CE­CILIE WEDEL & MAURICIO PEREZ

Inside Weddings - - Weddings - Novem­ber 5, 2016 Palm Beach, Florida | Pho­tographed by Nancy Cohn Pho­tog­ra­phy

Novem­ber 5, 2016 Palm Beach, Florida Pho­tographed by Nancy Cohn Pho­tog­ra­phy

Af­ter nearly two years of dat­ing, Ce­cilie (Cece) Wedel brought her Venezue­lan beau, Mauricio Perez, to her na­tive coun­try of Den­mark. Her par­ents were cel­e­brat­ing an an­niver­sary and it was a great op­por­tu­nity for Cece to in­tro­duce her love to her Dan­ish friends and fam­ily. Given the oc­ca­sion and length of their re­la­tion­ship, the cou­ple heard many peo­ple hint­ing that the two of them may be get­ting en­gaged soon, but Mauricio in­sisted that was not yet on the hori­zon. The next day, the sweet­hearts whisked away to Paris. On a bridge over­look­ing the Eif­fel Tower, Maruri­cio got on one knee and pro­posed to Cece.

CE­CILIE WEDEL & MAURICIO PEREZ

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Though the bride and groom re­side in Bos­ton, they elected to host a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding in Palm Beach, Florida, where both of their im­me­di­ate fam­i­lies live. Af­ter look­ing at sev­eral venues, they landed on a beau­ti­ful coun­try club that would al­low them to have the late-night re­cep­tion their re­spec­tive cul­tures would re­quire. As a bonus, the ball­room is dec­o­rated in cream and white – the same color scheme Cece al­ready had in mind. “The wed­ding was re­ally a team ef­fort and we pulled in­spi­ra­tion and ideas from our re­spec­tive cul­tures. While I worked closely with my wed­ding plan­ner, Heather Lowen­thal of Posh Par­ties, on all of the de­tails, my fam­ily and Mauricio were in­volved in the ma­jor de­ci­sions,” she notes. In fact, the groom was able to use his ex­pe­ri­ence as an art di­rec­tor to de­sign a fea­ture used through­out the cel­e­bra­tion. “Our mono­gram tells our love story through sym­bols,” Mauricio ex­plains. The cus­tom art­work show­cased the Dan­ish crown, stars from the Venezue­lan flag, the bridge where they had their first kiss, and the Eif­fel Tower to rep­re­sent their en­gage­ment. “I was also in­volved in the lay­out of the menus, in­vi­ta­tions, and sig­nage,” he adds.

The orig­i­nal plan was to wed in an al­fresco cer­e­mony, but un­pre­dictable Novem­ber weather caused the bride and groom to move the vow ex­change in­doors. Luck­ily, the flow­ers per­fectly com­ple­mented the space, and ev­ery­thing turned out beau­ti­fully. Even Cece’s gown, which fea­tured an el­e­gant gold-beaded bodice, matched the pal­ette of the ball­room. The walk down the aisle was emo­tional as the cou­ple de­cided not to do a “first look.” “As soon as I turned the cor­ner and saw Mauricio, I started cry­ing, which then caused my dad to cry. I thought I had my emo­tions to­gether, but noth­ing can pre­pare you for the feel­ing you get when you ac­tu­ally start walk­ing down the aisle!” ex­claims the bride. See­ing his beloved make her way to­wards him on that spe­cial day stood out to the groom as well. “That moment as­sured me I am lit­er­ally the luck­i­est man on earth. She was stun­ning and flaw­less,” he gushes. Dur­ing the re­ces­sional, at­ten­dees tossed flower petals, a twist on the tra­di­tional rice used in Den­mark.

“You want the day to be the first page of the best book ever writ­ten.”

Cock­tail hour was held by the pool while the ball­room was trans­formed for the re­cep­tion. Ar­range­ments of vanil­lahued roses, hy­drangeas, lisianthus blos­soms, and den­dro­bium or­chids formed both high and low cen­ter­pieces, adding depth and di­men­sion to the space. “My fa­vorite el­e­ment of dé­cor was four big, white flo­ral trees flank­ing the two bars, with beau­ti­ful flow­ers cas­cad­ing down,” Ce­cilie de­scribes. The so­phis­ti­cated set­ting did not mean there was no fun to be had. As per Venezue­lan tra­di­tion, the re­cep­tion fea­tured an hora loca, or crazy hour, giv­ing ev­ery­one an ex­tra burst of en­ergy. The hour com­menced with a con­fetti can­non and at­ten­dees were given glow tubes and bracelets, along with per­son­al­ized sun­glasses. The rev­el­ers joined to­gether in a train around the room, de­light­ing the new­ly­weds. “Hav­ing all of our loved ones from all over the world in one room was re­ally spe­cial and the blend­ing of dif­fer­ent cul­tures made for a fun party!” shares the bride.

The real high­light, how­ever, was when Mauricio took the stage. He sur­prised his bride with a song he wrote just for her, ti­tled “Ce­cilie,” of course. “When he started singing to me, I was sob­bing,” she con­firms. It was one moment of many that they will trea­sure for­ever. Both bride and groom en­cour­age other cou­ples to uti­lize the whole week­end by min­gling at events such as the re­hearsal din­ner, wel­come party, and brunch, so there is more op­por­tu­nity to soak ev­ery­thing in. “Dance un­til you can’t dance any­more, en­joy ev­ery minute, try to slow down time, and don’t get caught up with the small things,” Mauricio ad­vises, adding: “You want the day to be the first page of the best book ever writ­ten.”

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