Keith & Jeanne
 

THE BRIDAL PARTY

 
 

The Maid of Honor & Bridesmaids

Gina Kim · Maid of Honor

The first conscious memory I have of my sister was of her crying on the other side of the door of my preschool room. She was begging to join preschool to be with me - looking back at that memory, I remember a sense of feeling concerned and also thinking, "Just give her what she wants, people!" Mom told me she ended up taking preschool with me. 

But, Jeanne quickly became a vibrant and independent girl. We ended up going to the same school through college, so I never experienced missing her until she lived abroad. In hindsight, I think we actually had more quality conversations with Jeanne being abroad than all our years before. When she returned to the states, it was evident that our sisterhood transformed into a deeper bond. She became my pillar and was a picture of Jesus through one of the most formative seasons in my life.

Stella Yeo   To keep our love story short and sweet, Jeanne and I first met back in 2006 as freshmen and let’s just say, our first impressions of one another indicated that we’d never  ever  get along. Fast forward 3 years when our dogs brought us together, we discovered each other’s quirkiness and the rest is history. We made our big post-grad move to Seoul together, which marks one of the best experiences of our lives. We’re always reminiscing and laughing about that one time we got bumped up to first class on our flight back to Korea from Taiwan, and all the other countries we traveled to including Thailand, France, Spain, Belgium, and Netherlands. No doubt, the soundtrack to our friendship is Wicked’s “For Good” and that song says everything. I’m so thankful that God brought us together 8 years ago and honored to be standing by her side on her big day. Our friendship has grown tremendously over the years, and has truly been, for good. Love you, GG. 

Stella Yeo

To keep our love story short and sweet, Jeanne and I first met back in 2006 as freshmen and let’s just say, our first impressions of one another indicated that we’d never ever get along. Fast forward 3 years when our dogs brought us together, we discovered each other’s quirkiness and the rest is history. We made our big post-grad move to Seoul together, which marks one of the best experiences of our lives. We’re always reminiscing and laughing about that one time we got bumped up to first class on our flight back to Korea from Taiwan, and all the other countries we traveled to including Thailand, France, Spain, Belgium, and Netherlands. No doubt, the soundtrack to our friendship is Wicked’s “For Good” and that song says everything. I’m so thankful that God brought us together 8 years ago and honored to be standing by her side on her big day. Our friendship has grown tremendously over the years, and has truly been, for good. Love you, GG. 

Christina Chun   In high school, Jeanne was a cute and effervescent cheerleader, and I was a reticent flutist in the marching band. Our different social groups would disallow our paths to cross naturally; however, as fate would have it, we found ourselves working side-by-side and growing our friendship in Mr. Frutani’s English class.  We went from sharing a class to living in different cities, states, and even countries; despite the miles in between, we only grew closer. She became my long-distance cheerleader, my over-the-phone confidant, and my face-to-face friend who always had the confetti to celebrate, or the tissues to have a good cry. All in all, Jeanne’s heart of gold, wisdom beyond years and courageous empathy has made all the difference for me.

Christina Chun

In high school, Jeanne was a cute and effervescent cheerleader, and I was a reticent flutist in the marching band. Our different social groups would disallow our paths to cross naturally; however, as fate would have it, we found ourselves working side-by-side and growing our friendship in Mr. Frutani’s English class.

We went from sharing a class to living in different cities, states, and even countries; despite the miles in between, we only grew closer. She became my long-distance cheerleader, my over-the-phone confidant, and my face-to-face friend who always had the confetti to celebrate, or the tissues to have a good cry. All in all, Jeanne’s heart of gold, wisdom beyond years and courageous empathy has made all the difference for me.

 
Lydia Han   A mutual friend once said, “you & Jeanne are like the same person.” And it’s kinda true. Jeanne & I have been extremely fortunate to have gone through many chapters of our lives together. From graduating high school in our little city La Crescenta, to sleeping through Econ classes at UCSD, to singing our hearts out while carpooling to work together as interns at Disney... We grew up together and matured into the women we are today with each other’s love and support.   I know that Jeanne found her perfect partner in life because Keith only brings out the sunshine in Jeanne who is already full of energy and full of life. No matter where we are in the world and no matter what curveball life throws at us, Jeanne has always been & will continue to be my rock, my voice of reason, my sister, my bundle of joy and my best friend. ❤️

Lydia Han

A mutual friend once said, “you & Jeanne are like the same person.” And it’s kinda true. Jeanne & I have been extremely fortunate to have gone through many chapters of our lives together. From graduating high school in our little city La Crescenta, to sleeping through Econ classes at UCSD, to singing our hearts out while carpooling to work together as interns at Disney... We grew up together and matured into the women we are today with each other’s love and support. 

I know that Jeanne found her perfect partner in life because Keith only brings out the sunshine in Jeanne who is already full of energy and full of life. No matter where we are in the world and no matter what curveball life throws at us, Jeanne has always been & will continue to be my rock, my voice of reason, my sister, my bundle of joy and my best friend. ❤️

Sarah Ku   Jeanne and I started as two little freshmen girls in the same small group of a Korean-American Christian club at UCSD (sidenote: I was *no joke* initially intimidated by her beauty and popularity), became roomies in senior year, lived in Seoul after college for almost a year (not as roomies), and then continued being human diaries to each other as we both entered this scary phase in our lives called young adulthood. She was the first person I called when I got into grad school, and the first person I called when I passed my boards. I am infinitely thankful to God for blessing me with her warm presence in my life (yes, she warms up my life even from hundreds of miles away) (corny much?). I love you, my beautiful Jeanne, and am so so happy for you and Keith!! 

Sarah Ku

Jeanne and I started as two little freshmen girls in the same small group of a Korean-American Christian club at UCSD (sidenote: I was *no joke* initially intimidated by her beauty and popularity), became roomies in senior year, lived in Seoul after college for almost a year (not as roomies), and then continued being human diaries to each other as we both entered this scary phase in our lives called young adulthood. She was the first person I called when I got into grad school, and the first person I called when I passed my boards. I am infinitely thankful to God for blessing me with her warm presence in my life (yes, she warms up my life even from hundreds of miles away) (corny much?). I love you, my beautiful Jeanne, and am so so happy for you and Keith!! 

Patty Lee   My first memory of Jeanne is at UCSD freshman year when she was attempting to get around campus on her new skateboard. I think that memory stuck with me because 1) she wasn’t very good and 2) even though she sucked, she was having so much fun and laughing her head off the entire time, and I remember thinking, “she seems like a cool person to be friends with..”   Jeanne has always been there to encourage me through all of its various stages - forgoing law school, my very first job at an agency, and to working at Disney (thanks to Jeanne). Through it all, we've had so many conversations about work struggles/successes and I don’t think Jeanne herself realizes the role she plays in my life and the importance of her support through my many ups and downs, back then and now. Every encouraging word she’s shared with me, to keep me staying positive and believing in myself, will stay with me forever. 

Patty Lee

My first memory of Jeanne is at UCSD freshman year when she was attempting to get around campus on her new skateboard. I think that memory stuck with me because 1) she wasn’t very good and 2) even though she sucked, she was having so much fun and laughing her head off the entire time, and I remember thinking, “she seems like a cool person to be friends with..” 

Jeanne has always been there to encourage me through all of its various stages - forgoing law school, my very first job at an agency, and to working at Disney (thanks to Jeanne). Through it all, we've had so many conversations about work struggles/successes and I don’t think Jeanne herself realizes the role she plays in my life and the importance of her support through my many ups and downs, back then and now. Every encouraging word she’s shared with me, to keep me staying positive and believing in myself, will stay with me forever. 

The Best Man & Groomsmen

Byron Ahn · Best Man

Growing up with Keith meant there was hardly a dull moment in the Ahn household. I mostly assumed the role of the "responsible" older brother that Keith looked up to. Meanwhile, Keith was always the goofball, the life of the party, the one that kept our family laughing...and was butt-naked for a good 50% of his childhood (not sure why). Some of my earliest memories with Keith are playing street hockey until sundown with our friends, building snowmen in the yard on snow days, and hustling lemonade to the neighbors.

In some ways, a lot has changed since those early days as we’ve grown up and taken up the mantle of responsible adulthood. But, we’re still those same carefree kids who love spending time together, building things with each other, and sharing our hopes and dreams. I’m proud and honored to call Keith my brother and stand next to him as he starts on this journey with Jeanne!

Brian Lee   From the new kid on the block, middle school “Chocolate” t-shirt wearing sk8er Keith, to proud UCLA Bruin Keith, to Airbnb designer Keith, I’m really happy and proud to say Keith has been one of my longest and best friends since we were kids. We’ve been lucky enough to grow up together in the Bay Area to attending UCLA and working back (both in tech coincidentally) in SF. It’s been a fun ride to grow with Keith. Although we’ve grown up a bit and don’t skate the streets of Westwood or listen to as much hyphy music anymore, I’m glad that his friendship has always been important to me. He has been a loyal friend and I consider him as close as family - a brother to me. As old adages say, the longer you spend with your companion, the more you start looking like each other (Keith and I have been said to look related). But I’m finally ready. To give him away...to Jeanne...and I can’t wait to be by his side on their most special day. 

Brian Lee

From the new kid on the block, middle school “Chocolate” t-shirt wearing sk8er Keith, to proud UCLA Bruin Keith, to Airbnb designer Keith, I’m really happy and proud to say Keith has been one of my longest and best friends since we were kids. We’ve been lucky enough to grow up together in the Bay Area to attending UCLA and working back (both in tech coincidentally) in SF. It’s been a fun ride to grow with Keith. Although we’ve grown up a bit and don’t skate the streets of Westwood or listen to as much hyphy music anymore, I’m glad that his friendship has always been important to me. He has been a loyal friend and I consider him as close as family - a brother to me. As old adages say, the longer you spend with your companion, the more you start looking like each other (Keith and I have been said to look related). But I’m finally ready. To give him away...to Jeanne...and I can’t wait to be by his side on their most special day. 

Andrew Kim   I met Keith back in middle school at church. I don’t remember much from those early days, but I know we both shared a deep affection for Avril Lavigne and Ashlee Simpson. In high school, we quickly become close friends as we rocked-out on praise team together (and perhaps frustrated the youth pastor with our shenanigans).  Random fact - Keith bit me once!  To this day, I have a scar on my shoulder from the time he celebrated so hard after basketball that he actually bit me.   Through each stage of life, Keith has been a phenomenal friend, brother, and advisor.  I’m so excited to welcome Keith to the married club where we can continue to be best friends forever and disturb the peace. 

Andrew Kim

I met Keith back in middle school at church. I don’t remember much from those early days, but I know we both shared a deep affection for Avril Lavigne and Ashlee Simpson. In high school, we quickly become close friends as we rocked-out on praise team together (and perhaps frustrated the youth pastor with our shenanigans).  Random fact - Keith bit me once!  To this day, I have a scar on my shoulder from the time he celebrated so hard after basketball that he actually bit me. 

Through each stage of life, Keith has been a phenomenal friend, brother, and advisor.  I’m so excited to welcome Keith to the married club where we can continue to be best friends forever and disturb the peace. 

 
Daniel Kang   I met Keith at a church retreat when I was in 8th grade. He was a fresh-eyed 7th grader from New Jersey. He was wild and goofy. I was cool and mature.  We were very different, but I had mercy and let him be my friend. After all, they say opposites attract. Even though we were always pretty different we always used to tell people that we would probably be in the same group of friends if we went to the same school. I have so many fond memories of Keith growing up, and have seen him mature into an amazing man. Now things are all different—I can honestly say that he is now very cool and mature. I, on the other hand, am even more cool and mature.

Daniel Kang

I met Keith at a church retreat when I was in 8th grade. He was a fresh-eyed 7th grader from New Jersey. He was wild and goofy. I was cool and mature.  We were very different, but I had mercy and let him be my friend. After all, they say opposites attract. Even though we were always pretty different we always used to tell people that we would probably be in the same group of friends if we went to the same school. I have so many fond memories of Keith growing up, and have seen him mature into an amazing man. Now things are all different—I can honestly say that he is now very cool and mature. I, on the other hand, am even more cool and mature.

Jonathan Kim   Keith and I first met when we were in 8th grade. We both joined the church band and became fast friends, bonding over silly things like eating pho, watching Quentin Tarantino movies and jamming out to Yellowcard songs. (Fun fact: Keith is an excellent harmonizer, and man do I respect him for it). As we grew up together, we supported each other through more serious things, such as the emotional turbulence of puberty and, later, through the anxieties of entering adulthood. It’s been real. I’ve now known Keith for a decade and a half, and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a more steady and encouraging friend. As he takes his next big step, I’m so excited to celebrate his journey with Jeanne. They really are perfect for each other, and I’m honored to be a part of their celebration.

Jonathan Kim

Keith and I first met when we were in 8th grade. We both joined the church band and became fast friends, bonding over silly things like eating pho, watching Quentin Tarantino movies and jamming out to Yellowcard songs. (Fun fact: Keith is an excellent harmonizer, and man do I respect him for it). As we grew up together, we supported each other through more serious things, such as the emotional turbulence of puberty and, later, through the anxieties of entering adulthood. It’s been real. I’ve now known Keith for a decade and a half, and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a more steady and encouraging friend. As he takes his next big step, I’m so excited to celebrate his journey with Jeanne. They really are perfect for each other, and I’m honored to be a part of their celebration.

Michael Kang   I have no idea how, when, or why I met Keith.  I also have no idea how we've remained so close over the past 14ish years (no idea when we even became friends).  What I do know is that I'm so grateful to have met Keith, and have been so blessed to be friends with Keith all these years.  We probably have opposite tastes in almost everything, but I think our friendship has been so strong because we share the same core four values of faith, family, friendship, and fun.  I was sincerely moved and honored when Keith asked me to be his groomsman during our man date at a Warriors game (sports might be our shared fifth value), and while I was able to hold back the waterworks then, I can't promise that I'll be able to when I'm next to him during the happiest day of his life.  As the renowned philosopher Bart Scott would say, CAN'T WAIT.

Michael Kang

I have no idea how, when, or why I met Keith.  I also have no idea how we've remained so close over the past 14ish years (no idea when we even became friends).  What I do know is that I'm so grateful to have met Keith, and have been so blessed to be friends with Keith all these years.  We probably have opposite tastes in almost everything, but I think our friendship has been so strong because we share the same core four values of faith, family, friendship, and fun.  I was sincerely moved and honored when Keith asked me to be his groomsman during our man date at a Warriors game (sports might be our shared fifth value), and while I was able to hold back the waterworks then, I can't promise that I'll be able to when I'm next to him during the happiest day of his life.  As the renowned philosopher Bart Scott would say, CAN'T WAIT.

 
 
 
 
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