Newlyweds Jai and Rebecca first met at a party over 10 years ago. When their paths crossed again many years later, their chemistry was undeniable. One brunch date was all it took for the lovebirds to recognize they’d found the real thing. Share their love!
"I remember sitting in the car outside of my house one night after Jai and I had just returned from dinner," says Rebecca. "I glanced over at her and realized that I never wanted her to go home. I wanted her to stay. I wanted to spend every moment with her."
When it came to her accessories, beaming bride Jai didn't miss a chance to add a touch of fabulous. She wore her grandmother's diamond sapphire necklace for her "something old" and "something blue," a pair of new Jimmy Choo shoes and "something borrowed" from her mother.
"I've always dreamed of how it would feel to be head-over-heels for someone and how it would feel to have someone head-over-heels for me, too," explains Jai. "I live that feeling every day now with Rebecca."
"I've always wanted to fall in love with a friend," says Rebecca. "Someone who I could run my errands with, watch movies with and just lay around all day and do nothing with. I wanted that effortless love and I found that with Jai."
"I want to have children and start a family with Jai," says Rebecca. "In order to be an important example for my children, I wanted to make sure I honored their mother and made our commitment official."
Jai found Amsale gowns for her gorgeous bridesmaids at a bridal boutique called Hitched in Georgetown. "Rebecca and I went shopping and I modeled all of the dresses in eggplant." The girls were pleased with their pick, and it showed.
Jai's father passed away in 2005, so her older brother Joseph W. Pelham, Jr. walked her down the aisle. "We've always been close," she tells us. "I couldn't have imagined anyone else with me in that moment."
"I dreamed of that moment from the moment we got engaged," says Jai, when asked to describe what it was like standing at the altar. "It was everything that I imagined and more. I walked slowly and when I got there I took it all in. I wanted to remember everything."
Sugar Taylor of DIYva Designs, LLC helped the happy couple plan a romantic indoor ceremony at Longview Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. "The moment we walked into the space, we absolutely fell in love," says Rebecca.
Rebecca's sister Colette and her husband read a passage from Corinthians and the The Peace Prayer by St. Francis of Assis during the couple's ceremony. "Reverend Romie Pallidino conducted the ceremony beautifully," says Jai. "Her wedding message was to be the partner you want."
The couple opted for a deejay for their reception party to keep their guests on their feet. Jai's Maggie Sottero gown was gorgeous but she changed into a more comfortable dress to party comfortably throughout the night.
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