Sometimes an invitation arrives in your inbox that just makes you giddy. You’re excited, immediately put the date on your calendar, and can’t wait for the event. That’s how I felt when I received the invitation to the 11th annual Martha Stewart Weddings Bridal Fashion Week event. I mean, Martha knows how to throw a party, and this year she even threw an actual wedding! The party was incredible, and full of great ideas for brides and grooms-to-be, and anyone who wants to throw a one-of-a-kind event.
We were greeted by a live band that set the mood.
Inside Martha took the stage with Martha Stewart Weddings Editorial Director, Darcy Miller. I asked Darcy about the inspiration for this year’s event:
Every year, we throw the ultimate party during bridal market to toast our industry in a fun and festive way. Like all of our weddings, we personalize our party with a theme and this year, it was all about white–white tulle hanging from the ceiling, white mini-pizzas by Callahan Catering and even white glitter wedding tattoos. As we were planning the food and decor, a member of our team mentioned that someone should get married at our party because everything they need would already be there! And funnily enough, a few weeks before the party, we heard about Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant and were so inspired by their story and love for each other, not to mention the fact that their registry benefits UNICEF, that we reached out to see if they would like to have their 26th wedding on 26th Street in New York, where the party’s venue was located! The couple had yet to be married in New York and are fans of Martha so they jumped at the opportunity to work with us. When we called them to figure out how we can personalize their wedding, the one word and theme they kept repeating was ‘New York’. So from the chocolate taxi cabs from Martine’s Chocolates to the locally made mini-bourbon bottles from Cacao Prieto to the mini-black & white cookie favors from One Girl Cookies, no detail was left untouched. One of our contributors, Matthew Robbins, made a beautiful bouquet of roses, the state flower of New York, and the iconic New York wedding cake baker Sylvia Weinstock baked and presented an amazing four-tier cake for our bride and groom. We were honored and thrilled to be part of their New York City wedding, and we know the couple truly enjoyed the party as they stayed through to the very end, only to end their wedding night at The Carlyle Hotel!
The bride wore a stunning Monique Lhuillier gown.
Her bouquet was designed by Matthew Robbins.
I really loved the simplicity of the groom’s boutonniere – a simple white carnation. Guests also wore carnations throughout the night, a clear nod to the beauty of simplicity in floral design.
Here is the couple in front of the Empire State building just after their nuptials.
The party was full of incredible designs and designers. I ran into Leanne Marshall from Project Runway. She designed a ruffled gown that turns into a short cocktail dress when the bride transitions from the wedding ceremony to the reception.
I also fell in love with this paper dress. Paper dresses were featured on the runway during Bridal Fashion Week. Could this be a trend?
The vendor list was top-notch. A calligrapher creating personalized notebooks for each guest.
Male models were hired as the bartenders. Cute!
The food was delish, and seemed to nod to a new trend in weddings – serving small bites all not long instead of a formal dinner. I really enjoyed the mini pizzas.
And of course there were fun desserts including snow cones
Cakes and cookies decorated with henna designs
And engagement ring cookies topped with tapioca.
Some of the edible items were even favors that you could take home. I made my own flower out of gum paste!
Flowers were everywhere. There was a make-your-own bouquet bar, something I think guests would love at an event.
I even decorated my hair with one.
And of course, the music was amazing all night long. The DJ was surrounded by this Superman fortress of solitude-style ice sculpture. Amazing! It was a night to remember, and now I just can’t wait to attend the 12th annual party next year!