A Glamorous Wedding at Villa del’ Amour in High Point, North Carolina

After three years in the same National Guard unit, Esmeralda Alfaro (24 and in the North Carolina National Guard) and Matthew Wyatt (23 and also in the North Carolina National Guard) finally got together thanks to Esmeralda’s persistent advances. At first “he didn't really respond to my flirtatious attitude,” she says, but after several not-so-subtle hints and a few long walks in the park, Matthew was smitten. The duo threw a glamorous villa wedding decked out in rich hues of purple accompanied by glittering gold. “For me, gold is a sign of a brighter future” and “purple makes me feel happy, calm and at peace,” Esmeralda says of her ocular inspiration. In strict accordance to the color scheme, the bridesmaids paired their dark purple floor-length gowns with gold heels while the men sported boutonnieres of purple mini roses and mini calla lilies wrapped in shiny gold foil. The ceremony was full of personal touches: Matthew’s aunt was the officiant, and Esmeralda's and Matthew’s mothers performed the Mexican Catholic tradition of the wedding lasso. “Another important moment was when my brother walked me down the aisle,” Esmeralda says. Growing up without a father, it was incredibly important to Esmeralda to have her younger brother by her side. The dance floor at Villa del’ Amour in High Point, North Carolina, was surrounded by cozy lounge-style seating and lit in purple hues with long flowing drapes. Unable to find a traditional cake topper that resembled the bride and groom’s interracial mix, the couple ordered an unpainted one and had a close friend decorate it. “We will cherish it forever. Plus, having that topper look like us shows the acceptance of couples like us,” Esmeralda says. Juliette Cheatham