After getting engaged in New York City, Jane Song and Jonathan Kim decided to tie the knot in Seattle, where the bride’s parents live. “We were expecting many wedding guests from Asia,” Jane says, “so we thought Seattle would be a convenient location.” Knowing they wanted to marry in a historic venue, the couple stumbled upon The Admiral’s House, a stately, former naval residence with panoramic views of Elliott Bay and the city skyline. The couple chose “Gallery Abstract Art” by Alethea & Ruth as their wedding invitation and worked with a Minted designer to customize the colors to reflect Seattle’s lush-green setting.
Bride and groom: Jane Song & Jonathan Kim
Occupations: Tax attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Jane); Digital Engineering Director at Media Kitchen (Jonathan)
Based in: New York City
Wedding date: August 15, 2015
Venue: The Admiral’s House, Seattle
Number of guests: About 110
Minted wedding invitation: “Gallery Abstract Art” by Alethea & Ruth (in a custom green colorway)
Minted ceremony program: “Old Post Road” by Jennifer Wick
Minted menu: “Watercolor Wreath” by Yao Cheng
Minted place cards: “Watercolor Wreath” by Yao Cheng
Minted favor tags: “Monogram Bouquet” by Lori Wemple
Wedding coordinator: Krisanna Elizabeth
Florist: Botanique Flowers
Caterer: City Catering Company
Cake designer: Honey Crumb Cake Studio
Photographer: Belathée Photography
How did you and Jonathan meet?
We met at Tufts University, where we both attended (Jane: class of 2010; Jonathan: class of 2008). We met one fall evening during which we ended up in a wild goose chase with a mutual acquaintance, and ended the night by ordering pizza with a group of friends. We started dating the following summer when we were both interning in Seoul.
Tell us about the proposal!
We had just returned home to Manhattan after a trip to Boston and Cape Cod in August 2014, where we did all of our favorite things (visiting old haunts, a trip to Fenway Park, and dwelling in our love for New England). I was in PJs and on my laptop, sitting on Jonathan’s couch. Out of the blue, he asked me to marry him and whipped out a ring—it was lovely and casual. Then we went to eat at the Odeon (an old-timey French bistro in Tribeca), where I couldn’t stop crying into my frisée salad (which will forever be remembered as the “engagement salad”). We ended the day celebrating with friends at the Ace Hotel.
Who made your wedding dress?
It was an Enzoani dress that was customized with a bolero. I also wore a pair of multicolor flower-patterned Manolo Blahniks.
What was the wedding-dress shopping process like?
I wanted a classic lace dress (my inspiration was Charlotte’s second wedding dress in Sex and the City), and my dress was the first dress I tried on. I ended up trying it on in two different stores—in New York City as well as in Chicago—so I thought it was meant to be.
How did you find your wedding venue?
We decided to get married in Seattle because that’s where my parents live, and where I was planning on studying for the New York bar exam during the summer of 2015. It is also the halfway point between New York (where Jonathan was) and Seoul (where his parents live). We were expecting many wedding guests from Asia, so we thought Seattle would also be a convenient location.
It was very important to our families that the venue be: (1) immaculate, (2) conveniently accessible for our out-of-town guests, and (3) have good feng shui. Jonathan and I wanted a historic venue rather than a hotel wedding; I visited a few venues in Seattle after we got engaged but had to return to law school in Chicago. I stumbled upon The Admiral’s House website and learned it was a historic naval admiral’s home that was recently converted into a venue. My parents went to visit the site, sent us pictures, and we fell in love with the location (in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle), how cozy and private it felt, and its gorgeous location on top of a hill with an outstanding view of the Elliott Bay and the Seattle skyline. It just felt right. My dad loved that we were high up, “close to the sky.” We also thought it was good luck that the available date in August was August 15, the national liberation day in Korea.
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What did Jonathan wear?
Navy Paul Smith tux and Ferragamo shoes.
How did you choose your wedding invitation?
We really liked Minted’s website and design features. We thought the “Gallery Abstract Art” design was the right fit for the look and feel of our wedding.
Did you add any special touches to your invitations to make them your own?
We wanted the colors to reflect Washington’s summer greenery, so we asked Minted to produce the design with a brighter green and a hint of blush. It totally tied together our design goals—modern but organic, with lots of green and white.
Did you incorporate any other Minted elements into your wedding?
We also got ceremony programs (“Old Post Road” by Jennifer Wick), menus and place cards (“Watercolor Wreath” by Yao Cheng), and gift tags (“Monogram Bouquet” by Lori Wemple) for our favors, which were soaps made with Washington lavender.
Who officiated the ceremony?
Jane’s childhood pastor.
What were some memorable moments from the ceremony?
We had a friend read a Bible verse, and another friend sang a song in Korean.
Did you incorporate any meaningful family or cultural traditions into the wedding day?
We didn’t have a big bridal party—just a maid of honor and best man—so we had our immediate family members walk down the aisle as the “bridal party.” We really wanted to celebrate our families throughout.
Please tell me more about the traditional Korean attire you and Jonathan wore.
Our mothers wore hanboks [traditional Korean dresses] for the wedding, and Jonathan and I wanted to change into hanboks for the cocktail hour. My mother-in-law picked out and brought over the most beautiful hanboks from Seoul in traditional bridal pastel colors. She went to a hanbok atelier with our pictures and the atelier recommended a couple of color palettes for us. My mother-in-law picked out all the fabrics and designs, and she has excellent taste. My hanbok was a laced light-yellow top with green ties, and a full lavender skirt. Jonathan had a light-pink shirt, sky-blue jacket, and grey trousers. We both had hanbok accessories and buttons made of jade.
What were some of your favorite wedding-day decorations and/or details?
We really loved our clear tent and custom iron gate chandelier with antique glass bulbs. We made sure to get a tent for the reception on the lawn because Seattle can be unpredictable with rain, even in August. We also had the most beautiful floral arrangements from Botanique.
Did you make any of the wedding decorations yourselves?
Jonathan and I both really love design so we chose all the design elements ourselves. I rented a large antique mirror and wrote the guests’ names for seating arrangements. I also bought Washington Woodinville lavender soaps in bulk and individually wrapped and tied the soaps with gift tags from Minted (“Monogram Bouquet” by Lori Wemple).
Did you serve signature cocktails?
Yes, the “Jane” was a refreshing grapefruit gin cocktail and the “Jonathan” was a twist on an old fashioned made with bourbon. All our alcohol choices were from Washington—we served Washington wine, beer, and liquor, including Westland distillery whisky.
What was on the dinner menu?
We had a seasonal dinner menu: heirloom tomato salad with rustic breads, and a choice of arctic char, beef tenderloin medallion, or summer squash linguini. We also had late-night snacks—bahn mi sandwiches and spring rolls. Our cake was lemon chiffon with blueberry cream, and we also served handmade chocolate truffles from a local chocolatier.
What were some of your fondest memories of the day?
Having all our friends and families in one place looking so happy, my father-in-law’s speech, and the beautiful weather over the Pacific.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Switzerland, Paris, and south of France.
Any advice for couples who are starting to plan their wedding?
Think about what the most important features should be. Everything else will fall into place. For us, we wanted a good location, good food, and good photography. Also, remember that the wedding is a time of celebration for both families, so it is helpful to incorporate the features that are important to each stakeholder. For example, my parents were very focused on the seating arrangements, so we gave extra attention to that. My mother-in-law really loves flowers, so we added extra flowers at her request. My father-in-law wanted to ensure that all of our out-of-town guests would not have any difficulty getting to the venue, so we arranged shuttle services from downtown Seattle to and from the venue the entire night. All of these details made the day really great.
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