They knew each other as children, but when Monique Glosman spotted 19-year-old Erik Vayntrub on college break she thought, “He’s really grown up!” He became her first boyfriend, and although they attended college on opposite coasts, they made it work.
For years they flew back and forth as she finished dental school and he got his law degree.
“THE BIGGEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE ME TODAY IS TO SAY THAT YOU’LL BE MY WIFE.”
On the night of a big family Hanukkah party he picked her up with a large gift box in hand. As she unwrapped layer after layer of tissue paper and boxes, Monique kept repeating how badly she felt about not having a present for him yet.
Then she finally opened the ring. Erik was ready with a sweet reply: “The biggest gift you can give me today is to say that you’ll be my wife.”
The wedding for 360 people, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, had a 20-person orchestra playing for the ceremony, a 12-person band for the cocktail hour, and a stage full of musicians for the reception.
The beautiful venue glittered with the light of hundreds of candles as guests danced and celebrated the happy couple.
“I had dreams of what I wanted for my wedding and this was everything I dreamt and more,” says Monique.
Afterwards they headed to the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora where relaxation was interspersed with a helicopter ride, scuba diving and lunch on a private island.
Location: Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Cake: NancyKay’s Confections, Beverly Hills, CA; Caterer: Global Cuisine by Gary Arabia, West Hollywood, CA; Event Planner and Design: Linda Pittelli’s Eventful Designing, Los Angeles, CA; Floral Design: Hidden Garden, Los Angeles, CA
Ceremony Dress: Vera Wang; Reception Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Photography: Mike Colon Photographers, Los Angeles, CA