Jin and Jason were married in September at the Duke Chapel and had their reception at the Washington Duke Inn. I have been working with Jin and Jason for over a year on their wedding and we had the best time! Since Jin was in Michigan finishing up Medical School, we spent alot of time on the phone and emailing back and forth. Jin was such an awesome bride and she was out of town, I went to the Duke Chapel at 3 am on September 1st of 2007 to wait until they opened their doors to get her date 🙂 All you Duke Chapel brides know exactly what I am talking about! There was an older man there trying to get the same date for his daughter, needless to say it got a little crazy! He ended up getting the date, but Jin was so great, she didn’t mind at all! It is definitely an experience I will never forget!
Back to the wedding! Jin and Jason wanted to have a small wedding for lose friends and family that incorporated each of their families diverse backgrounds. Jin’s family is Korean, while Jason’s mother is English and his father is Persian. The night before the wedding they had a Persian ceremony but also incorporated the Korean tea ceremony. Jin also carried a traditional Korean bookmark on her bouquet. At the reception, the favors/place cards were bags filled with Persian, English, and Korean teas and 5 jordan almonds, a Persian wedding tradition.
After their amazing ceremony (one of the best I have ever heard!) from Rev. Stan Yancey at the Chapel everyone headed over to the Washington Duke Inn Terrace on the Green to enjoy cocktails. We hung Asian lanterns in the trees to add a little extra touch to the Terrace and the newlyweds arrived from pictures in time to enjoy their cocktail hour with their guests. One of my favorite things they had at their cocktail hour was their signature drinks, a lemon drop martini and french kamikaze martini. At the tasting we fell in love with these, they were so good! After cocktail hour, guests moved into the Ambassador ballroom for dinner. Deep red and steel grey were our primary colors, so we washed the walls in a beautiful red and dressed the tables in a gorgeous steel grey linen. Fresh Affairs created beautiful arrangements for each table with lots of candlelight to make the room sparkle! Jin and Jason also did not want a wedding cake, so they had a signature dessert that was created especially for them by the pastry chef at the Washington Duke. After dinner, their guests were ready to party! The always amazing Joe Bunn from Bunn DJ Company was our DJ and he literally had this crowd on the dance floor all night long. Jin and Jason wanted some Persian music mixed in and he was a pro at mixing those in and keeping the dance floor packed. They were having such a good time they extended their reception! After lots of dancing, Jin and Jason ran through a tunnel of bubbles and up to their honeymoon suite. Thanks so much to our wonderful photographer, Leah, from Neil Boyd Photography for capturing such beautiful images!
I truly enjoyed working with Jin and Jason and it was such a treat to see them so happy on their wedding day. They both have amazing families and friends, which is such a blessing! Best wishes you two, I’ll miss you!