Sammy, who works in digital marketing at Johnson & Johnson, is wearing a beige Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane spring suit which they found on eBay , made to measure by tailor Grace R. gold. The groom wears a vintage GMT Master II Rolex on loan from his big brother Ramsay. This rare timepiece belonged to his late father, who immigrated to England from Baghdad in the s. In a further nod to his Iraqi roots, Sammy also wore a corsage of red roses: the country’s national flower.
Angela’s father walks her down the grassy walkway to “Thinkin Bout” You” Frank Ocean playing on violin. Flower arches waited for her, and geese twittered from a nearby pond.
Ramsay, officiating at the wedding, spoke of the water bird’s name with poignant symbolism in his sermon : “He combined the history of the meaning of geese in Korean tradition – they symbolize eternity and prosperous marriage – and it fit perfectly with the way geese waddle around us,” Angela said. Her friend later told her There were dry eyes from the crowd.
The couple held a cocktail and reception in the barn at the Buttermilk Falls Inn. Their fiddle player Mylez Gittens played SZA, Wizkid and Pop Smoke songs while guests drank local Hudson Valley beer. Angela did most of the wedding planning herself, and with the help of her Ruffles & Tweed coordinator, she designed her decor in ever-changing ways. “I want our tables to be Lots of juicy color for a whimsical and abstract feel,” she says. “I bought bright candles and candle holders from Hay and Lex Pott to add to the tablescape. Florist Penny Krounais fills the barn with dahlias, cosmoses, zinnias and bright fruit.
The reception kicked off with the couple’s first dance to Lil Wayne’s “How to Love.” For the song with her father, Angela chose a Korean song called “Father.” “Written by Psy, it’s about a child growing up and finally understanding their father and the sacrifices their parents made,” she said. “I still cry when I hear that song.”
Guests enjoyed a farm-to-table menu at Henry’s in Buttermilk, which included oven-baked halibut and grilled filet mignon . As the night wore on, waiters kept everyone happy with a Vietnamese iced coffee tiramisu cake decorated with daisies from Yip Studios in Brooklyn.
Afterwards, Angela’s bridesmaids threw the couple an after party: Riverknoll Mansion overlooking the Hudson Valley. They decorated the room with silver balloons inspired by Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds,, and brought karaoke machines and a big McDonald’s order. Most people stayed up until sunset – except for Sammy and Angela, who fell asleep on the couch sometime in the evening.
“It was like an out-of-body experience — a bliss mixed with tension and euphoria,” Angela said of her wedding. “Thinking of that day, our hearts are still filled with joy.”