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REAL WEDDING: Sandra + Tim – The Foundry
An ivy-covered courtyard smack bang in New York and a dress that will stop hearts beating – Sandra and Tim’s wedding was everything.
Words by Karina Lowndes
29 October 2020

This New York wedding at The Foundry was all kinds of wonderful. It started with the bride designing and making her bridesmaids dresses and the groom gifting his groomsmen custom NBA jerseys. And then things really took off when we discovered our fellow Aussies Lucie Weddings and Ripple Weddings were part of the dream team behind this epic celebration.

And can we all please take a moment to admire/drool over/envy bride Sandra’s dress.

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How long have you been together and how did you meet?

We have been together for eight years now. I met Tim through a mutual friend. I was visiting her college and was invited to a get-together that night and I guess you can say, the rest is history.

Can you tell us a bit about your proposal?

Tim took me on a mini get away in upstate New York for Memorial Day weekend. We spent the weekend at a cabin by the water surrounded by nature. It was just so peaceful and serene. On the final day, he took me out to dinner by the water and proposed to me right outside of the restaurant by the gazebo which was set up with rose petals and photos of us throughout the years. Little did I know, our siblings were secretly watching the events unfold behind the bushes. After Tim popped the question, we were able to share this special moment intimately with our siblings.

Was your wedding in your home town or was it a destination wedding?

It was in New York where I’m from.

How did you decide on the location of your wedding and the venue itself?

We knew we had wanted to either have it in New York or Philadelphia, our hometowns. Ultimately, we ended up going with The Foundry in New York City because of its unique set-up and beautiful greenery surrounding the entire building. The courtyard of The Foundry especially captured my eye. It has such a European vibe that you wouldn’t see in most New York venues.

In a few sentences, how would you describe your wedding?

Just perfect.

Did you write your own vows? How did you find that experience?

Yes, we did. We wanted to. I think it is so much more heartfelt to say our own vows to each other the very moment we are exchanging rings. I still remember the butterfly feeling in my stomach thinking back on Tim’s vows.

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Now that you’re married, what’s the best piece of advice you can give other couples in the middle of planning their own weddings? 

Be patient and don’t forget to enjoy the process of planning together. Instead of feeling like you have a checklist, also remembering what it’s for and enjoying the process of it with each other is so important.

Were there any traditions you did not partake in or any specific to your family or religion that were special to you?

Yes. We are both Korean so we wanted to add some type of traditional element to the wedding which was having both our mothers in the Korean traditional dress called Hanbok. They looked so beautiful in it!

How many guests did you have?


Where did you gather your inspiration?

Mostly Instagram. I was fully inspired by European weddings as it has such a different aesthetic than where I’m from.

Did you partake in any DIY elements to your day?

Completely. My venue itself was a DIY type of venue where you only rent the space out. Catering to renting tables, chairs, furniture to every little detail is done on your own. This is also another reason why I was drawn to this venue because I would be able to get creative with the beautiful space. Some may find it a hassle but I personally loved every part of the process.

How did you find your dream team?

Through much research and having a personal connection with them.

What are some of the most memorable and special moments at your wedding?

Tim and I can agree that the first look was one of the most special moments of our wedding day. Additionally, us both looking at each other while walking down the aisle felt as if time had stopped around us and it was just the two of us standing there.

Do you have any standout suppliers that you would recommend in a heartbeat? Who are they and why?

Definitely. Honestly, we were SO happy with each of our vendors. If I had to name a few however, we 100% recommend Lucie Weddings, Ripple Weddings and Oh Fleur in a heartbeat. They were my photographer, videographer and florist for the special day. I found all three of them through Instagram (what a crazy world we live in).

With Lucie Weddings and Ripple Weddings, I was immediately drawn to the moods, tones and editorial vibe of their photos and videos. They were such a dream team and captured our wedding so perfectly, beautifully and thoughtfully!

I also found my florist, Oh Fleur, through instagram. I 100% recommend her as well. She understood my aesthetic and minimal vibe I was looking for. From the table set-up, to the ceremony arch and decor, it was just so perfect!

Tell us about your dress/suit, how did you find it? What did you love about it?

My dress is by Danielle Frankel. After trying on one too many dresses, I resorted to the designer I had been eyeing from the moment I got engaged. I loved how unique her dresses were. I knew I did not want the traditional bridal look. When I tried on Danielle Frankel’s dress, it was the perfect amount of bridal and modern I was looking for. Plus, the baroque pearls made it even more special.

Tim’s suit was by Reiss. He loved how well the suit fit him. It was a slim fit double breasted tuxedo. The moment he tried it on, we knew it was the one. It really looked like it was made for him!

What are you most looking forward to now that you’re married?

Continuing to love each other and support each other throughout all of life’s journey.

CREDITS: Photos Lucie Weddings // Video Ripple Weddings // Venue The Foundry // Flowers Oh Fleur // Celebrant Paul Kim // Catering David Joseph Catering // Cake Nine Cakes // Bridal gown and accessories Danielle Frankel // Brides shoes Dior // Veil Bergdorf Goodman // Bridesmaid gifts Natori // Grooms suit and ties Reiss // Groomsmen suits Black Tux Rentals // Rings Ken & Dana Design // Hair and makeup The Vow Bridal Couture // Music and photobooth Another Level DJ Entertainment // Stationery Papira Design // Furniture hire Broadway Party Rentals and Patina Rentals // Structure hire Universal Light and Sounds.

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