Joanne and Albert Kim have a snowstorm to thank for their love story. In December of 2010, Joanne, a shoe designer, was waiting to head home to Los Angeles for Christmas when snow canceled her flight and left her stuck in New York City. Thankfully, she had a few friends in town for the holidays, and wound up with them in the West Village, where her friend introduced her to Albert. “We played bar games and went to karaoke,” Joanne remembers. The pair were friends for three years (!) before Albert took to G-Chat to invite Joanne out for dinner.
For their fourth anniversary in 2017, Albert and Joanne had big plans: reservations at Eleven Madison Park! The day before, though, they were out running errands around town when Albert asked Joanne to join him for a walk in Central Park. “I was in sweats and was grumpy from the cold, and our dinner plans were for the next night so I wasn’t expecting anything,” Joanne remembers. (Which is exactly what Albert was hoping for.) He led her to the top of a large rock and got down on one knee, presenting her with a rock of her own. The couple wasted no time planning their wedding and booked a date for just eight months later. On September 17, 2017, 125 guests joined them at The Foundry in Long Island City for a minimalist-meets-modern wedding accented by the first hints of fall colors. “We definitely did not want our wedding to be over the top,” says the bride.
Thanks to advice from married friends, lots of spreadsheets, and the bride’s impeccable taste, this early fall wedding in New York City, photographed by Rebecca Yale Photography, was a total success. Keep reading for more!
Joanne had a vision of a lace gown—and had even had an exact dress in mind—until she spotted this sleek silk crepe design with delicate floral appliqués. “I loved how delicate and simple it was,” she says. The original dress featured long bell sleeves, but Joanne had those removed to make the dress her own.
As a shoe designer herself, traditional wedding shoes just wouldn’t do for Joanne. Instead, the bride sought a style she knew she’d wear frequently, and these blush suede mules from Dries Van Noten fit the bill.
Albert’s navy Burberry tuxedo was finished with a black lapel. His groomsmen wore gray suits with navy ties to match his tux, while Joanne’s bridesmaids all wore custom dresses inspired by Calvin Klein’s iconic ‘90s look. “I wanted a dress that was really simple,” the bride emphasizes.
The bouquets and boutonnieres combined white and soft blush ranunculus and garden roses, accented with gray silk ribbons and navy blue berries.
Both Joanne and Albert’s mothers wore a colorful hanbok, traditional Korean attire with a bell-shaped silhouette, as a nod to their heritage.
Designs by Ahn provided the floral décor for the event, filling the industrial space with white, blush pink, and dusty purple tones. Sheer white curtains acted as the backdrop for the ceremony, and were tied back with organic-looking floral arrangements.
A canopy of café lights hung above the ceremony space, where Albert and Joanne exchanged traditional vows. “My father walked me down the aisle, and I think he was more nervous than I was!” says Joanne.
Following the ceremony, guests headed to the patio for cocktail hour, where they sipped white peach-and-rose lemonade and a gin fizz with lavender, lemon, and mint.
A modern map-style escort sign helped everyone find their seats.
As guests sipped cocktails, they cleared a space in the middle so the bride and groom could share their first dance to Haley Reinhart’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Joanne didn’t initially want to do a first dance, but, she admits, it ended up being her favorite moment of the day. Next, the couple performed the father-daughter and mother-son dances to “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel. Says Joanne, “It was an easy choice —Simon and Garfunkel was both of our parents’ favorite band growing up!”
When Albert and Joanne visited The Foundry shortly after getting engaged, they fell in love with the space immediately. “We loved the separate rooms, exposed brick, and view of the Queensboro Bridge,” she says.
The seated dinner was set up on the outdoor lawn, beneath bistro lights and between foliage-covered buildings.
While designing the reception, Joanne fell in love with a gray woven linen, which added a textured, masculine feel to the long tables. Small arrangements featured dahlias, roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, and greenery—and were surrounded by votive candles. The newlyweds’ chairs were also decorated with roses, ferns, and eucalyptus.
Comparti Catering created a delicious meal of beet carpaccio, caesar salad, and seared Hudson Valley duck.
For dessert, the couple cut into a cake filled with whipped goat cheese. (Yum!) And for those not looking for a savory treat, they also had a display of sugared doughnuts and individually packaged sweets.
“Our wedding was all about celebrating with our closest friends and family members, some of whom flew thousands of miles to be with us,” recalls the bride. “We really focused on creating the best party we could!” When the day came, Joanne and Albert tried to enjoy every moment as it happened. “Time will fly by, so try to relax and have fun—and don’t forget to have a bite of everything!”
Wedding Coordinator: Rose Ahn Events
Venue: The Foundry
Bride's Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore
Bride's Shoes: Dries Van Noten
Engagement Ring, Wedding Bands & Bride's Jewelry: Kat Kim Fine Jewelry
Hair & Makeup: Christie Lee
Groom's Attire: Burberry
Floral Design: Designs by Ahn
Paper Products: Jennifer Leartanasan
Catering & Cake: Comparti Catering
Entertainment: Ryo Sasaki Jazz Trio, Nak
Photo Booth: Lumi8 Photo Booth
Videography: Lovebrain Films
Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography