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Winnie & Stephen: A Traditional Wedding in New York City, NY

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Winnie & Stephen in New York City, NY
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"I wanted my wedding to be peony heaven," says the bride. She achieved that with her lighter-than-air Sarah Bernhardt peony bouquet.
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Like the bride's, the bridesmaids' bouquets contained peonies. To bring out the purple in their dresses, they also carried lisianthus, roses and scabiosas.
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Inspired by the fleur-de-lis symbol of their engagement city, the invitations featured gold designs that echoed the old-world glamour of their wedding site.
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A dramatic canopy covered in hydrangeas, peonies, roses, ivy and smilax kept the focus on the action at the ceremony. Uplighting called attention to the lush flowers.
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Playing off the design of the invitations, the escort cards also featured scrollwork, but this time in eggplant instead of gold.
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Taking its cue from the bride's intricate gown, the fondant-iced cake had lace designs and silver and pearl accents. Because it wouldn't be Winnie's wedding cake without peonies, sugar versions of her favorite flower decorated the tiers.
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The newlyweds fox-trotted to Nat King Cole's "L-O-V-E" to kick off the evening. Toward the end of the song, the groom's mom and the bride's dad cut in to dance with their children.

Winnie & Stephen in New York City, NY

A bad-boy reputation initially kept Winnie from Stephen, despite having a friend in common. But persistent -- and creative -- Stephen eventually won Winnie over: "He called my family's workplace under the pretense of drumming up business. We wound up talking about everything but business," says Winnie. The Bride Winnie Mak, 33 The Groom Stephen Chang, 35, investment management The Date June 7 Though Winnie wanted a chaperone on their first dates, they were going out alone soon after. Six months later, the couple flew to Italy for a friend's wedding. Stephen planned to propose on the Ponte Santa Trinita, a quiet bridge over the River Arno in Florence, but it was occupied. Stephen couldn't wait any longer, so he popped the question along the river instead.
- Meredith Bodgas
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