When The Laundress founder and bride Gwen told me she found her black Oscar de la Renta wedding gown, I knew it was going to be a great wedding. When I saw her chic Manolos and met savage floral designer Emily Thompson, I knew it would be a fun ride, too.
Getting ready in Gwen’s recently renovated lower Fifth Avenue apartment was a photo fest with Lindsey Belle, filled with champagne and friends.
No limo for this New Yorker, the bride caught a ride in a yellow cab the few blocks to her Gramercy Park wedding locale.
A meet sweet in front of Gramercy Park Square.
After some great shots in the private, gated (and locked) park, they couldn’t decide which way to go!
A NYC street photo is de rigueur.
Once we reached the Park’s private club, a portrait session inspired by Annie Leibovitz’s style resulted in this fab shot on a leopard couch.
This family portrait could be a Vanity Fair cover, no?
Passed champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres were supplemented by a couple of impactful stations….
The chic crowd at the National Arts Club was blown away by the towers of cabbage, brussel sprouts and parmesan-for-days display.
The eclectic atmosphere of the National Arts Club was a perfect foil for Gwen, who wanted glamour, sophistication, fun, and a “mash up of tradition and the play of spectacle”.
The amenities and favors were from The Laundress, of course. Custom poured candles scented the party, and were packaged with monogrammed match boxes for each guest.
Once inside the dining room, guests were treated to the rotating galleries of the National Arts Club, and the candle-lit decor by Emily Thompson.
Long tables and rows of candelabra graced the Edwardian-styled tables. Garlands and winter fruit dressed the tables.
Details from the table include hand-watercolored place cards and menus printed with the couples’ custom monogram.
Another take-your-breath-away moment occurred when guests realized the tables were dressed in black sequined cloths, dark glamour never looked so good. Kumquats, blood oranges and broken pomegranates littered the tables in lush abandon.
Guests enjoyed a formal dinner followed by speeches, dancing and other antics.
The bride and groom shared a quiet moment (and the groom showed off his socks.)
During dinner, the Wedding Library team climbed ladders to light the candelabra that framed the luscious dessert tableau.
The dessert room popped with the Club’s delicious turquoise velvet bistro chairs and our cherry pink linen. Wedgewood vases and Venetian glass filled the wood paneled room and the decadent desserts and disheveled setting were perfectly opulent.
The bride provided the vintage jello molds and her family’s gelatin recipes to creative a retro-midwestern 1950’s via 19th century England vibe.
The giant wood paneled dining room doors were ready to be closed when Lyndsey got this one last perfect photo of the night. Success!