A Pastel Outdoor Wedding at a Stunning Château in Provence
After crossing paths in New York City when they were both working as management consultants in 2014, Nancy and Sangho didn't strike up a relationship until two years later when they connected through mutual friends. When Sangho was ready to propose, he popped the question on the roof deck of their apartment building, surrounded by views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Chrysler Building, and the Empire State Building.
With friends and family all over the world, Nancy and Sangho wanted a to plan a wedding that would bring everyone together for a memorable weekend. "We wanted to pick a place that was not only meaningful, but also a beautiful destination for our family and friends to enjoy," says Nancy. Sangho grew up in France, and the couple decided on Château de Tourreau in Avignon, Provence, as the ideal spot to host 85 of their nearest and dearest for an outdoor ceremony and reception on October 5, 2019. "We wanted a wedding that was very intimate and fun and would last as long as we wanted into the night," says Nancy. "We had moved away from our friends and families, so our wedding was our chance to hang out with them again."
A pale color palette of peach, blush, white, and gold carried through custom invitations, lush florals, and pastel bridesmaids' gowns, while a personalized wax seal, one-of-a-kind illustrations, a surprise fireworks show, and emotional speeches brought out the couple's style. "We had a lot of small, thoughtful details," says Nancy. "I think to our friends, it reflected our personalities."
Pretty in Pink
Muted blush pink envelopes held the couple's invitation suite, which included a color sketch of the venue on the envelope liner, a gold-printed sightseeing map, and pale pink accents on an invitation card presented in a floral vellum cover. "I didn't completely outsource the invitations," says Nancy. "I added my own flavors by assembling them with a wax seal of our initials and stamping the envelope with a press print and found the pretty vintage stamps. I also wrote the calligraphy on the envelopes myself. I found doing these things very soothing and fun."
Love at First Sight
From the moment she spotted her tulle Liz Martinez wedding dress in a bridal magazine, Nancy knew she wanted to try on the butterfly-embellished frock. But while she searched for a boutique that carried it, she shopped around. "I think part of the dress trial is educating yourself on exactly how you look in dresses of different shapes and styles, unless you wear a gown quite often," she says. "It does take a bit of adventuring out at the beginning. But in the end, I just felt the most bride-like in my dress. It really made me feel like, 'Oh my gosh, I am growing up and getting married!'"
Coming Up Roses
Nancy's organically-shaped bouquet from Sisters and Blush previewed the rest of the day's florals with garden roses, coffee roses, ranunculus, and eucalyptus leaves in an array of ivory, pink, and fresh green.
The bridesmaids' Jenny Yoo gowns mirrored the wedding's color palette in varying tones of pink, blue, and purple. "I chose flowing chiffon material to create the airy and effortless look that would match the outdoor wedding," says Nancy. "For colors, I wanted my bridesmaids to be able to keep the dresses and wear them to something else, so I chose different shades and styles to give them a more personal touch."
For All Time
Sangho chose classic black tuxedos for his groomsmen. "We wanted to keep them classy," says Nancy. For his own Loro Piana tuxedo, Sangho swapped out a black jacket for a white satin version with textured peak lapels, and added a Rolex Nancy gave him as a wedding present. "My dad's always told me watches make a very meaningful wedding gift, as it signifies the start of our time together," she says. "From this point on, my time has you, and your time has me."
In Your Eyes
Though Nancy had to convince Sangho to agree to a first look before the ceremony, it was worth it in the end, she says. "It ended up being the most meaningful thing we did. Too many parts of the wedding are about family and friends—the first look was a moment truly to ourselves," she shares.
She walked down the stairs, tapped him on the shoulder, and when he turned around, she says, "I saw his emotions change on his face, from shocked to overwhelmed with joy, and then to touched that this was really happening. Upon seeing that, and without speaking a word, we both had many, many wonderful memories flashing back to us. It was amazing to realize how much we've accomplished as a couple and how much we've grown."
Square pillars on either side of the aisle defined the entrance to the ceremony space with overflowing arrangements of flowers and greenery in gold urns.
A Walk to Remember
The bridal party and family walked out of the chateau and down a long pathway toward the altar. Local string quartet Florence Bethune performed "To Make You Feel My Love" as the couple's parents processed; "Can't Help Falling in Love" for the groom and bridesmaids; and "Canon in D" as Nancy's father escorted her down the aisle—a moment she notes as one of her favorite parts of the day.
With This Ring
Nancy and Sangho asked Peter Madan Weddings to oversee their ceremony, which wasn't traditionally religious, but included Christian elements and readings that respected Sangho's family's deep faith. The bride and groom wrote their own vows, but kept them simple, says Nancy: "Both Sangho and I are quite private individuals, so no anecdotes."
The New Mr. and Mrs.
After joining their friends and family for Champagne, rosé, and passed appetizers at the cocktail hour, Nancy and Sangho spent some time alone to capture a few newlywed portraits. "A wedding is about the two of you," says Nancy. "At the end of the day, it's about what makes the two of you the happiest."
In the Clear
Custom signage at the ceremony entrance and reception combined traditional metal framing with modern acrylic sheets. For the escort display, the couple accented the sign with a delicate arrangement of roses and eucalyptus leaves, and added their custom floral illustration to the bottom.
Dinner Al Fresco
The chateau offered a dramatic backdrop for Nancy and Sangho's dinner reception; a long head table stretched along the length of the building, while the ceremony arch stood behind the newlyweds' chairs. The aqua shutters added depth to the pastel color scheme.
Neutral beige linens on the tables set off gauzy, rose-colored runners, accenting the pale shades of each flawless bloom in the couple's centerpieces. Gold vessels coordinated with other metallic elements on the tables, while the low arrangements allowed for unobstructed views of the surrounding scenery.
Pale pink napkins held the couple's custom-designed menu, which detailed the meal of Provence asparagus with salmon, quail filet, and vegetarian risotto from Helen Traiteur, while subtle place cards included the same wax seal Nancy and Sangho used for their invitations. Gold-rimmed chargers and crystal matched gold flatware.
Change of a Dress
Friends and family cheered as the newlyweds joined them at the reception. Before dinner, Nancy swapped her ball gown for a beaded V-neck mermaid ensemble from Lee Petra Grebenau; silk organza floral embellishments continued the nature-inspired motif of her ceremony dress.
The floral arch from the ceremony framed the couple as they cut their traditional French croquembouche dessert—complete with flaming sparklers—during the reception.
Nancy and Sangho chose Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" for their first dance, and then let South Prod DJ help fill the dance floor. "We were in such a beautiful location with great food that additional entertainment was not needed," says Nancy.
Under the Lights
After opening the dance floor, the couple kicked off the party with a fireworks display. "That got everyone up and dancing," says Nancy.
Photography, Branco Prata
Location, Château de Tourreau
Event planning, Wanderlust Wedding
Catering and cake, Helen Traiteur
Flowers, Sisters and Blush
Videography, Wolf Films
Officiant, Peter Madan Weddings
Music and lighting, South Prod
Bride's gown, Lee Petra Grebenau (reception); Liz Martinez (ceremony)
Bride's shoes, Jimmy Choo
Hair and makeup, JingJane Makeup
Bridesmaids' dresses, Jenny Yoo
Groom's attire, Loro Piano
Groom's watch, Rolex
Illustrator, Manuscript Paper Shop
Signage, Creme de Papier
Wax Seal, Artisaire