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Wedding Day

Author: Jamie

I know it has been soooo long since May 2nd. It really shouldn’t have taken us this long to get our photos from the wedding up, but here they are. While there were thousands actually taken, these are the choice shots taken from our hired photographer, as well as good friends @ayhoom, Tai and Stephen.  I will use the photos to also explain the different elements of the wedding ceremony. If you would like to see the whole set, please visit the photos page. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have in the comments section. Enjoy!

my brother's hanbok

This is my brother during the practice. I think he looks awesome in his hanbok. His job in the ceremony is really important. As was his role as the Ham Carrier during the Crazy Squid Face Night. Now he has to carry the duck.

Dates, rice cakes and nuts

The main part of the wedding ceremony took place around this table that was full of food made as an offering to our ancestors.

Fan Dancers

Before the wedding we had traditional Korean fan dancers. I couldn't see them because I was busy hiding but apparently they were beautiful.

Traditional Music

The traditional music was great too. It really helped to create an atmosphere as though it was 1000 years ago.

Groom coming downt the stairs

Wearing the emperor's robe and headdress, I proceeded from up the stone stairs down to the main courtyard. I am covering my face because traditionally marriages are arranged and so no one should see the groom's face. My brother was behind, carrying the symbolic duck.

big bow little bow

Once we reached the courtyard, my brother and I bow to each other and he hands me the duck.

wooden duck in a traditional Korean wedding

In traditional Korean culture, ducks represent commitment because they mate for life. This duck represents my love and commitment for Rory and must be presented to her parents.

Giving the duck in a traditional korean marriage

I must present the duck to Rory's mother by placing it on a table in front of a traditional house that is representing her family's home. I then bow a few times and wait for her mom to come out.

Low bow

Here I am bowing for the bride's mother to accept me

The wedding is sealed

Once Rory's mom accepts the duck, the marriage is technically complete. The rest is just for show. This demonstrates the ultimate power Korean families have in who their children marry.

Korean bride

After, Rory is allowed to exit the house. However, she must hold her robe up to hide her face, because traditionally marriages were arranged and so we are not allowed to see each others face until the ceremony begins.

Emperor's robe

Waiting for Rory to show me her face

Traditional Korean House Courtyard

The courtyard was quite large and could accommodate the over 200 people that came from across Korea. They came mostly because they wanted to see the white guy that was joining their family. Afterward though, many of them thanked us because they had never seen a traditional Korean wedding before.

See the bride

Now the bride and groom can finally see each other for the first time. Phew! I got lucky.

Drink for the anscestors

Food and drink are such an important part of Korean culture. Both the bride and groom must take one bite of a date and one drink of wine from the gourd. What is interesting though is that we have to first place one date on a plate and pour wine for our ancestors. So much of the ceremony revolves around respecting our elders.

Bowing low

Rory had to bow to me, then I bowed to her and then she bowed again to me. Then we bowed to our parents.

Family photograph

After the ceremony we took a formal photo with our parents and new parents-in-law

Group photo with friends

Then one with all of our friends who traveled around the world to join us. We sealed the deal with a kiss.

bowing

After the ceremony, the guests all go and eat and the families and extended families enter one of the houses. Here they perform many small ceremonies, mainly just having the bride and groom bow to the family members to show respect and to accept their gifts.

After the wedding

One of the main parts though is when our parents through dates and nuts and we have to catch them in the brides scarf.

catching dates in the scarf

The number of dates and nuts we catch represent how many boys and girls we will have. As you can see we caught nine!!!

I then threw Rory on my back and ran around the room. Our head dresses then managed to get stuck to each other and we had a humorous moment while we tried to disconnect. It really was fated I suppose.

If you want to see the rest of the pics from the ceremony, please see the photos sections of the blog.

I look forward to finally getting the video and editing it down so that we can share it as well. The music, the dancing, the outfits and the bowing. It really was quite a magical day. If you have any questions about the ceremony, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks.

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I just got a notice from my web hosting company that we have automatically renewed our account for this site. That means that 1 year ago we started on this little journey. It’s been a lot of fun and a lot has transpired. Let’s look back shall we, at the 10 most popular posts on our humble blog.

10) And the date is…. – This was our first real post that described how our wedding date was decided by a Korean shaman who read our futures in the very stars themselves! We expanded on the post in one dedicated to Korean Shamanism here.

9) Strange Korean Foods (part 1 of many) – The first of many Strange Korean Foods posts, in this one we looked at one of the strangest… Beondegi (Silkworm Larvae) ewwwww!!

silkworm larvae

nom nom nom!

8) In Korea, racism is normal… sort of – This post was a bit of a serious one for a wedding blog, I’ll admit. Here, we tried to paint a realistic picture of the isolation, war and other conditions that shaped Korean’s perceptions of theirs and other races. It stirred a bit of debate actually. We just wanted to help our friends and family understand the differences in our cultures.

7) Korean Toilet Culture – One of the favorite posts on our blog examined the very unique toilet culture of Korea.

Korean Toilet Culture

6) Korean ‘Fan Death’ – Similarly interesting was a post that demystified the urban legend of ‘Fan Death’ that has gripped the Korean society for generations. However, it, like the Sasquatch or Loch Ness, still haunts the psyche of Koreans to this day.

5) Our Trip To Korea – We had a few posts that described the wedding planning process and the fun times we had while in Korea in December. Of most significance was the post relating to our legal marriage while in Korea and meeting the family for the first time (I was so nervous).

4) The Hanbok – One of our most popular posts was on the beautiful, colourful, national dress of the Korean nation.

Rory and Jamie

3) Korean stars steal our wedding date! – When  Jang Dong Gun and Go So Young,  Korea’s version of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt announced their marriage would be the exact same date as ours, I just had to do a post about it.

2) Ham Sassaeyo!!! – Have you ever walked through the streets of a foreign country wearing dead squid on your face? Well we did!

Ham Sassayo!

1) Stu Stu Studio Pics – By far the most popular of our blog posts has been the studio pics. If you haven’t, please check them out.

Studio Pics

So a year later, we thank all of our friends and family (and strangers) who have followed us on our wedding adventure. Now we will continue with the blog and share other exciting moments of our lives as our two cultures collide.

Sincerely,

Rory and Jamie

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Stu Stu Studio Pics

Author: Jamie

The following photos were taken at a wedding studio in Seoul called Greeda Studio. This was a full day that exhausted us both. We are pretty happy with the results though. I originally posted the rough images that they originally sent us but Rory made me take down the post! These are the final ones that we chose to put into our album. Enjoy and let us know your favorites :) We’ve also recently added photos from the wedding itself as well as details about the different elements of the ceremony. See theme here.

Jamie and Rory

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Crazy Squid Face Night!

Author: Jamie

I can’t believe it’s already been one month since the wedding.

Well we’ve begun uploading photos from the wedding. It is a harder process than I imagined it would be. There are so many pics and many of them are the same as ones our friends took so we have to weed through them.

Ham Sassaeyo!

While not necessarily in chronological order, the first bunch of pictures we’re posting are for the Ham night (also referred to in this blog as ‘the crazy squid face night!’ (CSFN!) We discussed the process of the CSFN in an earlier post about the rituals involved before the wedding.

We tried to keep everything by the book. This is how it played out:

"I have to put that on my face?"

The Apprehension…

So all of the boys showed up on time in their Sunday best, all suited with pressed ties and coiffed follicles. They saw the Ham (함) or wedding chest placed on top of a bowl on the floor in the center of the room. It was wrapped in silk and quite naturally, the nine of us shifted around it as I brought out the bag of dried squid. Ayham was the brave one to open the bag and he was also very kind to share the aroma with the rest of us. I saw my friends’ eyes immediately turn to me with a sense of disbelief. Nervous laughter was the only way to cope… until I brought out the soju (소주).

Me - "Is it weird that I have one tentacle longer than the other?" Shea - "Jamie, everyone has one tentacle hanging lower than the other!"

Arts and Crafts…

With minimal tools at our disposal (soju, a pair of scissors, some elastic string, a dull knife and Pam’s cuticle mini-scissors) we began constructing personalized demonic masks out of the dried carcasses of the sea’s most ugly creature. They turned out pretty cool actually. Putting them on, however, regardless of the amount of soju in one’s system, is still a major test of friendship, maybe one of the strongest tests known to the post-neolithic man. I just want to thank them again for a very random but memorable night.

It was hard to see where we were walking.

Freaking out the Locals…

It was time to go. Through awkwardly cut holes, we helped my brother, Tyler (aka ‘the Hamster’) put the Ham on his back, careful not to let it touch the floor, then headed out to cross the busy intersection of Sinchon to where we needed to catch the public bus. Chanting ‘Ham Sasseyo!’, which means ‘Wedding chest for sale!’, we went out into the street and startled many Korean’s young and old.

To put it into context, the Ham procession as a wedding rite is not very common anymore. It isn’t mandatory for Koreans and, as traditional Korean weddings are not very popular either, is rarely seen these days. However, because of soap operas and movies, most Koreans still recognize what we are doing. That said, there is still no easy way for a Korean person to react to nine non-Koreans yelling in the streets in mangled Korean language wearing suits and ties with squid stuck to their faces. It’s just not normal. But that’s how we roll!

The little girl in the bottom right corner was stunned!

Is this Seat Taken?

The bus ride was quite hilarious in retrospect. First, I took way too long to pay for us all to get on. Try counting Wan, with all the zeroes, after a few bottles of soju, staring through a squid to an obviously frightened driver as nervous bus patrons stare in disbelief. It takes focus. Eventually he just took the money in my hand without counting and waved us to get on quickly. Once we were on, for some reason, we all acted quite civilized. We all took seats amongst other Koreans on the bus, looked forward or out the window as the bus pulled away, almost forgetting that we were wearing squid on our faces. No one looked at us, they all diverted their eyes, save for Korea’s bravest 5 year old girl. She had a staring contest with Tai that demonstrated true resolve, never squinting, never turning away, just trying to figure out what the hell we were doing in her country, on her regular bus route, wearing her favorite after-school snack on our mugs.

Luckily it was a short ride because I’m sure we were stinking up the bus pretty bad with our fish faces.

The Squid Face Parade

Waking Up the Neighbors…

The last leg of our journey took us through the quiet neighborhood of Rory’s childhood as we yelled ‘Ham Sassaeyo!’, clapping our hands and downing another bottle of soju. We stopped to take a picture in front of a fish restaurant where our fellow sea creatures were swimming in aquariums outside on the street. After only a 10 minute walk we arrived at the gate to Rory’s building complex where her two friends and her brother were waiting for us. They escorted us to her building and my brother Tyler, as the office Hamster, took over to bargain for payment so that we would enter the building.

Tyler haggling for my right to present myself to Rory

The Price is Right…

We climbed the to the tenth floor, stopping at each floor while Tyler demanded more money from Rory’s brother in order to get us to continue to the apartment. When we reached the door, I was presented with a gourd, which I smashed very successfully. We entered the apartment and Tyler placed the Ham on a rice bean cake bowl in Rory’s living room. Her parents opened it and read the official letter stating my family’s desire for a union. Then her mom reached in as she covered her eyes and grabbed one of two silk items. If she pulled blue it means our first child would be a boy and if it was pink it would be a girl. (She pulled a pink one by the way) Then, after accepting the Ham, it meant that her parents accepted the terms and our family’s gifts and she was finally allowed to exit in her hanbok and join us for the huge dinner that Rory’s mom had prepared.

Ready for our feast!

It was a fantastic night, a really original wedding custom that I will remember always. I’m glad my friends had the courage to join in because in the end, I think we all had a blast.

I am working on editing the video from that night and will share it shortly. See all the pics here.

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What a Day!

Author: Jamie
Korean marriage wedding photo

My new korean family

Ok so I apologize profusely for not being able to post anything until now since the week before the wedding.

In a short recap, everything went perfectly. The weather, though cold and raining in the days leading up to and following May 2nd, was absolutely gorgeous, sunny and 25 degrees. The Shaman got it right! There were over 200 people in attendance, mostly Korean friends of Rory’s family who came from all over the country to see the tall white guy that Minseok is marrying. It was a quick ceremony but loaded with colour, dance, music and formality. You’ll have to wait for a future post to see the pics and learn more.  :)

squid face ham mask

Would you wear this on your face? Ham Sasaeyo!

As you can expect, it was really really busy preparing for the event, coordinating the arrival of friends and family, keeping everyone together for tours and nightlife, getting them fitted into hanboks and squid masks and then turning around immediately and jumping back into work.

Rory and I have started sifting through our many gigabytes of studio photos and the wedding photos from our photographer but have yet to look at our own photos, not to mention the million that all our friends and family have taken. They have begun appearing on Facebook and so you might be able to get a glimpse of them there, but please wait a little longer and we will gather all the best ones that document each of the major events and traditions leading up to and during the wedding ceremony as well as all the fun moments and lovely shots of Seoul.

Korean Barbecue

One of the many great Korean BBQ dinners

I’ve included a few in this post to wet your appetite though. I expect we will be uploading lots of Youtube vids as well.

For those of you who were able to attend, again we thank you dearly for coming and sharing this special day with us. For those who couldn’t come (and don’t worry, we know it was a long way away and hard to schedule) we thank you also for all your best wishes and for following our adventure through this blog.

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Our friends from all corners of the globe at our reception

Stay tuned for a brilliant recap on our last week in Seoul and our magical wedding day. [UPDATE] Here are the photos from the wedding as well as details about all the little elements of the ceremony. Enjoy.

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Hon Rye (Wedding)

Author: Jamie

In Korea, Yin and Yang are an important symbol in marriage to show the balance of man and woman

We’ve discussed many different customs and cultural beliefs related to the traditional Korean wedding but we never gave specific details of the ceremonies that take place before, during and after the wedding. As we are only 3 weeks away from the big day, we felt we should try to explain some of the major symbols and rituals involved in the process, their importance and what they mean.

The combination of all the major elements of the wedding are called Hon Rye, which, when the Chinese letters are broken down literally means ‘wedding manners’. This speaks to the importance of marriage in Confucian culture, whereby there is an ethical and moral value placed on the joining together of two people.  The wedding rituals are seen as important mannerisms to pay homage to such a heavenly act.

The Hon Rye has 4 major orders or steps which need to be followed to complete the wedding act. These are called, Oi Hon, Nap Chae, Nap Pae, Chin Young.

Oi Hon

Oi Hon is considered the preparation stage. Traditionally, Koreans had arranged marriages. Even today there is a huge matchmaker industry in Korea where Koreans put their information into the system and they are scientifically matched with someone of similar stature. This deserves a post all to itself because of how much information they take into account. Anyway, it shows that arranged marriages are still quite common. Our relationship is considered a ‘Love Marriage’ or yeon ae kyol hon.

Awwww!

Cute!

When the parents of two separate families decided to arrange a marriage between their children, the groom’s family sends the hon dam, an offer to seal the marriage. The acceptance of a hon dam is usually based on family name (lineage and reputation), education, and overall ranking in society. Korean’s obey a 3-tiered caste system so the hon dam is an important first step to set the terms of the marriage.

Nap Chae

After the bride’s family have accepted the hon dam, the groom’s family then sends the nap chae, which is a formal document stating the saju, four elements relating to the grooms birth and important factors for compatibility. These are: birth year, birth month, birth date and birth time in the lunar calendar. These four elements will determine the compatibility and will help predict how harmonious the couple’s life will be. Here’s an article in the Korea Times that tries to explain it.

In one of our first blog posts we discussed the picking of the wedding date and the shamanistic rituals involved. Basically, what Rory’s family were doing was checking my saju against hers and predicting the best possible dates for the marriage. The nap chae is concluded when the bride’s family send the groom’s family the wedding date.

Nap Pae

Before the wedding, the groom’s family sends presents to the bride and her family in a box called a ham. We discussed one aspect of the ham, the yai mul in an earlier post as well.

The ham usually contained 3 items. The Honseo (marriage paper), wrapped in black silk, specified the name of the sender and the purpose (marriage) of sending. It symbolized the dedication of the wife to only one husband. The wife was to keep this document with her forever, having it buried with her when she died. Ch’aedan was a collection of red and blue fabrics, used to make clothing. The blue fabrics were wrapped with red threads, while the red fabrics were wrapped with blue threads. The two colors represented the philosophy of Eum/Yang (Yin/Yang). The Honsu was a collection of other valuables for the bride from the groom’s parents.

This is how the ham looks. He doesn't know it yet but my brother has to carry this on his back while we parade through Seoul to Rory's house.

This is an important ceremony where Hamjinabi (person who delivers the Ham, in our case it will be Jamie’s brother) and a small group of close friends of the groom, dressed in formal suits and ties, embark on a procession to deliver the ham to the bride’s family. Hamjinabi carries the ham on his back while all the men wear dried squid on their faces, sing songs and make noise to keep the evil spirits at bay and to keep from seeing bad things. It is important that the Hamjinabi never walks backwards, only talks about good and happy things and never puts down the ham box. Check out this trailer for a movie called the Korean Wedding Chest to get a flavour for what it’s all about.

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A scene from Korean Wedding Chest

Along the way they are enticed into the bride’s house with money left by the bride’s family. The group of men bargain at the door with the bride’s family until they are finally allowed in. Before entering, however, they must step on a wooden ladle, breaking it to scare the last of the ghosts away and to wish that first born child of the bride and groom is a boy.

Once inside, Hamjinabi presents the Ham to the bride’s family and places the box on top of a big pan of red bean rice cake, blessing the bride and groom with a plentiful future. The ham should never touch the ground for the entire trip. After placing the ham, the hamjinabi then bows to the bride’s family.  The bride’s father opens the ham and takes one part of the box’s contents, the letter from the groom’s family to the bride’s family, and then the bride’s mother opens the jewelery and silk gifts in the box. At this time, the bride emerges and the young men are then offered  plenty of food and drink for their efforts.

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The ham carrier with a dried squid for a mask to scare off the spirits

Chin Young

Chin Young is the wedding day. There are a lot more rituals involved with this final ceremony. Check out this post from our wedding day. All the photos and explanations of the details of the ceremony.

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The Hanbok

Author: Jamie

The colourful world of the Korean hanbok

You may have heard reference to the hanbok in some of our posts. We apologize for not explaining sooner, as it is a very important part of the wedding custom and Korean culture and history in general.

On our wedding day, the bride and groom and our immediate families will be decked out in colourful, silk, traditional robes called ‘hanbok’. Hanbok are Korea’s version of the Japanese kimono but with a very unique style. They tend to be simpler, more straight cut, with solid, vibrant colours and less patterned than Kimonos. According to Wikipedia, the term literally means “Korean clothing”, though hanbok today often refers specifically to hanbok of the Joseon Dynasty and is worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations.

Historically, the style, colour and fabric of hanbok helped to distinguish between the social classes. Because Korea is considered a country consisting of one ethnicity (Korean’s consider their entire ethnic population as ‘one blood’) the hanbok represents a very important cultural symbol and its transformation over the centuries parallel’s the transformation of the country itself.

This is what Rory and I will wear over our hanbok. They are historically reserved for royalty.

Rory, her mom and I have already picked out our hanbok and my family will be fitted for theirs when they arrive in Seoul. On the wedding day, in addition to our hanbok, Rory and I will be wearing the traditional robes of the royal court. That is, the official colours and robes worn by the emporer. Weddings, traditionally, were the only time that common classes could wear these clothes and the royal colours, as they were normally expected to wear cotton, plain or white coloured hanbok. My brother will have a different outfit as he will have a more active role in the wedding, about which I’ll explain more in a later post.

For our wedding my brother Tyler will be wearing the traditional dress of the male aristocrat

The hanbok has begun making its way into Western culture thanks to actors like Nicolas Cage marrying Koreans but also because of the slow emigration of Koreans and the young generations who are making a mark on the world. The hanbok has even made it into the World of Warcraft.

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Nicolas Cage and his wife Alice Kim Cage in traditional hanbok

There are many designers in Korea and around the world who are modernizing the hanbok into fashionable and sometimes sexy pieces. Acclaimed hanbok designer Lee Young-hee,  considered the “Korean Vera Wang,” combines tradition and modernity by using  unique color for her high-end wedding line.  Her work is featured as part of the new permanent collection,  The Korea Gallery at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History . Other hanbok designers include Kim Hee-soo and Lie Sang Bong who add unique flair to the hanbok design while staying true to the historical form.

modern hanbok design

Some less wearable hanbok-influenced styles

modern hanbok design

This one on the other hand is a beautiful piece

Let us know if you have any questions  about the hanbok.

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장동건 & 고소영

Korean Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

For those of you who aren’t Korean or aren’t into K-Stars (Korean movie/TV/performance Stars) you might be wondering who these people are and what they are doing on our wedding blog. I didn’t know who they were either but Rory called me the other day in a panic while I was at work to tell me that Jang Dong Gun and Go So Young,  Korea’s version of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have announced their marriage and that it will be the exact same date as ours, May 2, 2010.

While I think this is a good thing, Rory isn’t so sure. With all the shamanistic considerations that were taken into account for our wedding date and the fact that two of the most famous Koreans on the planet also chose this date means that we need to give our shaman a bonus or something. It must be good luck right?

Well girls kinda see this sort of thing differently I guess. Firstly, it means that Jang Dong Gun & Ko So Young won’t be able to make it to our wedding :( Secondly, a lot of other famous movie stars and politicians won’t be coming to ours either :( Thirdly, the newspapers and television news channels will likely not cover our little traditional Korean wedding, opting for the likely enormous and elaborate white wedding of these two stars.

Steal our thunder will you?

One thing to note, the wedding will be held at the Shilla Hotel, which is where my dad will be staying. I think this is cool.

According to One Asian World, Jang Dong Gun, 38, announced his marriage to model/actress Go So Young, 37, at his fan meeting on March 6th at the COEX Auditorium in Seoul. The transcript below.

There’s something I would like to say to everyone.

When I was preparing and filming for The Way of the Warrior, I was often by myself overseas and thought a lot over about my life. Many thoughts would then surface to mind. I felt that besides living my life as an actor, I should also live my life as a man. At that moment, I began to develop thoughts of spending the rest of my life with a friend of mine who have been by my side all this while.

On May 2nd, I will be getting married with my closest friend, colleague and my love, Go So Young. Actually, to be able to stand here and say this is because of the courage that all of you have given me. So I hope to get the blessings of everyone here first. In times when the economy and society isn’t doing very well, I know that my actions of announcing about my happiness might be questioned, so I chose to be cautious about it. I really thank everyone for their concern but on the other hand, I hope that we can sincerely go about this in a quiet manner. I will not neglect my life as an actor and I will strive to do my best to make everyone proud. I will not let you down and please continue to show us support.

Thank you.

Movie 'Yeon Poong Yeon Ga' where the couple met

Congratulations to Jang Dong Gun and Go So Young. May we share this beautiful spring day together and be blessed with the happiest futures forever after.

Related news:

allkpop – Jang Dong Gun and Ko So Young are a couple

All Korean Gossip – Jang Dong-Gun + Go So-Young update

Jamie’s Trippin’ – Top 5 ways in which Jang Dong Gun and Ko So Young are like Jamie and Rory

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Wedding dress fitting area

So the last bits of wedding planning that we had to do while in Korea revolved around all of the suggestions made at the wedding planner’s place. We chose two or three dress shops, two or three photo studios, two or three hanbok stores, two or three makeup and hair studios, etc. Sufficed to say, we did a lot of walking in the freezing cold.

Rory at one of the dress shops waiting to be fitted

For me the best part was seeing Rory try on wedding dresses. We went to three shops and each one had some unique styles. We weren’t allowed to take photos so I sketched them all and rated them so we could remember. By the end I was really good at sketching dresses. I think the first true moment of realization that we are getting married was when I saw her in the first dress. Even by this time we had been officially married for 2 or 3 days, it was then that it hit me.  The old ladies laughed at me because they could see my eyes light up. I guess Korean guys don’t usually react to this sort of thing.

Cold cucumber face pack for Jamie…

Because I was such a good boy to take her to all the girly shops around Seoul without complaining (and because I had wind burn from the freezing air), she treated me to a cucumber facial. That’s love!

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Traditionally, the bride would be carried to the ceremony in a carriage like this.

One of the main reasons for going to Korea in December was so Rory and I could begin much of the planning that has to go into the wedding. It was a busy couple days but truthfully, it was a lot easier than I expected. I guess that’s the benefit of planning a traditional marriage, one that has been done the same way for 2000 years. There’s only so many ways of doing things.

Rory is seeing where our wedding will take place

Our first stop was to the Korea House, a traditional Korean house and courtyard in the centre of Seoul where we will be having our wedding ceremony. We met with the coordinator there and she showed us around.

Part of the main courtyard where our ceremony will take place

Part of the package for doing our wedding there is that we also get a photographer and a really nice leather-bound photo book. She showed us the types of photo books and the different photographers we could use. We also saw the courtyard where the wedding will take place, the dining area and some of the smaller staging houses where Rory will prepare before the wedding and where we will have some small family rituals after the main ceremony.

Rory in front of the traditional house where she will emerge in her extravagant hanbok.

Next we were off to the wedding planner’s. We went to an old factory building that was converted into really super modern office space and sat with a young lady who really was patient with all our questions. We looked through studio photography books, wedding dress books, makeup books and hanbok books. In the end we had a list of 10 or more places we needed to visit in order to book all the parts of our wedding.

They had really nice, open spaces at the wedding planner offices

The wedding planner was so helpful and friendly!

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