Beverly Hills, CA
Nick Cokas married “American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church on February 2, 2008. Over 300 guests were there, including Rumer Willis and “Idol” contestants Kellie Pickler and Mandisa .
Her bouquet, created by Tic Tock Couture, was hand-tied with white freesia, miniature calla lilies, ranunculus, Sahara roses and cymbidium orchids.
McPhee had nine bridesmaids, including her former “Idol” roommate, Kelly Pickler. Each wore silk satin custom dresses draped with pink tulle by Armine Obhanessian of R. Mine Bridal. McPhee gave each bridesmaid a Swarovski crystal ring as a token of gratitude.
McPhee walked down a pink and ivory rose petal-covered aisle to the sound of bagpipes. The couple exchanged vows and rings by Cindy Boudov. The hour-long ceremony included a candle lighting ceremony and performance by Mandisa, who sang John Legend’s “Stay With You.”
After McPhee and Cokas were pronounced husband and wife, a gospel choir sang “Joyful Joyful,” and guests tossed rose petals on the couple as they walked up the aisle.
Following the ceremony, guests were transported to Vibiana in downtown LA, a former Archdiosese cathedral with high ceilings and white pillars. Denise DeQuevedo of Magnolia Productions transformed the room into a Rachel Ashwell-Shabby Chic-themed party filled with pink and ivory table cloths, gold chiavari chairs, and centerpieces with hydrangeas, parrot tulips, sweet peas, peonies, miniature calla lilies and Sahara roses.
Before dinner was served, guests enjoyed cocktails in the garden beneath a coral tree strung with lights and hanging chandeliers.
The couple shared their first dance to “The Way You Look Tonight,” before being seated for a dinner catered by Carmelized Productions. Guests chose between a menu of short ribs, sea bass or vegetarian risotto. Dessert was a four-tier vanilla and chocolate cake with sweet peas and flowers cascading down the sides, courtesy of Hansen’s Cakes.
After dinner, McPhee sang Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable” to her new husband. He returned the favor with a performance of Billy Joel’s “She’s Got a Way.”
A 15-piece band from Leonard Neil Productions then alternated songs with a Greek quintet hired to honor the groom’s Greek heritage.