But when it came to saying “I do,” Dominique insisted on going home to Houston. She explains that her parents donated money for the bricks-and-mortar foundation of St. Mary Magdalene Romanian Orthodox Church.
“It was my mother’s dream that I get married in the church, and I helped make her dream come true,” says Dominique, now 26 and expecting the couple’s first child.
Dominique chose an Oleg Cassini dress, a strapless white-satin ball gown overlaid with tulle and embellished with a concentration of Alencon lace, pearls and crystals on the bodice. She and sister/maid of honor Christina found the dresses for the five bridesmaids, a strapless plum-satin ball gown with a beaded bodice and side ruching.
One thing the bride didn’t have to look for was a videographer. She immediately hired FlipBox Productions, a Monroe, Ohio-based company that was involved in the making of her 2005 DVD, “Dominique Moceanu: Golden Moments.” The twin sisters who run the company also judge and coach gymnastics. Among the most famous athletes in attendance were husband-and-wife Olympic champions Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci, who served as the couple’s honorary godparents during the traditional Romanian ceremony; bridesmaid Kerri Strug, who was on the 1996 gold-medal Olympic team with Dominique and Olympic champion Svetlana Boguinskaia of Belarus; and 2004 Olympic gold and silver medalists Paul and Morgan Hamm who were groomsmen.
After the 4 p.m. ceremony, 175 guests made the 25-minute trip from the church to the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas, where they sat down to a New York strip steak dinner and watched the bride and groom do a first dance to “Unchained Melody” that they choreographed themselves. “We bought a DVD to learn some dance steps, then took it from there,” Dominique says. The couple had another surprise for their guests at the end of the night: a performance by a pair of belly dancers