May 19, 2018
Christian and Silven met while they were both attending Samford University. Silven, smitten with Christian, did whatever he could to get closer to her.
“Silven asked me to train for an upcoming 5K with him. Come to find out later, he actually always hated running, but used it as a way to get to know me better after learning that I loved it,” says Christian. “At the end of one of our usual runs, Silven asked me if I wanted to go with him to the Miss Samford Pageant. Again, pageants were not exactly his thing, but he had heard from a friend that I was planning to attend. I was surprised that he wanted to go to a pageant with me, but I happily accepted.”
After graduation life threw them a challenge. Silven was accepted to Hillsong College in Australia, while Christian had plans to go to physical therapy school in Alabama. Despite the 15-hour time difference their relationship stayed strong for three years. As distance made the heart grow fonder, Silven planned to make sure they wouldn’t be separated again.
“We were enjoying the beautiful day in his backyard, talking about our growth over the past three years together. The conversation naturally flowed into what our future would look like, as he was returning to Australia in two days for his final semester,” recalls Christian. “He assured me that he did not know what the future would hold, but he knew he wanted me to be a part of it. He then got down on one knee with a beautiful ring and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said ‘yes.’”
Christian’s “something old” was a bracelet given to her by Silven’s parents, her wedding dress was her “something new.” She borrowed a veil from her matron of honor, and finished her ensemble with winter blue suede shoes.
“My favorite personal touches were the flower draped wooden cross as the backdrop for the ceremony, and the modern chandelier decorated with greenery hanging over the wooden farmhouse wedding party table,” says Christian.
Silven had two specific requests for the wedding: a talented band and macaroni and cheese with dinner.
“The colors were neutrals—gray, white, and greenery—to blend with the natural beauty of the Cummer gardens,” says Christian.
“Silven is of Korean descent, and we took part in a traditional Korean wedding reception upon returning from our honeymoon, wearing traditional Korean clothing,” says Christian.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Brooke Images, Ashley & Greg Granstad • CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATION: Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens • WEDDING PLANNER: Jen Bechan, Jbechan Events • HAIR: Grazyna Mercado • MAKEUP: Kimtasha Pro Make-up Artist • WEDDING GOWN: One Fine Day Bridal Salon, Liancarlo • BRIDE’S JEWELRY: BaubleBar • BRIDE’S SHOES: Kenneth Cole • BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Bella Bridesmaids • GROOM’S ATTIRE: Remon’s Clothier Custom Suit • GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse • RINGS: Underwood’s & Jared • CAKE: Classic Cakes • FLOWERS: Ann Evans, Cypress Floral Design • DÉCOR: Mark Grandin Events & Beachview Event Rentals • CALLIGRAPHER: Pam Meadows • INVITATIONS: The Write Touch • CATERER: Chef’s Garden Catering & Events • MUSIC: Soloist, Abigail Smid; Strings, Wehner Weddings; Reception Band, KTG