Todays feature is Grace & Jason’s private estate wedding, filled full of laughter & love these two decided on a micro wedding so they could be united together from their long distance engagement. With stunning floral arrangements & a muted color palette this backyard wedding was brought to life beautifully & these photos make it feel like a private garden designed just for these moments!
from the photographer: “Grace + Jason were long-distance during their engagement while Jason has been across the country completing a medical fellowship. Since they felt so ready to finally be together, they decided to downsize to a microwedding instead of postponing. Just a month before the wedding day, their venue fell through, leaving the couple scrambling for options until a family friend offered their private estate.
It was a stunning backyard wedding complete with pre-packaged individual meal options for the guests to munch on. There was tons of laughter and a good amount of tears during the ceremony, and everyone joined together like one big happy family to celebrate the newlyweds. Guest starring cut-out faces of the bride’s favorite K-pop group, BTS.”
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Jason was finishing his final year of medical school and Grace was finishing her first year of dental school. They had seen each other for the first time on campus as they walked past each other but they both didn’t think much about the other person. Soon after, they officially met at a church dinner. While Grace was in line for food, Jason was busy snacking on things and socializing with as many people as he could. He finally got to Grace and her friends and he offered her a bite of his food without even having introduced himself yet. She politely declined while thinking, “You’re so weird. I don’t even know you. Why would I take a bite of your food!?” Later on, that evening, Jason started talking to Grace and became Instagram friends with her. He slid into her DMs a few weeks later (thank you IG) and they went on their first date on 3/29/2018… At least Jason thought it was a date. Grace thought it was a hangout because they had multiple mutual friends. In the upcoming weeks, Jason tried to work his game extra hard (and thought he was doing a great job at it) because he thought she was playing hard to get. It turns out she was just busy with dental school. Eventually, Grace began to see how funny and thoughtful Jason was. Jason also thought Grace had a great sense of humor along with being smart and having a maximal pretty factor. When Grace finally initiated a date (asked to go watch “A Quiet Place” which is the opposite of what Jason is), Jason knew he had won her over. 3 months later (Grace wanted to wait even longer), they decided to make it official and it has been a blast since with tons of laughs!
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.
Two years of long distance! Closing the gap in June finally after graduating dental school. Also Jason almost did not make it to the wedding due to a snowstorm in Tennessee that weekend. Flights were completely cancelled the day after he left for the wedding.
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
To not worry too much about the “perfect wedding day”. Our wedding plans were scrapped due to COVID but we managed to make a great intimate wedding ceremony.
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
Grace: I am a worry wort compared to Jason. He has the ability to sleep within 10 seconds of getting into bed while i on the other hand am contemplating life and the choices I made even in 3rd grade for example. Jason helps me to realize that life is not that serious and that i should not be so hard on myself. He truly is the best support system while motivating me and encouraging me.
Jason: I have learned to be more compassionate to others and their experiences. She often encourages me to see from their perspectives
What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you?
I would say definitely the vows. Due to COVID we had a more intimate wedding than we first anticipated so we took the chance to focus on the ceremony with our own personal vows. We had the chance to share our love and story in front of our family and closest friends which was one of my favorite moments from the day.
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Sense of humor for both of us
Photographer: Becca Maas Photography
Venue: Private Estate
Stylist / Planner / Designer: White Blossom Events
Floral Designer: Milieu Florals
Dress Boutique: Lovely Bride
Dress Designer: Vagabond Bridal
Makeup Artist: Sharon Y Park
Hair Stylist: Sharon Y Park
Men’s Formalwear: James Davis Men’s Clothier
Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab
Music: Organic String Quartet
Food: ParksBBQ / Charcuterie Secret / Lucky Rice Cake 복떡방
Vow books: Rebecca Green
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Jewelry: Ana Luisa
Styling surface: Locust Collection