A Romantic First Look and a Gorgeous Duke Chapel Wedding

Alisa + Matthew | Jun 10, 2017

Alisa and Matt met in the summer of 2008 through mutual friends in Palo Alto. Sadly, Matt was going off to college in Colorado on a golf scholarship and Alisa was going back to college in California. For the next 6 months, Alisa would get random messages from Matt asking for schoolwork help and Alisa obliged but was oblivious to Matt’s ulterior motive which was to keep in touch. When they came home for winter break, he asked her out on a date and she agreed! They started with a long-distance relationship before Matt transferred to UC Davis and then did it again when Alisa moved to NC to pursue her PhD in Toxicology. Shortly after, Matt moved to NC and became a golf professional at Duke University Golf Club. Matt truly loves golf and Alisa supported his passion so it was fitting that he proposed to her on the third hole of the Duke University golf course seven years after they started dating. Matt wrote out “marry me?” on the side of the green in huge letters with golf balls. Alisa’s initial response was yelling out, “this is so weird!”, before calming down and saying, “YES!” According to Alisa, it was a cheesy and romantic proposal and she wouldn’t have any other way!


Alisa and Matt had a gorgeous June wedding at Duke University Chapel and a fabulous reception at the University Club captured by Morgan Henderson Photography. The couple wanted a wedding that was both unique and traditional and although they never imagined a church wedding, they immediately fell in love with the grandeur of the Duke Chapel. They envisioned a modern wedding with mirrors and glass elements but both the ceremony and reception venues were dramatic and traditional so they decided their theme was “contemporary-romantic.” For the décor and florals, Alisa and Matt chose a neutral color palette of white, gold, and silver and then added a hint of color with champagne, dove grey and blush bridesmaid dresses. Alisa was absolutely stunning in her form-fitting Pronovias gown; its illusion back with simple lace details and sparkle looked like it was made for her and her gold Christian Louboutin’s (a gift from Matt!) completed her elegant look. Alisa is half-Chinese and Matt is half-Korean so it was very important to them to include symbols to represent both their cultures; they had sugar cookie wedding favors with the Chinese and Korean symbol for double happiness. One of the highlights of their day was the first look that they shared right where Matt had proposed and it was so sweet to create another special memory in the same spot they became engaged. Alisa and Matt’s wedding was full of love, fabulous toasts (her dad sang part of his!), and sentimental moments with friends and family for  a day that they will cherish forever.


Congratulations, Alisa and Matt!

Creative Team

Floral Dimensions

Bailey Lane Bakery
Nothing Bundt Cakes

Duke Chapel
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
University Club

Events by Memory Lane

Morgan Henderson Photography

All Events DJs

Twenty-One Films

Soap Box Salon

Paper Goods + Calligraphy

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