When Sandy asked me to second shoot Cindy and Luke’s wedding day with her I was beyond excited. I had seen their recent engagement session at Carrie Furnace and knew that it was going to be an amazing day. Cindy and Luke got ready at Cambria Suites next to Consol Energy Center. After briefly capturing some of the details and getting ready shots in Cindy’s room, I joined Luke and his groomsmen for the limo ride to Calvary United Methodist Church where their ceremony was to be held. As Luke waited at the front of the aisle, Cindy entered the church through the side door. She was jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
After the ceremony we headed to West Park for wedding portraits. Luke and Cindy were just stunning together.
Their reception followed at Heinz History Center in the Strip District. While the guests enjoyed cocktail hour, Cindy and Luke changed into their hanbok (traditional Korean wedding attire) for the Paebaek ceremony, which is an old tradition intended as a way for the bride to pay her respect to the groom’s family. It symbolizes the joining of two families, rather than two individuals.
During the Paebaek ceremony the parents sit on one side of a table, and the couple on the other side. The table is filled with dates, chestnuts, and rice wine. The couple first bows, then kneels while they pour the rice wine for their parents, and other members of the family that they are honoring as well. After drinking the rice wine, the parents give a few words of wisdom, and then throw dates and chestnuts that the bride and groom will try to catch in the bride’s skirt. The number of children that the couple will have is determined based on what they catch.
After the ceremony Cindy and Luke changed into the dress and tux, and danced the night away.
It was an absolute honor to be part of this truly special and memorable day.