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Courtney & Eric
Amber Bell | Photo: Tomas Ramos | June 13, 2013
Local reporter Courtney Zubowski and hubby Dr. Eric Haas made headlines with a lavish art deco affair at The Corinthian.
Turns out, he was hosting an office party for more than 60 of his co-workers. “Many asked how long we had been dating. I explained about two hours,” says Zubowski, who quickly put her investigative skills to work. “I just started talking to people and was able to get the scoop on him.”
A year later, in September 2012, Haas—a colorectal surgeon and president of Colorectal Surgical Associates—made plans to meet Zubowski for dinner with their parents. Before their date, however, the reporter was sent to Haas’ hospital to cover some breaking news in the pouring rain. Zubowski was confused, and quickly elated, when Haas—who planned the entire rouse—met her outside and popped the question beneath an umbrella! Naturally, the entire moment was caught on camera.
Over the next several months, things rapidly took shape, thanks to Zubowski’s mother, Randi Zubowski, who planned the lavish affair—assisted by wedding coordinators Joanne Schwartz Woodward and Amy Thigpen during the last six weeks. “From the day that we got engaged, she was already Googling ideas,” says Zubowski of her mom. “She would get ideas at 3am in the morning.”
“I don’t like to do anything that’s typical. Courtney said she wanted a party, so we had a party,” adds Randi of the March 2, 2013, nuptials. She developed a Gatsby theme based on Zubowki’s beautiful art deco-inspired Lazaro gown from West Ave’s Ivory Bridal Atelier. The bride finished off her big-day look with silver Jimmy Choos, makeup by Edward Sanchez and cascading curls by Bella Renova salon’s Elia Graves. Her wedding band was a keepsake from her grandmother.
Bridesmaids wore lilac-hued floor-length Amsale frocks from Bella Bridesmaid. The event featured lilac and silver tones with endless crystal accents, like the chuppah dripping in crystals from top to bottom, accented by floating floral arrangements. The couple was wed in a traditional Jewish ceremony in front of 300 family and friends from 13 states and 34 cities.
What wasn’t traditional were the songs the bride and groom chose for the ceremony. The wedding party walked down to “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, the bride to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri and the processional was a rocking electric guitar version of “Canon in D.” The music was all performed live by J.P. Daines and his musicians.
Florist and event decor guru David Brown donned the tables with linens, candles and simple—yet towering—arrangements of purple calla lilies and crystals in clear vases. “David Brown was my go-to person and I couldn’t have done it without him,” says Randi. “All I had to do was tell him exactly what I wanted and he made it happen at the snap of a finger. He made my vision come to life.”
The main highlight of the night was the packed dance floor. The couple shared their first footsteps to “Love” by Will.i.am—surprising the crowd with a coordinated break dance routine. In a tribute to Haas’ New Orleans background, traditional Mardi Gras umbrellas and masks were passed out during the second line dance later in the evening.
“Even during dinner, people were on the dance floor. There were at least 50 to 75 people that didn’t eat,” says Zubowski, whose every wish came true that night. “All I cared about were people having a good time.”