Aug 03, 2015


Judith Duval – A Classic Wedding In Two Cultures

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We continue to celebrate love with our Wedding Week Series.   We are featuring and sharing with you the wedding photos and love story of five New Latina readers.  Today’s beautiful wedding story belongs to Judith Duval, my friend and co-blogger here at New Latina!

About Judith

I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and moved to Northern NJ when I was in junior high school. I went to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and majored in Finance and Management, with a minor in Latin American studies. I then went to work within finance in NYC, before going off to business school at Stanford. Currently, I am working at a management consulting firm and just recently moved to San Diego, California. I have a passion and love for life and am interested in buddhism, food & wine, cooking, working out, beauty, fashion, and traveling.

Where/how did you and your husband meet?

My husband and I met at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Our second year, we had a class together and sat next to each other. One month into the class we were dating, one year later we were engaged, one year later, we were married!

How/where did your husband propose?

I was taking private cooking classes in French cuisine and went over to his place right after a class. I had all of these great meals with me that I was hoping we could have for dinner! I rang the doorbell as I needed help with all of the packages I had, when I realized the door was not locked. I walked inside, and he had lit 100 candles all over the apartment (I know they were 100 because he had bought four boxes of 100, and was only able to do 100…we still have the other 300!). On his balcony he had champagne…It was wonderful.

Where was your wedding and did you have a theme?

Our wedding was in NYC…Not only did we not have a theme, I really didn’t even have a color scheme! I had a crazy job as a consultant and was working long hours, so I really didn’t have much time to plan. We made the decision that everything should be as classic as possible to avoid hectic-ness. Our flowers were mostly roses, orchids, and hydrangeas. Everything as classic, elegant, and simple as possible for the sole purpose of making our lives easier :-)

What was the most memorable/wonderful part of your wedding day?

Our “huddle” moments. The moments throughout the wedding that we found each other among all of our guests to talk about how the wedding was going, what we loved, and how happy we were.

(Judith also had an Indian wedding!)

Your best advice to someone preparing their wedding day?

Keep it simple and elegant, complicating things will only make your life harder! Does something really “have” to be a certain way? No it doesn’t! No matter what anyone says. Trust me, my mother was upset that we decided to skip limos from the church to the reception and opted to jump into yellow cabs (she kept on saying: “Una novia en un taxi! No, no puede ser!”) – But now everyone loves the photos and we are so happy we kept things simple. It also gives you extra cash to spend on more important things, like your photographer.

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  1. Both weddings were so beautiful. My best friend is Pakistani-American so I get to see the photos of all kinds of family weddings she attends. I love the bold colors and patterns of Indian and Pakistani weddings. Looks like you had your hands hennaed? Did you like it?

    You make a lovely couple. Congratulations.

    • Judith Duval says:

      I loved it! I really enjoyed the Indian ceremony, it was extremely special! It wa also a life experience for many of my family members that attended. Thank you for your comment Tracy!

  2. Wow Judith, everything is so beautiful! And I can relate to what you say about keeping things simple: no limo or specific color scheme for us either! :)
    Like Tracy said, the vibrant colors are just beautiful, the flowers, the garlands, the henna, the puja… just beautiful. Oh, and that picture of you in church… it´s timeless and the epitome of classic elegance! Gorgeous!
    No wonder you have created a beautiful space here in New Latina.

    • Judith Duval says:

      Thank you Sue!! I can’t wait to keep on posting more blogs :-) I wish I could have put more pics up…So I’ll just squeeze them in here and there ;-)

  3. Oh my word! I want another wedding!
    Judith, gorgeous and fabulous and smart!

    I can hear your mother saying “No, no puede ser!”

    Much love and many good years.

  4. Oh that veil! LOVE it! You are both beautiful and what a beautiful story.

  5. This wedding has me speechless. She looks like she came out of the pages of a romance novel. Her top photos are breathtaking and her bottom photos are even more so. Beautiful, colorful wedding. I like this one a lot

  6. Very special!!! Perfect!!!

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