The Inside Edge: Belbin, White exchange vowsIce dance royalty surrounded by esteemed skating guests on special day
Ice dance superstars Tanith Belbin and Charlie White were married April 25 in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Meryl Davis was one of the bridesmaids, as were Brooke Castile and maid of honor Lauren Senft.
Other skaters in attendance included Ben Agosto (Belbin's skating partner), Madison Chock, Evan Bates, Maia Shibutani, Alex Shibutani, Rockne Brubaker, Stefania Berton (Brubaker's fiancée), Douglas Razzano, Ben Okolski, Collin Brubaker, Alissandra Aronow, Fedor Andreev, Lindsey Weber, Stephanie Kalesavich, Kendra Moyle and Steven Pottenger. Marina Zoueva, who coached Belbin and White during the height of their careers, was also there.
"It was truly a magical evening," Davis said. "Charlie and Tanith are such a beautiful couple, and you can feel their love for one another when you're around them."
"Tanith was the most stunning bride I have ever seen," Razzano said. "It was just perfect: a wonderful, beautiful event, in a very unique and beautiful setting. It was so special."
Belbin wore a classic gown, in ivory, with a touch of pink, by Modern Trousseau. White's tuxedo was by Ralph Lauren. The six bridesmaids, three of which were White's sisters, all wore different shades of pink.
"We'd all had a fun few days leading up to the day of the wedding, but stepping into the venue on the day was something special," Davis said. "The event was classy, whimsical and timeless -- fitting of the couple. I felt as though we were all transported into their world for the evening."
Razzano said that White appeared to speak his vows without notes.
"Charlie did his vows on the fly," Razzano said. "I was crying. It was really nice. It was like a magical day. It was supposed to rain that day, and it ended up not raining, and the sun came out."
After the ceremony in a flowery bower, the Planterra Conservatory provided a perfect place for dinner and dancing.
"The beautiful glass ceiling really created a lovely change in the atmosphere as the sun went down between the ceremony and the reception," Davis said. "After some sentimental and thoughtful speeches from friends and family, we all laughed and danced all night! Truly a night to remember."
With so many ice dancers in the group, the dancing at the reception was reportedly impressive.
"The dance floor was hopping -- that was the place to be," Razzano said. "They can all move just fine."
"We all had a great time dancing, a lot of laughter," Rockne Brubaker said. "The dinner was great, and afterward it didn't take very long to get everyone out there dancing. Once the music started, I don't think there was a moment where everyone wasn't dancing."
It happened to be Alex Shibutani's birthday, and Belbin not only got him a card but put a "Birthday Boy" button on his pocket square. Razzano mentioned that many of men in attendance went for the same color scheme.
"I was in a navy suit, Alex was in a navy suit, Fedor was in a blue suit -- I guess navy was the color of the night," he said.
"We were all connected, and it was skating that brought a lot of us together," Brubaker said. "It was like a mini-reunion. We've trained together and grown up with each other for the past 15 years. It was really neat to all be together and, obviously, we're all very happy for Tanith and Charlie."
Brubaker and Berton will be married June 5 outside Chicago, and we plan to bring you details from that event as well.
Another wedding in the future
In related news, pairs skater Alexandria Shaughnessy got engaged to Jonathan Ronzio on April 30. The two were traveling in Belgium after Shaughnessy competed at the Nations Cup in Paris with he Theatre On Ice troupe Act I of Boston.
"We met at the Cranberry Open in 2008," Shaughnessy said. "He is not a skater, but his brother's company, EVC, covered the event. It's so funny that skating brought us together!"
Ronzio, a filmmaker and writer, proposed to Shaughnessy outside Manoir de Lébioles, a castle in Spa, Belgium. The couple has been dating since 2012.
Congratulations to all!
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