Bride: Alexandra Lipschultz Sobol
Groom: Garret Sobol
Wedding gown style: Georgina
Wedding date: September 4, 2011
Boutique purchased: Madison Avenue Flagship Store, NYC
Location: The Pierre, New York City, NY
Photographer: Fred Marcus
First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first sight? Garret and I met during our freshman year in college at the University of Pennsylvania. It was not love at first sight (at least on my end), but he was extremely persistent and soon won me over with his good looks and charm!
Tell us the proposal story! How was it done? July 28, 2010. It was just another Wednesday when my dad called and invited both Garret and myself to get drinks with him and my mom at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia. Normally when my parents come into town, they call and invite us to join them for cocktails, so this was not anything out of the ordinary. We arrived on time, and my parents were late. This was also not unusual, but this time it was intentional and all a part of the master plan! I suggested we go sit outside in the courtyard and wait for them since it was a gorgeous summer night. This was exactly what Garret had hoped for. As we walked outside, I immediately spotted a table set for two in front of the fountains with an incredible floral arrangement as the centerpiece. I still did not suspect anything, but instead remarked at how beautiful the flowers were and that we should take a closer look. As we approached the table, I then spotted champagne on ice with two empty glasses waiting to be filled. I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, this must be for one lucky girl!” It was at that moment that I noticed two place cards set on the table with both of our names on them. It was like Garret was reading my mind in that exact moment because he then stated, “This is for you.” He got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of his life with him. Sorry to ruin the suspense, but I said yes!
Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? My parents had accompanied me on several trips to New York City to go bridal gown shopping, but it was not until we stepped into Vera Wang on Madison Avenue that I finally found my dream dress. There were so many incredible options to choose from, but once I put on “the one” (being Georgina!) the search was over.
As Vera has started to veer away from traditional white/ivory gowns shown in her recent Fall 2012 Collection, was an alternate color something you considered? I always envisioned myself in a traditional, elegant ivory gown on my wedding day, so I never even considered an alternate color.
How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique? Even though the dress was gorgeous on its own, I could not help but add a little more glitz and glamour to its design. In addition to the classic Georgina gown, we requested that pearls and crystals be added to the front of the dress to make it shimmer. I also wore a Vera Wang custom lace bolero for the wedding ceremony and incorporated two Vera Wang jeweled clips to my hairstyle. When it was time for the reception, the bolero came off and I decided to dress up the look even more by adding an ivory crystal sash to the gown. Each component elevated my wedding dress to an even more spectacular level, and it truly took everyone’s breath away!
What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding? I always dreamed of having a classic, all-white wedding just like my parents did. All of my bridesmaids wore ivory and my husband and his groomsmen wore traditional black tuxedos. The theme for our wedding was Hollywood glitz and glamour with mirrored centerpieces, all white flowers, and even a white dance floor. Words cannot even begin to do the ballroom justice!
Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours? Absolutely. For something old, we placed old photographs of our closest loved ones who are no longer with us on a mirrored memory table with flowers and candles surrounding them. We wanted to feel as though they were physically there with us on our most special day. For something new, I wore a pair of Jimmy Choo’s, which I purchased specially for our wedding day. For something borrowed, I wore my mother’s pearl and diamond drop earrings, and for something blue I had a blue ribbon tied onto my garter.
What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress? Be true to your personal style, and listen to your inner voice. When you put on the right dress, you will know it’s “the one.”
What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share? Besides finally marrying the man of my dreams, my favorite moment of our wedding day was when we snuck into the ballroom during the cocktail hour and shared a private first dance.