A Fairytale Wedding
El: When I found this woman, I found a gift that was from God that I just get to unwrap every day. It's like, every day that we're together, I don't know what to say. I'm going to cry.
Sharon: I want to spend the rest of my life with El, because we were born to meet. We are meant to be together. … Never in a million years I thought I'd have this fantasy of getting married. It's amazing. I can't believe we're going to be on Oprah. I can't believe she's throwing our wedding. Dreams really do come true!
Willow branch centerpieces are adorned with orchid blossoms that were flown in from Amsterdam by Mark's Garden. The linens are copper-embossed burnt avit with hand-beaded trim by Resource One. Unique Tabletops provided glistening glasses and china. Coordinating menu cards and placecards, created by Ellen Weldon Designs, sit with each placesetting.
Sharon chose a dream of a dress. It took nearly six months and nearly 500 hours to hand stitch every single inch—18 yards of silk duchesse satin! Sharon also wore plantinum and diamond chandelier earrings from Vera Wang's new line of fine jewelry. In her hair are stunning diamond and platinum broaches from Neil Lane Jewelers.
But don't forget our handsome groom! Colin flew El to New York to visit Ermenegildo Zegna, one of the most exclusive suit makers in the world. Through their made-to-measure service, a custom one-of-a-kind tuxedo is created just for El.
"I think Sharon is going to be so elated when she sees me in this tux she's probably going to have a tear or two in her eye," El says.
As a surprise, Colin presents all of the guests with Kodak Digital EasyShare cameras, a great party favor for Sharon and El's picture-perfect night!
See some of the shots their wedding guests took with their cameras!
The ceremony will be set under a canopy of blooms—5,000 roses were flown in from South America by Mark's Garden. The bridal path was lined with garden hook lanterns wrapped with moss and orchids.
When the celebration moves to the reception, Sharon and El, along with their guests, will dine under an enchanted garden—a shining chandelier from Images by Lighting hangs above the entrance, and 2,000 yards of amber satin and rust chiffon were draped to line the ceiling and walls. Roses suspend on strings from the ceiling to appear like they are just floating in air. Just beautiful!
But the fun won't end there—Colin transformed the Bel Air banquet room into a nightclub!
Sharon: I'm excited, everyone here is wonderful and I can't wait. … I'm not nervous, I'm cool as a cucumber.
El, on the other hand, is a little teary eyed!
El: I can't wait to see her. I know she's going to look beautiful. … I'm so grateful, I'm so grateful for everything.
They are the symbol of eternal love, and these stunning platinum and diamond bands from Blue Nile capture Sharon and El's devotion perfectly!
You could actually feel the love when Sharon and El said their own vows to each other.
Sharon: I just wanted this day to be everything that our hearts desire. This gift is so precious, and I wanted the world to see that we'll be filled with a life of happiness, joy and togetherness.
El: Sharon, I only hope that this day will always be remembered as a day of grace, goodness and mercy that God has given unto the earth and shines through you all my life.
Both Sharon's and El's mothers look stunning in their Carmen Marc Valvo dresses, provided by Neiman Marcus. Sharon and El kneel in front of each other's mother and make vows to them.
"I want to thank you for this wonderful gift of a man that you raised," Sharon tells El's mother. "He is kind, generous, understanding, has integrity and holds his head high, and I thank you for that."
"I want to thank you for being the vessel the caregiver, the nurturer of the blessed gift you've given to me," El tells Sharon's mother. " I promise you, mama, from this day forward I will love and protect, honor, and cherish the woman that you've given to me."
And after exchanging their vows and rings, Sharon and El join their life together in a cultural tradition hundreds of years old—jumping the broom!
The atmosphere is exquisite. Colin's elegant candlelit enchanted garden sparkles with romance as the couple's family and friends welcome the newlyweds. After Colin himself introduces the newlywed couple, the fairytale celebration begins with a fabulous feast. Fifteen chefs spent a week preparing this once-in-a-lifetime four-course banquet! The final course included custom-created chocolate truffles and signature beignets by Vosges Haut Chocolate. Delicious!
Later, El and Sharon make the ceremonial slice into their breathtaking—and delicious—cake, created by Sam Godfrey of Perfect Endings. The couple is beaming, and share a few words with their guests.
El: I just don't know what else to say but ain't God good? Ain't He good, you all?
Sharon: And we thank you all for being here and sharing this with us, because this is something we've been wanting for a long time and we didn't know how we were gonna do it. But Oprah made a way.
Oprah: I really do consider it an honor and a privilege as a human being living on the planet at this time to be able to witness such magnificent love.
Only a jazz master like Chris Botti could bring this evening to such a romantic and glorious high note. He performed "Someone to Watch Over Me," from his CD When I Fall in Love.
The fantasy continues for Sharon and El with a rock 'n' roll dance party, in their own private nightclub! This black and red inferno of fun has everything custom built—furniture and a crowning ball of 2,500 fire-red carnations—and of course top-shelf champagne by Perrier Jouet! Soulville, one of Oprah's favorite wedding bands, played their hearts out as the wedding guests boogied on the dance floor!
Shania performs her Grammy award-winning song, "You're Still the One," for the couple. "I just want to say I'm honored to sit here and sing this song for you guys, El and Sharon," Shania says.
It's Sharon's favorite song, and she sings every word along with Shania!
And where did Sharon and El decide to spend 10 glorious days? On the white sand beaches of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!
And thank you to Colin Cowie, the visionary behind the fairytale wedding, and his entire team, led by Jodi Blum-Cohen!
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