Darcy, editorial director at Martha Stewart Weddings, worked closely with a designer in the creation of her hand-sewn gown: Slim through the bodice, it's laced, corset-style, down the back, then opens to reveal a profusion of ruffles that flounce at her heels when she walks. Bride's gown made to order by Vera Wang, 212-575-6400.
Engraving and calligraphy embellish the wedding paper. The invitation, program, and menu are all the same size, lending a sense of unity to the stationery. The extravagant calligraphy makes them attractive mementos. Darcy and Andy had a monogram designed for the occasion; the matchbooks bear a smaller version. Thoughtful details grace each piece: The invitation beckons with lyrics from the couple's song, and the wedding program itself concludes with a dedication to the grandparents of the bride and groom.
On a table just inside the entrance are small tokens that Darcy and Andy have provided for each guest to take before proceeding to the ceremony: Linen handkerchiefs for "les femmes" and stephanotis-and-bay-leaf boutonnieres for "les hommes" are set out on boards covered in silk and edged in taupe ribbon.
Darcy and Andy chose New York City's Four Seasons restaurant for the ceremony and reception. Just a few blocks from where the bride grew up, the setting is both elegant and personal. As guests filter in, violinists serenade them from the steps; cherry-blossom arrangements, the spring trademark of the Four Seasons, brighten the scene.
As Andy awaits the beginning of the ceremony, his nieces and nephews hide playfully behind tent panels. The tent leads from the street to the door, ensuring that guests feel attended to the moment they arrive; it also serves a more superstitious function: "I knew if I didn't have it, it would rain" says Darcy.
"Andy is like a little kid when it comes to sweets," says Darcy. So dinner concludes with a fantasy buffet of candies, cookies, cakes, and other treats, set up in the Grill Room for guests to enjoy in between dances. Meringues, dark-chocolate truffles, petits fours, M&Ms candies in special colors, and miniature brownies are just some of the treats. A towering croquembouche and a decorative topiary of macaroons provide counterpoints to the height of the majestic wedding cake.