First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first site? Jasmine really explains it best. We talked after our engagement shoot. And this is what she wrote. “It was Memorial Day weekend and the weather was warm and the patio was calling her name. On a mission to set up her friend with the cutest boy at the party, Nicole scoped the scene for eligible bachelors. She was on the patio when she noticed Matt and decided he was The One. She walked up to him and they struck a perfect conversation, so by the end of the night when Nicole asked if he wanted her friend’s phone number, he replied, No, I want yours.
The following Tuesday, Matt called his friends at Dolce and planned a date that would sweep Nicole off her feet. Seated at the best table on a perfect night in Los Angeles, Nicole knew she impressed Matt. If they had feathers, they would have displayed their colorful plumage as a way to stand out from the rest. And they did. Stand out from the rest, that is. Over the course of conversation, Nicole said she’s a New Yorker to the bone, but cheers for the Red Sox…Matt (and his big Boston heart) melted and he knew Nicole was a more than perfect. She was The One.
How did he propose? Tell us the story! I came home from work to our apartment that Matt transformed into a candle lit garden with a flower petal path that lead to him on one knee. I have never seen so many flowers EVER! I have attached some photos. Matt hired a photographer who captured every sweet moment during the proposal.
Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? It was always my dream to get married but it was always my dream to get married in a Vera Wang gown. I am a fashion designer and there was no way I would be wearing anything but a Vera Wang gown.
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? An alternate color was not something I considered but I did really love the idea of exploring multiple colors for the bridesmaid’s dresses.
How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique? When we were talking to the Manager David Friedman (stylist and now close friend, like most people we came across throughout this process) I told him how important it was to me to be classic in the church ceremony so we decided against the sash. But for the reception my designer eye knew that I needed to do something to change it up. I grabbed the black sash and as David tied the most beautiful bow around my waist I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. It was PERFECT.
What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding? The inspiration was many things, colors, textures, feelings, and style. I am a designer so my inspiration book was out of control. Think of it like a physical Pinterest since that hadn’t started yet while I was planning. I look at this book whenever I think about my wedding; it reminds me of the process, which was a really special time for my best friend aka Debbie D Mother.
Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding? (I.e. fragrance, fine papers etc.) If so how? I was gifted Vera Wang stationary, which I used to write shower and bachelorette thank yous. I love how the paper is cut out and look like paper lace. Elegant and beautiful, I love them!!
Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours? Yes I did OF COURSE!
- Something Old: Diamond Bangles that Matt bought me on Valentine’s Day 2009
- Something New: A new necklace that Matt bought me as a wedding present
- Something Borrowed: A brooch from my Grandmothers collection
- Something Blue: A piece of the blue tissue that my grandmother wrapped her veil in
What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share? I have two to share. The moment I stood in front of the closed doors before I walked down the isle with my hero, my father. As the doors opened he squeeze my hand and said one simple word, “Ready?” I looked at him took a deep breath and said “yes”. My second was my first dance with my husband we sang every word to You & Me by Dave Matthews to each other, not to mention brought down the house! Dancing at sunset with my husband was the best moment because it was just us two celebrating everything we had built in the last 6 years and also celebrated everything we were going to do together in the future as a newly husband and wife and old best friends. “You and me together can do anything together”. It is the only video we have of our reception and it is my most precious take away because I can watch it whenever I want and always remember it’s the two us together.
My piece of advise: Enjoy the process! Have the best day of your life! And look forward to the ride of your life together!