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Celebrating Love

Maggie Mulhern | October 16, 2015 | 8:12 AM
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What happens when 2 great salon educators get married? It becomes the industry "Marriage of the Year." Christopher Dove and John Simpson were married recently in Miami Beach, Florida.  I was invited, but was out of the country for what appears to be a festive, glorious and elegant wedding.

I bumped into Dove and Simpson at The Blonds show during New York Fashion Week. They shared the answers to all the burning questions in our Periscope interview. For example, which name comes first? They sign their notes Chris and John, but when I asked for a recap, it was John and Chris!!!  I am so confused!!! However, here is the backstory to the union followed by the NYFW interview. Enjoy!

The wedding of John C Simpson and Christopher Dove

Almost a year to the day of their wedding these two international color icons met on a vacation in Miami . The fate of  both being in the same place at the same time was the first sign this was "meant to be."The odds couldn't have been more against them  - ,one based on the east coast, one on the west and each was the creative leader for two major competing global color companies. Yet as the saying goes True Love will always find a way.

At 5.30 pm on August 16th on the sun filled Solarium Rooftop of the Delano Hotel in Miami Beach, surrounded by thirty close friends and family members, Christopher Dove and John C Simpson were married. They were both walked down the aisle and given away by their mutual close friend Linda Dimariano, someone who was present for both during the complicated early days of their romance.

After the fun filled cheeky yet emotional wedding ceremony, the party began in the picturesque Orchard area by the artistically designed Delano pool. Finely crafted  finger food and cocktails including the British Pimms Cup were plenty and offered everyone a time to mingle and rejoice before a formal and fun dinner in the Delano Bianca Dining Room. Following the same classic and simple theme of florals with giant white lilies and hydrangea,  the dining room was a picture of elegance with an exclusive ambient lighting and a customized lounge area flanking the to be well used dance area .

The guests were treated to an a la carte menu and copious amounts of fine wines and champagne .The wedding cake was cleverly crafted with cannolies (honoring johns Italian heritage) and was flanked by miniature grooms customized to be the grooms mini me's (which kept disappearing all evening with some interestingly creative photos.)

A giant portrait of the couple and their dogs was commissioned for the event and guests were invited to write notes and well wishes as a forever keepsake of this special day . With lots of dancing through to the early hours. The guests left with gift bags of the couples favorite things including ORIBE fragrance, ReGenesis and Revitalash regimes, Aveda Rosemary mint gift collections, Spa Ritual Ginger Body Lotion and ambient candle, a Repechage Sun Protection mask and a cancer awareness flat iron by Enzo. Even the Jordan almonds were customized silver and slate metallics (again another twist on an Italian tradition ). A full day of fashion and fun, simply celebrating the authentic love of Mr Christopher Dove Simpson and Mr John Simpson Dove.

The couple say that it couldn't have been more perfect, from the ocean views on the roof top to the amazing modern decor of the Delano Hotel setting and most importantly, enjoying the amazing group of people who were there to join in the celebration of .  these two industry icons. This story has just begun. The two will now be living in Los Angeles where they will celebrate their freshly launched educational company named CoCre8.


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