Finding your wedding dress can be a daunting task. You want to feel and look beautiful as soon as you put it on. You want the dress to be something you can’t stop thinking about even while sifting through rack after rack of other beautiful designs. Ultimately, you want what you wear down the aisle to represent you. Today, we talk with our featured bride Sophia about the moment she knew when to say “yes to the dress.”
Part 2: Wedding Gown & Personals
Like many brides-to-be, Sophia began the search for her wedding dress online. The worldwide web can be an overwhelming place, especially when looking for something that means so much to you. Sophia had an easier time than most though. “I spent a lot of time on the Internet looking for wedding dresses and found one that I kept going back to. As I went through the trying on process, it was the one that I would always compare the other dresses to. It didn’t take long before I knew that that first dress was the one for me.”
Just one look at Sophia’s breathtaking Galia Lahav bridal gown and you can see why she couldn’t get the dress out of her head! The design features a bodice adorned with exquisite beaded detailing paired with a diaphanous tulle skirt. Her showstopping ensemble was completed with a beautiful tulle train and veil.
A dress this elaborate deserves a grand backdrop for taking photos. “When we were talking to our photographer, Shira Weinberger, the Beekman came up. She had shot there years ago before it became a hotel. The primary reason we picked the venue to get ready was because of the dramatic atrium. The details and intricacies of it are beautiful. We loved that the building had a very historic, yet modern feel.”
And when asked about the striking photograph of her dress suspended from the atrium’s balcony, Sophia recalls, “Shira is very ambitious when it comes to getting the shot. She didn’t even tell me she was going to hang the dress. As I was getting ready, she came up with her phone and showed me the photo. It was such a fun surprise!”
Sophia complemented her dress with understated jewelry and accessories. She wore shimmery Jimmy Choo heels, diamond asscher cut studs, and a simple bracelet. “Sam’s longtime friend is a fine jewelry designer and he custom made our jewelry,” Sophia said. The one-of-a-kind pieces included wedding bands and Sophia’s engagement ring with a princess cut diamond with two baguettes on each side. “Sam designed my engagement ring and had “S & S” engraved in it to match the engraving on his wedding band.”
Sophia carried a lovely hand-tied bouquet featuring lush, cream hued garden roses wrapped in an antique white ribbon. The blooms’ soft texture seemed to echo the dreamy fabric of her dress. Her bridesmaids accessorized their silvery blue dresses with bouquets of cream garden roses, blush majolica spray roses, and ranunculus wrapped in light gray ribbon.
We’d be remiss at this point not to mention the groom’s attire. Sam looked most handsome in a Tom Ford tuxedo and Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. He finished his look with a cream majolica rose boutonniere.
Sophia and Sam set the tone for their wedding long before the big day arrived. Reflecting the couple’s modern and elegant style, invitations from Love by Phoebe were a laser cut with letterpress design in a classic black, white, and silver palette.
Stay tuned next week for Part 3: Ceremony when we talk with Sophia about her gorgeous altar arrangements.
Couple’s Vendor List
Venue: Tribeca 360
Photographer: Shira Weinberger Photography
Videographer: The Candi Project
Gown: Galia Lahav
Tux: Tom Ford
Music: Sunny Choi | Nightingale Jazz Band | Hank Lane Music
Invitations: Love By Phoebe
Calligraphy: Letter Lust Design
Table Numbers: Secret Diary
Seating Chart: Jenn and Jules Designs
Jewelry: Jon Cho of Thief Sample | William & Henri
Favors: Laduree | Rescue Flats
Officiant: Rev. Annie Lawrence
Hair & Makeup: Miss Harlequin
Day of Coordinator: Jane S Kim