Diana and Matt’s engagement in December 2016 reads like something out of a fairy tale. Sneaky Matt pretended he was taking Diana to his parents’ place in Florida for the holidays but when they showed up at the airport he took her to a gate that said Charleston instead. When she looked at him with confusion, he smiled and said, “Did you think you were just getting a bracelet for our anniversary?” It wasn’t too soon after that he popped the question during a sunset cruise on a private sailboat in Charleston harbor. “It was a perfect sunset full of pink and blue streaks,” remembers Diana. “There were even dolphins jumping in the harbor!” A little less than a year later, the couple walked down the aisle at The Plaza, surrounded by cheering friends and family. Although choosing The Plaza is admittedly a no-brainer given its iconic elegance, the choice had particular resonance for Diana and Matt. “Matt’s parents got married there 30 years ago,” explains Diana. And who knows? Maybe 30 years from now a third generation will continue the tradition.

Location
The Plaza Hotel
Date held
Sat Dec 16th
Q1

What did you base your choice of location on?

Diana: The location was one of the easier decisions we had to make. Having grown up in New York and meeting each other here, we wanted to get married in an iconic New York landmark. We saw our fair share of venues and when we walked into The Plaza we know it was the one! The Plaza was especially meaningful given that Matt’s parents, Karen and Barry Miller, were married there over 30 years ago.

I most admire Matt’s determination, charm and thoughtfulness.

Diana

The highlight of the wedding day was seeing Diana for the first time.

Matt

Having grown up in New York and meeting each other here, we wanted to get married in an iconic New York landmark. The Plaza was especially meaningful given that Matt’s parents, Karen and Barry Miller, were married there over 30 years ago.

Diana

Q2

On your day, what was your first thought when you woke up in the morning?

Matt: I hope she says yes!

Diana: I remember reflecting on how incredible the rehearsal dinner was and then getting very excited for the main event!

Q3

What was a highlight of your wedding day?

Matt: Seeing Diana for the first time. And then at the reception, standing there with Diana realizing how many friends and family members we had to be there with us.

Diana: It’s hard to narrow it down to one single moment. I’d have to say the incredible feeling of celebrating and being surrounded by so many of our close friends and family. It was really special to have so many loved ones travel from all over the world to be with us.

Q4

Did anything surprise you?

Matt: How quickly everything went by.

Diana: I agree. Everyone said that it would go by in a flash and it really did! One of the best pieces of advice that I received was to remember to take time throughout the day to stop and just soak everything thing in.

Q5

Is there anything you would do differently?

Matt: Not a thing

Diana: I don’t think there’s much I’d change, but I guess I would have started the day a bit earlier. It just flew by so quickly!

Q6

Which quality do you most admire about one another?

Matt: Diana’s passion and zest for life.

 

 

Diana: Matt’s determination, charm and thoughtfulness.

One of the best pieces of advice that I received was to remember to take time throughout the day to stop and just soak everything in.

Diana

I most admire Diana’s passion and zest for life.

Matt

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  • Photography

    Nathan Smith

With a graduate degree in painting, Nathan Smith brings a distinctly compositional sensibility to his work at The Day, where he is also known as the house philosopher. Having extensive experience living internationally, Nathan has a special ability to pick out the unique beauty of varying cultural traditions—something he is able to do whether the wedding is in New York or a more exotic destination.

Nathan Smith