High School Sweethearts
Photography: Lindsay Hite Photography
Chris and I met our junior year of high school where we were both on the cross country team and in the same history class. That same year we shared our first kiss on New Year’s Eve and here we are now!
Chris proposed at Larz Anderson Park, where we used to have our cross country races back in high school. There’s an area with a grove of trees leading up to a stone structure where he had stringed lights and a small table with the ring and a slice of cheesecake, alluding to our first date when we were 16 at the Cheesecake Factory. Afterwards, we went back home to a surprise party he had planned with all our close friends.
I had seen the “Elona” online while doing some research and it was the first dress I picked out at L’elite Bridal. It was exactly what I was looking for - modern and simple yet stunning.
Our wedding was at Hotel Commonwealth which is located pretty much in the heart of Boston in Kenmore Square. The hotel has a special meaning for the two of us because it overlooks the Boston University campus, where we both attended the undergraduate program and our respective graduate programs. At that point, 9 out of the 11 years of our relationship had been centered around BU. It was during this time that we were able to grow up together, from high school sweethearts to professionals and our constant support for one another really strengthened our relationship as a couple. When we also found out that the food at the hotel would be from its affiliated restaurants Eastern Standard and Island Creek (our two of our favorite restaurants in Boston,) it was a no brainer.
Throughout the wedding we integrated elements of my family’s Korean heritage. During cocktail hour Chris and I changed into traditional Korean attire for celebrations, known as Hanbok. My mom wore hers throughout the day. Every guest had a place card with a pair of Korean geese which in weddings symbolize mates for life.