After several years of drifting apart since they were introduced by a mutual friend, Lisa Coffey and Demetrius Spencer found themselves happily reunited without the slightest chance of ever being separated from each other again. It took just one kiss to create some lasting sparks between them and almost as instantly as they fell in love, Lisa and Demetrius became engaged at Two Bunch Palms Resort in Palm Springs. They took their time as an engaged couple, however, and spent two years enjoying a new phase of their relationship that included planning for the wedding celebration of their dreams.
Holding their affair at the Bel-Air Bay Club fulfilled Lisa and Demetrius’ wish to marry each other by the ocean. They were open to a wedding date and based their decision on the suggestion that August was the best month to hold an evening wedding at the club. Together, with the help of a good friend of Lisa’s who is a former event planner, Lisa and Demetrius designed the elements of their wedding hand in hand. The bride was responsible for the event’s vision, borrowing from her own career as a model and actress to create a mix of old Hollywood glamour “with an edge,” and the groom chose the décor’s striking color scheme of cobalt blue and white accented by silver.
Before the ceremony began, Lisa and her mother took pictures in traditional Thai dress to celebrate their distinct heritage. Then, Lisa changed into a more conventional wedding gown and carried a pure white bouquet wrapped in rabbit fur and vintage bracelets down their custom made blue and silver aisle runner. Wearing white Nike Air Force 1 sneakers with his designer suit, Demetrius watched his bride approach him, backlit by a live rendition of Lisa’s favorite love song performed by the singer, Jesse Powell. It was a special gift arranged for her by husband-to-be who works in the music industry.
Their reception was a tribute to the understated elegance of Hollywood’s golden age with tall cobalt blue vases filled with Lisa’s favorite flower, white Casablanca lilies, set atop crisp white tables with shiny silver flatware. The party’s “edge” was partially supplied by the lively band that kept the dance floor crowded by playing oldies all night long. Both Lisa’s and Demetrius’ favorite memory was created upon that floor, as she danced with her father and he danced with his mother to songs that reminded them of the love and support their parents had always provided.
After guests dined on New Zealand sea bass and prime rib, the couple cut into their pearl white cake that was completely inscribed all the way around with a love poem by Lisa’s dear friend Crystal. Their wedding favors were also full of personality by representing Demetrius’ love of music. The couple chose to give each guest a CD containing six of their wedding day songs along with a note on the back cover thanking each guest for making their day as special as it was.
A wedding can fly by without warning, so Lisa and Demetrius made a conscious effort during their celebration to step back, remove themselves from the center of the action, and take just a couple of minutes to absorb everything that was unfolding around them. “You could feel the love in the air,” remembers the couple, with their friends and family in total agreement. “Everyone said our wedding was a fantasy,” and even though Lisa and Demetrius already knew that to be true, it was surely music to their ears.