Sabina Kook, a senior policy advisor from Vienna, Virginia, and Aaron Mintz, an IT manager from Columbia, Maryland, met at work. Aaron was so struck by Sabina’s beauty he found himself tongue-tied. A few weeks later he found the courage to ask her out for dinner and drinks. Conversation flowed, and they dated for two years. On the day Aaron proposed with a ring fastened to the collar of Sabina’s parents’ dog, “I said yes before he could even pop the question,” Sabina remembers. “I actually think my mom may have said yes before I did.”
Six months later, they tied the knot in a rustic outdoor celebration at a Virginia farm. That day, as they sat together in their hotel suite memorizing their vows, “We didn’t say a word, other than mouthing our respective vows to ourselves,” says Aaron, “but I’d never felt more like a team.”
In the Korean tradition, the couple and their families participated in a colorful paebaek ceremony. The reception buffet included Korean prime rib, shrimp-and-bacon wraps, California rolls, and baked teriyaki salmon. For dessert: a vanilla-and-whipped-cream cake. His-and-hers signature drinks were bourbon with Diet Coke and Fireball iced tea alongside pomegranate spritzers and grapefruit cocktails.