ONE AU­TUMN EVENING

Martha Stewart Weddings - - ONE AUTUMN EVENING - PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY HEATHER WARAKSA TEXT BY SHIRA SAVADA

When a de­sign-minded duo dreamt up a wed­ding that cel­e­brated their her­itage and the art they love, the re­sult was dra­matic de­tail at ev­ery turn.

best ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships are like works of art: They carry lay­ers of mean­ing and are, for those lucky enough to wit­ness them, things of beauty to be­hold.

Glara Ahn and Matthew Huang share one such re­la­tion­ship. The pair first met as col­lege fresh­men, and their ro­mance blos­somed from friend­ship as they dis­cov­ered how much they had in com­mon: They both grew up in the New York City area and had lived abroad in Asia (he in Ja­pan, she in Korea). They also found a mu­tual, and com­pelling, love of art. “I can see, look­ing back, why we con­nected so well,” Glara says. “And I think that’s what did it.”

And so, five years af­ter grad­u­a­tion, the San Fran­cisco–based cou­ple (she’s a de­signer; he’s an in­vestor) set out to cre­ate a work of art all their own—a wed­ding that in­cluded modern takes on con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese, Korean, and baroque arts. They added un­ex­pected details, like Glara’s daz­zling red gown, as fo­cal points. On Oc­to­ber 31, 2015, with 120 loved ones gath­ered in one of the cou­ple’s fa­vorite modern-art-filled ho­tels in New York City, they be­came hus­band and wife, pro­claim­ing their love in a set­ting ev­ery bit as vis­ually stun­ning as they’d imag­ined.

The bride and her floral de­signer, Saipua, col­lab­o­rated to give each of sev­eral spa­ces at the Gramercy Park Ho­tel its own color pal­ette and mood, so that guests would ex­pe­ri­ence an evo­lu­tion through­out the cel­e­bra­tion.“The goal was to im­bue the set­ting with a cer­tain rich­ness us­ing met­als and a range of nat­u­ral colors,” Glara says of the over­all pal­ette. “It was more or less a cus­tom art project, mak­ing it all the more mean­ing­ful.” At­ten­dees en­tered through the liv­ing room, where soft-pink flo­rals and live jazz cre­ated a warm, wel­com­ing at­mos­phere. They then moved to one of the terrace gar­dens, where lush greens, vo­tive can­dles, and an­tique details set the scene for the cer­e­mony, which fea­tured a Chi­nese friend­ship poem and per­sonal sto­ries. The next stop was the par­lor, a lux­u­ri­ant jun­gle with es­cort cards hang­ing from palms that later be­came the back­ground for a photo booth. Then came the din­ing area, the dec­o­ra­tion of which was in­spired by the jewel tones and rich hues of the Dutch masters and the bounty of­ten shown in their paint­ings.

The black-tie af­fair was a sen­sory de­light across the board, with mu­sic fill­ing the air and plum wine fill­ing glasses. Din­ner in­cor­po­rated sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents with an Asian touch, in­clud­ing aged sir­loin with maitake mush­rooms, herbed pota­toes, and wasabi and ap­ple purée. The fi­nal stage of the party evoked an en­er­gized night mar­ket, com­plete with hang­ing pa­per lanterns; guests in­dulged in steamed dumplings, spring rolls, and more, as well as sweets like sesame balls and pineap­ple buns.

In the end, the wed­ding was ex­actly what the cou­ple had hoped for—an evening lay­ered with mem­o­rable art and art­ful dé­cor, na­ture and tra­di­tion, and an abun­dance of love.

LADY IN RED The bride’s cas­cad­ing bou­quet, in­spired by a paint­ing and trail­ing sev­eral feet, fea­tured pe­onies, or­chids, ama­ranth, um­brella fern, chrysan­the­mums, eu­ca­lyp­tus, and eu­ony­mus. Op­po­site: Matthew Huang (in a Tom Ford tux) and Glara Ahn (wear­ing Alexan­der McQueen) took to the streets of Man­hat­tan for pre­cer­e­mony photos.

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