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I never imagined having a big lavish wedding. As many of you know I wrote a long blog post about conforming to wedding norms and the marketing ploy of diamonds and the consumerism of the industry. Yet, here I am in ridiculously expensive garb, being pampered by traditional wedding masters and surrounded by the highest quality video and camera equipment.

In the end, it all came down to authenticity. I didn't want a diamond because the billboard told me to, I didn't want a huge white dress because that's the trend, I didn't want a huge buzzing party to show my popularity.

I like colors and ancient traditions and exotic cultures and history. And most of all, I fell in love with a Korean. And this was our dream and our vision and the memory we wanted for our family--to show our children this day and the people who were with us to celebrate.
But - It's hard being Queen. No seriously. Korean traditional weddings are hard. I wore 4 different dresses and bowed a zillion times. Not to mention I had to have my arms up, elbows out, perfect stance 'main pose' for bursts of 20 minutes at a time for about 5 hours straight. It was a serious workout. It was exhausting and emotional. But we did it and I was officially an emoji! 🎎✨
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Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us today in Korea and to all of you who watched our story from the other side of the world!
Saranghaeyo ♡ 사랑해요
Photography by: Juno Movie, Seoul South Korea

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xx Alyssa
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