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The Bride’s Surprise K-Pop Dance Performance Blew Everyone Away at This New York City Rooftop Wedding – Brides

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Talk about turning a negative into a positive: When Cecilia’s bucket list trip to Sweden was canceled, she agreed to meet Evan, a guy she’d matched with on Hinge, for their first date, instead—and the rest is history. The couple quietly got engaged in the fall of 2022, and decided to hold off on sharing the news for a while; they surprised their family and friends by announcing their engagement at a dinner party on Thanksgiving.

As they started planning their wedding, they looked to their immediate surroundings—New York City—as a guide. The couple lives above the city’s High Line, and they loved the idea of getting married in their “own urban backyard.” So, that’s what they did: They eloped on the High Line on May 12, 2023, and held a reception for 60 guests at 620 Loft & Garden, another Manhattan mainstay, just a few weeks later, on June 11, 2023. 

Cecilia and Evan’s guests traveled from Tianjin, Australia, Hong Kong, Hawaii, London, and more cities across the world to celebrate, so the newlyweds pulled out all the stops for their rooftop dinner party, which included surprise music and dance performances by both the bride and groom. The couple hired Xin Huang from Le Petite Prive to plan an intimate outdoor ceremony and a fun reception with views of the St. Patrick Cathedral. Take a look at their whimsical, garden-themed New York City wedding, photographed by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography.

Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


On the couple’s legal wedding day, which unfolded about a month before their larger party with family and friends, they shared a first look on The High Line before privately exchanging vows. Evan wore a dark green blazer from Suit Supply paired with ivory pants and Christian Louboutin suede loafers. For the elopement, Cecilia donned a lace halter dress with pearl button detailing and a lace floral appliqués on the neckline (and later changed into another mini with mesh sleeves). She accessorized with pearl drop earrings, a short veil, and white Chanel sunglasses. Her bouquet consisted of white and pink flowers mixed with large pink arrowhead plant leaves. “I shared a few photos with my florist and she designed it perfectly,” she says.

Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


For their reception one month later, Cecilia and Evan chose 620 Loft & Garden for its views of the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and its convenience for their guests—particularly Evan’s 91-year-old grandmother. The bride’s first internship was also across the street, making the wedding day a full circle moment for her.

Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


Cecilia chose a lace and tulle mermaid gown from Lee Grebenau with 3D floral appliqués and detachable sleeves for the reception. “I look the best in strapless and the train added drama,” she says, noting that her mother-in-law and friends helped her decide on the mermaid shape.

She went with a natural, glowy makeup and wore her hair up to prevent it from blowing in the wind. Cecilia asked her manicurist to create a gel manicure with rhinestone designs for extra shimmer and shine. As for her wedding day fragrance? She chose Little Flower by Regime Des Fleurs, which has rose notes; this was a nod to her Chinese name, which translates to Rose. Evan wore a custom blue suit from Hiras and accessorized with a boutonnière by Designs by Ahn.

Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


Cecilia and Evan’s party took place on the venue’s garden rooftop, where two long, wooden tables were set up so guests could take in iconic city views. Before they dined under the stars, attendees found mini ostrich feather fans in pastel colors on their chairs, a DIY project the couple took on themselves to help their guests keep cool.

Instead of chargers, sophisticated linen placemats with scalloped edges set the stage for each place setting. Blush gold-rimmed plates were topped with white oval menus and linen napkins with stitched flowers and pink borders. Ikebana-style centerpiece arrangements in blush, mauve, and ivory tones were scattered between pillar candles in alternating shades of blue, pink, and taupe.

Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


The couple hired performers from Elan Artists for the evening’s entertainment—a must for the musical couple. They made sure to include the piano, Evan’s favorite instrument, and the accordion, which is Cecilia’s favorite. “Evan spontaneously played Chopin’s first nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor on the white piano,” Cecilia says. “I knew he would, so I assisted in renting a piano at the venue.”

Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


The pair served two signature cocktails that Evan named himself. “Evan used to write at the Harvard Lampoon during college, and he came up with the funniest (dark humor) names,” Cecilia says. They served a dairy-free Mediterranean menu with Asian twists from the chef at Pinch Food Design, who used to live and work in Hong Kong (an experience he shares with the bride).

Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


Their three-tiered petal pink wedding cake featured abstract sugar detailing; the Earl Gray olive oil cake with wild blueberries and almond cardamom cake with hibiscus rose icing and chocolate ganache was a total hit. After the cake was cut, Evan shared a surprise toast—a memory that stands out to the bride when she looks back on the wedding day. “Evan’s toast was a well-kept secret until the wedding day and it made myself and a few guests tear up,” she says.

Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


After dinner, guests moved inside, where a mirrored dance floor reflected the pink draping and lighting enveloping the room. The DJ booth had a pink carpet and an all-white flower installation. Cecilia changed into a fun ivory sheer organza mini dress by Danielle Frankel to kick off the party.

Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


Photo by Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography


During the reception, Cecilia changed into a white tulle mini skirt, sculpted floral top, choker, and sneakers for the surprise of the night. She had worked with three dancers (one was a friend from grad school) to choreograph a dance to a pop-meets-K-pop mash-up of Sam Smith’s “Unholy,” Dua Lipa’s “Sweetest Pie,” Blackpink’s “Pink Venom,” and Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” “There were four different styles of choreography,” Cecilia says. “The dancers are truly amazing—we only rehearsed three times in total!”

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