Compiled by Anne Leonard
Photography by Shannon Moffit Photography
Who: Kristin Farley, middle school science teacher, and Wai Wong, lawyer. When: July 11, 2015. Where: Ceremony at Bayside Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach; Reception at Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Guest List: Approximately 180 guests traveled from New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago and California. Where They Met: “It was truly fate that brought us together, as I am originally from New York, Wai is from Virginia, and neither one of us ever thought we would be living in Kentucky,” Kristin says. A Yale alumna, Kristin decided she’d check out an event put on by Yale’s alumni association. Wai, an alumnus of rival school Princeton, was at first resistant to attend the function with his friend and Yale alumnus, John. “Despite having to wait out an older Yale alumnus who, in Wai’s opinion, was monopolizing my time, Wai was able to catch up with me at the end of the night to get my number.” Instead of taking his friends’ advice to wait at least 48 hours to call, he asked her out bright and early the next morning. The Engagement: “It happened in Disney World—the happiest place on Earth! We were out at the Magic Kingdom all day, and Wai had the ring in his pocket.” Nervous the ring would fall out during the rides, he safety-pinned it to his pants pocket as he rehearsed his lines in his head throughout the day. Later, they returned to Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel. “He had secretly booked us a fancy room at the hotel and had it set up with flowers, candy and pictures of us. When we got to the room, he got down on one knee and proposed. I just remember being the happiest I had ever been!” Wedding Wishes: Since the couple met in Louisville, they knew they wanted to embrace the Kentucky Derby theme. “We wanted it to be subtle, however, so that our guests didn’t feel as though they were at a costume party.” Some of the Derby details included horseshoe seating charms, former Derby winners for table names, a bourbon bar and Wai’s jockey cufflinks. What’s Next: Kristin and Wai moved from Washington D.C. to Virginia Beach, where they purchased a home in the Great Neck area.
Hair For Bride and Bridal Party: Shaelynn Riddle, Chesapeake. Paper Products: Jacobson Fine Papers & Gifts, Virginia Beach. Caterer: Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Rentals: Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Ceremony Music: Harbor String Quartet. Reception Band: Attraction.
Blushing Bride: Kristin's gown—“Bobbi” by Augusta Jones. Shoes: Badgley Mischka. Make-up: Kristine Marie. “To match Wai and his boutonniere, I put one pink orchid in my hair—Wai’s favorite flower,” Kristin says. During the reception, Kristin changed into a knee-length Lilly Pulitzer dress.
“I wanted the bouquet to be a bit ‘wild,’ with a lot of greenery and lots of pink and white colors,” Kristin explains. Palette of Petals in Virginia Beach provided the bride’s and bridemaids’ bouquets of dahlias, roses, lisianthus, ranunculus, cream spray roses, soft pink astilbe, camellia leaves, foliage, Italian ruscus and Israeli ruscus.
While they had seven different types of bourbon, mint juleps and signature cocktails were also served. “One of our favorite table details was our Swarovski Crystal gold flutes. We bought them together shortly after our engagement in our excitement about the wedding, and we used them for all of our toasts,” Kristin says.
Atop the champagne-colored tablecloths were gold candelabras, glass pedestals and flowers that matched the bouquets. Each table was named after former Derby winners, except for the one she named “Spectacular Bid” after the team of students she taught in Louisville the same year she and Wai met.
Incredible Edibles Bakery in Virginia Beach created their dreamy strawberries and cream cake. Kristin’s high school friend Lynnea Midland created all of the Derby-esque signs and chalkboard art.
Shelley, Wai’s sister, gifted the couple with an etched jar for their honeymoon fund. They honeymooned to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for two weeks.
Stage Right Lighting provided their lighting along with a snazzy, custom horseshoe monogram projected on the dance floor.
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