When your wedding theme is ‘1940s Oscars Party,’ only a red-carpet worthy dress will do for the occasion. Melanie could have easily been mistaken for a movie star as she made her way into The Suffolk Theater. Here she shares the details about her show-stopping Pronovias gown and bridal personals.
Part 2: Wedding Dress & Personals
It was evident from the beginning that as a couple, Melanie and Nick had a distinct style and their wedding was going to be one-of-a-kind. Perhaps it was this genuine, ‘go with your gut’ approach that made her search for the perfect dress so effortless. Melanie had scheduled two bridal appointments, one in the morning followed by a second in the afternoon. “After trying on and liking a few dresses at the first boutique, I headed to Pronovias in midtown. I knew which gown was going to be mine from the moment I put it on. The decision was so very ‘matter of fact’ that even my Mother-In-Law, who is a very emotional woman, didn’t shed a tear… until the fitting anyway.” She continues, “My mother wasn’t there, so we made a second visit together. My mind was already made up by then and thankfully, she felt the same way.”
Melanie’s captivating choice featured a mermaid silhouette, bateau neckline, and royal length train. Combining sexiness with sophistication, the fitted crepe design was underscored by elegant lace paneling, dazzling crystal accents, and exquisite button detailing down the back. She finished her glamorous look with embellished red Badgley Mischka heels, vintage inspired earrings, and a statement bracelet.
Melanie expressed her romantic side with a striking bouquet of roses, dahlias, ranunculus, cosmos, and astilbe in shades of blush, deep red, white, and soft pink complemented by cascading greenery. Offering comforting memories, a sentimental charm was pinned to the arrangement. “Just a few months before I met Nick in 2015, my step-father passed away from brain cancer. When he and my Dad married in 2012, he wrote me a beautiful note. I had part of it engraved onto a little disc in his handwriting and pinned onto the ribbon of my bouquet.”
Accompanying his leading lady, Nick wore a sharp navy and black satin trimmed tux by John Varvatos. “We are big nerds,” Melanie says with a laugh. “We love comic books, video games, Dungeons & Dragons… all that good stuff. His ‘Foxhound’ lapel pin is a symbol from Metal Gear Solid, one of his favorite video game series.” The couple’s wedding party doubled as a supporting cast ready for the big screen. The bridesmaids looked flawless in dresses of various blue shades and styles while the groomsmen donned gentlemanly formal attire with ‘Geek’ lapel pins as well.
Stay tuned next week for Part 3 when Melanie talks about what it felt like exchanging vows on The Suffolk Theater’s grand stage.
Couple’s Vendor List
Venue: The Suffolk Theater
Photographer: Sean Gallery Photography
Bride’s Dress: Pronovias
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Tux: John Varvatos
Makeup: Stacie Ford Weddings
Hair: Nikki Avanzino
Music: Mod Society
Invitations: Laura Visconti
Program Design: Erickson Design
Menu Design: Reply By Design Studio
Caterer: Union Square Events