“Our en­gage­ment brought us closer to­gether, and we de­vel­oped fond mem­o­ries we can look back on.”

Inside Weddings - - Re­sources 2018 - EMILY LAS­NIER

Ni­cole and Michael wanted to sa­ti­ate their epi­curean palate, and thus had a five-hour tast­ing with their caterer in­stead of the more stan­dard two hours. The four-course meal in­cluded an an­tipasto plate, a cus­tom Cobb salad, four choices of en­trée se­lec­tions for guests – braised short rib, honey-roasted chicken breast, seared sal­mon, or sweet potato gnoc­chi, each with their own gourmet side dishes – and sev­eral op­tions for dessert, which were brought out via ta­ble­side carts. Slices from the stun­ning five-tier, baroque-style wed­ding cake were boxed up as fa­vors for the at­ten­dees, who could select le­mon cake with rasp­berry but­ter­cream or dou­ble-cho­co­late cake with both peanut but­ter and salted caramel but­ter­cream.

Nat­u­rally, the new­ly­weds chose “He­roes” by David Bowie for their first dance as hus­band and wife. Michael took the mu­sic se­lec­tions very se­ri­ously for the big day, mak­ing sure all of his fa­vorites were in­cluded. The re­cep­tion was fol­lowed by not one, but two lively af­ter-par­ties. The first fea­tured eclec­tic dance mu­sic in the same room as the cer­e­mony. “Our sec­ond af­ter-party was a re­flec­tion of Michael and his fa­vorite mu­si­cians. It was a pri­vate party en­joyed by our clos­est friends and fam­ily,” notes the bride.

Un­like many grooms, Michael was in­volved in the wed­ding plan­ning and ad­vises fu­ture grooms to do the same: “It means a lot to her that you care enough to share your opin­ion,” he as­serts. Ni­cole did in fact ap­pre­ci­ate the abil­ity to bounce ideas off each other. She re­veals, “Our en­gage­ment brought us closer to­gether, and we de­vel­oped fond mem­o­ries we can look back on.”

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