When Hyewon Ham first met her now-husband, JungMo Yang, the thought of dating him didn’t cross her mind. The duo’s nine-year age gap gave Hyewon pause, but over time she learned to look beyond the number and focus on their future when their courtship started in 2009.
“We definitely had our ups and downs, but our love for each other grew,” Hyewon says.
On Jan. 30, the couple’s seven-year anniversary, JungMo surprised Hyewon with a book he made chronicling their journey together. On the last page, he wrote Hyewon a letter with a life-changing question at the end.
“I thought it was just a present for our anniversary, so I was looking through the pictures and then I read the letter,” Hyewon says. “And by the time I looked up, he was already on one knee. It was very surprising.”
For the next eight months, Hyewon began preparing for their September nuptials.
River Market Event Place proved to be the perfect setting for the newlyweds’ ceremony and reception, because its industrial-chic space completely matched Hyewon’s vision. Although Hyewon did a lot of the planning herself, she leaned on Minh-Tu Pham of Hitched Planning and Floral for day-of coordination.
“When I saw the venue with everything put together, it was exactly what I envisioned,” Hyewon says.
Black script table numbers contrasted with the gold vases and candle holders accenting each table. Hyewon’s bouquet and centerpieces by River Market Event Place’s in-house florist, Anna Arnot, included hints of white, green and a deep, vibrant red.
And although the event was certainly a celebration of the couple’s love, it was also a chance for Hyewon’s mother to reconnect with her sister, whom she hadn’t seen in 20 years.
“A lot of our friends live in different parts of the world, so it was really nice to see everybody come together once again,” Hyewon says.
Who Did What:
- Venue: River Market Event Place
- Florals: Anna Arnot
- Coordination: Hitched Planning + Floral
- Photographer: Steven Michael Photography
- Catering: Shining Stars Catering
- DJ: Tai Nguyen
- Stationary: Ellie Kim
- Transportation: Kansas City Transportation Group
- Videography: Won Ho Jeong
- Cake/Treat Buffet: Chef Shop Stark
- Photo Booth: Airstream Lounge
- Hair: Bethany Axe
- Make-up: Annabel Siu
- Hotel Block: Crowne Plaza Downtown