Mel and Ryan had the craziest mix of cultures and ideas that we’ve ever experienced: Korean wedding ceremony (Mel is Korean), Bourbon Bars (Ryan is from Kentucky), and Mexico (the wedding was in Cabo). And yet. it all worked perfectly. Although, in all fairness, every event that Sarai and Martha of Signature Mexico design is absolute perfection so there was never any doubt.
To celebrate Mel’s Korean heritage, they had a Korean wedding ceremony called PaeBaek on Friday evening. Paebaek was originally intended for the bride to pay respects to the grooms family, but is now used as a way for couples to pay homage to their Korean heritage and honor both their parents and families. Mel and Ryan were both dressed in ceremonial Korean wedding attire called hanbock and began the ceremony with a series of deep bows to their parents and families. Then they offered wine to each set of honorees and received wisdom and advice from each of them.
The honorees then threw dates (symbolizing girls) and chestnuts (symbolizing boys) which Mel and Ryan tried to catch. According to legend, the number of dates and chestnuts caught is how many children the couple will have. At the end, Ryan gave Mel a piggy-back ride around the ceremony area to signify his ability to support her.
After all the American weddings we’ve seen, it was so interesting to see at least a part of a marriage celebration from another culture. Also…Mel and Ryan ROCKED the hanbock. How amazing do they look???
After the Korean ceremony the wedding guests joined Mel and Ryan for the rehearsal dinner at Hacienda Cocina Y Cantina which is officially our favorite spot in Cabo.
Saturday was the American ceremony. It took place at Cabo Del Sol down on the sand and was unbelievably beautiful. The reception was set up directly above the ceremony on a grassy bluff and was gorgeous and comfortable.
Since Ryan and his family are from Kentucky, they really appreciate their Bourbon. To celebrate properly, they had a bourbon bar…with six bottles of aged bourbon for their guests to enjoy. We loved hearing them discuss the different notes and flavors of each one and learning the things that make bourbon so special. Mel and Ryan actually did a toast with the bourbon which we just really loved.
We deeply enjoyed this wedding from start to finish. What a great experience! Thank you Mel and Ryan for giving us the honor of experiencing it with you! We wish you guys all the best in your future together.