David & Christie Zwahlen wearing the Jade dress

David & Christie Zwahlen wearing the Jade dress

February 12, 2019

David and Christie

How did you meet the love of your life?

On the way back from a morning run, I stopped at a little place called Addiction Coffee House in New Orleans' French Quarter. I was in town presenting at a conference and had read about the new, highly acclaimed shop in the National press. As a total addict, it appealed directly to me. Unfortunately, I had forgotten my wallet at the hotel, so when I arrived at Addiction, I began pleading my case to the barista. "Please, you don't understand. I'm leaving on a plane back to New York in 6 hours. I've been reading about your coffee for weeks! I'll Venmo you; I swear!" Feeling sorry for me, the owner popped his head out from the back room and offered me anything I wanted for free, including a delicious banana nut muffin! We chatted for almost an hour about photography, art, politics, and coffee. And that's how we met and became very dear friends.

When did you know that this person had stolen your heart?

At the La Colombe Coffee Roasters in Rittenhouse Square (as you can tell, coffee has played a role of outsized importance in our relationship). We were still just friends at that point, but the tide shifted that afternoon. Apparently (according to David), when we got up to leave the shop, several people turned and noticed me. If this is true, it's because I was rocking a killer orange flower print dress from Leota. At any rate, an intense pang of jealousy swept over David--so intense that I couldn't help but notice it. As we continued down the sidewalk, he looked over and said: "Doesn't it feel like we should be holding hands?" I was pleasantly surprised by his directness. And even though I passively refused his question by simply giggling and turning my head, he had stolen my heart in that moment.

Tell us about the proposal?

We actually got engaged in Oaxaca City, Mexico--the same place we were married a year later. David had big plans for the proposal, but I'm really a very shy person and was nervous about what he had in store. I had a feeling it was going to be loud and public, and he sensed my anxiety (it was pretty palpable). Rather than going through with his plans, he whipped out the ring in our hotel room and asked me on the spot. The last thing he wanted was for me to be anxious or uneasy during such an important moment. It was a quintessential David move--selfless, loving and kind.

Explain to us how you found Wear Your Love?

I was searching for a timeless, comfortable, lace gown that I could wear without breaking a sweat in the hot Mexico sun. I was willing to spend more than I would on a normal dress but didn't want to be extravagant, either. I furiously Googled and stalked Pinterest until I found Wear Your Love.

When did you know you had found your perfect dress?

When I realized my hip dips weren't disappearing in 30 days and I needed a dress with some room for error! The reviews about how comfortable, forgiving and stretchy Wear Your Love dresses are convinced me you were the way to go. The Jade dress ticked all the boxes for me. It was a timeless lace design, lightweight, backless, and featured a flattering A-line shape that would accentuate my figure well. I had 100% confidence that it would work and look appropriate for our low-key Oaxaca wedding.

What went through your mind when the Wear Your Love box arrived at your doorstep, and you pulled out your dress for the first time?

"OMFG, what if it doesn't fit?" was my first thought, which is probably most people's biggest fear when they try on their dress for the first time. I was also thrilled with the quality of the lace and the strong craftsmanship. As a special request, I asked for the sleeves to be left unlined, and when I measured the back, I did so to create more of a backless look than the standard Jade dress. Both of these requests were executed perfectly. The result was stunning and personalized. It felt like me.

What was your wedding theme or style?

We got married on Mexico's national holiday, Revolution Day, so our theme at a spiritual level was rebirth and new beginnings. In addition, I asked the florist to create green, white, and red arrangements in honor of Mexico's flag. Only seven people attended, including me and David, so it was low-key, jovial and fun. David wore jeans because David wears jeans every day. I wanted to feel like me in my dress and he wanted to feel like himself, too. It was perfect.

Let's show your wedding venue some love! What is the name of the wedding venue you chose and why did you choose them for your special day?

Our wedding venue was the inimitable Los Danzantes (http://www.losdanzantes.com/los-danzantes-oaxaca/), a magical setting and ridiculously delicious restaurant that takes risks with avant-garde fusions while highlighting traditional Oaxacan flavors and ingredients. It's one of our favorite restaurants in the world. It has a gorgeous and truly unique water feature, an open-sky ceiling and some of the friendliest, most professional staff anywhere. It's also the place we went for dinner immediately after David proposed to me. In cahoots with David, the staff organized to have a beautiful rose arrangement and balloons waiting at the table, and everyone there treated us like royalty for the entire evening. It's a very special place with special people.

What was on your wedding soundtrack playlist, aisle, reception, and first dance?

Since there were only 7 of us, we didn't have a traditional reception. No music or dancing. Just lots and lots of food and mezcal! It was a riot.

Tell us your favorite moment from your wedding?

Oh, geez. It had to be when Victor Ramirez (Public Relations at Los Danzantes) approached us at the altar to let me know that our officiant's car broke down and he wouldn't be able to make it. You see, I had left the ceremony planning completely up to David and he insisted it would be a surprise. I was momentarily aghast until my now Stepson, Jordan Montana, stood up and proclaimed that he would be the pinch-hitter officiant. Of course, it was all planned from the beginning and Jordan spoke so beautifully that we had to pause mid-way through the ceremony for a nose-blowing, wet-faced hug fest. Another favorite moment from the day (not the wedding itself) was stopping for an espresso at a street side cafe dressed in our wedding attire. Our stepson Jordan actually suggested it. It brought everything full circle and couldn't have been more us.

Tell us who was involved in making your special day perfect?

The amazing Ivanna Augalde did my hairstyle and makeup (@ivannaugulde). The fabulous Laura Dent did my hair color specially for the day (@lauradenticles, @salonbeck). Victorino Amador did the flowers (https://www.facebook.com/victorinoamadoreventos/) Los Danzantes (@danzantesoaxaca)

In addition, a kind of funny part of the story. We had 3 professional photographers at our wedding, despite only having 7 people in attendance:

  • 1) My husband, David Taffet of Invisible Man Photography (@invisiblemanphotography and www.invisibleman.photography)
  • 2) Our actual paid wedding photographer, Chucho Potts (@ByPotts and http://www.chuchopotts.com/), and 
  • 3) Our dear friend Carlos Figueroa, a photojournalist at Mexico City's Reforma newspaper (@cfr75). 

Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for anyone planning a wedding?

Plan as well as you can but then allow your wedding day to just flow. There will be hiccups here and there, but that's the reality of life on earth! Don't stress too hard over the details. So long as your significant other shows up, the rest will be okay. :-)

How would you rate your overall experience with Wear Your Love?

5 out of 5 stars.

Congratulations David and Christie!

 

"May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy and a lot of coffee."

 

Christie is wearing the Jade dress with nude lining, sweep train 10-inch, and unlined sleeves.




Also in The Story Behind the Dress

Dylan & Kait wearing the Ellora dress
Dylan & Kait wearing the Ellora dress

November 01, 2019

How did you come across Wear Your Love?

Pinterest! Years before Dylan and I were even engaged. I had pinned the Ellora dress and it had stolen my heart from the beginning. After getting engaged I spent months trying on gowns, enduring the uncomfortable moments of trying on dresses that everyone else wanted me to try on. I just couldn’t shake the Ellora from my mind, and I knew I had to have it.

Read More

Nate & Shah'ada wearing a custom Zoey 2.0
Nate & Shah'ada wearing a custom Zoey 2.0

October 03, 2019

When did you know that this person had stolen your heart?

The very first time we spoke. I can honestly say I knew I would marry him from the moment I met him. His soul spoke to mine.

Read More

Benjamin & Rachael wearing the Lara dress
Benjamin & Rachael wearing the Lara dress

September 30, 2019

Tell us about the proposal ...

Both of us could tell this was a once in a lifetime love. But I knew Ben would put too much pressure on the perfection of something like a proposal. So after a quick check with his friends and family, and most importantly with my girls, I decided to propose to him! I got a special t-shirt made, and wrote my proposal on a softball. Just before the start of his Friday night game Ben's brother and the umpire helped get Ben over to home plate so we could scoot out to the pitcher's mound and pitch him the ball. I am an incredibly shy person for speaking in front of crowds, so I was really nervous... but it was (almost) perfect, and he said yes! I had gotten his whole family there, including a few that never attend his games, so I am pretty sure he knew something was up. I do know he was still surprised though, not a lot of guys get their own special proposal!

Read More