TALK ABOUT ROMANTIC ... Ricardo Betancourt, Jr. proposed to Lauryl Duchsherer at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve at Gasperetti’s, where they were celebrating. Their story, though, started about seven years ago when they met through mutual friends. “There was just an inexplicable spark between us,” says Lauryl. But they moved to different cities, and the friendship was put on hold. In March of 2010 they went on their first date, which turned into several more, and eventually their wedding day. Says Lauryl, “I have found the one whom my soul loves.”

OCCUPATIONS She’s a dentistry student at USC, he’s an IT coordinator at Northwestern Mutual in Los Angeles

HE PROPOSED on New Year’s Eve

NUMBER OF GUESTS 200

NUMBER OF ATTENDANTS 10

COLORS WERE aubergine, white and olivine green with silver accents

THE WEDDING WAS traditional with little twists

THEY GOTAWAY IN a town car

THEY SPENT THEIR WEDDING NIGHT AT The Ledgestone Hotel

THEY HONEYMOONED IN Maui, on Ka’anapali Beach

FAVORITE MOMENTS “The first dance, hands down,” says Lauryl. “He started adding in all of these ‘new’ dance moves, made it completely unrehearsed and so special. We danced to John Legend’s Stay With You.”

Lauryl and Ricardo’s team

PHOTOGRAPHY f/8.3 photo, f83photo.com

CATERING Obento House, 509-575-7879 • Uwajimaya, Seattle, uwajimaya.com

CHAIR SASHES Ellen’s Chair Covers, ellenschaircovers.com

CAKE Essencia Artisan Bakery, 509-575-5570

FLOWERS Hacienda Floral, 253-335-3111

WEDDING PLANNING/DESIGN Bride’s mother, Carla Barney

WEDDING GOWN “Galina Signature” from David’s Bridal, davidsbridal.com

SHOES Christian Louboutin