When high-school sweethearts Danielle Salmán and David Villasuso began planning their nuptials, the choice of ceremony venue was simple: the church where the bride’s parents got married. On the day of the nuptials, 170 guests gathered in the house of worship to witness the culmination of their 12-year love story.

Though their ceremony was traditional, the couple incorporated many modern elements into their big day, starting with their attire. The bride was stunning in a form-fitting V-neck gown, while her groom donned a colorful green tuxedo jacket, which complemented the bridesmaids’ dresses and set the tone for the rest of the fête at a venue with the historic feel the bride desired, complete with Lucite décor details as well as a trendy neon sign displaying their new shared last name.

“I wanted an elegant, yet modern, wedding,” notes the bride, who enlisted the help of Events by Elle. Since emerald is her favorite color, the hue was carried throughout the décor, along with hundreds of white orchids and modern acrylic details. Tables showcased one of three designs: a rose gold marble linen with white and green arrangements; a velvet emerald linen with vanilla-hued florals; and wood royal tables with emerald velvet runners and tall gilt vases filled with green elephant ears. Each table was illuminated with romantic candlelight.

For dessert, friends and family enjoyed a cake decorated in white, gold, and emerald green hues that complemented the design of the fête. Revelers danced to upbeat tunes played by a DJ and accompanied with live instruments until midnight. At the halfway point, a confetti blizzard surprised loved ones followed by a laser show – “literally the best moment ever,” smiles Danielle, who encourages engaged couples to relax and enjoy the day, despite any stress. “Everything will work itself out,” she shares. “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”