My heart went out to my next bride, Christina, from the very beginning. If there’s anything no bride ever deserves, it’s to have her perfect wedding day plans ruined by something way out of her control–and the “swine flu” epidemic could not have happened at a more unfortunate time for this Mexico-bound bride-to-be! When her guest list dwindled due to the travel scare, Christina’s destination beach wedding became a local Elks Lodge wedding in her New Jersey town, and her wedding dreams took a back seat.
Christina was such a deserving, beautiful, and caring woman that was doing so much to ensure her guests were put first–even down to being the one who would clean everything up at the end of the night at the lodge. She showed me her plans to reuse her original favors (still stamped with the original wedding date) and described how she would jazz up the Elk’s Lodge with helium balloons at every table. Even though she was smiling, I could still tell she was once a happy bride and that had her aspirations crushed by something completely unexpected. If Christina and her guests couldn’t go to Mexico themselves, I was going to have to bring it to them to make it right.
I had to create for her a wedding day that was beach chic with a Mexican theme without being reminiscent of a quinceanera. The bridesmaids in particular needed new dresses that would reflect the festive culture of Mexico with sophisticated style. One trip to Pronovias in New York City and all of a sudden, there was a feeling of Latin-inspired luxury added to Christina’s big day! Next, came the food… As such a big part of Christina’s heritage was about the fabulous flavors of Mexican cuisine, we set out to enhance the dining experience for her guests at Suenos, a fantastic New York Mexican restaurant that helped us choose a delicious treat to share with her guests that would be featured at her wedding. By then, I wanted to give Christina an even bigger surprise. Her original wedding gown was a bit too sexy for a wedding and had to be replaced, so she became the first bride to ever wear a dress from my wedding gown collection, David Tutera by Faviana. She looked absolutely stunning at her surprise beach ceremony, and had even more surprises coming her way at the reception where she danced the night away until a glittering fireworks display chased any leftover cares away. Watch Christina’s wedding dreams come back around this Sunday on WE tv.