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!

As the couple ducked out of that restaurant Chelsea and onto the street, Jacqueline recalls, she tried to call her parents to spread the good news. But even as she dialed, David pulled her into another restaurant, where the bride-to-be spotted her family and future in-laws seated at a back table. "It was the greatest surprise and made the night even more special, being able to celebrate with both of our families," she says. Photo: Ira Lippke Studios