Hanna and Andy had in a chic, garden wedding ceremony in Sterling, Virginia surrounded by pretty purple hues and lots of loved ones. If you missed it, be sure to check it out here! For their wedding in Virginia, the group simply moved inside at The Woodlands at Algonkian where they celebrated by incorporating a few cultural traditions, lots of DIY wedding details and plenty of personal touches – something that was very important to this bride and groom. Comfort and also keeping up with Chinese wedding tradition, the bride even changed her gowns three times before ending the day in her PJ’s! But, the game of corn hole might be my favorite detail – even the kids got involved in the action with the newlyweds! Big thanks to Anny. Photography for sharing photos of Hanna and Andy’s chic purple springtime Washington DC area wedding with us!
From Hanna: If you take a look at our wedding decor, our wedding was a mix of rustic (arrangements in mason jars on shepherd’s hooks) to a fancier setting (reception hall) to even corn hole. My favorite thing about our wedding theme is that I can safely say it speaks to who we are as a couple. We chose things that we would love, rather than thinking “what about these type of people…,” or “how about people with other preferences…” It seems selfish, but it’s what made the wedding ours and not for anyone else.
One of Andy’s priority was an open bar, so we upgraded our favorite liquors and upgraded the beer selection. Our wedding favors and also the name cards was a sparkling cider bottle with a label that says the guests’ name and their table number, which was made by my sister. For the wedding catering, we had several displays and many passed appetizers during the cocktail hour – it was a customized package in the sense we added things here and there to accommodate our palettes.
It is a Chinese traditional for the bride to have at least three dresses for the wedding and greet the tables in the Chinese traditional dress, qi pao. I had to get changed in and out of my dresses in short amounts of time and specific jewelry had to be worn for the qi pao.
Towards the end of the wedding reception, I changed into PJ’s and continued to party. Andy and I were even lifted and thrown up in the air a few times by our friends!
Hanna had lots of advice for other Washington DC area couples:
People were NOT kidding when they said the wedding will fly by! Our wedding was a blur of back-to-back moments to stay on schedule. Have someone bring you coffee or a Red Bull about half way through the wedding when all of your energy from nerves runs out!
Also all the people you need at a specific time, tell them to show up at least 10 to 15 minutes. For some people, I had to tell them to show up an hour before they were actually needed to ensure that they showed up on time.
Congratulations to Hanna and Andy! Thank you for sharing your purple-clad swanky wedding reception with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Wedding Planner: Connie Gough
Photography Anny. Photography
Stationery: Jenni Kwon
Calligraphy: Grace Kim
Floral Design: Blooms Reston Floral
Hair Stylist: Joanne Chung
Makeup Artist: Susan Lim
Bride’s Attire: Maggie Sottero (my sister’s wedding dress); J. Crew – corliss
Bride’s Tailor: Maple Fashion’s
Bride’s Shoes: Toms
Headpiece: (sister’s) – Swarovski; no veil
Jewelry: White & Ivory
Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal – satin; color: lapis
Bridesmaids Accessories: ElliesButton – swarovski pearl with initial leaf
Groom’s + Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein Tuxedo
Groom’s + Groomsmen Attire Store: Macy’s
Groom’s + Groomsmen Shoes: Patent Leather Converse
Groom’s + Groomsmen Accessories: Virginia Tech cufflinks
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Woodlands at Algonkian
Officiant: Rev. Sam Kim
Ceremony Music: Sean Neidlinger – cellist
Caterer: Great Blue Heron Catering
Linens: Table Cloths Factory
Reception Music: DJ Dario
Favors: Total Wine – sparking apple cider
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Photo Credits: Anny. Photography