When Laurena Tamayo attended a party with her cousin, she didn’t expect to meet the love of her life; however, that’s exactly what happened when he introduced her to his friend, Darrell Bolden. “I lied to her and said I didn’t know how to salsa… I wanted her to dance with me and teach me – even though I knew how,” muses the groom. After that first night of dancing together, their romance blossomed and it wasn’t long before Darrell was ready to take the next step in their relationship. After asking her mother, two brothers, and grandparents for their blessings, the groom-to-be went ring shopping with the man who introduced the duo two years prior. Overlooking the city at midnight on Christmas, Darrell asked Laurena to spend the rest of her life with him.
Spending over a year to simply relish and enjoy their engagement, Laurena and Darrell gave themselves just nine months to plan their celebration, enlisting the help of the expert event planners at International Event Company. On the day of the winter ceremony, over 200 guests gathered at a luxurious property in Newport Beach, California to witness the sunset vow exchange. Due to inclement weather, the pair’s ceremony space, which overlooked the Pacific Ocean, was covered with a translucent tent adorned with twinkling string lights that provided a romantic glow once the sun went down.
“We wanted a ‘Gatsby-Deco’ feel to it,” describes the bride of the motif, so the décor showcased a black, gold, and ivory color palette with Art Deco-inspired patterns. Along the aisle, which featured a glittering custom runner created by The Original Runner Company, acrylic boxes filled with “floating” roses alternated with floral-embellished chandeliers next to guests’ seats. Modern tunes, including “All of Me” by John Legend and