Samuel & Julie: Metro Detroit Wedding

October 15, 2019

Images speak volumes on a wedding day.  Well, I may be a little biased.  But Sam & Julie’s Metro Detroit wedding was without a doubt a breath of fresh air in a busy summer season. Was it the details in the flowers & design at the hands of the very salted team of Jen House Design, or perhaps it was the modern feel we saw carried through in the details of the day.  The emerald green was spectacular.  This was a wedding truly their own as their families and friends joined together in a Sunday afternoon ceremony that took place of their normal Sunday service.  How beautiful is that? It was, in every sense of the word .. His word.  Here’s a peek at Julie & Samuels mid-summer wedding & a few words from the two of them.

Did you do a first look?


What did it feel like the first time you saw each other on your wedding day?

Julie: Leading up to the first look, I was still nervous about the preparations for the wedding but when I saw Sam I was no longer worried. It was just me and him and that was all I needed.

Sam: Excited! I wasn’t worried as much as I felt “ready” for the day.

What was your most memorable moment that day?

Julie: Bowing to our parents. It is traditional in Korean weddings for the Bride and Groom to bow to their parents as a symbol of gratitude and honor. I loved how both sets of parents welcomed/loved us because even though it was “our” wedding, our families were becoming one and that was really important.

Sam: When Julie and I were reciting our vows in front of all of our friends. I was glad to have our close friends there to witness our promises to one another.

What was the biggest challenge in planning your wedding?

Julie: We were long distance (me in Chicago and him in NJ) and planning a wedding that would take place in another state (MI). It was hard to communicate and have a picture of what the wedding would be like without actually being in MI. Thankfully, we hired an AMAZING group of people and it turned out great!

Sam: Planning while long-distance! Julie did an incredible job taking responsibility while I was in school.

​Any advice to newly engaged couples?

  • Do not stress or argue during this planning process, it will pass!
  • Write a list and be reasonable with your time.
  • Hire professionals in the business, they know what they are doing and want your day to be great for you!
  • I highly recommend a day of coordinator, they will make the day go by so smoothly
  • Don’t sweat about the planning process on the day of and be okay with it not going the way you planned. Things happen that are beyond our control
  • This is not a fairy tale ending but a real beginning 🙂 Enjoy each step of the way!

What was your best source for finding vendors that you wanted to work with? 

Julie: I spent a good amount of time doing my research online. The Knot was a big search engine that helped BUT what helped me the most was other vendors in the wedding business. I spent hours online looking up vendors that I was interested in and if they were not available, I would kindly ask for their recommendations and they always provided a list of people they trust. From there I would ask the vendors that agreed to be a part of our day for further recommendations.

Did you Honeymoon?  If so, where?

Yes! Santorini, Greece 🙂

What is your next big adventure as a married couple? 

We are currently living in New Jersey and attending school, Julie in Nursing, Sam in Seminary. Our big adventure is navigating our marriage and growing/learning together.


Venue: Noah’s Event Venue Southfield

Floral & Design: Jen House Design

Dresses: Jenny Yoo 

Cinematography: Third Street Films

Sweets:  Petite Sweets Detroit

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