NAMES Cheryl Kim and Kyong Yu LIVE IN University Place OCCUPATIONS She’s a federal employee; he works as a software engineer WEDDING-DAY WEATHER Classic Pacific Northwest gray, with lots of rain WEDDING TIME 5 NUMBER OF GUESTS 150 HOW SHE KNEW HE WAS THE ONE When things get frantic, like the time she backed her car into his garage door, he always manages to keep his calm SAVED/SPLURGED They put a premium on photography and venue, and saved on flowers and décor knowing the location’s Old English facade made up for it BACHELOR AND BACHELORETTE PARTIES A Jack and Jill celebration with friends and family at a cabin in Leavenworth, complete with evening barbecues and campfires by the river TRADITIONAL ELEMENTS They stuck to a Western-style ceremony except for the party favors and matching traditional Korean hanbok dresses worn by their mothers FAVORITE CEREMONY MOMENT When the groom’s ring wouldn’t fit without a bit of forcing COLORS Blush, cream, and gold FLOWERS For a fraction of the cost, their florist created centerpieces of hydrangeas, pink stock, and carnations that resembled the peonies and garden rose bouquets they wanted RECEPTION MENU Thai grilled-chicken lollipops with honey peanut glaze and toasted coconut, sweet-potato waffle fries with pulled pork, seasonal Champagne salad, grilled flatiron steak with brandied fig sauce, slow-roasted salmon with peppercorn-chardonnay blueberry coulis, wild mushroom bread pudding, and roasted veggies—all served family-style WEDDING CAKE Both tiers were strawberry-filled vanilla cake, with fresh flower decorations and a tiramisu sheet cake for sharing FAVORS FOR GUESTS Traditional Korean rice cakes UNEXPECTED EVENTS Between forgetting the dress at home, the rain starting just in time for pictures, and some outdoor sound issues, there was never a dull moment THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Blurry, hectic, wet HONEYMOON Jeju Island, South Korea
We wanted to give Cheryl and Kyong a balanced menu that highlighted the great flavors of the Northwest blended with the comforts of their favorite foods.
—Vanessa Volkman, Blue Ribbon Cooking
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REGIONAL VENDOR LIST
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION The Weyerhaeuser Estate
OFFICIANT Pastor Kyu Lim
EVENT DESIGN, CATERING, DESSERTS AND FLOWERS Blue Ribbon Cooking
PHOTOGRAPHER Gabriel Van Wyhe
RECEPTION MUSIC Hansen Entertainment
RINGS Tiffany & Co.
GOWN Stella York from New Beginnings Bridal Studio
HAIR AND MAKEUP KateKims Beauty
ALTERATIONS European Tailor Alteration
FORMAL WEAR Men’s Wearhouse
REHEARSAL DINNER CATERING Famous Dave’s