When you get invited to a wedding celebration thrown by the crew at Martha Stewart Weddings, believe us when we say you should check the “attending” box — or, as it were, send an “Yes” email to their RSVP address.
On Monday night, we ducked out of the rain and rode the elevator up to the cavernous event space in the middle of the MSLO offices, which for the occasion was draped with swaths of white tulle and lined with a panoply of booths offering everything from delicate edible flowers to customized calligraphy notebooks. All the myriad trappings of weddings industry, essentially.
But while the party was, strictly speaking, the Eleventh Annual Bridal Market Party, it also had the unique (well, sort of) distinction of playing host to the wedding of Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant. We say sort of unique because this was the couple’s 26th wedding, having sold their belongings last year to travel the world and hold unofficial ceremonies in far-flung destinations, with all donations to their registry going towards UNICEF. This was, however, their first wedding in New York and certainly their first where the officiant was none other than “priest for the evening” Martha Stewart, who stood on a podium behind a DJ booth made of solid ice and seemed to have a great time reading the couple their vows in front of a crowd of hundreds. Do we sense a next career move for the woman who already has about a hundred below her belt?
One of which has been in the media quite a lot lately: co-planner for the wedding of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, the photos of which will be featured in the winter issue of Weddings, which hits newsstands December 31. Of course, we had to catch Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the designers behind Lively’s incredible-sounding custom Marchesa gown, who’s latest bridal show walked just last week. “It was very romantic and beautiful” they said of the hand-draped silk tulle dress. “Georgina did the sketches” said Craig, “and then we went into making the dress,” after which they had “quite a few” fittings with the 25-year-old actress.
Of the colored wedding gown trend that we’ve seen recently with stars like Anne Hathaway and Amber Tamblyn marrying in non-white attire, Chapman is very much on board. “I think it’s beautiful that women have options,” the designer enthused.
Hear that? Options: they’re a beautiful thing.
Watch the super-romantic video and gorgeous party snaps from the evening below:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.