A Colorful Brooklyn Wedding with Lots of Patterns
Ali and Mark
Ali Landorf, a childrenswear designer and avowed color obsessive, knew that wearing a white wedding dress wasn't really "her." But she didn't know quite how bold her attire would be until she visited designer Naeem Khan's New York City atelier and saw it: a voluminous navy gown emblazoned with graphic white stars. Mark Davenport wasn't surprised when he saw her on their wedding day. "She's always been the most fashionable girl in the room," says the groom, who works at an advertising technology company.
Ali and Mark met at Washington University in St. Louis, where Ali, an art student, was a regular at the coffee bar where Mark worked. He recalls that she always ordered the same thing—a peanut butter and strawberry-jelly sandwich, light on the jelly—while she remembers the jitters she felt as she approached the counter to order. But after their first date, "everything fell into place," says Ali. "I'd met my best friend—and I didn't have to pay for PB&J anymore." Their romance developed over the next eight years—and in 2015, after they moved to Brooklyn, Mark proposed at home, with Ali's grandmother's engagement ring, 72 years to the day from when her grandfather had proposed to her grandmother.
For their May 21, 2016, wedding, Ali envisioned covering the rustic Brooklyn Winery in vivid hues. Their playful personalities were reflected in details throughout the day—not the least of which were two papier-mâché piñatas emulating the couple's heads; each shattered the other's during the party. "I think everyone thought it was a little creepy," says Ali, "but I fell in love with them." Talented friends contributed to the day: One of Ali's bridesmaids designed the invitations and paper goods, while another created a colorful portrait of the couple that was prominently displayed in the winery during the event.
Their ceremony, officiated by a friend, featured nods to Ali's Jewish heritage and funny, sentimental vows the couple wrote themselves. Mark promised to love Ali "through good outfits and kooky ones," while Ali ended hers with a request: that her new groom make her a peanut butter and jelly once the party was over.
Guests' welcome bags, printed with a portrait of the couple created by one of Ali's bridesmaids, included a guide to Brooklyn with a map of Ali and Mark's favorite spots.
A Cheery Bridal Bouquet
The bride's bouquet had seasonal blooms like foxgloves, peonies, spirea, and ranunculus, held together with a bright-yellow ribbon.
Mix and Match Bridesmaids
The bridesmaids wore dresses from Whit's Spring 2016 collection. "I loved the bold prints," says Ali.
The Grand Entrance
Showstopping floral displays, like this arch of Clair de Lune peonies, forsythia, roses, ranunculus, and spirea, were constructed by Putnam & Putnam.
The couple's friend Ben, who was ordained online for the occasion, officiated the ceremony.
A Favorite Snapshot
"It's one of my favorite photos from the wedding," says Mark of this shot of Ali's cousin, flashing a peace sign.
Just the Guys
Lush garlands of greenery and blooms hung over the dining tables, which were adorned with colored tapers.
Vibrant Place Settings
Planner and designer Jove Meyer proposed vibrant, patterned napkins; they were embroidered with guests' names to double as place cards.
Put a Bird on It
The venue's rustic, industrial décor inspired Ali to search for taxidermied birds for the tablescapes. When she decided that might feel a bit morbid, she asked the artist who designed her piñatas to create these cheerful little birds, which now line bookshelves at the couple's home.
A Major Hit
Ali commissioned artist Jing Yu to make custom piñatas in the likeness of the bride and groom. "I became sort of obsessed with them," she jokes.
A Naked Cake
The wedding cake (by Luckybird Bakery) was covered in almond-butter icing and Belgian-chocolate shavings.
Location and catering, Brooklyn Winery
Event planning and design, Jove Meyer Events
Flowers, Putnam & Putnam
Photography, Samm Blake
Videography, NST Pictures
Stationery, Marissa Dessanti
Calligraphy, Carolyn Jane Design
Cake, Luckybird Bakery
Bride's gown and earrings, Naeem Khan
Bride's shoes, Manolo Blahnik
Hair, Chantell Carrtherol
Makeup, Jessa Blades
Bridesmaids' dresses, Whit
Groom's suit, Brooklyn Tailors
Wedding rings, Grace Lee Designs
Piñatas, Jing Yu
Welcome bags, Gowanus Print Lab