Hilary made clear her plans for a lavish New York wedding right from the very start. Such an occasion calls for a remarkable dress. “Everyone tried to convince me to wear a ball gown since I was going to be a princess at The Plaza. But I knew that wasn’t me. I am much more one to show off my girlish figure,” she says with a laugh. Here, Hilary talks about her gorgeous Rivini wedding dress and bridal personals.
Part 2: Wedding Dress & Personals
“I always envisioned trying on a dress and just knowing – that is exactly what happened!” recalls Hilary. Finding ‘the one’ took some time though. Hilary had already made a few visits to the bridal salon prior to meeting her mom and sister there one afternoon. “I knew that I needed to have them with me, to see it and fall in love too. When I walked out of the dressing room in the Rivini gown, we all just knew.”
By Canadian fashion designer Rita Vinieris, Hilary’s stunning choice featured a fitted silhouette, dramatic train, and feminine cap sleeves. “The dress was all illusion on top with lace and sparkle embellishment everywhere else. It skimmed my hips nicely to show off my shape, but never felt too restrictive or uncomfortable. While I realized the design was more contemporary than traditional, it still felt timeless.” She continues, “Most importantly, the dress was very much a representation of who I am – fun, flirty, trendy, yet elegant and romantic! And I knew Brad would love it on me!”
With an ensemble so intricate and dazzling, Hilary chose to wear understated jewelry. She paired a diamond tennis bracelet, her ‘something borrowed’ from a friend who is also a jeweler and owns a store, with crystal drop earrings. She finished her look with a show-stopping cathedral length veil and glitter Jimmy Choo heels with “I Do” written on the bottom (her ‘something blue’).
Hilary was sure to make a bold statement with her bridal flowers. “My hot pink bouquet (with sparkles!) was amazing and perfectly complemented the angelic white of my gown and chuppah.” Her head-turning arrangement featured vibrant pink Paris roses – each flower had a lustrous crystal accent pinned in the center.
The bridesmaids wore black dresses of various styles and carried classic bouquets of white and ivory roses. Everyone kept their wedding day essentials in chic personalized clutches. Hilary’s flower girls also joined the fashion parade. “They wore matching dresses featuring a white sequin top and black taffeta skirt. Very sophisticated! And they carried baskets containing pink petals to throw down the aisle.”
While it was Hilary’s day to shine, Brad put on a good sartorial show as well. The groom looked dapper in a Hugo Boss black tux and shoes by Magnanni.
Stay tuned next week for Part 3 when Hilary talks about her dramatic ceremony highlighted with a jaw-dropping chuppah.
Couple’s Vendor List
Venue: The Plaza
Photographer: Hechler Photographers
Videographer: Josh Edward Films
Bride’s Dress: Rivini
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss
Groom’s Shoes: Magnanni
Cake: Ron Ben-Israel
Hair: Gabriella Luele
Makeup: Cindy Santarella
Invitations: Arlene Segal Designs
Music: Hank Lane Music + GeoEvents
Lighting: Bently Meeker
Custom Dance Floor: Bombshell Graphics
Linens: Table Wraps
Custom Photo Floral Wall & Indoor Sparklers: GeoEvents