A Spring Wedding
Spring is a magical time to be married. As tiny buds bloom and little green leaves shyly poke through the soil, so does love take on new life. A marriage. The birth of a new era.
My oldest and dearest friend, Colleen was just married in April. She and her incredible family have been a part of my life since the day she taught me to roller skate when I was just six years old. Since then, we’ve shared most everything throughout our lives–Barbie dolls, ballet costumes, prom dresses. Our high school heartbreaks, my parents’ divorce. She was there during my mother’s death, stood by my side at my wedding, and has adored my son since the day he was born. Now, it’s my pleasure to celebrate Colleen and Patrick, and the beginning of what will surely be a lifetime of love and laughter.
According to my calculations, the wedding of my oldest friend + a Four Seasons reception = the perfect reason to to get dressed to the nines! I decided to avoid black, my usual go-to shade for such highfalutin events, and instead let the tangerine and rose hues of bright wedding palette inspire me. I fell in love with this dreamy, flowing belted gown the instant I saw it on the hanger, and once I tried it on, my dress search had come to an undeniable end. Its feminine neckline and delicate pleating reminded my so much of my own wedding gown, and the floor-length skirt made for some serious flirty twirling on the dance floor. Plus, (with the exception of a necklace), I already had all the accessories I needed to complete my ensemble: earrings I wore for my wedding, an aquamarine cocktail ring, nude heels sitting in a box in my closet, and a orange silk clutch I bought the summer I lived in Italy. It was almost too perfect… I bit the bullet, bought the dress, and called it a day.
[Serlant Gown by Ted Baker | Vintage Aquamarine and Diamond Earrings and Cocktail ring | Chalcedony and Gold Pendant from Nordstrom | Jolie Noeud Dorcet Patent Pumps by Christian Louboutin | Ruched Silk Frame Clutch by Prada]
I absolutely adore getting decked out, and secretly, (or not-so-secretly), wish I could don cocktail dresses every day. That said, I am lucky enough to share this fashion fetish with my husband, who was all too eager to bust out his tuxedo and black patent shoes. Touché, my love. Getting this dressed up together, (and sharing our first full day and night together away from our two-year-old), made the event all the more exciting and fun, not to mention the fact that several of our closest friends were also in attendance. It was like a party within a party!
Hooray for love! What a day to celebrate it was! Colleen has been a wedding planner for several years, and has impeccable attention to detail, evidenced by the beautifully calligraphed invitations, custom hand-illustrated event maps, and goodie-filled welcome bags awaiting guests in their hotel rooms. Colleen and Patrick said their vows flanked by their siblings in a beautiful ceremony at the stately St. Maximilian Catholic Church. The party kicked off afterwards at the Four Seasons Hotel with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the lawn, followed by an evening of dinner, drinks and dancing. And many shameless trips to the photo booth by us girls…
Orange and white chevron cloaked tables flanked the entrance to the dining room, which was filled with brightly set tables, dazzling floral arrangements and a round, polka-dotted dance floor. It was nothing short of spectacular. Dinner was a delight, and dancing a blast. Late in the evening, s’mores stations were set up on the terrace next to the fire pits, while the wait staff carried cigarette-girl trays filled with ice cream treats. It was a decadent evening to say the least, not to mention the bottomless glass of Champagne I somehow ended up with. Perhaps it was to blame for my many visits to the photo booth. Maybe it was the excitement of celebrating Colleen with so many of our childhood friends, all of us in the same room together. Maybe it was a little of both.
Photography via Ashley Fauset and Susan Bordelon
This May we’re celebrating celebrations! We’ll also share tricks that busy working women like us use to throw memorable bashes with minimal effort.
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