Written by Gabrielle Boyer, Photography by Two & Quarter


“Having a Christmas wedding was a smart choice, considering the church was already decorated, but it was a conscious effort to make sure the theme didn’t come across as corny or over-the-top,” said bride Cara Philip.

Cara and her now husband, Yoni Lambe, met in Kansas, Missouri, at the International House of Prayer through mutual friends. The couple’s first date was Valentine’s Day, 2015. “I knew she was the one very quickly. In fact, that same night, I promised that I was going to marry her,” says Yoni. And keeping true to his word, just seven months later, with guitar in hand, Yoni played a song he wrote for Cara and asked her to be his wife.

When the couple embarked on planning their big day, a Christmas wedding seemed like an obvious choice. “December was the perfect time because the weather is generally sunny and cool and Yoni had just finished university, so we scheduled the wedding to take place during the lovely window of time between the celebrations of Christmas and New Year. In hindsight, I believe this added to the excitement and warmth of the occasion.”

The couple were wed by Reverend Tweed at St. Paul A.M.E. Church on December 29, 2016. The church was decorated with potted poinsettia, gorgeous garland and dozens of Christmas lights. The bride wore a floor-length gown adorned with tiny crystals and beading. “The beadwork reminded me of glistening snow,” said Cara. The groom was dressed in a classic black tuxedo with black bow tie, with his groomsmen handsomely following suit.

“Our inspiration for our Christmas theme was drawn by the warmth that comes from being around family and friends. Christmas should be a time that draws people together and I wanted that spirit to carry into the atmosphere of the day,” said the bride.

The bride’s mother, Chrislyn Philip, was the wedding planner, expertly coordinating the details and décor of the day. “We used a lot of reds and greens in the décor to garner the Christmas spirit. I wanted the bridesmaids to have deep red roses in their bouquets, along with dark green ivy.”

The couple celebrated their nuptials with a reception at the Lido Complex at Elbow Beach. “It was important to us that our guests were treated to ocean views, as some of them were from overseas.”

“All the details came together very nicely,” says Cara. “I would actually love to relive it all again and again!”



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