Bride: Katherine Mary Semkiw
Groom: Matthew Robert Clinton Jones
Wedding gown style: Katarina
Wedding date: January 12, 2013
Boutique purchased: Vera Wang Bride, Toronto
Location: Four Seasons, Lana’i Hawaii
Photographer: Anna Kim Photography
First things first, where did you meet your husband? How did you know he was the one?
Matt and I knew each other a little through mutual friends growing up, however lost touch for many years. In the Spring of 2012 we reconnected through a work placement for my Master’s degree. He emailed me about volunteering for an event I was planning. He ended up coming to a volunteer night I hosted, and we went out for dinner later that night! Our dinner lasted almost 5 hours and we both left that night feeling that this was something special. Within two weeks were we saying ‘I love yous’ and 80 days after the first date Matt proposed. `
How did he propose? Tell us the story!
Matt planned a whole day event that began with flowers being delivered in the morning with an itinerary of the day. We went to the spa and had a couples massage. A limo came to pick me up later and took us for dinner. After dinner the limo dropped us off at a location at a lake where there were hundreds of candles lit and a table down by the water. I walked through this pathway of candles all around me and when we got to the table Matt got down on one knee and proposed. He also had our favorite tiramisu dessert waiting.
Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? Vera Wang was my first and only choice. She’s the only way to go for wedding gowns. My sister was married some years ago and went with Vera Wang and it was the best service experience and such beautiful quality. Vera’s bridal boutique was the first place we went to look for dresses and the Katarina gown was the first one I tried on, and ultimately the one I went with. It also held significance because we are of Ukrainian background and Katarina is my name (Katherine) in Ukrainian. My grandmother has always called me that. It was perfect!
How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique?
Pearls, pearls and more pearls.
What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?
It was Hawaii and destination so we really tried to keep it traditional and classic yet true to Hawaii.
Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding? If so how?
The veil was obviously custom Vera Wang. That was my favorite piece of the whole ensemble. I kept the beautiful veil on the whole night and wrapped it around my arm when dancing.
Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours?
Something old – Pearl necklace, Something new – the DRESS!, Something borrowed – Mom’s beautiful pearl bracelet, Something blue – my wedding garter.
What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?
My advice is Vera Wang all the way. There is something for everyone and you can’t beat the quality and service. Everyone is so knowledgeable, accommodating and they become like family. When I was trying on dresses the ladies who work at Vera Wang were right in the process with us and crying along with the family. It was the most pleasant experience as it should be.
What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share?
The best part of the day was seeing Matt for the first time in my dress. He was so emotional and I was so excited for him to see me all dolled up for him. Then sitting with him at the reception and taking the whole day in. You want to be so present the whole day because it goes by so fast so we just tried to take in every moment as much as possible.