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Colorful wedding inspiration from NBC’s Morgan Radford and David Williams

Published Monday, Jan. 10th, 2022

Credit: Destination Wedding Photographer Marissa Joy Daly of Marissa Joy Photography

Morgan Radford and David Williams looked radiant as they took their vows in a Colombian destination wedding



After two years of postponements caused by the pandemic, NBC News Now anchor and correspondent Morgan Radford and her long-time fiance David Williams have finally tied the knot! 


The happy couple celebrated their marriage with a colorful outdoor ceremony in Cartagena, Colombia over the weekend, surrounded by their closest friends and family members. 


It was an intimate and stylish ceremony, followed by dancing, drumming, and joyful cheering in the Colombian sunshine.


Radford and Williams originally planned to wed in May of 2020, but like so many couples, their plans were delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. 


Photos from the big day make it clear that this spectacular celebration was well worth the wait. 


Congratulations, Morgan and David! 


Get the full scoop in Francesca Gariano’s article for Today. 




5 ways to capture the couple’s colorful vibe  


1. Dream destination 

The fashionable NYC couple chose a dreamy destination wedding in Cartagena, Colombia, known for its vibrant blue skies, lush green foliage, pink painted walls, golden architectural accents, and exquisite arches. What a gorgeous, memorable choice.  


(Couples looking for an inspired destination wedding don’t have to head quite as far away as these two. Read all our articles on destination weddings here.)



Morgan Radford and David Williams wedding Photo Credit Marissa Joy Photo, the couple stand in front of pale pink wall, looking at each other lovingly

Photo via @morganradford, Credit @marissajoyphoto


2. Outdoor ceremony 

Outdoor ceremonies offer refreshing breezes, open skies, and an unrivaled color palette designed by Mother Nature herself. It’s hard to think of anything more perfect than that! 


The couple added to the natural decadence of their marvelous outdoor venue with luscious green and white floral arrangements placed along the aisle, soft white flower petals leading the way to the altar, and petals tossed into the air during the recession. 



Credit Marissa Joy Photo, the guests cheer as the couple walk down the aisle outdoors during the recession

Photo via @morganradford, Credit @marissajoyphoto


3. Classic formal wear with flair

Radford wore a stunning white beaded gown designed by Leah Da Glória (via Today). Williams looked equally sharp in a classic black tux and boutonnière, and his groomsmen raised the bar for this year's outdoor wedding-party wear by choosing dashing white suits. 


Among the smartly dressed guests, we spotted flowing fabrics in peach, mint greens, jewel-toned greens and purples, hot pink, fuschia, and rich cobalt blue, and sequined gold masks and headpieces complimented the festive, glittering beadwork of Radford’s gown. This crowd did not shy away from bold colors.



Photo via Janelle, Sr. Producer at NBC Nightly News, the happy couple pose with Janelle outside after the wedding ceremony   Image via Abby Phillip instagram, the bride Morgan Radford poses with Abby at the reception party

Left: JanelleRichards (Sr. Producer for NBC Nightly News) poses with the happy couple, via @jrich19

Right: Morgan Radford poses with CNN Senior Political Correspondent Abby Phillip, via @abbydphillip



4. The love of a ‘village’

Radford told Today over email : "Our village surrounded us, embraced us, and fortified us with their love — and in doing so — gave us the very best day of our lives." She added, "The love that was poured into us this weekend — which was an extension of the love that has been poured into us our entire lives — was an experience so profound and unforgettable that I honestly struggle to put it into words (and that rarely happens!)."


After postponing their wedding for two years, the couple wanted an intimate ceremony that would gather their closest family and friends around them. Their carefully-crafted guestlist reflected the close-knit love of their community. 



Credit Marissa Joy Photo, a street party following the wedding shows a woman in a gold sequin mask and the couple laughing in the background

Photo via @morganradford, Credit @marissajoyphoto


5.  Careful Covid guidelines

The couple followed strict Covid safety precautions to ensure the safety of their beloved guests. In addition to holding the ceremony outdoors, where risks of infection are lower, all guests were fully vaccinated and were required to test before attending the festivities


For help planning your own intimate, Covid-safe ceremony, check out: Planning a COVID Wedding: Our Most Popular Articles & Advice, All in One Place, or browse our Wedding-and-Ceremony-Planning tag for more articles on planning an original ceremony. 




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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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