Hair Stylist | Salon Lelu | @salonlelu | (The Bride) My Sister and myself own Salon Lelu In Melbourne and we have been doing hair for over 14 years. It was so special to have her do my hair for me on my wedding day!
Tell us about your partner, how you met and how the proposal went down!
We met through hairdressing in 2006 when Harry had just moved to Melbourne from Seoul (south Korea) to continue his career as a hairdresser and I was training to become one. We instantly became friends and knew there was something deeply special about one another, but we lost contact after finishing our hairdressing training and reconnected in 2014.
We met up again and instantly connected, reminiscing about our memories together and what we had missed out on while we had been apart. It was like no time had passed, and we picked up right where we left off. The spark we felt so many years ago when we first met, was alive and stronger than ever and it was so clear that we had fallen in love.
Harry organized a family trip to Seoul, South Korea with myself, my parents and my sister, for Christmas & New Years. He wanted to show my family his background, where he had grown up in Seoul. I had no idea he had planned to propose, but my parents knew… Harry proposed to me in Seoul on NYE with a a ring he had designed himself, just after midnight, in front of my parents & sister in an amazing sky bar overlooking the city with all the fireworks going off in the background. It was the best surprise.
Where did you get married? Tell us a bit about the venue and what drew you to choosing it!
We chose New York City to get married because of our love of traveling and we wanted a city wedding. We wanted something we could share with everyone, something amazing, not only just for us, but for our families and friends. We wanted everyone to make memories that they would hold on to and never forget!
And New York was it!! ‘Where Dreams Are Made Of’
I walked down 6th Avenue with my family from our hotel, a block away from Central Park to the ceremony in Cop Cot Central Park, a cozy wooden hut covered with green plants where we shared our vows in front of 40 of our closest friends & family. At our Ceremony, we had a string quartet playing and enjoyed champagne in the park after the ceremony.
We had planned from the beginning that none of the guests would know what venue the reception was being held at, we wanted it to be a surprise for everyone!! We organized a couple of limos to transport our guests from Central Park to our wedding reception at Public Hotel in Soho, where they were greeted by our incredible host Anna! Of course, keeping with the Melbourne vibe of Espresso Martinis on arrival at the terrace.
We planned our whole wedding from Australia. We found Public Hotels on Instagram and we were drawn to the amazing views of Manhattan & the vibe that Public Hotel has… also, the fact we had everything in one venue. We wanted to have an amazing venue for our guests with amazing views of Manhattan. We had our own private terrace on the 17th floor where we had cocktails and canapés on the terrace overlooking the amazing city and the sunset over the Manhattan skyline. A sit down dinner followed where we were surrounded with floor to ceiling windows, so everyone could enjoy the food , drinks, music and the view.
We then moved up to the rooftop for the after party, it was on a Friday night, so it was busy with lots of cool New Yorkers!! We had our own reserved section to keep drinking/eating and enjoying the Manhattan evening skyline. The hotel had a nightclub in it as well, which all the guests moved to after the rooftop and they danced the night away! Everyone returned to Public Hotels the next morning for a brunch in the gorgeous courtyard.
Tell us all about your inspiration for the day in terms of how the style of the wedding was pulled together.
We organized everything from Australia… we are both creative & determined people and we knew we wanted it to be elegant, yet simple, but most of all, an amazing experience for us and everyone.
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?
KWH is a boutique wedding dress store and I was really drawn to their gowns. I am so glad I found KWH… from the minute I walked in the door, they were professional and honest and I knew KWH was where I was going to find my dream dress. I absolutely loved my dress, it was a classic design that had such a modern twist to it and I hadn’t seen anything like it before. It was perfect for me and a perfect wedding dress for NYC. I loved the whole experience of KWH.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?
Good advice is… don’t try a dress you can’t afford. Also don’t over think it too much, trust yourself and most of all, enjoy it!!
What does love mean to you?
Love is happiness and to experience and share love with one person unconditionally everyday, is what life is all about.