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This couple hosted a Parisian soiree with a ballerina at the ceremony

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Theresa and Brian met at Stanford University, they began dating several years later and have been almost inseparable since that time. The couple fell in love travelling with each other, and since the start of their romance, have journeyed to at least 18 countries on five continents. Back on December 31st, 2011, during a blizzard-induced power outage on a trip that took the duo to the ski slopes of Breckenridge, Colorodo, Brian proposed and Theresa said yes.

The Palo Alto-based bride and groom selected Paris for their wedding. The official nuptials took place in yet another destination though—some miles above San Francisco. On May 6, 2013, Theresa and Brian exchanged lawful wedding vows on board United flight 990. Captain Mark Foster and his crew enabled the ceremony by announcing the nuptials as the plane reached cruising altitude. Maria Taylor, the mother-of-the-bride and a 10-year flight attendant for the airline, pulled double duty as the Deputy Marriage Commissioner licensed by the state of California.

A week later, their French fête took place. The couple selected the city because of it's diverse and cosmopolitan flair, fine foods, the breathtaking views, unexpected yet happy surprises, and of course the romantic setting. With help from their planner they decided to tie the knot at a beautiful and ornate hotel with enough space for their 80 guests and distinct rooms for the ceremony, reception, and dancing.

A dear friend officiated a customized non-religious ceremony. Part of it included symbolically tying a knot around the couple's hands, and a ring warming ceremony where each guest held the rings and bestowed their thoughts and prayers. But the highlight? The ballerina dance commissioned to occur just before the bride arrived — set to the song "Pure Imagination."

Following, a French feast of traditional dishes was served, with large macarons for dessert. After the couple cut a petite cake and everyone danced for hours, the couple was surrounded by everyone holding sparklers at midnight for a regal send off.

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Photography: Ian Holmes
Event Planning: Rendezvous in Paris
Location: Hotel Le Marois
Flowers: Frederic Bertin
First Look Dress: Romona Keveza from Encore Bridal
Ceremony Dress: Vera Wang from David's Bridal
Veils: Paris Tiaras and Veil Trends
Earrings: Rent the Runway
Bridesmaid Dress: Light in the Box
Menswear: Indochino
Stationery Design and Letterpressing: LilyWillow
Printing: Jungle Digital
Calligraphy: Papineau Calligraphy
Digital Calligraphy: Neither Snow
Design Consultant: Jessica Sloane
Music: Bell Intone; Freddy Jay

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