Elizabeth’s shift was about over. Her day of serving fast food to customers was ending and she was ready to clock out when new employee Eddie walked through the door. She had to admit he was cute, so why not get acquainted? She introduced herself and they talked for a bit. After having a chance to work together, they became friends, and as time went by, she caught herself smiling and getting nervous whenever she saw him. She came to realize that she wanted them to be more then just friends.
Eddie had that type of smile that is contagious, and you cannot help but to smile back. And any time she needed a pick me up or was just having a rough day, he could make her laugh. He found her to be outgoing and funny. It was so fun to talk to her about anything. She had a heart of gold and was loved by everyone because of her amazing personality. And so started a beautiful relationship.
It was seven years later that Eddie finally popped the question. Seven years! It seems that in addition to her other endearing qualities, Elizabeth was extremely patient! Anyway, they were vacationing in New York City to commemorate their seventh year together, taking in the sights and enjoying everything the Big Apple has to offer. One evening, they got all dressed up and went out for an amazing steak dinner. Across the street from the restaurant was the Rockefeller Center. They decided to go have a look after eating, to admire the beautiful skyline of New York City. After enjoying the view a few minutes, Eddie turned to Elizabeth and, saying how much he loved her and wanted to keep making her happy, got down on one knee and proposed in front of everyone!
Once back home, it was time to plan a wedding. An event with an elegant and airy feel was the goal. Shades of lavender and dusty rose, and signs made on acrylic or mirrors, which complimented the beautiful venue and its fantastic crystal chandelier.
Elizabeth found the perfect gown, a fit and flare design with crystal embroidery. Gorgeous lace motifs waltzed over allover lace comprised of tulle, and beaded straps completed the lined bodice and illusion plunging sweetheart neckline.
Wedding plans came together as decisions were made and vendors were hired. Elizabeth and Eddie worked together to create their day, and he now says, “A marriage and relationship is a partnership for life. Your wedding is your first life accomplishment with your wife – you’re planning a party for 200 hundred something people – and you should be a part of it.”
As the big day neared, each wrote a letter for the other to read privately on the day of. It seemed that everything was set. However, that didn’t stop Elizabeth from freaking out a little bit about certain things. The stress, she now says, was unnecessary because in the end, everything turned out perfect, even though she managed to be a tad late to the ceremony due to traffic.
In any case, the ceremony was wonderful, enjoyed by all except maybe by her three year old nephew, who was supposed to walk down the aisle after the flower girl, but halfway there decided he was not feeling it, and bailed out. The day was expertly captured by photographer Chris Morairty, known for his artistic eye and meticulous attention to detail.
When it was time to celebrate and feed 200 plus hungry guests, dinner started off with an Apple Arugula Salad with a Raspberry Vinaigrette, then Feta-Stuffed Chicken Breast, Cola-Braised Short Ribs, Potatoes au Gratin, Pesto Pasta, Balsamic Vegetables and assorted Focaccia bread, while a mariachi band played in the background. Anyone who left room for dessert enjoyed Lemon Bars, Cannolis, Chocolate Brownies, Blueberry Crumble, assorted Macarons and Baklava.
When it came time to address the crowd, Eddie gave a most memorable speech, showing appreciation for everyone and everything leading up to this special day. “There was not a dry eye in the room,” Elizabeth says.
Finally time for their first dance as a married couple, she says, “It felt like it was just us in the room, even though the hall was filled with family and friends.” They danced to a Mexican song from Camilla called “Todo Cambio” and Trey Songz’ “One Love” and Elizabeth considers this her favorite moment of a very romantic day. “Seeing all the people who contributed, in big or small ways, throughout our eight-year relationship was wonderful. You could feel the love and support all day. Having the opportunity to celebrate with everyone was so special.” She now says, “Enjoy the process of planning your own wedding. It is stressful and hard work, but it is fun and exciting to see your hard work unfold on the day of. Soak in the day as much as possible. It goes by soooooo fast!”
Her final tip: “Review everything your vendors price out, know what you need, contract them early in the process, express what you do and do not want, do not be afraid to ask for accommodations and favors.”
After the wedding, it was off to Cabo San Lucas, for a stay at an all inclusive hotel, and relaxing, and enjoying great food and drinks. A perfect ending to a wedding that was worth the wait!
[PHOTOS] Chris Morairty Photography [RECEPTION] The Falls Event Center [VIDEO] Black Sheep Videography [CATERING/DESSERT] All Seasons, All Reasons [FLOWERS] Bel Air [GOWN] Miosa Bride [MENSWEAR] Men’s Wearhouse [HAIR/MAKEUP] Amanda Shaw / Karina Martin [DJ] DJ Junior [MARIACHI] Real Monarcas & Los Gallos [INVITES] Basic Invite