Music has long been a magical force in the romance between David Miller– a member of the pop operatic quartet Il Divo– and theater actress Sarah Joy Kabanuck. Their love story beginning six years ago with the passion of Puccini’s La Bohème, the opera in which they both starred, the Italian composer’s works would once again play a role in the couple’s lives as they celebrated their special day. Kabanuck’s walk down the aisle, however, called for a more intimate arrangement– a work penned by the groom and performed by a string trio with a harp’s accompaniment.
According to People magazine, 100 friends and family members gathered at an old townhouse in New York City on the evening of August 8, 2009 to watch the bride, dressed in an ivory-hued creation by designer Michelle Rahn, and her groom in his Armani suit, exchange vows amid an atmosphere that evoked the memory of the opera which first brought them together.
Following the nuptials, the newlyweds and their guests dined in rooms reminiscent of operatic masterpieces. In yet another nod to Puccini, sushi was served in the Madame Butterfly area, while Tuscan delights filled the plates of those in the La Bohème room. In an homage to Giuseppe Verdi, French fare was enjoyed by attendees seated in the La Traviata room.
As guests sampled slices of a Ron Ben-Israel-concocted three-tier blueberry, vanilla and chocolate wedding cake, the happy couple stepped out on the floor for their first dance as husband and wife. As their wedding day had been a harmonious marriage between classical and contemporary, the lovebirds swayed in the operatic ambiance to the modern melody “Such Great Heights,” a cover of The Postal Service’s song by Iron and Wine, whose song “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” serenaded cinematic couple Edward Cullen and Bella Swan for their prom dance in the movie Twilight.
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