Lots of heart, soul and edible delights go into their big day

HAPPY COUPLE: Salgueiro and Smith met more than 10 years ago.
HAPPY COUPLE: Salgueiro and Smith met more than 10 years ago. (Kipling Swehla)
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By Ellen McCarthy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 22, 2010

In planning his wedding to Jesus Salgueiro, Art Smith did not think small.

Oprah Winfrey's former chef, the owner of Art and Soul in the District and Table 52 in Chicago, wanted his big day to be comfortable, extravagant and newsmaking.

So Saturday's affair was a day-long event with plans for the following elements:

-- An 8 a.m. run with 200 people to the Lincoln Memorial, where spiritualist Marianne Williamson would bless the couple. (Smith has lost 85 pounds in the past year and wanted wellness to be a priority for the wedding.)

-- 450 guests for a midday barbecue at Art and Soul in the Liaison Hotel. On the menu: fried chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans and more than 300 pounds of meat. (That wellness focus was tempered by pulled pork sandwiches.)

-- Fourteen executive chefs, including barbecue legend Myron Mixon, former "Top Chef" producer Lee Anne Wong and James Beard Award-winner Michelle Bernstein. D.C. chef Carla Hall made granola to fuel the morning runners.

-- More than 35 cases of wine; five cases of vodka; 55 cases of water.

-- A surprise performance by the 10-man a cappella group Straight No Chaser. After the wedding, the group planned to take off for its regular gig at Harrah's in Atlantic City.

-- A nine-tier cake by Duff Goldman's team at Charm City Cakes, of the Food Network show "Ace of Cakes." The celadon-colored cake was to be accented by white gum paste flowers and include layers of white chocolate raspberry, almond amaretto cream and cardamom pistachio.

-- Six security officers working from morning until night.

-- A six-hour nighttime pool party on the hotel's roof.

-- 400 individual pizzas made by New York City's Keste Pizzeria & Vino.

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