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This Pretty Purple Wedding Begins With a Shot at the Bar For the First Look

Why don't more weddings start this way?


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Photography by Winnie Dora

Nervous before your nuptials? Here’s an idea: Take notes from this Delaware bride and groom who held their first look at a bar — shots included. The fun, cute and easy-to-pull-off moment (and the rest of the Big Day) was photographed by Winnie Dora. Explore scenes from the rest of the day’s garden-themed events below.

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If we told you a failed blind date would lead to a lifelong love, would you believe us? Because that’s the case for Amber Clay and Quentin Perry, a pair set up by their friends at a weekly bowling night in September 2009. The setup was a surprise, and the surprise went awry when Amber chose to skip the festivities — and, unbeknownst to her, a shot at love.

Luckily, though, the pair talked on the phone that same night and decided to meet up later in the week at Delaware Technical Community College. At the meetup, a spark was ignited.

“I thought Quentin was cute!” Amber remembers.

“My first impression was that she was bubbly and fun,” Quentin says.

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At the time, Amber was 19 and Quentin was 22. They went to Ruby Tuesday on their first date, kicking off a relationship that would last nearly a decade — and many life changes — before Quentin popped the question.

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In April 2017, Quentin planned an Easter-weekend getaway for the couple in Washington, D.C. It was the weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival, “something I had always wanted to go to,” Amber says.

Their first night in town, Amber and Quentin dined at a small Turkish restaurant before riding the Capital Wheel. At the top of the ferris wheel, stopped, Quentin got down on one knee and asked Amber if she was “ready.” Distracted, she responded, “Ready for what?” before realizing he was proposing. Moments later, she said yes, and the pair spent the rest of the weekend celebrating in secrecy. They shared the big news when they returned home on Sunday night.

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Amber and Quentin wed in Old New Castle, DE, at the Read House and Gardens. Following the ceremony, they and 110 guests celebrated at Deerfield Golf Club. The flowers and violinists were the couple’s favorite wedding details, and one of their most sentimental moments was their first look — which took place at a bar, shots included.

THE DETAILS
Photographer: Winnie Dora Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Read House and Gardens | Reception Venue & Catering: Deerfield Golf Club | Planning/Design: Lady in Waiting Services | Day of Event Coordinator: Tiffany Chalk Events | Florals: Royal Weddings by Cathy Johnson | Bride’s Gown: Maggie Sottero and Cocomelody | Bridesmaids’ Attire: David’s Bridal | Hair: Ornati Swan | Makeup: Kymmi Alexus Makeup Artistry | Groom’s Attire: Sebastian Cruz | Entertainment: DJ Mega Skills | Cake: The Master’s Baker | Invitations: Basic Invite | Transportation: Ace Limousine | Photo Booth: Instaglamour Photo Booth

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