Jay and Emily just might be the picture perfect couple. Their wedding in Palm Beach was a classic beauty with pretty fuchsia maids all in a row and bow ties a plenty. Even the cake was adorned accordingly… oh and the dogs wore pearls. The bride knowingly commented during her planning “a wedding takes a village.” Well that village created a masterpiece, Florida style and lucky for us, Meredith of & Unlimited was there to capture all the pretty bits and pieces. Be sure to take a gander at the gallery for more from this seaside affair.
Emily & Jay are college sweethearts from William & Mary. After spending their first few years out of college in NYC together, with their two adopted dogs, Wadsworth & Lulu (who were both in the ceremony!), the newly engaged couple made the move from the city to Palm Beach. They were excited to plan a wedding in the town of their new home, allowing them to share the charm & character of Palm Beach with all of their family & friends.
In one of our many e-mails exchanged throughout her wedding planning, Emily wrote “A wedding takes a village…” She was lucky to be able to call on some of her most talented friends in the planning process. Her friend, Ashley Tucker, designed their website (biffyandbird.com), their wedding stationery, programs, matches, and table place cards. According to one of Emily’s e-mails, “Ashley has branded our wedding and our new social stationery to perfection!”
Emily incorporated the couple’s monogram on several items in the wedding from the flip flops she made for her bridesmaids to wear with their own personalized robes, to welcome Lands End tote bags for their guests, to the cocktail napkins. During the cocktail hour, the staff at The Colony served Emily & Jay’s signature drinks: Biffy’s Bikini Bellinis & Bird’s Bourbon Bombs. (Biffy & Bird are Emily & Jay’s respective nicknames.)
From the bride: “The Sultans of Swing are from Martha’s Vineyard– where we spend summers! They came recommended by The Colony, which was quite a coincidence. Jay also bought my ring from a jeweler on the Vineyard; it is an 8-prong from the 1920s! I was oddly more interested in the setting than the diamond and had always wanted an 8-prong with a gold band; Jay searched high and low throughout Manhattan with no luck. When we were visiting Martha’s Vineyard one weekend, one was starring at us through the window as we walked down main street in Vineyard Haven. The wedding bands are from Tiffany’s on Worth Avenue- right down the street from our home! Jay’s ring says “my wonderful” in it; When we first met, I was instantly charmed by his southern manners and by his insertion of “wonderful” throughout our conversations. My childhood is full of memories of my father playing the piano. His cherished grand piano was in the living room– directly below my bedroom, so I would often ask him to play as I was going to sleep. He had not met Adam, Jay’s brother, before the wedding but we had told him how very talented Adam was on the violin. He suggested they might do a duet-dedication of sorts at the reception. The piece they chose was Embraceable You.”
Photography: & Unlimited / Venue and Catering: The Colony Palm Beach / Flowers: Jackson | Durham / Dress: Carolina Herrera / Cake: Cake Designs by Mary Lou / Band: The Sultans of Swing / Wedding Stationery: Ashley Tucker / Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers and Lilly Pullitzer bow tie / Groomsmen Ties: J. McLaughlin / Bridesmaids: Shoshanna Dresses from Corrico / Bridesmaid Jewelry: Suzanne Somersall / Dogs’ Collars: Eliza B. / Hair: Salon W / Makeup: Deborah Koepper / Favors: Martha Stewart Cosmo Gardenia Boxes