“It was like en­ter­ing into a se­cret gar­den filled with vi­brant, edgy col­ors and unique flow­ers and green­ery.”

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The pair, who have the same ini­tials, feel it was fate that brought them to­gether. In fact, their re­spec­tive moth­ers, fa­thers, and even grand­moth­ers also share the same mono­gram – a happy co­in­ci­dence that has strength­ened their be­lief that they are meant to be. Pa­trick knew he was ready to pro­pose when he couldn’t pic­ture his life with­out Por­tia. Once en­gaged, they planned a joy­ous cel­e­bra­tion for 275 close friends and fam­ily mem­bers. “We orig­i­nally wanted to get mar­ried in a church and have our re­cep­tion some­where nearby with a beau­ti­ful at­mos­phere, great food, and a mem­o­rable place to party,” af­firms the bride. Thank­fully, Vib­iana – a re­stored cathe­dral, which was the seat of the Ro­man Catholic arch­dio­cese in Los An­ge­les for 100 years – pro­vided the best of both worlds for the cou­ple. “Vib­iana was per­fect! It was ac­tu­ally the only venue that we looked at be­cause it checked all of our boxes!” she notes.

Ster­ling En­gage­ments brought the cou­ple’s vi­sion – a warm cel­e­bra­tion full of love and sur­prises – to life. In the cen­ter of the ma­jes­tic space, which fea­tures stately col­umns and gor­geous arches, Por­tia and Pa­trick ex­changed vows on a raised stage as at­ten­dees were seated in the round. A 20-per­son gospel choir im­pressed loved ones – “Our guests are still talk­ing about the choir!” muses the bride – and the pro­ceed­ings in­cluded fam­ily tra­di­tions, such as the jump­ing of the broom. “The cer­e­mony was a per­fect com­bi­na­tion of a mod­ern wed­ding with clas­sic el­e­ments,” she con­firms.

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