STEPHANIE-ANN YU & MATTHEW ZEHNER STEPHANIE-ANN YU & MATTHEW ZEHNER

STEPHANIE-ANN YU & MATTHEW ZEHNER

Inside Weddings - - Inside - Oc­to­ber 29, 2016 Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia Pho­tographed by Birds of a Feather

Oc­to­ber 29, 2016 Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia Pho­tographed by Birds of a Feather

Stephanie-Ann Yu was just about to delete her pro­file on a pop­u­lar dat­ing site when she re­ceived a no­ti­fi­ca­tion. “Stay­ing away from the cheesy lines, I asked her what she did in mar­ket­ing,” re­veals Matthew Zehner of his mes­sage to the woman with the beau­ti­ful smile. Divulging her in­ten­tions to can­cel her ac­count, the two ex­changed num­bers to con­tinue their con­ver­sa­tion. Dis­cussing her task of cre­at­ing a new so­cial me­dia strat­egy for her com­pany, Matthew of­fered his help to Stephanie. “He sent me a brief plan that he thought up – and it was a good one,” she re­mem­bers. “From that mo­ment, I knew how gen­uine he was about see­ing me, so we de­cided to meet up.” Both note how im­me­di­ately com­fort­able they were with one an­other. “We had a ton to talk about,” Matthew says.

Be­fore ask­ing for the hand of his beloved a year-and-a-half later, the soon-tobe-groom felt com­pelled to speak with Stephanie’s par­ents. “Since her dad wasn’t avail­able, I told her mom what I was plan­ning,” he ex­plains. Matthew was over­joyed when she gave her blessing. “About an hour later, I re­ceived a voice­mail from her fa­ther,” he adds. “In case Stephanie might have been lis­ten­ing, he just said, ‘Pro­ceed as planned – thank you,’ and we all still laugh about it.” Matthew got on bended knee dur­ing an out­ing at the fa­mous Getty Mu­seum in Los An­ge­les with a stun­ning six-prong soli­taire di­a­mond ring – hav­ing covertly de­ter­mined her pref­er­ences sev­eral months prior.

The choice to host their cer­e­mony in a church was sim­ple, as both bride and groom had been raised Catholic. Guests found their seats amongst the pews and took in the beauty of the house of wor­ship whilst await­ing the cou­ple of honor. “My mother wanted to have my fa­ther, rather than my brides­maids, ride with me to the church,” Stephanie de­tails. “I thought it was a bit odd at first, but I’m glad I went along with it – to have that brief mo­ment with my dad was some­thing spe­cial.”

The bride made her way down the aisle in a fit­ted trum­pet gown fea­tur­ing sparkling em­bel­lish­ments and car­ry­ing a grand bou­quet of cas­cad­ing blush pe­onies and ivory or­chids. Meet­ing her sweet­heart at the al­tar, the two ex­changed tra­di­tional vows be­fore 150 loved ones. At the con­clu­sion of the service, Stephanie and Matthew made their exit to the re­cep­tion in a rented 1937 Packard car. “We wanted to re­ally en­cap­su­late the clas­sic Bev­erly Hills feel­ing,” muses Matthew.

“We wanted to re­ally en­cap­su­late the clas­sic Bev­erly Hills feel­ing.”

The new­ly­weds hosted their cel­e­bra­tion at a nearby lux­ury ho­tel. After min­gling at the Old Hol­ly­wood-in­spired cock­tail hour down­stairs, rev­el­ers took a quick el­e­va­tor ride to the top floor to be­gin the fes­tiv­i­ties. “The space of­fered one of the best un­ob­structed views of the city – I think our guests for­got to take their seats once they saw!” laughs the bride. Nev­er­the­less, at­ten­dees even­tu­ally peeled them­selves away from the vista to gather around the ethe­real ta­blescapes, which had been de­signed around a “pink – with a touch of sparkle” mo­tif in mind, af­firms Stephanie. Each ta­ble fea­tured rosé-col­ored linens, gilt dé­cor ac­cents, and ro­man­tic ar­range­ments com­prised of blush roses, hy­drangeas, and or­chids – blooms that also lined the sweet­heart ta­ble.

“Through­out the re­cep­tion, we had our DJ play a mix from a playlist that Stephanie and I had cre­ated very early on in our re­la­tion­ship – we called it SOTD, or ‘Song of the Day,’” Matthew tells. Fol­low­ing scrump­tious fare, lively danc­ing, and ex­cel­lent toasts from both fa­thers and the bridal party – “ev­ery­one still com­pli­ments the speeches!” ex­claims Stephanie – friends and fam­ily en­joyed slices of the four-tiered wed­ding cake fea­tur­ing blush, sil­ver, and gold ac­cents. The groom shares, “It flew by so fast. I’m so glad we have videos and pho­tos to re­mem­ber the day.”

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