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This Couple Took a New Surname at Their East-Meets-West Wedding in New York

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Sophie Kaye

Artist and wedding invitation designer Kimberly Zeluck Hadas and Isaac Hadas met when her sister convinced her to join a dinner that Isaac was also invited to. He originally had other plans, but thankfully those fell through at the last minute. After dating for five years, he proposed in a park in the West Village.

The theme of their wedding was “A Mid-Autumn Night’s Dream” with a Chinese twist, as Kimberly grew up in Hong Kong and is half Chinese, and the perfect location was Michelin-star restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns. To help plan everything, the bride and her mother took on most of the planning, and two months out, they hired wedding coordinator Claudia Hanlin of Wedding Library. “Since it was a multi-cultural wedding, we knew that we wanted it to have an East-meets-West feel,” Kimberly says. “Our wedding coincided with the Chinese Moon Festival too, so it seemed like a good opportunity to draw some cultural inspiration.” 

As an artist, the bride drew color inspiration from the mood and environment of the day—autumnal foliage and crisp chinoiserie, as an homage to the season, and rich jewel-tones for the tables and bouquets. Kimberly also created and hand-lettered all of the paper goods and created a personalized crest for the day. 

Before the late September ceremony, the Jewish couple, their families, and the wedding party held a private tea ceremony and Ketubah-signing. Kimberly wore a traditional, hand-embroidered Gua dress from Hong Kong, while Isaac wore a red Chinese “cabbage blossom” over his suit. 

For the wedding ceremony, the bride put on an off-the-shoulder, floral gown by Israeli designer Chana Marelus. Along with her dress, she wore a Daphne Newman bespoke veil with her and Isaac’s names embroidered on a petal of a flower appliqué and Roger Vivier pearl heels. Her parents also gifted her custom floral earrings by Hamilton Jewelers to wear down the aisle as a wedding present.

The groom wore a custom, blue Ermenegildo Zegna suit with a red velvet bow-tie and gifted the fathers and his groomsmen navy blue suits and kimono bow-ties with varying red patterns to complement the bridesmaids’ looks. The bridal party was dressed in shades ranging from pale pink to deep burgundy, as a nod to Chinese wedding colors, and they were gifted embroidered pashmina shawls with their names embroidered on them. 

On the day-of, the bride’s 90-year-old great uncle served as the adorable ring bearer and strolled down the aisle after Isaac and his parents. Then Kimberly walked with her parents to Sigur Rós’s “Hoppípolla,” played by a string quartet. The couple had a modern Jewish service, officiated by Isaac’s father, and each of their family members read one of the seven Jewish marriage prayers. 

“The most significant part of the ceremony was sharing with our friends and family that Isaac and I had decided to buck tradition and take on a new surname that we could share together,” Kimberly says. “Our new name is an older version of Isaac’s family name, which had been altered over the years—it is our “something old and something new.”

After saying, “I do,” everyone headed inside for the reception. Tables were covered with flowers and tall, lush branches, dripping with hanging candles, to transform the space into “a glowing, enchanted forest.” The Michelin-star restaurant served guests caviar, lobster, lamb, and the best mashed potatoes the bride has ever tasted. Dinner finished with a tea-infused buckwheat wedding cake with layers of cream and plum compote inside.

For dancing, the bride changed into another dress with floral straps and a pair of comfy Kate Spade x Keds sneakers. The newlyweds had their first dance to “Some Enchanted Evening,” from the musical South Pacific, and then everyone jumped onto the floor for the hora! 

Once the reception came to an end, the couple said goodbye to their guests with a Taiwanese-style send-off. “I wore my Gua dress, and Isaac and I offered our guests Chinese wedding candies from my grandmother’s antique Chinese basket,” Kimberly says. “All of our guests carried handheld lanterns and formed a path for us through the lantern-lit courtyard. It was so nice to be able to have an intimate moment with each and every guest, thanking them for being a part of our special day.”