Every Sunday, Rachel and her friends would gather to watch The Amazing Race and draft fantasy teams. One night, Rachel’s friend Becky suggested she go out with a friend of hers from middle school, Matt. After checking out some pictures on Facebook, Rachel gave the thumbs up!
Matt and Rachel began texting nonstop. Matt was traveling for work at the time and was impressed that Rachel knew Bloomington, IL. They texted and talked on the phone throughout the week before their first date Friday night at Bistro 61.
On Memorial Day weekend, Matt was off from work on Friday. He told Rachel he would go shopping and prepare a nice dinner for the two of them that evening, but when Rachel walked in the door to their shared apartment, there were candles and roses everywhere, and a pathway leading to Matt. Matt proposed, she said yes, and they gathered for a surprise dinner with both of their families at Daniel. Rachel thought they had plans to go look at rings that holiday weekend, so she was shocked!
The couple was married in style this past spring at Cipriani 42 in Midtown Manhattan. Guests were greeted by a stunning gateway covered in woven white cherry blossom branches. White votive and floating candles led up to a breathtaking four-posted chuppah adorned with an abundance of blooming white cherry blossoms and covered in sheer ivory chiffon.
The reception featured ethereal high centerpieces of white Hydrangeas, white Peonies, and blush O’Hara Garden roses, in stunning contrast to Cipriani’s dramatic stone walls and high ceilings.
The card table once again featured a gorgeous spray of blooming white cherry blossoms, flanked by white floating candles of various heights.
Congratulations Rachel and Matt!
Venue: Cipriani 42
Photographer: Brett Matthews Photography
Cake: A White Cake
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Tuxedo: Ermenegildo Zegna
Groom’s Shoes: Ermenegildo Zegna
Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
Music: Hank Lane – Karen Lloyd Band
Makeup: Stacie Ford
Officiant: Rabbi Charles Kroloff
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