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Jackie & Peter
Katie Schroeder | Photo: Nakai Photography | April 2, 2014
For these high-school sweethearts, love at first sight turned into a fairy-tale ending.
Tying the knot just out of college may seem early to some, but 25-year-old newlyweds Jackie Kim and Peter Evanich had ticked off eight years as a couple before making it official. Originally from South Korea, Kim moved to the United States in seventh grade, and the two met in an AP chemistry class at New Trier Township High School. “He says it was love at first sight, which I kind of don’t believe,” she jokes. “When I did notice him, though, I fell very hard.”
Naturally, the big day incorporated their past as high school sweethearts: The bridal colors were midnight blue and silver, which had been their prom color, and Kim’s bouquet of blue hydrangeas and white garden roses was wrapped in a silver swatch from the prom dress her mother had made. “We wanted it to be very intimate, personal and romantic,” she says of the celebration for 150 guests, so they hired A Perfect Event to execute the vision. “Peter’s family has known Debi Lilly for years and always used her for events and his siblings’ weddings, so we knew that the moment we started planning, we would be calling Debi.”
The ceremony at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Center was followed by a reception at the Union League Club of Chicago, locations that nodded to her love of music and his of architecture. Opting for a more American celebration, they incorporated details of a traditional Korean wedding, such as having Kim’s best friend sing during the ceremony and setting a pair of wooden duck figurines next to the five-tier wedding cake. (The ducks now live in the couple’s home and are the Korean symbol for marriage because they are believed to mate with one partner for life.)
The reception, a friend told her, “looked like a modern version of Beauty and the Beast.” Huge chandeliers hung from the paneled wood ceiling in the dark blue ballroom, which was illuminated by votive candles surrounding floral tablescapes. It was a fairy-tale ambience that had been set by the invitations, which were written and designed like a classic storybook tale. Not to mention the swoonworthy proposal: The night before Kim’s 23rd birthday, Evanich had slipped a Bulgari corona ring on her finger while she was sleeping so that she awoke to an unforgettable present.
“The most important part was that everyone we loved was in one room together,” says Kim. “This opportunity happens twice in your life—your wedding and your funeral—so this was our one day to appreciate the gathering and celebration.”
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