When Priscilla and Eric both selected the same popular spot in Arlington, Va., to unwind from their demanding professions. and when they met and locked eyes they had no idea they would be married less than three years later.
Both are private consultants in Washington, D.C., and each of them could be a couture fashion model. Priscilla is a striking brunette raised in Brazil with a heart-melting smile. Eric is a well-educated who looks like he stepped out of GQ, born in Detroit.
After a year-and-a-half of dating, Priscilla was delighted by Eric’s proposal, but she couldn’t exactly say she was shocked by it. “It was not a big event,” Priscilla said, laughing. “It was very simple. I was watching TV one night in my apartment. He popped the question while holding his mother’s engagement ring. We already knew we were going to get married soon, so I would be lying if I said it was a total surprise.
“Besides, when Eric asked my father for permission to request my hand in marriage, he (my dad) was not discreet about it at all. My dad ended up making a big announcement to my entire family that same day.”
Their ceremony and reception were held at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge in Charlotte, but it was not your standard-issue wedding.
“My family is from South Korea so we had a Western ceremony first,” Priscilla said. “Then Eric and I both changed to the typical Korean “hanbok” (traditional Korean dress,) and we had a Korean wedding ceremony during the cocktail hour.
“The Korean ceremony is very colorful, and it’s always fun to watch because it involves bowing to the older family members and then throwing dates and chestnuts (which symbolize fertility) to the bride and groom. The best part about it was the piggyback ride that Eric had to give me towards the end of the ceremony!”
Sporting their shimmering Tiffany wedding rings, the couple danced their first dance as man and wife to “Marry Me” by Train.
“We took five dance lessons and we had an entire choreographed dance,” Priscilla said. “We were super nervous about it. But at the end everything turned out fine. There were a couple of missteps but only Eric and I knew about them.”
“I wanted whites and pinks for flowers. Pink for ‘Pinktober,’ which means a lot to us since Eric’s mother is no longer with us and she had breast cancer.”
While Priscilla was impressed by all of her vendors, she says the food at her wedding venue exceeded all her expectations.
“The Ballantyne Hotel provided all the catering and the food was excellent! The dinner portion had a NY strip carving station, tons of side dishes, and we had late night snacks for our guests (chicken and waffles, Kobe beef sliders with cheddar cheese and mini mac-n-cheese balls!). We also had a dessert display.”
While the traditional honeymoon will have to wait because of their demanding professional obligations, the couple enjoyed a mini-moon in Las Vegas for three days.
“It was very short, but enough to decompress,” Priscilla said. “We watched a Cirque Du Soleil Show, had a long spa day and ate some amazing food. Next year we are going to Southeast Asia for our real honeymoon.”
Chuck Eaton is an experienced luxury wedding photojournalist based out of Charlotte, NC and shooting throughout the world. We love what we do and the clients who let us do it. We provide exclusive fine art portraiture and documentary wedding photography while having fun doing it!