Watching this wedding video filled with me such joy, hearing Paula’s mother’s speech was so sweet. Paula and William are from New England, but met in college in California. Paula’s ancestry is derived from the Philippines, Spain, and China, and William’s family is from Poland and Germany on his father’s side and British Isles on his mother’s side. They met on a community service alternative spring break during college.
For the proposal, William decorated their Chicago apartment with orange balloons. It was around Christmas and Paula’s birthday. When she returned to their apartment, Paula says she noticed their normal Christmas music wasn’t playing. Stevie Wonder’s “You are the Sunshine of my Life” replaced all of the seasonal tunes but she didn’t think much of it. Then, William asked Paula to come to the window where he had strung Christmas lights that said: “Marry me?” At first, Paula said she thought it was a train but after she figured it out, William got down on one knee and asked Paula to spend the rest of her life with him!
The Dress & groom’s outfit
Paula bought her dress at Macy’s Bridal Suite on State Street. Paula’s mother and her future mother, sisters, and aunt-in law help her pick it out. It was ultimately a combination of different Augusta Jones styles. Paula also wore a cathedral veil for the ceremony. William’s dress was a black tuxedo from J. Crew.
Themes and flowers
The colour scheme of the wedding was peach and mint green. Flowers and bouquets consisted of coral dahlias, blue thistle, open peach garden roses, and light peach ranunculus with accents of light blue and green succulents, silver brunia berry.
Favourite part of the day
Seeing the support of our families and friends after we exchanged our vows during our wedding ceremony.
Easiest part of wedding planning
Saying I do!
Hardest part of wedding planning
Finding time to plan everything with work/school/other life events!
Advice to give to other multicultural couples
Work together with your families to celebrate your similarities and differences!
Bridal Makeup: Chyla Artistry
Bridal Hair: JAS
Floral: A Stem Above
Bridal Party Hair/Makeup: Rhea Policarpio with Ethereal Beauty
Photography: Two Birds Photography
Videographer: Delack Media Group
Ceremony: Holy Name Cathedral
Reception: The Drake Hotel Palm Court Tea Room (Contact: Antoinette Cahill)