When Modern Meets Traditional: Korean Wedding

by Bridestory [[ 1420675200000 | amDateFormat:'ll | HH:mm' ]] in Real Weddings 


Prepare to be swooned! We are so thrilled to bring you this stunning traditional Korean wedding. It is such a great opportunity to see the other side of the world, and to be totally amazed by it. One thing we totally love about traditional weddings is how they are always sacred and fun at the same time.

Yong and Dawhin first met during a university induction party for first year Korean students. He was a fifth year university student and she was a freshman. They remained strangers to each other for a couple of years …until their friends decided to set them up by strategically creating situations for them to meet. Then their story began.

They both love to eat, drink and travel. Therefore, Yong decided to take Dawhin to Tasmania when he decided to ask her the question. They climbed the mountain – as tough as it was – eventually, they made it to the top. Once they were at the top, they scoffed down their wraps in celebration looking at the picturesque landscape. The time was right, the place was beautiful, and Yong found a grassy patch of land to get on his knees.

Both coming from Korean background, they wanted to incorporate their cultural heritage with modern wedding. They kept things simple by using soft peachy/pastel colors with rustic elements. So, enjoy this album of Yong and Dawhin's wedding!

Here's what the photographer said:

When you have the opportunity to connect with a couple that you're going to film and photograph, I think we forget that we are working, not to say that we don't focus on our jobs, but we just really have a great time and the cameras are just an extension of our body, no longer does it feel like we are working.

When it was time to catch up with Yong and Dawhin just before their wedding, as a team we were getting really excited hearing the details for their wedding like the traditional Korean ceremony, the WAGS photo pose that the boys do at all of their friends' weddings and the fact that their reception was at possibly one of our most favourite places in Sydney Sergeants Mess.

During the gift exchange, it's always special when you see the time, creativity and thought behind the gifts. Dawhin bought Yong a new phone as he always has had hand-me-downs, and Yong bought Dawhin a bracelet.. Yong wrote his love note to Dawhin on the back of the receipt!

Their ceremony took place in the Palm House in the Royal Botanical Gardens. It was lovely working with Robyn Pattison again and she really did an amazing job at making everyone feel so connected throughout the ceremony. It was really touching to hear Yong mentioned that he was speechless when he saw Dawhin walking down the aisle. We went down to Bradley's head for our location shoot and even though it was getting a little dark and cloudy, that still didn't stop Yong and Dawhin enjoying their day, or us!

When the reception began their grand entrance was definitely a moment to remember, the MC's did a great job getting the crowd off their feet as the celebrations began!
It was so cool seeing their parents moving to the groove! They didn't just do it for like 5 seconds and then start waving.. They went for the full entrance past all the guests into the middle for a few grooves, bouncing their way to their seats!

The Korean Tea ceremony was really beautiful & seeing Yong and Dawhin's love and respect towards their parents and cultural heritage was a privilege to witness.
Speeches are a time when as a photographer you see the time and effort taken to write words that can sometime be stated as a declaration. Everyone's speeches throughout the reception were really heart felt and intimate. As a surprise, Dawhin played her violin as a gift to Yong which was beautiful and elegant, just as the wedding itself. She hadn't played the violin for quite a while.


  • Photography: Paper Cranes Productions
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  • Videography: Paper Cranes Productions
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  • Bridal:

    De Reina Bridal

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  • Venue: Palm House, The Royal Botanic Gardens - Sydney , Sergeants' Mess - Sydney
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  • Flowers: Petal & Pod
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  • Decoration & Lighting: Elements for Hire
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  • Wedding Cake: Create Cake by Sharon Brideson
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  • Favors & Gifts: Anosheh
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  • Entertainment (DJ): Impression DJs
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  • Hair & Makeup: Amy Chan Hair & Make Up
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  • Men's Formal Wear: George & King
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  • Jewelry: Jang's Jewellery

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