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