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FAL-WIN 2016

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F a l l | W i n t e r B R I D E 2 5 Ages: She's 33; he's 32. Occupations: She's a legislative analyst at the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission; he's an attorney. How they met: At the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Engagement story: "On Christmas, 2014. I thought we were about to watch one of my favorite classic movies, How to Marry a Millionaire. Instead he snuck on a video of himself, dressed in a suit and he sat in front of his piano looking adorably nervous. On screen, he began to play 'A Thousand Years' by Christinia Perri." Wedding guests: 185. Ceremony and reception: Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Entertainment: DJ (Complete Entertainment). Personal touches: Chan's mother, Yemaya Jones, is a fabric and textile artist specializing in a Japanese tie-dye technique known as Itajime Shibori. She created and designed the chuppah (a canopy in a traditional Jewish ceremony). Chan is from the U.S. Virgin Islands, so the menu included jerk chicken and two Caribbean- themed signature drinks, Let's Get "Fizzyical" Punch and Cruzan Love Punch. Aaron sang and performed Roy Orbison's "Anything You Want" and the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love." First dance song: "At Last" by Etta James. Favorite part of the day: Aaron says, "Chan walking down the aisle to 'Here Comes the Sun' — the Nina Simone version — while sharing eye contact with me. Chan is my sun, and being with her has brightened my life." One disagreement: "I wanted a smaller wedding (50 people at most) and Aaron wanted a larger one. The day after our wedding, I told Aaron that this was probably the only time he was ever going to hear this from me — I told him he was right. It was so wonderful to see so many friends and family and to share our wedding with them." Really glad you: "Did our research and hired the vendors we used." Wish you would have: "Neither Aaron or I are DIYers and the decision to try to DIY our wedding was, to put it mildly, not a great idea." Advice: "Don't be afraid to ask for help with planning and to accept help when it is ofered. It will save you a lot of time and energy." Honeymoon: Oahu, Hawaii. Flowers: Wuhan Jiang Tuo Company (overseas paper fower vendor) Stationery: Designed by the bride, created with help from Deborah Greenberg (mother-in-law) and Susan Duf (aunt-in-law) Photographer: Abdul Sharif of Abdul Sharif Photography Wedding planner: Pamela and Lauren Broadus of Splendid Events Cake: Sullivan's Bakery Rehearsal dinner: Beer and pizza theme catered by Bearno's Pizza Caterer: Masterson's Catering Rentals: Dance foor (Rent and Rave); cocktail tables (Millennium Events) Attire: Wedding dress and veil, handmade and purchased on Aliexpress. com; bridesmaids' dresses, David's Bridal; groom and groomsmen, Men's Wearhouse (Vera Wang) Hair and makeup: Ana Maria Williamson of Ana Maria & Company (makeup); Kendra Johnson (hair) Decor: Yemaya Jones of Yemaya's Color Improvisation designed the textiles used for the tables. Millennium Events provided decor for the ceremony area and cocktail area. Registry: Crate and Barrel, Target, Williams-Sonoma, Etsy.com Welcome party, after party, Sunday brunch: Clarion Hotel, Clarksville Indiana

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