The Laundress in Love

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.


Crudite anyone?


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!


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March is for Trunk Shows…

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Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party Chicago, March 5, 2017

We are still  accepting vendors for our show — call for more information! 646.552.9050

And for tickets, click here!


Hayley Paige 2017 Trunk Show

We are excited to announce that we are now carrying Hayley Paige Bridesmaids.  And from February 24-26th we’ll be hosting our first trunk show of their lovely dresses!  Call us to make an appointment — 212. 327.0100

Hayley Paige

Highline Hotel Wedding: Part Two

The Highline Hotel is one of those improbable NYC secrets.  Hidden on a pretty townhouse-lined street in Chelsea, the Chapel, garden and Refectory entrance seem impossibly surrounded by trees, meandering paths and plantings. Space, light, 19th century architecture and green space — rare commodities in New York City

Filled with guests as the sun began to fade, the light pouring in to the refectory’s old glass windows was magical.

This incredible refectory is still used daily for seminarians’ meals.  And these enormous, beautiful tables and chairs are available for guests to use, too.

Once the room is filled with guests and the natural light comes streaming in the windows, the ballroom is magical.  Four long rows of tables are punctuated with tall and small arrangements, creating interest at the tabletop level and at eye level.

The bride’s mother, a dance instructor, had a marvelous time. Each place setting and Design Corral for the Wedding Library table number and menu card melded perfectly with the overall design.



Gorgeous rental chargers are combined with Wedding Library votives, cloths and dinner napkins.  The blush pink cloths and napkins are hand-painted to create the slightest sheen.


We had fun creating details such as this wedding directional sign that lead guests to the reception.  The pretty quatrefoil is laser cut wood.


The quatrefoil shows up again on this custom imprinted guest book.


Wedding Library custom linen and ribbon was stretched on large wooden frames to hold the escort cards.


A perfect brass cart holds sweets for the after-party — guests indulged in the french madelines and custom iced biscuits.  And of course the wedding cake has a small fleur de lis crown.

A delicate sweets tray was on offer to guests throughout the dancing portion of the evening. Design Corral for the Wedding Library even designed a little crown for the wedding cake – all on our delicate linen. Note the hooks for the seminarian’s robes that surround the perimeter of the room.

The bride’s favorite macarons receive a custom box with a final “ballet” touch.


When two world-class ballet dancers wed, you can be sure the dancing was incredible.  Everything was truly en pointe at this wedding!


For more, you can check out Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2015 or our planning portfolio on our main site.


All photos are by Charlotte Jenks-Lewis.  Floral design by Jen Stone of StoneKelly Events.  Stationery and paperie for the Wedding Library by Design Corral.  Linens, votives and vintage accessories from the Wedding Library. The venue is the incomparable Highline Hotel.

NYC Ballet Principals Tiler Peck & Robert Fairchild Wedding in Martha Stewart Winter Issue: Part One

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild’s wedding was one of the most celebrated events of the year in NYC. The full Martha Stewart’s Wedding team was in force, designer Mark Zunino flew in to fit Tiler’s gown, Olivier Theykens for Theory dressed Robbie and attended – not to mention the ballet and theater royalty who were there to dance the night away and fete the gorgeous couple. Planning this wedding was an honor and a pleasure; being able to provide a magical day for a couple that has provided ballet magic for so many was a treat!


When I met these NYC principal ballet dancers at a luncheon hosted by Martha Stewart Weddings at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center with forty other NYC wedding planners, I dreamt of helping Tiler and Robbie with their wedding. Over a year later, I happily watched from the first row as they took their first dance steps together as husband and wife!

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The Highline Hotel in NYC’s Chelsea is the home of an Episcopalian seminary – the romantic gardens were once a 17th century apple orchard. The Chapel is on the grounds of this secret garden, where Tiler and Robbie joyfully tied the knot.

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The bride’s bouquet picked up the subtle pink, peach, dusty rose and green of the wedding palette, and included peonies, garden roses, veronica, lady’s-mantle, scabiosa and peppermint geraniums.


The ring box, specially made on Etsy, included the couple’s initials and was stained to match the aesthetic spirit of the reception room.


The stationery, created by Design Corral for the Wedding Library, used the omnipresent quatrefoil pattern found on the grounds of the hotel and seminary. We love the charcoal ink and gold-foil stamping.

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The bridesmaids wore an assortment of Wedding Library Monique Lhuillier gowns in ballet-slipper pink – the elegant party included NYC Ballet principal ballerinas.  The bridesmaids’ bouquets picked up the subtle pink, peach, dusty rose and green of the wedding palette.


The trio of Martha Stewart Wedding Editorial Director’s daughters were beyond thrilled to be flower girls. Their adoration of their ballet idols was clear as they took their tasks very seriously.


Griz and Cali, the couple’s adored pups, were pretty happy to be a part of their big day!


We loved executing the beautiful greige palette and quatrefoil pattern in different ways – here Sue from Design Corral die-cut the motif on the program cover. The pattern is shown repeatedly on the church aisle floor, in mosaic.



The happy bride and groom recess with guests facing them in the small, charming chapel.


The bridal party takes time for photos and a glass of champagne before an outdoor cocktail reception.

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The cocktail napkins were simply classic and filled from edge to edge with the quatrefoil motif.

All photos are by the talented Charlotte Jenks-Lewis.  Floral design by Jen Stone of StoneKelly Events. Stationery and paperie for the Wedding Library by Design Corral. Gown by Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld. Venue: The Highline Hotel.  Bridesmaids dresses from the Wedding Library and by Monique Lhuillier.  Groom’s cool suit by Olivier Theykens for Theory.

Stay tuned for more posts on this gorgeous wedding.  For immediate gratification go to: Martha Stewart Weddings site or the 20th Anniversary Winter Issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.  Refinery29 has a lovely post on the wedding, too!

Top Wedding Planner: Thank You Martha Stewart Weddings!

The wedding world has few honors.  We have no Oscars, no Pulitzers, no Olympic golds to aspire to.  What we do have is the appreciation and friendship from our clients, peers, vendors, employees and editors who often, and always memorably, thank us, befriend us and honor us with their acknowledgement of our dedication and love of our craft.  But recently, Martha Stewart Weddings began to “round up” the best in each wedding vendor category, and publish lists of top vendors.  As lists of “Top Bakers” and “Top Photographers” are published, I carefully peruse the choices, link to the national vendors whom I am not familiar with, congratulate my many friends who are included and appreciate the talent that’s spread across the country, producing amazing work.

This week, Martha Stewart Weddings 20th Anniversary Issue is published.  I am included in the country’s top 63 planners, and I am very grateful.  Thank you for this acknowledgement of the 15 years my team and I have been producing weddings, and for the hundreds of weddings we’ve worked on and helped to make “picture perfect”.  What a way to end 2014!



Christofle Table Design & St. Regis Tea Part 2

I recently had the pleasure of designing and hosting the launch party for Christofle’s newly launched gift registry at the stunning, newly renovated St. Regis, New York.  I felt very lucky to have access to all of Christofle’s treasures, and decided right away to create a table with Andree Putman’s Vertigo collection.  I’ve long been a fan of her interiors and product design; being able to use her sterling and china collection was a treat!


Because my design was not strictly for a client or for a wedding, I could go a little wild and pursue this non-conventional cotton branch design that I’m sharing here.


The luscious white balls of cotton and woodland creatures mirrored the clean Putman design and circular patterns on the glassware and china used.


Special thanks to Christofle for inviting me to design this party; St. Regis for hosting a lovely tea, Elan Artists for lovely live music, Karen Hill photography and Design Corral for the event invitations for the Wedding Library.  And thank you to my team for helping to put it all together flawlessly!

Christofle & St. Regis Tea

In October I had the honor of designing two beautiful tables with Christofle silver, crystal and china.  Christofle hosted sixty of my favorite wedding peers and friends for a gracious tea in honor of their newly launched registry in the freshly renovated Fontainebleau Room at the St. Regis, New York.  Today, a little peek at the first table…


I wanted to create a sophisticated garden table — a hedge with a twist.  I built a boxwood hedge in the center of the table with preserved greenery sprigs.  Sterling looks so beautiful set against the greens of the table.


The little blossoms tucked into the arrangements are paper whites — a precious winter flower.


I love mixing and matching classic Christofle silver pieces and finding unconventional uses for mint julep cups and revere bowls.


I created little “nooks” in the boxwood hedge where I tucked precious little silver pieces and faux crickets, frogs and candy.  I hid little battery-operated lights within the niches to really set off the silver.  I love a little surprise at my dinner table!


Stay tuned for a post on the second table I designed and my inspiration!  A special thank you to Karen Hill for the beautiful photography, Josh Friedman from Elan Artists for the lovely live music, Design Corral for the invitations and the St. Regis and Christofle for the wonderful party.

It’s Official: Adrianna Papell at Wedding Library!


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