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Olenka & Colin
Amber Bell | Photo: Weddings by Alefiya | June 19, 2014
The wedding of worldly lovebirds Olenka Rdultowski and Colin Moe soars to great heights, with a big-city backdrop.
There was a New York state of mind at Olenka Rdultowski and Colin Moe’s nuptials, a lavish affair celebrated at the Petroleum Club Downtown. After all, despite the couple’s diverse backgrounds and global interests, the Big Apple inspired the venue choice from the start. “We’d always said if we could live anywhere, it’d be New York,” says Olenka, whose family is from Peru. “And we loved that the view at the Club resembled that.”
The couple, both 27, who met through mutual friends, were engaged in 2012. Colin, an Alaska native and project development manager at Eureka Hunter Pipeline, popped the question one August evening in a Hotel ZaZa suite with a custom Deutsch & Deutsch ring. The bride-to-be continued pursuing her fashion merchandising degree at UH while planning their upcoming wedding.
The run-up to the wedding began with a rehearsal dinner at The Pass, where guests gushed over the blush-toned wedding invitations, crafted by a company out of Peru. The invites were inspired by Olenka’s blush Lazaro gown, which featured a full chiffon skirt and crystal belt. Olenka paired it with jewelry from BHLDN (where she also found her vintage-inspired going-away dress); she styled her own hair in long, soft curls. Each bridesmaid donned her own black lace floor-length dress, which made for a picture-perfect ceremony at St. Anne’s Catholic Church.
The reception’s neutral color scheme espoused a healthy dose of metropolitan glamour. Darryl & Co. orchestrated the flowers, linens and decor for the big day, from the massive urns of white blossoms at the church to the couple’s head table, which wore a cream rosette-covered linen and crystal-draped candelabras. They outfitted guest tables with Lucite chairs and soaring all-white arrangements of hydrangeas, roses, lilies and orchids—and, as the couple had hoped, the view couldn’t have been better. “The city was the backdrop, and the neutrals played a perfect role,” says Aurora Perez Smith of Occasio Productions, who came in eight weeks before the big day to assist with details and styling.
But it wasn’t always smooth sailing. “The week before the wedding was so chaotic,” Olenka recalls. She had kidney stones; then her mother fell ill and spent several days in the hospital. “But the day of the wedding was so relaxing. I was not nervous; we were on time—and it was fun!”
Guests had fun too, enjoying tunes by a Spanish guitar player during the cocktail hour. After the Club-catered dinner, partygoers hit the dance floor thanks to the Houston Salsa Band, and snagged favors of Pisco Porton, a Peruvian white liquor, before the newlyweds departed in a white Rolls-Royce. The couple honeymooned in the exotic Maldives, Thailand and Singapore before returning home to their own slice of the Big Apple in Houston.
Ceremony St. Anne’s Catholic Church
Reception Petroleum Club
Coordination Aurora Perez Smith, Occasio Productions
Wedding Gown Lazaro, at Weddings by Debbie
Bridal Shoes Badgley Mischka
Makeup Thalio Beckham
Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse
Decor Darryl & Co. Cake Supreme Kakes
Invitations Impreso Lima
Photo Booth Access DJs
Entertainment Houston Salsa Band; Emmanuel Gonzales on Spanish guitar
Videographer Sculpting With Time