An Elegant Multicultural Wedding at the Inn at Fernbrook Farms in Bordentown, New Jersey
Though they’d been friends since high school, Sonia Ha (27 and a nurse) and Sam Fein (29 and a compliance officer) didn’t date until eight years into their friendship. When planning their wedding, they exercised even more patience. They lost their original venue just eight months ahead of their date and had to go back to the drawing board. “The whole experience was truly a blessing in disguise because The Inn at Fernbrook Farms ended up being our dream wedding venue,” Sonia says. The couple then hit the ground running, customizing their garden party celebration with Chinese and Jewish traditions. The groom wore a custom royal-blue tuxedo with a black satin shawl lapel and burgundy lining, while the bride paired a floral comb with her ivory sweetheart gown. The two married beneath a birch tree chuppah that Sam, his brother and his best friend built the morning of the wedding. Bridesmaids wore burgundy gowns and carried bunches of thistle, ranunculus and blueberries. Sonia’s bouquet stood out with complementary satin ribbons. After a Chinese tea ceremony and Jewish rituals, guests gathered throughout the scenic setting for cocktails, dinner and band-led dancing. At cocktail hour, guests cut into savory cheese wheel cake and other farm-to-table bites. A floral chandelier floating from the tent’s peak, with navy and white linens, gold terrariums and chargers, set a polished scene at the reception. Partygoers found a surprise at their seats: mini Tabasco bottles, a favorite of Sonia’s. The couple chose a vanilla-frosted chocolate cake with chocolate and strawberry filling for dessert. For the cake cutting, the two changed into traditional Chinese dress, which included an embroidered qipao for Sonia.