Jiae put on her dress and the excitement inside of their National Harbor apartment was almost tangible in the air. After a relaxed morning of getting ready, Jiae’s gorgeous dress and her finishing touches—a pair of perfectly sparkly Jean-Michel Cazabats and hand-made silk flower for her hair—made it all suddenly real. I’d gotten to know Jiae and John during their Alexandria engagement session, and absolutely fell in love with Jiae’s sweetness, John’s jokes, and together, their real life, big love for one another. I knew that their wedding day would be full of the same, but what I didn’t realize was how that love and joy extends to absolutely everyone around them, and during their celebration friends and family from all over were SO ready to celebrate these two tying the knot!
I know I write a lot about building friendships with my clients, but when I get the chance to work with couples like Jiae and John, it simply couldn’t be more true. It is one of the most amazing part of my job when I leave a wedding day feeling like I just celebrated the marriage of two great friends, and that is exactly what Jiae and John have become. So congratulations, you two. You guys have something so wonderful, and it is an absolute blessing to me to know you. Thank you for trusting me to document your first day as husband as wife, I hope you’ll enjoy a few (okay, there are a lot!) of my favorites from your absolutely incredible day!
Introducing: Mr. and Mrs. Kim
I adored Jiae’s florals. The soft pastels worked SO well with their neutral theme!
Told you her shoes were perfect!
How much do you love this dress?
So much excitement!
JIAE!! Lady, lady lady… you are so radiant.
We made our way down to the National Harbor waterfront for the first look, and had some time for a few bridal portraits before John arrived…
And then the sweetest first look of the day…
I’m still smiling ear to ear over you two!
Both of you… work it!
You two belong in a magazine…
It got a little bit windy by the water… not great for veils!
The bridal party joined us for a bit…
Because Jiae and John opted for a first look, we had SO much time for portraits! We snuck up to Oxon Hill Manor where their reception was hosted for a few more pre-ceremony shots.
Yes, yes and yes.
Pure magic, you two! John, you’ve got that look down!
We could’ve shot at Oxon Hill all day, but these two had a wedding to get to!
How adorable is Jiae’s niece?
The interior of Oxon Hill is just as beautiful.
Jiae and John also took part in a traditional Korean wedding ceremony, called Pae Baek, during their reception.
The colors and detail in the traditional Pae Baek foods were amazing!
I’m a sucker for beautiful first dances :)
The sweetest end to a dance… …followed by John busting out his moved on the floor!
Congratulations, you two!!!