Bride | Christine Chiu
Groom | David Schwartz
Wedding gown style | Gemma
Wedding date | July 28, 2012
Boutique purchased | Wedding Salon of Manhasset
Location | Manhasset, NY
Photographer | CLY Creation
First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first sight?
Yes! I was smitten! We first met working at a summer camp together 10 years ago. We were younger and dating other people but we definitely had a thing for each other. After the summer, we didn’t really keep in touch. We had a mutual friend who one day 5 years later asked us to both hang out in the city. It was the first time we had seen each other again after 5 years! I was smitten yet again!
How did he propose? Tell us the story!
I love cupcakes! I think I have been to every cupcakery in NYC. My favorite is Sprinkles. He had cupcakes made so that they spelled out MARRY ME on the cupcakes.
Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown?
I feel like I have always dreamed of wearing a Vera gown. Once I got engaged, Vera Wang was the first website I went to to go look at dresses. I saw the Gemma and fell in love with it. I also saw pictures of Hillary Duff wearing it for her wedding. When I went to try on dresses, it was the first dress I tried on. I tried on about 15 other dresses that day but I went back to the Gemma. I was in love!
How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique?
I knew I wanted some sparkle. I saw some pictures of brides accessorizing with a belt and loved the idea. So between the belt and the shoes, I wanted to keep my jewelry simple. I wore plain stud earrings and borrowed a bracelet from my mom.
What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?
I wanted to go for romantic and timeless. I wanted to be able to look at my pictures 10 years from now and not say to myself, what was I thinking! I tried to pay attention to every little detail. I can honestly say I had my dream wedding come true.
Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours?
Kind of! My something new was my dress and something blue was my garter, and something borrowed was my mom’s bracelet. I didn’t really have a something old.
What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?
Try on all different styles. You might have one style in particular in mind but be open to all the others.
What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share?
I honestly don’t think I can pick one. From the second I woke up the morning of my wedding, it was non-stop happiness and excitement. It was fun to be with the girls- from getting ready to see Dave for the first time, to the Ketubah signing, to the ceremony, to the reception! I would relive that day in a heartbeat!