AceShowbiz - Duff Goldman has included T-Rex in his wedding to his girlfriend of three years. The Food Network star married Johnna Colbry on Saturday, January 19, and chose an unconventional venue, the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles, as the very place to hold the ceremony as well as the reception.
The "Ace of Cake" star and his 25-year-old bride exchanged wedding vows in the T-Rex exhibit room. His business partner, Richard, supervised the Jewish service, while her grandfather, Reverend Nolan Williams, officiated the Christian ceremony. Richard's wife also took part in the ceremony to sing the Jewish blessings, as detailed by Martha Stewart Weddings.
As for the reception, the couple selected the Hall of North American Mammals, which was decorated with palm leafs, black pearl roses and other lushful flowers to give a tropical vibe. On the South Lawn of the museum, a petting zoo was set up complete with an alpaca, a mini horse, goats, sheep, bunnies and pigs.
Given that he is a pastry chef master, Duff didn't hold back when it came to the cakes. He prepared five rounds of cakes for the dessert hour. The first three were a series of chocolate and chocolate-peanut butter cakes. Boasting an underwater theme, they were suspended from the ceiling and adorned with sugar sea glass and edible leafy sea dragon cakes.
The fourth cake was a classic white six-tier of red velvet and brown-butter buttercream. Duff explained that it was inspired by the bride. "It's piped to look like the lace on Johnna's dress," he told Martha Stewart Weddings. For the final one, the 44-year-old chef went unconventional by serving a meat cake consisting of meatball, meatloaf, lamb schwarma and Pennsylvania scrapple with bacon roses.
For the big day, Duff went sleek with a black tuxedo from JoS. A. Bank, but still kept his informal side by sporting a pair of Converse sneakers. His bride, Johnna, opted to go with a "Rowena" BHLDN ball gown. She completed her bridal look with a David's Bridal veil and a dark red roses bouquet. Her maid of honor and other bridesmaids, on the other hand, went with burgundy convertible dresses.
When asked about the wedding-planning process, Duff came with an advice to future brides and grooms. "If you find yourself obsessing and getting stressed about one specific aspect, take a step back. At the end of the day you're getting married," he pointed out. "Everything else isn't a huge deal, I promise." Johnna added, "Stay super open and honest with each other so you can figure out how to work together now and in the long run - this is really your first test."