This couple surprised their entire family with their multicultural wedding #Features#couples of color#multi-colored dress#multicultural#short dress#surprise wedding March 9 2016 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Photos by: Seven of Hearts Photography Photos by Seven of Hearts Photography Mike and Mallory have a diverse background that they wanted to embrace at their wedding. The groom's mother is Korean and his father is African-American, and the bride's father is Chinese and Greek and her mother is Italian and German. There were LOTS of cultures to represent and they rocked them. But the shocking part is yet to come: the couple totally surprised their guests with the wedding itself! They used the guise of an engagement party to get everyone together and then dropped the bomb that it was actually their two-part wedding. Let's hear from the bride herself on how it all went down: There wasn't a traditional aisle, though we did ask my dad to give me away. We had a traditional wedding ceremony where Michael and I wrote our own vows. After that ceremony, Michael and I changed into traditional Korean wedding attire, a hanbok, and performed the traditional Korean Pyebaek bowing ceremony. During the second ceremony, Mike's parents sat on cushions behind a table filled with bowls of Jujubes (Korean dates) and chestnuts, to symbolize children, in front of a painted screen, while Mike and I were on the other side of the table. We began by bowing to one another one at a time, then bowed to Mike's parents while kneeling on the floor. Mike poured wine and offered to me to drink, as I did for him in return. Once we were done with our small glasses of wine, Mike's mom then threw jujube and chestnuts into the skirt of my hanbok to symbolize how blessed we will be with children. Once the Pyebaek ceremony was complete, was changed back into our wedding attire and closed out the night with cake cutting and our first dance followed by a dance with my dad while Mike danced with his mom to "What a Wonderful World." Check out the full video and photos below: Vendors Best Made Videos • Venue: Mama Stortini's Italian Restaurant • Photography: Seven of Hearts Photography Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS 8 weekday wedding tips from Offbeat Brides who have ventured into the midweek NEXT I want to buy my dream wedding dress before I'm even engaged Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] I love this idea (surprise wedding) and the blending of cultures! You two radiate happiness and love in your photos! Congrats! Reply she has the biggest happiest smile ever!! love it!! and her dress too! also weird that i used to go to this restaurant with my family as a kid! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.