Jenny and Hon met through friends, while attending the University of Alberta. Hon worked up the courage to ask Jenny for her number and a month later they went on their first date. Things instantly felt right. Hon recollects that they planned to attend a movie, but it was sold out. This detour gave the pair the opportunity to get to know one another. They spent the evening talking and enjoying each other’s company. There was an instant connection and they learned that they had a lot in common. After the first month together, they were no longer planning dates week to week or month to month. Instead, they “had a much longer term future in mind.”
In 2011, Jenny and Hon travelled to Chicago with their friends. Hon sought out the perfect location to propose — a Ferris wheel by the pier. Upon reaching the top, Hon got on one knee and proposed. When asked if marriage has changed their relationship, Jenny says that “after nine years, I didn’t think I could love him more, but it’s different.” In the background, Hon quickly comments “she loves me more!”
The Big Day
Jenny and Hon’s wedding was a true reflection of them as a couple: “[we] took pieces of what I found online and molded it to our style.” The day was filled with personal touches, starting with a journal that Hon gifted his bride. Every day, from a trip a year before to the wedding day itself, Hon wrote notes to his bride-to-be. The traditional Chinese tea ceremony featured Hon’s grandmother’s tea set, which was used at Hon’s parents wedding and the weddings of six of his aunts and uncles. Breaking from tradition they commenced their reception with their first dance, followed by a traditional lion dance. From the chalkboard backdrop handmade by Hon and his groomsmen for the photobooth, to the custom sweetscape and vintage typewriter for guests to write love notes to the newlyweds, the guests were completely entertained. Guests were served dinner from the couple’s favourite local restaurant, accompanied by the newlywed’s signature drink—butterscotch root beer.
Their wedding ceremony, the moment they shared their love for one another with their closest friends and family, is unequivocally their fondest memory. According to Hon, “it was a moment I will never forget.”
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Advice from the Newlyweds
Hire a team of people you trust. We truly enjoyed every moment of the engagement and planning stages because we had an amazing team. It is a once in a lifetime experience and it is such an incredibly special time that passes so quickly. Enjoy the journey, not just the wedding day.