Real Portland Wedding

We recently featured David & Boram'sHawaiian engagement session on the blog and today I'm absolutely thrilled to feature their gorgeous wedding. Enjoy these beautiful photos and a glimpse into their Korean gift ceremony.

Bride and Groom: David and Boram July 17, 2010

Photographer: Sean Morrison Photo

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Ceremony & Reception: Gray Gables Estate {Portland, OR} with an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception.

Wedding Style: Somewhere between modern and traditional with a hint of Korean culture

Colors: Orange and chocolate brown/espresso

Highlights for David & Boram: The gift ceremony for parents and grandparents. And, our first dance to~ "Three times a lady"

Highlight for the Guests: A candy table with a chocolate fountain and photo booth pictures with a real photographer (

Boram's best wedding planning advice: "Just have fun! It's going to go by fast, so savor every moment of your wedding day"

Bubbles and Orchids We placed one bubble tube on each chair so everyone had bubbles to blow when we walked out. We also ordered a box of a thousand small orchids from our florist and used them for tossing during our exit.  We also tied 2 orchids together with a copper wire and put them on top of the napkin at the reception.

About the Gift Ceremony My family moved from South Korean when I was 13 and my husband's family moved here from Taiwan when he was 10. We come from two very different cultures. Korean culture is a big part of me, but I didn't want to push my culture on David's family.  So instead of doing a full bow ceremony, we decided to do gift ceremony for the parents and grandparents.  Bowing in Korea is sign of respect and honor, and we felt like we would be able to express respect and honor by gifting them with presents.

Also, in Korean tradition the mother of the bride wears pink and mother of the groom wears blue, green, or purple. So if you look closely at our cake table, we put pictures from David's parents' wedding and my parents' wedding (also a way of honoring them). In my parents' wedding picture, my mom's mom is wearing a pink Korean dress and my dad's mom is wearing green.

One of reasons we chose this is because of the lights they had all around - the whole place looks like a fairy tale at night.

Advice Boram received but wished she would have taken Don't forget to eat! We got to eat a little bit, but not enough. Make sure you get to taste the wine and beer you picked out, the entree, and of course, your wedding cake! And, make sure your bridal party eats, too. The majority of my bridal party didn't get to try the wedding cake.

Thank You magnet

Pictured is the Thank You magnet that David and Boram personalized with MagnetStreet and here is their Save the Date magnet {featured in their e-session} as originally designed.

More from Boram... Everyone told me "expect something to go wrong on your wedding day - your cake might fall, your dress zipper my break, etc." I prepared a huge "emergency kit" with all kinds of medications, tapes, buttons, and sewing kit in it.  Surprisingly enough, everything during ceremony and reception went according to our plan.  But my husband and I started planning for the wedding since the day we got engaged, so we were planning for about 18 months! We booked all of our vendors at least 12 months before the wedding day.

It's important to keep track of how much deposit you've paid each vendor and to save the contract and receipts. Most importantly, we planned everything, but having a wedding coordinator on the day of was a huge help.  She made sure everything went smoothly on the wedding day.

There are so many more beautiful wedding photos... Head on over to Sean's blog and see the rest of these gorgeous and hi-res photos from David and Boram's beautiful Portland wedding.

Special Thanks & Congratulations to Boram and David! Thank you so much for sharing. We wish you much joy and happiness!!!


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Love the brown bridesmaid dresses with orange bouquets. I would have never thought they'd look so beautiful together!

I have to say the same as Sarah (above), the brown dresses with their orange bouquets look awesome! I love the pop of color! Her bouquet was so pretty as well! Very pretty wedding!

Yes and the bride's wedding gown is also very beautiful ! Awesome Photography!

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