2 Brides, 1 Dress

From a classic wedding on Long Island's North Shore to a desert wedding in Palm Springs California, see how two of Parker HQ's brides are celebrating their big day. Plus, how each bride brings their own style to our classic Roxanne Dress

North Shore Classic

Bride: Lauren, Director of Marketing

Location: Long Island, New York

How did you meet your fiancé?

Will and I met here in New York City. Our friend Alex had prearranged for us to meet at a bar on the Lower East Side one November evening. I remember thinking how handsome and funny he was, we just instantly clicked. Five years and one French bulldog later, here we are.

How did he ask?

One Saturday, Will suggested we walk to dinner along the Hudson River, a typical weekend route from our TriBeCa apartment. Halfway through the walk, we stopped and he got down on one knee! We sat there on a park bench taking it all in, until it was time to walk down the pier to City Vineyard where our families were waiting with champagne. Parker’s print designer Paige just happened to be there too!

Describe your wedding...

I would describe our wedding as classic, understated elegance. Will and I love summers in Long Island, it’s the perfect escape from the city. I had also pictured myself getting ready at my parent’s house and marrying in our family church, so we chose the Huntington Crescent Club in my hometown. It’s newly-renovated with this grand foyer and fantastic views of the course.

Your favorite wedding detail?

My Dad is a McDonald’s owner/operator, so it was an obvious choice for after party food. There have been special requests for McFlurry’s, but I can’t make any promises.

How did you style the Roxanne Dress?

I styled our Roxanne Dress with these pearl earrings from Lulu Frost and a simple bouquet of pink peonies. My “something borrowed” are these wedding shoes which belong to our president, Suzanne. They were custom-made for her by Giuseppe Zannoti while she was a shoe buyer at Saks. The mink strap makes them the most comfortable heels ever.

What has been your favorite part of the wedding process?

I’ve loved bonding with my Mom over being a bride. Just for fun I tried on her wedding dress from the 80’s, which, aside from the oversized sleeves, is pretty timeless. I’ll also never forget having lunch with her uptown at The Smith after my first fitting. We sat there for hours just catching up and laughing over one too many glasses of wine.

#1 Tip for the bride-to-be?

Everyone will say to try on wedding dresses that are out of your comfort zone, but I believe the dress should look and feel exactly like you. One other tip would be to create a separate email address just for wedding planning. You won’t believe how inundated your inbox gets with vendors!

 

West Coast Desert 

Bride: Colleen, Creative Producer

Location: Palm Springs, California

How did you meet your husband?

Very classic story of boy sees girl from afar, boy gets the courage to approach girl, boy and girl fall in love.

How did he ask?

Dom is an ultra-runner and I am always his supportive crew captain. He ran 100 miles in 35 hours in Big Bear, California, and proposed to me at the finish line. He ran the entire time holding my grandmother’s ring in his pack!

Describe your wedding...

After Dom’s 100 mile race, we had planned a trip to Palm Springs, CA, to recover and unwind. We stayed at The Ace Hotel there and it was a dream. The colors, the chill vibes, the pool and the minimalist décor was so us. We were newly engaged and looked at each other and said, “this would be the perfect spot for our wedding.” It is a place that will always be very special to us and we wanted to share that feeling with our friends and family. It was important to us to have all our guests feel like they were on vacation because that is how we wanted to feel.

Your favorite wedding detail?

My best friend married us! She knows us as a couple better than anyone and was there the day we met. 

How did you style the Roxanne Dress?

I am usually a very casual dresser so finding something that I could dress down and still feel like a bride was important to me. The Roxanne Dress was easy to pair with colorful earrings and my Loeffler Randall ruffled flat slides for an easy desert formal bridal look. My bouquet was a few palm leaves mixed with pink Anthuriums to create a tropical, informal vibe.

What has been your favorite part of the wedding process?

I loved planning the wedding with Dom! We are both very particular and have a specific eye so it was nice partnering with him on all the details. The end result really felt like us.

#1 Tip for the bride-to-be?

Be present! I arranged a yoga class the morning of my wedding so I could be in a mindful state the entire day. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the planning and the details and everything needing to be perfect that you can miss what is important – the celebration with all of your favorite people!

 

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