A Brides staffer and her fiancé invite their guests to a traditional church wedding ceremony, followed by a chic, modern restaurant reception. Just wait until you hear their engagement story!

Jacqueline rarely refuses dessert. But on a December evening at a chic Chelsea restaurant, she couldn't work up an appetite for a slice of cake or cup of mousse. She'd expected her boyfriend David to propose—when he didn't, Jacqueline wasn't sure how any sweet could soothe her. "The waiter kept pressing us to get something," the Brides fashion account director recalls, "but I kept insisting we just wanted the check." Photo: Ira Lippke Studios