A Retro-Inspired Lavender Formal Wedding in New York
Anne and David
When Anne Chertoff developed a high school crush on David Tavelinsky, she knew they'd be together one day, despite the fact that David had a girlfriend. She was right -- and the theme of their wedding, inspired by the movie poster for "It Happened One Night," inspired the wedding's moon-and-stars motif, a perfect theme for a love story that Anne had long ago predicted.
Letterpress moons and stars adorn the wedding stationery. Audrey Hepburn stamps add Hollywood charm to the envelopes.
David and his groomsmen wear stroller suits by A.T. Harris.
Bridesmaids in Vera Wang and a flower girl in a Zoe dress hold sweet peas. Peonies and sweet peas form the bride's bouquet.
After their June 2003 ceremony, Anne and David step out from under the huppa, which was made to resemble a Jewish prayer shawl.
Groom and Father
The groom stands with his father, Elli Tavelinsky.
White and pink hydrangeas are placed among rows of seating cards displayed on glass etched with stars. Underneath is lavender felt.
Guests can drop wishes for the couple into an etched jar.
Anne's family takes a picture with the couple.
Tables are set with arrangements of hydrangeas and roses in varying combinations of green and white, pink, or lavender, as here. Supper-club lamps add old-fashioned flair, as do the dance cards at each woman's place. Inside, men can write their names by the songs they wish to claim for dances.
Wedding guests swirl around the newlyweds during the hora.
A sparkling moon-and-stars topper created with gum paste and luster dust adorns the cake, created by baker Ron Ben-Israel. Its tiers are covered in lavender fondant and decorated with gum-paste details.
Cutting the Cake
Each tier of the cake has four layers of chocolate: two infused with mocha, one with Grand Marnier, and one with a blackberry-cream filling. David teases Anne as he waits for his taste of the wedding cake.
After months of fox-trot lessons, Anne and David show off their moves on the dance floor to "It Had to Be You."
The couple personalized a mirror near the bar with custom-made removable transfers for a temporary decoration. The words are from a song in the film "It's a Wonderful Life" -- and a fitting summation of the evening.