Did you see part one Sonia and Troy’s wedding yesterday? If you not, be sure to click on over that direction after you peruse the ever so lovely part two of our feature. Like we mentioned, Sonia and Troy had both a Hindu and Christian ceremony on their (12-hour!) wedding day!Their stunning ceremony at Parkland Golf & Country Club wedding venue in Boca Raton, Florida was perfect for their big day Both were shot by Jessica Bordner Photography, a Miami FL wedding photographer and both you will surely not want to miss!
Tell us how you met! I was living in Atlanta at the time, and I loved to dance salsa in my free time. My co-workers were intrigued by my pastime, so they wanted me to take them the next time I went dancing so that I could “show off my moves”. That Friday night there was a nice salsa event being held at a local restaurant with a free dance lesson beforehand for my friends to pick up some moves too. When we arrived, there was only 1 guy (the dance teacher) and 25 girls! I decided that I would just enjoy dinner with my friends, so that I wouldn’t have to wait in line. Finally, after my friends and I waited for two hours, I told myself that I would just grab the next guy that walked through the door … that guy was Troy. We shared a couple of great dances that night … and that was it (or so we thought). I went back to my friends and Troy left the very next day for a 3 month project in another city. Several months later, I went to another salsa event – this time at a location that I knew I would be able to find dance partners! Within a few minutes of being there, a familiar face walked up to me and held out his hand and said “I believe we’ve danced before …” I gladly accepted Troy’s dance offer and …well the rest is history!
Now for the proposal…details! The proposal was a surprise, and it was a memorable moment. So, Troy and I had moved down to South Florida in April of 2010, because I had gotten into graduate school in the area, and Troy found a job working in Miami. The week before I started school, Troy surprised me with a long weekend of relaxation in order to prepare to start school. We went up to Boca Raton and stayed at the Boca Beach Club. On that Sunday, Troy had a whole day of fun things I love put together. In the morning, we went and did Pilates at a studio in Boca, had a great breakfast, went for a massage and spa experience, and then laid on the beach. At night, we had a great dinner at the hotel, and then went out for a midnight stroll on the beach. On our way back towards the hotel, Troy stopped and got on one knee. And of course the answer was YES!!
Describe your wedding in one to two sentences, so that someone who wasn’t there could envision it: Our wedding was a mix of cultures, traditional and modern styles, great food, lots of dancing, wonderful people, and a completely full day of excitement.
We want to know all of the details of your wedding! Our wedding was the perfect size and exactly what we wished for. We ended up with 132 guests, which was just big enough to make a great party (and filled dance floor!) but small enough that we were able to spend time with everyone over the course of the day. We were surrounded by people we truly loved and couldn’t have imagined better circumstances.
(continued) One thing we haven’t mentioned was how we were able to transform the ballroom we used at the beginning of the day for the Hindu ceremony into the wonderfully romantic and fun-filled reception site. Most Hindu ceremonies use a decorative, four-post structure called a mandap as the official altar. The couple, as well as the officiant and a handful of family members, are within the mandap throughout the Hindu ceremony. Mandaps are extremely delicate, ornate and beautiful. We decided that we couldn’t let the Hindu ceremony be the only opportunity to showcase this beautiful piece. So, we worked with our mandap designer to open up the four-post structure and drape a series of sheer, shimmering cloths between the posts. We placed the opened mandap and cloths (with backlighting) behind our long rectangular head table. When the ballroom lights were dimmed for the reception, the room was truly transformed into a beautiful, glowing site!
What was the best advice you received: The absolute best wedding advice we received was that we should forget about what others think and plan our wedding the way we want it. It’s so tempting to try to conform to what people should “normally” do for a wedding. We’re a somewhat quirky couple with different tastes than most people – so we wanted our wedding day to capture that. In the end, we took that advice and our wedding day definitely felt like us.
What were the honeymoon plans? For the honeymoon, we wanted to go somewhere that neither of us had been to in the past. The thing is, both Troy and I have traveled a lot separately and together. So, finding a good location that neither of us had been to, was not an easy task. And we took our honeymoon in August, so we wanted to go somewhere that it was warm weather, but not too hot, like the Caribbean, which is very close to us in South Florida. We chose to go to Greece, because it was the perfect time of year to visit, and we had always wanted to go to the Greek islands. We spent 11 days in Greece, and spent time in Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. We had the perfect mix of taking in history, culture, relaxation, and adventure. Our favorite adventure was probably taking a 4-wheeler around the entire island of Santorini one day – we’ve never seen such beautiful views! It was the perfect honeymoon trip.