THE COUPLE: Andrew and I met on J-date, back when it was relevant. We got engaged the day before Valentine’s Day, which was one week before our two-year anniversary.
THE PARTY: The wedding ceremony and reception were held at The Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. Nicki Eisenstein, from BCR Events, helped to plan the evening. The vibe we were going for was romantic and classic with a primarily white landscape and pops of deep purple. We were obsessed with our hand drawn Hamsa ketubah (created by Alyssa Judlo and Rachel Drescher) which served as a focal point in our ceremony. Floral and design were orchestrated by the fabulous Richard Remiard. The chuppah was very simply draped with a little bit of sparkle and some hanging candles. The aisles were lined with mirrored pedestals holding short flower arrangements and candles of varying heights. We had the Larry King Orchestra play at our wedding, which made for a very lively and fun party. The most important things to me, aside from having all of our family and friends that we love surrounding us, were the band, a photo booth, and sushi! We had about 250 guests many of which came all the way from Andrew’s hometown of Montreal, Canada!
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS: My dress was a silk linen Rosa Clara gown with a structured bodice and relatively full skirt. It was a little bit edgy and unlike anything I had seen before. I initially wore Valentino rockstuds to the ceremony but quickly changed into sparkly Jimmy Choo ballet slippers for dancing. To top it off, I wore Dana Rebecca Anna Beth pink quartz earrings and my grandmother’s vintage watch made of yellow and rose gold and adorned with rubies and diamonds. Our wedding bands were simple white gold bands for a conservative Jewish ceremony, both created by DRD. After the ceremony, I slipped on my new Sophia Ryan infinity band. I never planned to actually wear the two together but the plain band has yet to leave my finger because it was used in the ceremony which makes it so special. My bridesmaids wore a charcoal Amsale lace dress with vibrant purple flowers. I gifted them the rose gold and diamond Sylvie Rose bar necklace which they wore on my wedding day and have yet to take off!
WHAT WERE YOU LOOKING FOR IN YOUR WEDDING DAY JEWELRY AND HOW DID DRD FIT THAT VISION?
The Anna Beth studs were my vision! I was obsessed with the black onyx when Dana first launched a similar design, and I remember e-mailing her immediately. It must have been 2011! Then some time later (post engagement) I spotted the pink quartz Anna Beth’s and I knew I had to have them for my wedding day. They are so elegant, classic and romantic and totally fit the vibe I was going for.
HOW ARE YOU WEARING YOUR PIECES AFTER THE WEDDING?
The Anna Beth’s are so versatile. I wear them with leggings and a sweater or to a dressier evening event!
NEXT PIECE ON YOUR WISH LIST?
Tough question! I absolutely love the Sylvie Rose long bar necklace as a new everyday piece as well as the Sylvie by the Yard for layering. I’ve also been eyeing the Buddha necklace, DRD hoops, initial cuff, and I’m always thinking about my next eternity band to add to the stack. Your guess is as good as mine!
Photos by Dennis Lee Photography | Videography by Xpress Video Productions