastically different ideas on what to wear for their first date (she donned a skirt and heels while he sported a t-shirt and shorts), it didn’t stop the pair from having great conversation over ice cream sandwiches and dive bar beers. “I liked that the date was so casual and easy,” Minah recalls. “It really set the tone for our entire relationship.”
For their wedding, Minah and James choose a chic downtown venue complete with a treehouse for the groomsmen to get ready in. To glam up the venue’s rustic feel, the couple opted for a palette of pink and gold punctuated by plenty of lush flowers. “The colour and fullness of each arrangement made our wedding feel so natural and romantic,” Minah notes.
Another highlight for the couple was their first look photo session, which took place right beside their ceremony space. “I loved that we were able to have that moment documented,” Minah shares. “It really showed how excited and happy we felt.”
The celebrations continued at the reception, where the couple were entertained by a rap written and performed by Minah’s two maids of honour. “It went terribly wrong!” Minah laughs. “It was a bit off beat and inaudible, but it was so much fun to watch!”
The couple was so busy during dinner service that they didn’t have time to put on their hanboks (traditional Korean attire) like they’d originally planned. “To not let the outfits go to waste, we quickly changed into them near the end of the night and danced to some old school reggae with our rowdy friends,” Minah remembers.
Minah Hwang and James Hong, July 10, 2015, Toronto, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Lisa Bang Photo.
Ceremony and reception location: Berkeley Field House
Bridal gown: Anais Anette from Vogue Sposa Bridal Boutique
Bridal party attire: Amsale and Monique Lhuillier from White Toronto
Hair: Riva Chu (email@example.com)
Makeup: Maria Park (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Groom’s tux: SuitSupply
Caterer: Berkeley Field House
Cake and cupcakes: Flour Studio
Favours: Wine Palace
Flowers: DeLight Floral + Design
Music: DJ Lyon (email@example.com)
Stationery: Make It Sweet
Videographer: Jeremy Robertson Wedding Films