Lena and Adrian met through mutual friends at a soul food restaurant in New Jersey. After exchanging numbers, they reconnected to New York City, where Lena just landed a new job and Adrian had an established network. First, they formed an unbreakable friendship, which quickly blossomed into something more. “He’s the most consistent, reliable, person I know,” Lena says, “and he knows me better than I know myself.”

After a romantic proposal in the Bahamas, they came to the conclusion that a destination wedding would better suit their union. That’s when they landed on – Chateau Bouffemont – a “sophisticated, beautiful, sexy, and something from a fairytale” venue in France that fit the bill in every way. For those that weren’t able to make the voyage abroad, the couple held a pre-wedding ceremony in New Jersey attended by their parents, siblings and children.

Scroll through for priceless moments from Lena and Adrian’s big day.

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