Kesi and Mike tied the knot on September 13, 2014 at the Franklin Institute. In pretty floral silk robes, Kesi and her bridesmaids got ready for the day with the help of Beautiful Brides Philly at the Embassy Suites. Kesi’s girlfriends stopped by the hotel room for a champagne toast. It was really sweet to see all of the special women in her life toasting her and wishing her the best on her wedding day. Meanwhile, Mike and his groomsmen tackled the art of tying bowties at Kesi and Mike’s center city apartment. Emily Wren Photography and Stoner Media captured all of the day’s unforgettable moments.
Leading up to the ceremony, we crossed our fingers for a delay in rain for a rooftop ceremony. But Mother Nature didn’t cooperate so we went to Plan B with the ceremony in the Planetarium where beautifully coordinated lighting highlighted the intimate and special mood of the ceremony. A friend of Kesi and Mike’s served as the ceremony’s officiant, and excerpts from the couple’s favorite pieces of literature were read by friends.
Their wedding day style could best be described as modern minimalist with a touch of vintage glamour. The couple paid homage to their Chinese heritage by choosing red with accents of gold and had the Chinese symbol for “double happiness” throughout, including their invitations and cake topper. The deep purple accents complemented the red and gold perfectly giving the wedding a modern and majestic feel. The gorgeous and structured florals created by Papertini featured white and dark yellow calla lilies, ruby red mokara orchids, and ruby red ranunculus. Special details included the DIY spray-painted wine bottle table numbers and DIY cork escort cards, as well as the displayed photos of their parents and grandparents.
True to their professions, Kesi and Mike held their cocktail hour in Wisdom Hall and the newly installed brain exhibit. So fitting for two doctors! The reception proceeded in Franklin Hall, where Kesi and Mike’s monogram with “double happiness” was projected on the walls. Kesi and Mike chose Sarah Bareilles’ “I Choose You” as their first dance, which transitioned into an awesomely choreographed mash up of dance songs. It was such a fun way to start the reception and had everyone in the room on their feet!
Frog Commissary worked with the couple to create a delicious station menu, which included an Asian Noodle Bar Station of Teriyaki Beef Noodles, Thai Chicken Satay Noodles, and Chinese Vegetable Noodles served in woks with brightly colored Chinese take-out cartons and chopsticks. DJ Bob of Philly Event Group kept the party going late into the evening. As the reception settled down, Kesi and Mike descended down the Franklin Institute stairs through a tunnel of sparklers held by friends and loved ones. Kesi and Mike’s wedding truly showcased their kind hearts and the love they have for each other and their families.
images via emily wren photography