We love a good US wedding and this one is pretty special! When you put together a country-side private property, black tie theme and a bride that oozes art deco cool, you know you are in for a treat. Aleigha chose her two-look gown from our NYC flagship boutique, changing into a gold cape for the party afterward. We love the simplicity, elegance and timeless styling of this beautiful wedding.
On the proposal
"We were on our annual vacation in Hilton Head Head Island with a group of friends. We all spent the day having fun on the beach. We had plans to go out to dinner and as everyone was getting ready, Max mentioned that he had lost his keys and that he thinks he left them on the beach. Just him and I go back to the beach. I was actually a little annoyed because I had showered and didn't want to get sand all over me. The sun was setting and we were walking along the beach. Next thing I know, he's on one knee! I was so surprised. To top it off when we drove back to the house, there was a stretch limo and champagne! All our friend were there and I was the last to know. We then went to an amazing coursed dinner at a beautiful inn near the water. I still can’t believe he planned all that and got away with it."
On the venue
Max and Aleigha held their wedding at a family friend's home in the Hudson Valley, in the state of New York. There is nothing like an intimate wedding on a property that holds so much sentiment. The owner calls the property ‘Mandalay’.
"We came across Mandalay and it turned out to be perfect. We knew instantly after the first site visit. Even though we had to bring everything in as far as rentals, we knew we could control the vibe and it turned out to be spectacular. We had our guests walk through the home which houses a beautiful art collection and then into the backyard where the ceremony was held. We had our guest move under a beautiful giant tree for the cocktail reception."
All the styling details
Aleigha was all about the James Bond vibes. Black, white, and gold hues. "I wanted it to be black tie and upscale but we had to find a balance since the venue was outdoors. We had to figure out a way to make one giant outdoor space become 3 separate spaces - ceremony, cocktail, reception. I wanted waves of feelings to hit you when you walked into the reception area. We enhanced the atmosphere by adding lots of candles, mood lighting, foliage, and scented candles. "
Aleigha gained inspiration for her wedding from wedding blogs, Pinterest and Instagram, with highlights being KWHBridal, Green Wedding Shoes, Vitae Weddings and Hello Gem Events. It all came together with the help of her stylist and planner Amy, from White Hall Events.
Aleigha wore the 'Kitty/Karly' gown from the D.Y.G collection with Liliana lace top and Webb Cape for after. She purchased her gown from our NYC flagship boutique.
"I LOVED the sleeves. They felt so art deco and unlike any lace, I had ever seen. Hands down my favorite part of the dress. I also wanted to have two dresses -one for the ceremony and one for the reception. The gold cape was so unique and different. I knew I would definitely make an entrance if I came out with a cape during the reception! Stephanie from NYC helped me put the whole thing together and transformed everything into 2 looks."
Aleigha chose stunning shoes from Stuart Weitzman and finished her look off with a cathedral veil. "I wanted to make a grand entrance so I decided to do long cathedral drop veil. Kim K was my inspiration...I got it from Etsy."
"Hire a wedding planner. There was no way I could have planned an event at this scale while working full time. My wedding planner Amy kept us on track and had great suggestions. She also brought me down to earth when I went overboard with my ideas."
Gown hunting tips
"I found this to be one of the hardest parts of wedding planning but you know your body and what looks good. Don’t listen to anyone else because it's your day. Also, go to Karen Willis Holmes. "
Photographer – Forged in the North.
I found them on Instagram and I knew instantly that's how I wanted the day to be captured. They were the first vendors we nailed down. Heidi and Ryan were so easy to work with and produced amazing photos that I’ll have forever.
Florist – MKM design.
Max buys me flowers every weekend from the union square farmers market so flowers were really important to us. I met Megan through a colleague and turns out she is Max’s grandmother's neighbour! She had an eye for style and her textured designs didn’t feel dated or boring. We clicked instantly and she was the only one who could fulfill my outrageous flower wall dreams.
Wedding planner - Amy, from White Hall Events
None of this was possible without her. She was the mastermind behind the wedding!
Videographer – Weddingmix
Your friends and family shoot on their cell phones and they edit all the videos together. This option was great because it was cheaper than most and felt organic.
Music – DJ OP of 74 events
Booking him through 74 events was seamless. He has a few residencies at some killer clubs in NYC. We had a chance to see him and the decision was easy. We had a few meetings to discuss the music we like and the vibe we wanted to create. coming from different backgrounds, we were a little worried about mixing cultures as there needed to be a little soul and rock & roll, along with all the new stuff that we millennials listen to. He was sensational!
The first time I heard this song on Spotify I said ‘this is the one’. I listen to it all the time. Its so breathy and the situation describes the moment so well and the beginning of our relationship.
MC – DJ OP
Celebrant – David Raleigh
A very talented singer, songwriter, pianist, socialite, Max’s first boss in NYC, and a very dear friend. We knew we didn’t want a stranger marrying us and we both aren’t religious. David knows us both well and he’s so charismatic and light-hearted. We couldn't think of anyone else.
I actually designed the invitations and Papyrus printed. My planner’s amazing assistant dabbles in Graphic design and assisted with the paper goods at the actual wedding. I wanted sleek, simple, and modern typography.
Menu – Fire Roasted Catering
We are both huge FOODIES and I have worked in and out of the restaurant & bar biz for years. Good food was at the top of our list. We didn’t want the food to be boring ol’ chicken, steak or fish. All the food was cooked over an open flame, outside, and the team really delivered. It was a show and the space filled up with so many amazing smells. The fires also helped out when it got a little chilly!
Cake – Momofuku Milk Bar
Bombonieres – Custom Fortune Cookies and Matchboxes
We love Chinese food and wrote in our favourite love quotes from rap songs. I also collect matchboxes and thought that would be a nice keepsake.
Hair & Makeup – Get Creme
My bridesmaids and I come from different walks of life, so it was important that the stylist could manage all different hair types and skin tones. They were fantastic and made us all look beautiful.
Wedding Bands – Wilson & Son
Our family jeweller in Westchester. We came to them with some diamonds that had been passed down and they came up with something creative that will last forever.