Michelle and Devon’s Formal Ivory, Green, and Brown Tent Wedding in Connecticut
Michelle and Devon
Devon Fagel was smitten the moment he laid eyes on Michelle Levinson, daughter of film director Barry Levinson, while vacationing in Maui in 1998. She was a little resistant at first, concerned that he was too young for her: Devon was still in college, and she was 25. But in time, with kindness and persistence, he won her over, and it wasn't long before she agreed that they were meant to be together. "When he proposed," says Michelle, "I didn't have to think about it. I knew it was right."
Each piece of the letterpress wedding stationary, from the save-the-date cards to the menus, is embellished with a fern icon or the couple's initials. The cream-colored paper is backed with green.
Michelle and her mother, Diana Levinson, watch the guests arrive before the ceremony.
An ivory board with Michelle and Devon's intertwined initials indicates the way to their wedding.
The bride's bouquet is a lush mix of antique ivory roses, tiny white and pale-pink roses, mint, and scented geranium leaves, all tied with a satin ribbon: it is set on a stone wall that runs through the Levinson's Connecticut property.
Devon, wearing an Armani tuxedo, waits to see his bride.
Flower girls wear circlets of flowers with their tulle dresses by Picture Perfect for Paper Dolls.
Parchment-paper packets, stamped with ferns, hold pistachios, a pre-ceremony snack; a waiter passes them out to guests in a wire egg holder.
Barry Levinson escorts his daughter down the aisle.
In addition to a full bar, the couple offers guests mojitos, their favorite cocktail--made with rum, mint, sugar, and lime juice--which happen to match the color scheme of the wedding.
The dinner bell outside the Levinsons' kitchen is festooned with fern fronds; when rung, the bell lets the guests know that it's time for dinner under the tent.
Seating cards seem to sprout from moss and ferns in a weathered-stone urn from the Levinson's garden (each card has a wire "stem" that's been tucked into the moss).
Martha and Barry
The father of the bride, Barry Levinson, and Martha pose for a picture.
The flowers on each table are a painterly mix of green hydrangea, jade roses, and moss arranged in cast-iron garden urns.
Dramatic celadon silk custom-made lampshades given an intimate feeling to a wedding tent large enough to fit the 250 guests.
A pressed fern frond placed on a brown napkin at each table accentuates the woodland theme.
Instead of floral centerpieces, the children's tables are decorated with cast-iron urns filled with crystal sugar, handmade lollipops, and flavored suckers. The tabletops are meant for kids to write on (they're Plexiglas coated with chalkboard paint.
A folded napkin holding chalk, a disposable camera, and little toys awaits each guest.
The seasonal menu was based on seafood and organic produce, with a main course of poached lobster with artichokes, asparagus, and garden peas; it was preceded by a salad of tomato confit with baby greens.
Martha enjoys the evening with Marsha and Robin Williams.
Flecked with vanilla bean and surrounded with berries, a panna cotta is served as a pre-dessert.
The wedding cake, covered in buttercream and fondant, has lacy ferns piped all around it.
A candy bar of glass hurricane vases and cast-iron urns on a tiered plant stand are stocked with the couple's favorite treats, all in shades to match the wedding colors.
Natural-wood boxes are filled with favors for the guests: a notice of a donation to charity made in their names, cookies iced to look like Michelle and Devon's dogs, and a CD of love songs.
The couple had ivory linen handkerchiefs embroidered with ferns and monograms as gifts for their mothers and grandmothers.
Dancing goes on late into the night.
Wedding Planner: David Reinhard Events
Flowers and Event Design: Bloom, 212-832-8094
Custom Made Stationary: Laureen Barber of the Barber Group, 212-647-7072
Reception Music: the Stringers, 914-633-1700
Catering: Blue Hill Restaurant, contact Irene Hamburger at 212-647-1713
Videographer: LifeStories, 212-579-1569
Bride's Dress and Veil: Vera Wang, 800-839-8372
Cake: John Varricelli and Amanda Graff, 203-255-6921
Round Lollipops: Tea and Cake Confections