East Meets West

Adam and Yuri wanted something modern. No Mason jars or burlap. No mountain setting, no rustic touches. They wanted their wedding to reflect who they are and their backgrounds, and no Colorado clichés. The couple grew up in Denver. They were high school sweethearts. And while they now live in Washington, DC, they wanted a Denver wedding.

Alexan Events was tasked with creating their modern Colorado wedding, which included a green-gray-black color palette and a slight Asian influence, a tribute to Yuri’s Korean background. “They have really modern sensibilities,” said Stacy Pisani, owner of Alexan. “He is obsessed with architecture, so they wanted the wedding in an urban setting with a view of an architectural project that he was familiar with. He had a strong connection with the Denver Library.”

The couple opted for the architecturally significant Denver Art Museum as the site of the reception—it sits right across the street from the dynamic library—while the ceremony took place at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Yuri’s cousin, a professional cellist, traveled from South Korea to perform during the ceremony, the couple performed the traditional deep bow and her father serenaded the couple in Korean.

Pisani calls the blend of modern and Asian elements “an amazing fusion” that created a something that was both aesthetically beautiful and representational of both the bride and the groom.

“Colorado is more than mountain views,” she said. “There are urban venues that are just wonderful. There are plenty of options that don’t feel rustic.”

Asian Persuasion:

Yuri’s cousin, a professional cellist, traveled from South Korea to perform during the ceremony, the couple performed the traditional deep bow and her father serenaded the couple in Korean.

 

 

 

Love Story:

“These two were insanely in love,” Pisani said. “Like, I’ve seen a lot of in-love couples, but I’ve never seen a couple this in love. They never left each other’s side. I think that’s a great thing for other couples to take away: On your wedding day, spend the day together. They embodied that.”

 

 

Paper Games:

Yuri created this amazingly clever programs herself, a less traditional version of a traditional wedding program. The little figures create a much more visual element to the paper.

 

 

 

The Details: 

Pisani loves to have a varied table set up, so at Yuri and Adam’s wedding, there were round tables and square tables; some tables had all chairs, some had love seats; and the table settings were a mix and match collection of black, smooth rocks, sticks, orchids, succulents and air plants, as well as little votives wrapped in lace paper. They also hung tons of picture of the couple for all their guests to see.

 

 

Birds of a Feather:

The couple spent an entire year creating 1,000 paper cranes, which is a Korean tradition. “They folded each one by hand,” she said. And each on of the escort cards was decorated with a wax seal of the couple’s initials, a lovely and personal touch.

 

 

Party Down:

Because Adam and Yuri were high school sweethearts, they had a huge collection of photos that documented their relationship, including prom and high school dance photos. “They had such a catalogue of their history,” Pisani said. “We really wanted to show that history.” Because of their time spent together in Colorado, the wedding became a makeshift reunion for family and friends. “It felt like everyone knew everyone,” she said. “It was an amazing party.”

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