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!
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.
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.