My American Wedding!


I finally got the pictures from our second wedding, which was on November 9th!  I already shared my Korean wedding with you guys, so now I want to share our American wedding!
We wanted to keep it small and intimate.  We also decided to have it outdoors (of course the original date was in September). I’d always said I could never do an outdoor wedding because it would just be too stressful! But after looking at Pinterest and all the wedding websites, I fell in love with all the pretty outdoor weddings.  So we decided to chance it.

My mom got the idea to rent a house on Lake Norman. The Lodge at Lake Norman is apparently a popular spot for small weddings. It sleeps 18, which was great since Donghee had some family coming from Korea and my MOH was coming from California. We could also have up to 50 people there for the wedding, which was about what we had. The house was absolutely beautiful.


We ended up being lucky with the weather.  Not too cold for November, and no rain!

We took hanbok pictures before the ceremony.  So we actually had two first looks, a hanbok one, and the wedding dress one.  Don’t you just love my shoes?!

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I was originally looking for a simpler dress, but I fell in love with this one from David’s Bridal.  I wish we could get married a third time so I could wear it again!

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I didn’t really want to do sand or the unity candle.  We wanted something a little more unique.  We decided to do “love locks.”  After locking them together, we tied the key to the balloons and let them go.  We actually had two keys, but the balloons weren’t strong enough, so we threw the other one in the lake later:)Ko-Simpson-0339 Ko-Simpson-0305  Ko-Simpson-0307 Ko_Simpson-0167

I actually got Costco to do my flowers for really cheap.  I was so happy with how they turned out!

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The bridesmaid’s dresses came from David’s Bridal as well.  Donghee brought his suit from Korea, but the groomsmen got their pants and vests from Express.  I love the vest and no jacket look!

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We decided to move the reception inside after moving the wedding to November.  I’m so glad we did!  We used mismatched vintage dishes and decorated the tables with lace doilies, candles, and teacups filled with pink roses and baby’s breath.

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We decided to do save money by doing cupcakes (we did mini cupcakes since the big ones are so awkward to eat).  Gigi’s Cupcakes did an awesome job!  We got them to do a six-inch topper cake for us to cut too.

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Watching Donghee’s mom dance to Gangnam Style was one of the highlights of the night!  haha:)  Even though we were staying the night at the house, I had to have my sparklers fake exit!

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About koreanbymarriage

My name is Jennifer. I love to travel. I taught English in Korea for two years, which is where I met my husband, Donghee. We also lived in New Zealand for over a year. Now we are back in the US ready to start adventures here!
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