Real Wedding: Samantha Jeudy & Jamar Tyler

Draw inspiration from their stylish celebration.

June 12, 2016
The Gardens at Elm Bank
Wellesley, Massachusetts

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The bride and groom (in a suit by Jos. A. Bank) took their wedding portraits in and around the venue’s courtyard. / Photograph by BKB & Co.

THE STORY

They met at a party at Tufts, a school neither of them attended—she was at Northeastern, he at UMass Lowell—and the chemistry was immediate. Yet Samantha Jeudy was sure her first date with Jamar Tyler a few weeks later would be their last. “Jamar is really quiet and reserved,” she says. “And that wasn’t my type.” The next week, though, they followed up their rendezvous with a three-hour phone conversation, and they haven’t stopped talking since. After college, the relationship transitioned into a long-distance one when Samantha moved to L.A. for a job, eventually becoming a beauty agent with Starworks Artists. Jamar, meanwhile, stayed in Boston to get his engineering degree. “It was really tough,” she says. “The first few years, we’d only see each other two or three times.”

Eventually, Jamar made the move to L.A., and the college sweethearts were able to pick up where they left off. One Friday in March 2015, Samantha went home sick from work. The next morning, she called Jamar, who said he’d swing by her place and take her out for soup. He arrived with a dozen roses instead—and a ring—and she felt better right away.

A year and a half later, 240 family members and friends watched them say “I do” in Wellesley. It was not a small affair, they admit, and yet getting down to that number was perhaps the biggest challenge during a planning process that was less stressful than Samantha thought it would be. “I have to give Jamar credit—we did everything together,” she says. “I thank him for his patience with me all the time. He just wants me to be happy.”

THE DETAILS

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Photograph by BKB & Co.

Samantha’s mom helped her get ready in the final moments before the walk down the aisle.

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Photograph by BKB & Co.

Jamar’s dad married the couple in a ceremony that also included eight of Samantha’s nieces and nephews.

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Photograph by BKB & Co.

The bridesmaids wore peplum dresses from Cecile Rivoire, a boutique in Glendale, California.

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Photograph by BKB & Co.

The centerpiece of the couple’s sprawling dessert table was a five-tier wedding cake with layers of red velvet, chocolate caramel, and lemon raspberry accented by blush-colored roses.

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Photograph by BKB & Co.

Working with the couple’s color palette, planner Myriam Michel sourced rose-gold-hued tableware and votives. Centerpieces by O Luxe Design included an array of roses, hydrangeas, and peonies.

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Photograph by BKB & Co.

Circular twig chandeliers from DesignLight gave the space an ethereal glow.

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Photograph by BKB & Co.

The couple decided to have their first dance to “Alone Together,” by British singer/songwriter Daley, after seeing the artist live in L.A.

THE FILE

Bride’s Dress Galia Lahav
Caterer and Baker Peppers Artful Events
DJ Ricky Groov
Flowers O Luxe Design
Hair Adir Abergel, Starworks Artists
Invitations Allure Invitations
Lighting DesignLight
Makeup Mai Quynh, Starworks Artists
Planner M & M Elite Events
Rentals Peterson Party Center
Videographer BKB & Co.