Bride: Sarah Tully
Groom: Ian Young
Wedding gown style: Gabriela (Fall 2011 Bridal Collection)
Floral Design: Lotus by Luis Collazo
Wedding Date: June 2, 2012
Boutique purchased: The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel (Chevy Chase, MD)
Location: New York, NY
Photographer: Photography by Alice Gao for Daniel Krieger Photography
First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first sight? I met Ian while we were working in neighboring laboratories doing postdoctoral research in chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. It was not quite love at first sight (for me, at least!) but we started spending a lot of time together cooking, biking, watching movies, hiking and enjoying San Diego. I finally realized that I was in love with him (I am pretty sure that all of my friends already knew this…) and thankfully, he loved me too!
How did he propose? Tell us the story! The proposal was very sweet and romantic even though I had unknowingly thwarted Ian’s original plan to propose at the New Brunswick Botanical Garden as I took a nap while watching tennis on TV instead. Fortunately, Ian was undeterred and prepared a lovely dinner of pasta and salad and served up some of my favorite ice cream – chocolate with peanut butter swirl! After dinner, he was very insistent that we should take a walk, so we headed to Princeton for an evening stroll on the campus. We sat down on one of the benches and Ian popped the question! I may have shed a few tears but there were a lot of smiles and I quickly said “yes”!
Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel was the first place I went to when I started searching for a gown as I really wanted to see what a Vera Wang dress looked like on me. I had always admired her designs and I really loved what I saw at the salon. I did not make my decision right away and tried on gowns by many other designers, but my mind kept going back to the Gabriela dress. Ultimately, that is what I went with as I thought it was gorgeous, I adored how it made me feel and it went perfectly with our garden wedding. I also really liked the idea of getting some pictures of me in New York City in such a soft, ethereal dress – nice juxtaposition!
We have an iPhone app, “Vera Wang on Weddings” – did you happen to use that in preparation for the big day? If so, how did it benefit you? I did use the “Vera Wang on Weddings” app and I found it incredibly useful. The checklist was very helpful in keeping track of what we needed to do and some of the bouquet, boutonniere, and cake pictures were the inspirations for what we did for our wedding. I have recommended the app to my engaged friends.
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? While I am impressed by what I have seen from the Fall 2012 collection, I was fairly set on an ivory gown for my wedding. I liked the idea of a pop of color with the dress though, so when Cristina at Saks Jandel put on the black sash, I was in love! I thought it took an already amazing dress to the next level.
How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique? As I felt the dress really spoke for itself, I wanted to keep the accessories simple. I knew I did not want a veil but a hair comb instead, and I selected a comb with mother of pearl accents and paired it with pearl drop earrings and a pearl drop necklace. My shoes were black patent leather heels that matched the sash. I think the look came together nicely and the jewelry added a bit of sparkle.
What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding? Overall, we wanted a small, intimate wedding where everything was romantic and elegant. I love spring/early summer and tried to showcase that throughout the day. I think we were able to capture it with our garden setting, spring/summer flower bouquets and the seasonal food we selected for our dinner menu.
Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours? Old: An Irish half penny taped in my shoe – a nice acknowledgement of my great-grandparents from Ireland. New: My beautiful hair comb from Siman Tu and my dress! Borrowed: My best friend’s grandmother’s wedding ring. Blue: Blueberry handbag from Ian.
What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress? I highly recommend that a bride do some dress shopping on her own (even if it does go against everything you see on wedding shows!). I tried on many dresses by myself to figure out what I liked and once I had made a shortlist, I called in my mom to help make the final choice. It is important for a bride to find a dress that she feels best fits her personality and ultimately only she can really make that decision.
What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share? This is tricky because there were so many parts that I loved! It was amazing walking up the “aisle” (Central Park path) with all of our friends and family gathered around, our dinner at Per Se was unbelievable and I greatly enjoyed walking through Midtown Manhattan at night to get back to our hotel after the reception, but I suppose my favorite part was when Ian and I saw each other for the first time. We decided to do some pictures before the ceremony and it was great to have that alone time together. I think it really helped us relax and enjoy our big day!