I adore this tradition filled wedding by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography. So much so that we featured it in our 2014 wedding issue! When a proposal starts with a citywide scavenger hunt (including friends coming from far and wide to surprise the bride-to-be at each clue point!) and ends with a party, you know that the wedding will be equally as exciting. That is the story of Kelly and Hubert, who have a love for family and a heart for others. Here are Kelly’s words about their wedding day.
C – How did your heritage play a role in your wedding day?
K – When we planned our wedding, we wanted to include the traditions of both of our families and how we were raised. We created an altar containing the photos of our ancestors who have passed away. We included the basic “catholic” wedding components as the structure of the wedding. We also included a Buddhist ring blessing. More than anything, we wanted to share our own vows with one another. This was the most meaningful part of the wedding ceremony as it really allowed us to share with one another and with our closest friends and family why we were entering into marriage and our hopes and dreams for the future.
C – What is the purpose of the Tea Ceremony?
K – The bride and groom share a cup of tea with the bride’s family. Typically, a sage piece of advice is shared with the bride and groom (an example from our wedding was from my grandmother who suggested we never go to bed angry at one another and that we work together as a team). Then the same is done with the groom’s family. All in all, it’s a tradition that allows the new couple to connect with and benefit from the wisdom of the older generations and to go into marriage with the blessings of your closest family members.
C – What is the one moment that you loved most about your wedding day?
K – Our vows. We kept them a secret, and it was actually kind of amazing how similar they turned out being! Another would be the last dance of the night, which was to Ed Sheeran’s “Kiss Me.” Even though it was not our first dance, it makes me cry every time I hear it now as I think of our very last dance of the most amazing day of my life.
C – What is one piece of advice you can give to a bride?
K – I’m not sure that this is possible for anyone, but relax. It really isn’t a huge deal if things get messed up. You would much rather be happy-go-lucky and having a great time than stressing out about everything.
C – We adore the fact that you both have a heart for others. Tell us more!
K – My husband and I are both in our last year of residency training. I am interested in children with severe brain injuries. Hubert will be doing a medical mission in Haiti to set up an ophthalmology practice for the underserved. Who knows what the future has in hold for us, but we both went into medicine knowing that it is in service to other people and those people most in need.
Kelly and Hubert were very intentional with bringing significance into their elements, and here are a few of their fun ideas!
1. Kelly wanted to redesign her grandmother’s 1953 wedding gown, which had also been worn by her mother. When a number of seamstresses couldn’t match the fabric, she decided to have clutch bags out of the dress instead.
2. Hubert designed Kelly’s ring, which was based on the design from a church in Naples they had visited together. The church has Aramaic writing on it, and the ring has their initials in that same language.
3. Kelly wore her grandmother’s pearl necklace and her sister’s bracelet… both pieces had been worn by those ladies on their own wedding days!
- Bridesmaid Dresses – Alfred Sung
- Cake – Albemarle Baking Company
- Catering – Beggar’s Banquet
- DJ – DJ Dennis Payne
- Flowers – Couture design (bride’s bouquet, corsages, boutonnieres), Amore Events (decor flowers)
- Gown – Casablanca
- Hair/Makeup – Bristles
- Lighting/Decor – MS Events
- Photography – Jeffrey C Gleason Photography
- Suit (groom) – Mevana
- Rehearsal Dinner – Lemongrass
- Venue – Ash Lawn Highland
- Wedding Planner – Amore Events