Celebrity couples often become known by a single moniker (think "Kimye" or "Brangelina"). And while Sharon Chin, 29, and Harrison Lee, 32, may not have quite the same social status as the #WorldsMostTalkedAboutCouple, they do have their own name: Sharrison. "We've been glued together since we met," says Sharon. "That's how we got our infamous name!"
Sharon and Harrison's nickname became the star of their September 22, 2012, wedding at Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades, California, making appearances on the couple's invitations, photo booth, and more. The bride and groom's personalities also took center stage, from a palette of vibrant hues to reception games — hula hoops, anyone?! — and a multitude of do-it-yourself projects. "Ultimately, our hope was that people would get drunk, enjoy the menu and dance the night away," says Sharon. "I think we succeeded!"
The flirty flare of a strapless Maggie Sottero gown spoke to Sharon. "As a rather busty woman, part of me thought I would hate the dress picking process," she admits. "However, I've never felt so beautiful in anything else I've put on."
Sharon's favorite accessories? A necklace and bracelet handcrafted by Anu Custom Made Jewelry using Russian-cut crystals. "I got so many compliments on the bracelet because people could really see it during the ceremony!" Sharon says.
Five friends (four ladies and one gent) served as Sharon's bridesmaids and bridesman, donning purple Bill Levkoff dresses in a variety of styles and shades of purple and a soft gray suit, respectively. "I liked that they didn't look like carbon copies of each other," Sharon says.
Harrison and his groomsmen wore gray suits, the perfect hue to accent the bridesmaids' purple looks at the summer wedding.
Peony & Plum
made bouquets of pastel dahlias and roses wrapped in ivory ribbon.
Fans decorated with playful doodles doubled as programs for Sharon and Harrison's outdoor reception.
Two of Sharon's cousins served as flower girls, walking down the grass aisle before the bride, the eldest tossing petals as she went...
...But the younger girl "didn't toss any flower petals until the very end, when she pretty much threw the entire basket up in the air!" Sharon recalls.
Sharon made the brightly-colored tissue paper pom-poms that hung from a tree above the couple as they exchanged vows. "We didn't want things to feel too stuffy," she says. Harrison's grandfather officiated the ceremony, which included Chinese idioms read by the bride's grandfather and translated by her father and brother.
The couple's recessional was to Amy Grant's "Baby Baby," a shout out to when Harrison proposed by writing new lyrics to the song and playing them to Sharon as he asked for her hand in marriage.
"We wanted our reception to feel even more fun and relaxed than the ceremony," Sharon says. So, the couple hosted lawn games including corn hole, hula-hoops, and ladder golf for children (and adults!) to play with outside.
At the entrance to the indoor reception space, where guests found their table assignments, Sharon and Harrison hung old photos of themselves in the bushes for guests to peruse and laugh at.
Bright dahlias, lisianthus, and a smattering of other blooms made up the couple's mason jar centerpieces. To complement each table's number, Sharon and Harrison also placed a photo of themselves at that age. "It was a ton of work," Sharon says, "but it was totally worth it after hearing all the good feedback from our guests!"
The menu was important to the couple, who served a selection of their favorite comfort foods, like mac & cheese and fried chicken, instead of conventional entrées. Their cake was another non-traditional twist: The Hawaiian Paradise cake, with layers of guava, passion fruit, and lime chiffon cake, was filled with whipped cream and topped with fresh dahlias.
Now that the biggest party of their lives has ended and they've returned from an epic honeymoon to South Africa and Victoria Falls, Sharon and Harrison are looking forward to the next big thing: "We're trying to savor the time we have together before little Sharrison babies take over our lives and expand our 'famLEE,'" Sharon jokes.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Temescal Gateway Park || Wedding Planner: Orange Blossom Special Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero || Shoes: American Rag, Toms || Jewelry: Nordstrom, Anu Custom Made Jewelry || Hair: Christophe Salon || Makeup: Adam Mantell of Laura Mercier || Bridesmaids' Dresses & Flower Girl Attire: Bill Levkoff || Florist: Peony & Plum || Invitations & Paper Goods: BRIDES, Orange Blossom Special Events || Music: DJ Acapella || Catering: Jason's Catered Events || Cake: King's Hawaiian Bakery || Rentals: Signature Party Rentals || Favors: Lottery Tickets from California Lottery || Transportation: Royal American Tours and Charters || Accommodations: The Huntley Hotel || Photo Booth: Flash Life Photobooth || Videography: Aaron Bennett, Danny Roew || Photography: Blair Nicole Photography