Jessica Berman and Charisse Dickens knew from the moment they started planning that they wanted a wedding that was anything but traditional. So, they packed their big day full of surprises—both for guests and for each other.

First came the biggest surprise of all, though: the proposal. The brides met in 2014 in the hospitality industry, working together to open a restaurant for José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup. The couple got engaged on Christmas Eve five years later. “Charisse proposed at my dad’s house in California, when we were visiting for the holidays,” Jessica remembers. “We were all posing for a family picture and I was so distracted staring at the camera that I didn’t even realize Charisse was on one knee.” Eventually, she couldn’t help but notice. It’s hard to look away from a solitaire stunner on a channel-set diamond band, after all.

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