You’d Never Guess This Dreamy Wedding Took Place at a Maryland Restaurant

We love how Yehee Shin and Jaeyong Lee turned their wedding venue into a magical, dreamy fairytale garden with the help of some foliage and well-crafted centerpieces. Take a look at their lovely day below in the photos by Taeck Jang Photography.

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Though Jaeyong and Yehee attended the same Maryland elementary and middle schools, they didn’t officially meet until 2013, at church. Though Jaeyong initially thought Yehee was too pretty to be approachable, when he spoke with her, he saw the kindness underneath. He asked her out on a first date—to which he brought a bouquet of red roses—at Haagen Daz and a movie theater.

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After dating for two years, Jaeyong arranged for a romantic proposal on the rooftop of the Four Seasons Hotel. He set up an aisle of candles, put on Yehee’s favorite song, and had his friends nearby to capture the moment on camera as Yehee walked towards him. As Yehee stood in front of him, Jaeyong read a note he’d written ahead of time, then got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

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Though it had been raining in the weeks leading up to their May wedding, Jaeyong and Yehee were thrilled when the clouds parted the day of their rehearsal dinner—and then didn’t darken their big day until the reception was coming to a close. Several tear-worthy moments added to their garden ceremony: Jaeyong asked all of Yehee’s closest girl friends to hand her red roses and arranged to have their proposal song played in the background, and when it came time for the father of the bride to give her away, he gave her a piggyback ride first. “He mentioned how he was not able to spend as much time as he wanted with me during my childhood, and the one last thing he wanted to do was carry me with all his strength,” says Yehee.

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Their outdoor ceremony was followed by a reception that brought the outside indoors with a foliage decor. The happy couple danced to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and sent guests home with custom packets of tea bags before it was time for them to leave, with a honeymoon in Hawaii in their plans.

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Photographer: Taeck Jang Photography | Event Coordinator: Tisheeka, Mrs. K’s Restaurant & Barrel Bar | Bride’s Gown: Fairytale Brides | Groom’s Attire: Zara | Hair & Makeup Artist: Family of the Couple | Florist: En Flowers & Events | Caterers: Mrs. K’s Restaurant & Barrel Bar | Videographer: Stephen Han Films

Need a cool restaurant to host your rehearsal dinner? Here’s our list of the DMV’s best for your pre-wedding meal. 

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.