The Couple: Leslie & Jordan

Wedding Date: October 19, 2012

Photography by Lexigraphics Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved: At a back to school party in Berkeley, Jordan, celebrating his first post college job, spotted Leslie, fresh from an internship in New York, across the room.

At the end of a wonderful evening of conversation with plans made for the next day, an exasperated Leslie was forced to remind Jordan that he did not yet have her number. The mistake rectified, they spent the three day weekend together.

Jordan even tricked Leslie into thinking he was a chef, cooking for her the exactly one time and one time only. Realizing they shared the most important thing for a successful relationship, musical taste, they began to date.

The rest, as they say, is history. Three years to the day later, Jordan proposed to Leslie in a hotel in Calistoga after a day of wine tasting, massages and food.

What was the most amazing part of your day? Berkeley is a very special place for us; it’s where we went to school, met and fell in love. So we wanted to commemorate it by having our wedding there and starting a new chapter in our lives.

We also managed to have a truly multicultural wedding with the tea ceremony and a menu with Greek and Chinese influence.

What else would you like to share about your big day? We tried to keep our budget down and keep it unique so we did a lot of the decorations ourselves. It was a lot of work but it was worth it at the end.

Ceremony and Reception Site: Brazilian Room

Photographer: Lexigraphics Photography

Caterer: The Arlington

Cake: Love at First Bite

Flowers: Family Friend

Favors: Jordan Almonds and Wine Accessory Set

Bridal Attire: Joan Gilbert Bride

Bridesmaids’ Attire: Nordstrom

Hair and Make-up: Design her Image Tiffany Chiang

Invitations: Papyrus

DJ/Entertainment/Band: QMEP

Honeymoon Location: TBD (We’re thinking about either Asia or Eastern Europe)

First Dance Song: “Biciami Ancora”

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Take it a step at a time. There will be time when you feel overwhelmed, but there’s a lot of people who can help you. Or better yet, be sure to schedule a spa date with your girls a week before the wedding to wind down.

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? I wished I cried less at all the ceremonies because a majority of the pictures have some sort of tears in them. I felt like my eyes were faucets. It was a good thing my makeup artist did a great job on my makeup or else there would been a panda bride.

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Photos courtesy of and copyright Lexigraphics Photography.

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