As a judge on Top Chef, Gail Simmons could easily have gone the fancy gourmand route for her wedding to Jeremy Abrams. Instead, the couple opted for a convivial affair inspired by the carefree charm and colorful bounty of a farmers' market. Refreshing -- and delicious.
Here, Gail and Jeremy exchange vows under a wood and cloth huppa with quince branches and passionflower vines.
To maximize interaction among the 175 guests, celebrated chef Daniel Boulud masterminded a conversation-conducive menu that began with a trio of chilled soups. "Every other person got a different soup, so people could taste each other's or trade," Gail explains. A second course included an array of crisp seasonal vegetable salads served family style, with a platter in the center of each table to promote sharing and, of course, chatting.
Location: The Foundry
Event Planning: Kimberlee Bendeck, Boutique Events
Wedding Consultant: Marcy Blum
Catering: Feast & Fetes from Restaurant Daniel
Flowers: Naomi de Manana
Stationery: Design, ThussFarrell; printing, Julie Holcomb Printers
Music: Matt Creed
Wedding Photography: Timothy K. Lee
Gown: Carolina Herrera
Menswear: Groom's suit, Paul Smith; tie, Thomas Pink
Hair and Makeup: Jessie Riley and Jeff Chastain of Jeff Chastain Parlor
Rentals: Party Rental, Ltd.