It’s always special to photograph the weddings of couples we know and love. Rob and Amanda are dear friends of mine, and I was elated to photograph their micro wedding. Since their wedding took place in the spring of 2021, they chose to limit their guest list to only their closest friends and family and celebrate at the outdoor space at The Reach at the Kennedy Center. Their intimate celebration was the perfect joining of two cultures and two families. 

Korean and Jewish Ceremony

Although Rob and Amanda opted for a civil wedding ceremony, they chose to incorporate small details from both of their backgrounds into their big day. To honor Rob’s Korean heritage, they drank Korean wine from a gourd cup – part of a larger ceremony called Hapgeunrye. For Amanda’s Jewish background, they performed the Hakafot – each circling the other seven times in a clockwise motion. The ceremony was officiated by two of their closest friends and was a beautiful, bespoke celebration of the couple. 

The Reach at John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center

As an architect, Amanda was drawn to the incredible architecture of The Reach, as well as its ample outdoor space. They held their ceremony outside the Welcome Pavilion before heading over to the reception space on the Victura deck. The sculpture “Brushstroke” served as a beautiful backdrop to their first dance, and outdoor heaters kept their guests warm as the sun began to set. 

Rob and Amanda are also huge foodies and worked with their caterers to create a luxury dining experience for their guests. The tasting menu included several courses and specially selected wines to go along with each. They even made their own wedding cake, which was not only delicious, but also a beautiful symbol of their new life together. 

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