In Their Words | Vivian + Ken
The universe has a funny way of bringing people back together.
Our story began back in 2016 when we started texting each other after we matched. Ken cut right to the chase and asked Vivian out to drinks since he figured it would be easier to meet up than be pen pals. She just attended her sister’s wedding the day before and was too lazy to head out. However, Regine and her group of married friends wanted to live vicariously through Vivian so managed to convince her to go.
While grabbing drinks at East Village, they started to get to know one another and shared how they both attended colleges in upstate NY. They eventually found out that they crossed paths at a particular Halloween party at the same place at the same time and shared some mutual friends. One thing led to another and we hit it off like nothing ever changed.
Fast forward to 2021, after 10 countries traveled, 3 apartment moves, the pandemic, a fur baby, and many failed proposal attempts, Ken decided to pop the question on a warm sunny summer day on the balcony of their LIC apartment. The rest is history.
The Day Unfolds
From door games and tea ceremonies to partying in the industrial space of The Foundry in Queens, NY – Vivian + Ken blended their cultural traditions and modern sensibilities throughout their city wedding celebration. A focus on each other and on family (including their dog, Raya) gave them a day full of love and laughter.
With help from Shirley Chau of Genesis Weddings, the couple crafted a day that managed to allow them the best of both worlds. They spent the morning at home with their immediate families and wedding party. Vivian dressed in a traditional red Chinese outfit while Ken and his party negotiated and ate and danced their way in to see her. They held tea ceremonies with each family before heading to The Foundry for their first look. Vivian’s niece and the couple’s Shiba Inu, Raya, took turns as flower girl and ring “bear” before their emotional ceremony officiated by Vivian’s sister. The couple wrote their own vows to commemorate the moment, made all the more poignant by the stunning Floral Designs By Sofie decorating the historic brick and iron space.
Hair + Makeup: VickyC5
Vivian’s Wedding Dress Designer: Anna Campbell
Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: Jenny Yoo
Ken’s Suit Designer: Indochino