College sweethearts Judelkiss and Calvin met at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. The Bronx-raised Judelkiss remembers meeting the Somerset, New Jersey-raised Calvin at a Hawaiian-themed party where he introduced himself as “Calvin Todd, member of the Men’s Soccer Team.”
Her unique first name sparked a conversation that lasted until 3 a.m. that night and the romance began. After graduation, Calvin worked in Newark while Judakiss went to graduate school in Philadelphia. Smartly, Calvin proposed with yellow diamond ring the day of Thanksgiving in 2012 after seeing the show “Stomp” in New York City.
Their wedding at The Palace utilized the West Ballroom that included rich color hues (hunter/emerald was one of Judelkiss’ wedding color choices) and the 17th-centry inspired décor, which was completed with Sahara roses and tall, jeweled centerpieces.
“Calvin is African American and I am from the Dominican Republic. We wanted to incorporate both cultures in our reception and ceremony,” said Judelkiss. “Because of that, we chose to have a bilingual, Spanish and English, MC and officiant. Music also reflected tastes of the young and old, as well as musical styles like bachata, merengue, and hip-hop. We felt strongly about incorporating so much of who we are by our music selection. As a thank-you to our guests we imported Dominican faceless dolls from the Dominican Republic made of porcelain and clay.”
The couple wanted a reception that would be fit for royalty and felt the setting in The Palace delivered that feeling. The attributes they wanted to project included bold, simple elegance, diversity of culture, intimate, and glamorous.
“Last, but certainly not least, you can’t have glamorous without gold, which is everywhere in the decor of our chosen ballroom,” she recalled. “And, most certainly, a dress change didn’t hurt.To really get the party started, after dinner I changed into a fit and flare wedding gown, giving my very big princess ball gown a rest for the night. My wedding was a fairy tale from start to finish and I must continue to praise the Palace for making that dream come true along with my wedding team.”
Flowers: Brandywine Wedding and Floral Design
Planner: Valerie Balthazar
Photographer: Rashad Pleasant