Amy and Gabe first laid eyes on each other at an LCD Soundsystem concert they attended with a group of mutual friends. Gabe happened to be on a date with someone else, but this inauspicious beginning eventually led to a dinner date, after which the pair were smitten. Exactly one year after Gabe proposed to Amy in Costa Rica, the couple wed in Palm Springs, California. The sleek-yet-fun decor of their venue, the Parker Palm Springs, inspired a modern Rat Pack-themed celebration complete with live jazz, martinis, and retro design elements.
"I wanted to feel like I was going to a very fabulous party," says Amy of how she approached her wedding-day outfit. She chose an elegant strapless column gown by Lanvin, rhinestone-encrusted satin pumps, and dramatic chandelier earrings. As she walked down the aisle on her father's arm, guests got a glimpse of the amazing ruffles adorning the back of her dress. The groom wore a suit from Brooks Brothers.
The afternoon of the wedding, a slight daylight-savings mishap was revealed: The 5 o'clock start time would fall after dusk, making the outdoor service darker than anticipated. Luckily, hurricanes holding candles, strung up in the trees on the Parker's croquet lawn, created a bewitching ambiance. "It wasn't totally the mode we were going for, but it turned out magically," says Amy.
Ribbon-tied tambourines, kazoos, and other noisemakers were placed on guests seats, along with packets of confetti. As the newlyweds exited, everyone jammed on the musical instruments.
Martini sets containing a jar of olives, vermouth, a petite cocktail shaker, a mini bottle of vodka, and a killer recipe were given as favors.
Jute Bags, U.S. Box. Olives, Impressions in Flight. Vermouth, Martini Extra Dry Miniature from thewhiskeyexhange.com. Cocktail Shakers, Keg Works. Vodka, Tito’s Handmade Vodka from Tarzan Wine and Spirits. Stir sticks, “Beaded Colored Stirrers” from Pick On Us.
Photography: Amy Neunsinger
Location, Catering, and Cake: Parker Palm Springs
Event Planning: Jill Watson of The Pampered Bride
Flowers and Event Design: White Lilac Inc.
Stationery: The Wilderness
Music: Mark Wood Entertainment
Wedding Photography: Mi Belle Photography
Bride's Gown: Lanvin
Groom's Suit: Brooks Brothers
Invitation Letterpressing: Peter Kruty Editions
Save-the-Date and Menu Printing: Print Icon
Calligraphy: Anne Robin
Wedding Cake Sugar Flowers: Sweet & Saucy Shop
DJ: DJ Bobby French
Officiant: Richard Cadieux
Cocktail Napkins: ForYourParty.com
Ring Pillow: Cat Chow (price upon request, 646-247-7293)
Hair: Maggie Ritchie
Dogs’ Attire: Rover
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