Their multi-day celebration celebrated them and their families. Wedding weekend started with a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony an included a Catholic ceremony and concluded with a non-traditional wedding ceremony that was officiated by the groom's brother and didn't leave a dry eye in the room. Check our our blog for all the amazing details!
The first time I spoke with Jessica we were on the phone for almost 2 hrs. She has such an engaging personality and a beautiful spirit and I knew that we would work well together! The morning of their wedding we had some pretty severe thunderstorms but about an hour before the setup was scheduled the sky cleared, the sun came out and set the stage for their wedding day. Their wedding ceremony was one of the most meaningful and heartfelt and really showed who they were as a couple. The reception kicked off with a secret dance by the couple and the dancing never stopped! In fact the last song of the night was Pony by Ginuwine that was requested by the bride to end the night with a bang!
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One of the first questions that they asked me when we met was if I could handle their wedding day, because they were planning something they had never seen done before. They were referring to their wedding day where we pulled off a Hindu wedding ceremony, lunch, Christian ceremony, cocktail hour and reception for 400 of their closest friends and family. My response was.."So what's the challenge??" Their wedding day was an EPIC production. My team and I worked almost 18hrs on wedding day to make sure everything went well and it did!!
There were so many special things about their African Royalty Wedding Weekend. First we planned their ENTIRE wedding internationally. They live in Geneva, Switzerland and we worked with a 7 hr time difference for planning meetings. Secondly, they wanted an experience that showed Texas to their international family and friends. We started with their traditional wedding ceremony that represented their Nigerian, Ghanian and Malawian cultures. We finished off the weekend with a black tie wedding for their almost 300 guests and they partied until 2am on a Sunday night!
When I recieved the inquiry for Helen and Tesfay's wedding, I knew I had to do it. They were planning a 2 day wedding weekend with a traditional Eritrean Orthodox ceremony and reception for 500 guests on Day 1 and a Melsi for 300 of their family and friends on Day 2. Their ceremony was full of traditions and love, we had a live band for their reception and it was so exciting to see all the ladies with palm leaves and the men dancing with swords to welcome the couple to their reception. The next day started at 5am for the bride getting her hair braided and henna done. The celebration continued with more family, friends and dancing with their Melsi! I can not wait to do another Eritrean wedding, they had so much fun!
The first time I spoke with Laura she wasn't totally sure about their wedding destination. They knew they wanted to go away and not to a tropical location. We kept in contact and a few months later she called me back and said they had decided on Sweden. I immediately went to Google to locate the exact area they were looking at and then went straight to my passport to make sure it was current. We pulled of both their Civil Ceremony at the Denver Performing Arts Center which was the site for their first date. We then boarded a plane the day for the 10hr flight to Stockholm Sweden, followed by a 1 hr train ride and a 3 hr ferry ride early the following morning. Their Swedish wedding day started out with Laura and her mom at Salon Tidlos where they were welcomed with Rose and great conversation. Their ceremony was full of love, laughter and family and in the most stunning location. After an evening dinner, they ended with a cliffside photoshoot.