Chantal and Gary met in 2014 through mutual friends at a Calling All TM Fellowship bible study. Three years later and this devout couple made a commitment to god and each other with a vintage wedding in New York. Check out Chantal and Gary's special day, captured by Kyra Ross at Photo Love Story.
Bride: Chantal Camille White, 27, Orthopedic Nurse
Groom: Gary Ellington White, 30, Brownfields Project Manager
Place of residence: Bloomfield, New Jersey
Wedding date: July 2, 2017
Wedding location: Otto Kahn and James Burden Mansion, Upper East Side, N.Y.
Wedding theme: Vintage and Historical
Honeymoon Destination: Bali, Indonesia & Doha, Qatar
I proposed to Chantal on my 29th birthday at Gallow Green in New York. She had no idea because she was planning my birthday down to every little detail. She picked me up from my house and drove me to go indoor skydiving. After that we walked around some botanical gardens and toured the area. We even went on an impromptu boat ride. Later on, I requested to go to a rooftop restaurant named Gallow Green that overlooks the Hudson. When we got to the restaurant I spoke with our waiter and instructed them to deliver a gift box to our table and say it was for Miss Chantal. When I got back to my seat I was nervous but couldn't wait to see the look on Chantal's face. At the end of the dinner the waiter did as instructed and she had a puzzled look on her face. It was a box filled with reading flash cards. At that time I asked her to walk with me as the sun was setting and told her that each card represented a point in time of our relationship and narrated the story of us coming together using the flash cards. When I was finished I dropped to one knee and asked her to marry be my wife while the sun was setting.
What makes your love special?
We both share the same awkward humor and love to use random accents during conversation. We also decided to wait until marriage in reference to Christ being the focal point of our relationship.
From the bride:
My wedding day experience was stressful in the beginning but ended well. I thought my hair and makeup would cause me to run late the day of, but I was wrong and ended up being on time. I was a bit flustered during the ceremony because one of the vendors was stuck in traffic and arrived late, so I did not get to walk out to the song I selected. Our wedding planner and some of our other vendors saved the day, though.
From the groom:
My wedding day experience was hectic. Some vendors were late and a couple things went wrong as most weddings have their follies. I opted to do most of the planning myself so there were some loose ends I had to tie up earlier in the day. All in all, my groomsmen were very cooperative and helpful, so I couldn't ask for anything better.
Your most memorable moment:
The most memorable moment I can recall is when Chantal walked down the aisle, and when she read her vows to me.
Our wedding song was "Kiss Me" by Ed Sheeran. We chose this song because it was from the album that Chantal gave me for Valentine's Day. Chantal and I also went to an Ed Sheeran concert for her birthday and we just felt so connected to the lyrics.
Favorite wedding detail:
Our favorite wedding detail was the venue itself. The Otto Kahn and James Burden Mansion is a relic of the city and truly is beautiful all-around.
What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?
We look forward to traveling together and exploring the world. We both have a heart for adventure and would love to see all corners of the world together.
Advice for a bride and groom on their wedding day:
A wedding is just a wedding. It does not define your marriage. Take time to build your relationship. Realize that you are on the same team. The sooner you realize that the better.
Congratulations to the newlyweds! We wish you a wonderful wedding and marriage.