Megan and Zach tied the knot at the Memphis Botanic Gardens on May 13th. Surrounded by family and friends they pledged their love and danced the night away.
Boy Meets Girl
Zach and Megan met in college right here in Memphis. Megan is from Korea, where her family currently resides, and came to Memphis for school. She’s secured two degrees in her time here, achieving her second only days before her wedding. She and Zach lived in the same dorm and in typical boy meets girl fashion they became friends before anything else. Their friendship soon blossomed into something more and is now, what everyone can plainly see, an unbreakable bond of love. I knew their wedding day would be amazing when I took engagement photos of them. You can see their engagement photos here.
You see the great thing about love is that it’s understood in any language. Much like happiness, gratitude, and amazement, love is something that you can just feel in the air. Their wedding day held a few challenges because Megan’s family doesn’t speak English.
I knew one phrase to introduce myself to her Mother (“Hello, how are you” is something that I picked up while working for a Korean family in high school) so the day was full of hand motions, smiles, and follow the leader. But there was one word, one language, that everyone understood and that was love.
If you were at the Botanic Gardens that day it was plain to see just from watching both sets of families that there was something that held everyone together. The glue of the day, I’d guess you call it, was love. It wasn’t just the love of the bride and groom for each other, it was the love and bond that both families had for one another.
What Fairytales Are Made Of
“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” – Harry Burns (When Harry Met Sally)
Megan and I did her bridals the week before her wedding and when I saw her in her gown for the first time I thought she looked like Cinderella. I knew then that the wedding day was going to be emotional for everyone. As someone who’s lived away from my family for the better part of 16 years I know how special and amazing it is to have everyone together for any event, much less a wedding.
As she stepped into her dress for the first time she fanned her eyes so that her tears wouldn’t ruin her makeup. She and Zach met in the woods at the Botanic Gardens for a secluded and private first moment together. I asked if either wanted to say anything to the other. Zach just took her hand and said no, the tears were already trying to flow and if they exchanged words they’d probably both just cry.
As Megan’s father walked her down the aisle to her future husband I saw a flood of emotion sweep across her face. And when Zach saw his bride for the first time I wasn’t sure if he was going to cry or jump in the air with happiness. It’s something both of them were so excited for and spent so much time anticipating.
They had an amazing ceremony surrounded by loved ones, and they headed to the reception full of warm embraces and well wishes. Their guest book was probably the coolest thing I’ve seen so far- they had guests take photos with a Polaroid camera and stick them on blank pages.
If there’s one thing that everyone can look forward to from the couple it’s lots of babies! There’s a Korean tradition where the parents of the couple toss fruit and nuts onto a special cloth that the newlyweds use as a net. They count the fruit and nuts and however many are in there is the number of children they will be blessed with. 29 kids, the lucky number was 29. In good humor Zach’s father toasted to a happy life with many, many happy children.
They danced the rest of the night away surrounded by family and friends. Zach made sure they left the reception in style when he dipped his new bride and kissed her. Before they left for their first night as a married couple they met her family for an emotional goodbye.
They spent a few days in Florida with Megan’s family before saying a final goodbye. From the pictures Megan shared on Instagram I know their happily ever after has already begun.
Check out some highlights from their day. When I say it was impossible to narrow down my favorites I mean it!