When Frances and Andrew tapped planner and Martha Stewart Weddings contributor David Stark to plan their big day, they gave him just two directives: Use the colors in Frances's favorite D. Porthault fabric pattern (blue, fuchsia, orange), and make the day feel just like her mother's did: "joyous and family-oriented." The result? A fanciful setting on family property filled with live music, whimsical details, and larger-than-life landscaping.
Andrew, sporting J.Crew, embraced Frances, who wore a vintage gown purchased by her grandmother at Saks Fifth Avenue in the 1950s. The dress, which was also worn by the bride's mother, was updated with a dyed-to-match paper veil commissioned from Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave.
Dinner (during which Parisian sister act Les Nubians played under a paper moon) was capped by the cutting of a chocolate cake. the family recipe was prepared by the bride's family's chef and decorated with fresh flowers from the garden.“We just had to share it with everybody,” says the bride.
Photography: Aaron Delesie
Event Planning, Decor, and Flowers: David Stark Design & Production
Catering: Olivier Cheng Catering & Events
Stationery and Calligraphy: Bernard Maisner
Custom Crest: Happy Menocal
Guest Book: Boutique by Cypress
Music: Apollo’s Fire; Les Nubians
Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.
Lighting: Bentley Meeker Lighting & Staging
Tents: Partytime-HDO Productions
DJ: DJ Pirahnahead
Audio: Aerial Enterprises (810-231- 2500)
Additional Rentals: Special Events Rental
Draping: Show Supplies
Hair and Makeup: Emile Salon & Spa
Bride’s Earrings: Taffin
Groomsmen Ties: Salvatore Ferragamo
Transportation: 4 Star Inc. (248-682-1800)
Fabric Basket Bag: VintageJamie
Paper Bag with Window: Plastic Bags for You
Colored Tissue Paper: Paper Mart
Tube: M&J Trimming
Lacquer Box: West Elm