A Sophisticated Summer Wedding at Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore, Maryland

With a network of talented family members and friends by their side, Sara Son (22 and a freelance writer) and Uesin Kim (25 and a campus minister and pastor) pulled off an elegant fete jam-packed with personal flair. To set a sophisticated tone for the soiree, Sara and Uesin gathered their guests at the Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore, Maryland. Since they both attended Johns Hopkins University, the setting helped the couple honor to their story. “We didn’t do this on purpose, but we thought it was a great way to incorporate our school pride and pay tribute to the thing that brought us both to Baltimore and ultimately each other,” Sara says. A striking example of Gilded Age architecture, the 19th-century mansion infused the affair with an undeniable sense of old-world opulence. The ceremony unfolded outdoors in Evergreen’s lush gardens, where stately stone urns overflowing with ivory and blush blooms framed the couple as they exchanged vows. A close friend officiated at the intimate ceremony, giving the proceedings a distinct feel. A swinging cocktail hour followed on the terrace overlooking the gardens. Uesin’s friends provided the tunes, while guests sipped on a specially curated selection of Shiner beers—a tribute to Uesin’s home state of Texas—and nibbled appetizers such as mini crab cakes and chicken and waffles. The newlyweds then ushered guests into the Carriage House for the reception. Shades of blush, sage, ivory and gold washed over the room, bringing a note of softness and romance to the exposed-brick and wooden accents. Sara’s close friend Janet provided all the florals for the affair, creating bountiful arrangements of roses, ranunculus, dusty miller and hypericum berries in pale pink and white to infuse the decor. The cake was also the handiwork of one of Sara’s close friends. “Our cake was made as a gift by our friend Yoon, a food blogger who was also a cook at Woodberry Kitchen at the time. It was his gift to us, and honestly I think it was the best cake I’ve ever had at a wedding, though I may be biased,” Sara says. After the meal, DJ Mike Lisby took over, getting guests young and old out of their seats and onto the dance floor with an upbeat mix of old-school hip-hop, R&B and Top 40 hits. A tip from Sara: “Do away with all the must-haves and must-dos. It’s your day, so don’t feel pressured by others or some industry standard to inform your vision. If you want a small wedding in a backyard, do it. The thing we most regret is bowing to the desires of others who did not have a stake in my marriage or even my life. If anything, listen to those who are willing to advocate for you.” —Libby MacCarthy