First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first sight? I met my husband at the Starlight Children’s Foundation Annual Dream Date Auction. Although we did not “bid” on one another per se we were both at the event to support the foundation. I don’t know if I believe in love at first sight but we have been together ever since that evening we met in 2007.
How did he propose? Tell us the story! Javier surprised me with a spontaneous trip to Chicago (my hometown) one weekend, which I thought was meant to be a relaxing weekend visiting family since we currently reside in New York. Little did I know that he orchestrated my engagement ring to be sent overnight to my parent’s home and planned with my parents to surprise me when I woke up Saturday morning. I definitely had no idea and was extremely surprised. He laughs that I said, “Of course!” instead of “Yes!” when he proposed.
Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? I tried on countless gowns from all the bridal salons and designer ateliers in Manhattan but nothing quite measured up to the Diana gown that I eventually chose. People always say, “you just know” and I did not have that immediate reaction to anything I had tried on until I tried on Vera Wang. It was actually quite hard to make a final decision as I was stuck between three Vera Wang gowns (Diana, Fiona and Gemma) and spent over an hour with my sister, Anita trying them on again and again. Each gown is exquisitely constructed with the finest fabrics and amazing attention to detail…it was a tough decision but I still love my gown so I know I made the right one.
How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique? I’m very sentimental and really wanted to wear family jewelry that had a meaning or a story behind the individual pieces. I also knew that my gown was quite special so I kept the jewelry more classic so as not to compete with the grandeur of the gown.
What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding? We wanted a classic, traditional wedding but with a modern aesthetic. There is an innate drama with the stark contrast of a black, white and gray theme but it also offers a subtlety that creates an elegance to the surroundings. Our venue (The Waldorf Astoria Chicago) perfectly epitomizes the vision we had in mind and I knew that it would be the location for our wedding the moment I saw the hotel. Rather than choosing a color scheme to work with my venue, I chose my venue to work with my color scheme.
Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours? My something old were my mom’s earrings; something new were my shoes (thank you, Jimmy Choo); something borrowed was my sister’s necklace and my something blue was a blue sapphire ring that my grandfather gave to my mother when she first moved to the states almost 50 years ago.
What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress? Try on as many dresses as you can. The dress I picked was not a silhouette that I had considered initially – I thought I would wear a simpler sheath or mermaid style gown. Even if you think a certain style is not meant for you, you don’t truly know until you try it on and can unequivocally rule it out.
What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share? Javier and I opted for a “first look” so we could have all of our wedding photos complete before the ceremony. It’s quite strange to think that I would have been nervous walking up to him for our “first look” but it was an emotional moment – seeing each other for the first time that day…definitely a favorite part of the day that I will remember forever.