Waltzing in a Winter Wonderland
Compiled by Angela Blue
Photography by Sarah Street Photography
Who: Monica Huett, web developer for Operation Smile, and Philip Malmgren, work leader marine electrician at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. When: Dec. 13, 2014. Where: Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, Norfolk. The Engagement: An avid Christmas lover, Monica started a tradition with Phil to gather their families each year to attend Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. Monica's sister Kaitlyn (the only person in the group aware of Phil’s plans), insisted that everyone have their pictures taken in front of the big Christmas tree before their group split up. Once it was Monica and Phil’s turn to have their photo taken, Phil took her hands got down on one knee to reveal the most stunning ring. Then he asked “the four words every woman dies to hear,” Monica says. Wedding Wishes: The main factor in setting the theme for their wedding was the date: 12-13-14. And since the date was in December, it seemed natural to plan a winter wonderland. “I had visions of white and snow and sparkle and sophistication,” Monica says. What’s Next: Monica and recently welcomed a little baby boy into their family.
Monica’s bouquet was a blend of silk flowers and diamond and pearl brooches, given to her from women in her family and in Phil’s family. Some were purchased new, some were family heirlooms and some were vintage pieces found at jewelry stores. The bouquet itself was assembled by family friends Sherry Fitzpatrick and Marcia Hughes of Lagniappe, Virginia Beach.
After Monica’s grandfather passed unexpectedly in 2013, she knew she wanted to honor him in a special way at the wedding. She took one of his favorite ties, cut it into the shape of a heart and had it stitched to the lining of her dress, Monica says, “so that he would be with me at all times on my special day as my ‘something blue.’”
During the ceremony Monica and Phil combined pieces of glass from two separate vases into one. Later, they had the glass blown into a beautiful unity sculpture, as well as an ornament and paperweight for their families each to have. They rented the sequined sweetheart tablecloth from Graceful Designs.
Debbie from Fluttering Flowers designed much of the décor, including the tree branches dripping with crystals, candles and white flower pompadours, as well as the centerpieces—half with tall branches and drizzling crystals and half with smaller poufs of white flowers. She also lined the aisle with faux snow, floating candles and sparkles to complete the look. Distinct Event Rentals provided the silver tablecloths on guests’ tables and clear chairs for the ceremony and reception.
Unique Sweets & Accessories in Virginia Beach provided the adorable display of cake pops for the reception. Flavors were: vanilla, caramel apple, strawberry shortcake, chunky monkey and s’mores.
Each guest took home a white porcelain snowflake ornament as their favor.
Monica surprised Phil by having guests display lightsabers for them to walk under as she and Phil entered the reception and as they exited. The Star Wars theme song also played proudly.