Apparently, the obsession caught on with the wedding crowd. Despite hors d'oeuvres that included mini crab cakes, crab dip and little beef Wellingtons (which are Nikki's parents' "very, very favorite food") and an entree of horseradish-crusted salmon and gorgonzola-topped filet mignon, people were munching on popcorn all night.
"It was hilarious," says Nikki.
The cake: It was a red velvet, four-tiered ivory cake from Baltimore Cakery, with navy ribbon at the base of each tier and icing accents that looked like pearls dotting the cake.
"Baltimore Cakery was awesome," says Nikki. "The Belvedere recommended them and they were so easy to work with. They had me send them exactly what I wanted and it didn't taste like wedding cake. It tasted like homemade fabulous cake."
Music: The New Monopoly 10-piece band. "They really interacted with the crowd," says Nikki.
The band also provided the perfect backup to one surprise of the evening, a choreographed father-daughter dance.
"We started out doing a slow dance called 'Free Falling,' " says Nikki. "Then, about 20 seconds in, we switched to 'Party Anthem' and started almost break dancing. My dad is a total jokester and wanted to do something like that. ...We had practiced it a hundred times."
Life-saver: The day-of-wedding coordinator, Jackie Chandler from Truffles Catering.
As the bridal party spent the first part of the cocktail hour downstairs in the Owl Bar, taking wedding pictures, Jackie brought everyone wine to keep them happy.
At dinner, even though the couple had a sweetheart table where they were supposed to enjoy their dinner, they spent the evening up and socializing. However, Nikki says, Jackie kept them fed and hydrated, bringing them food and drink.
"I would turn around and there would be Jackie," says Nikki.
"I am very well organized," she says. But Truffles Catering event coordinator Kat Philgreen "told me to have fun — that they would make sure everything was executed well. And Jackie did that. It felt so natural. It was great."
Honeymoon: Luxuriating for a week in Aruba.