I’m the fabric girl. I’m a little obsessed. I have been known to buy a fabric with no plans for it, and then worry about using it for the “wrong thing” – meaning it sits in my pretty fabric pile for years. So needless to say, I am a little obsessed with the custom Chinoiserie table linens in this gorgeous wedding from Thérèse Marie Wagner Photography. But even I will admit they are just the icing on the fabulous cake that is this soiree.
From the photographer… Gail & John Henry met on vacation at beach in Newport, RI and quickly bonded when they both found out they lived in Beacon Hill in Boston. The next five years flew by with summers at Newport Beach. John Henry knew his beautiful bride to be well when he planned out his proposal while on a Christmas holiday to his family home in RI. He took a little detour and arranged a private tour of The Vanderbilt Hotel for Gail who is a talented interior designer. It was chilly and it took a little coaxing and a glass of champagne to get her out onto the patio deck but as she stepped out she saw John Henry shivering with a photo album of their favorite moments together and he dropped to one knee and proposed!
The bride grew up in New Jersey where her family’s life revolved around golf at Baltusrol Golf Club where she learned to play at an early age with her dad. John realized early on he would have to learn to love golf if he was going to be accepted in the family, and lucky for him he was a natural at the game and quickly won the family over with his warmth and good nature. For their big day there was no other place they could image than the Kennedy family’s home away from home Baltusrol Golf Club. Gail worked with Lynda Dandenau to create a Chinoiserie theme for her wedding mixed with classic country club appeal and a little golf for good measure. They started with Peonies and dogwood and wanted to keep the look playful with bright navy blue and conch shell pink. J Papers in Greenwich helped custom design the Pagoda that was engraved on the invitations to introduce the chinoiserie theme. Each detail was crafted to perfection. Not even the intermittent thunder and lighting could keep her spirits down, the minute the sun came out from behind the clouds she kicked of her Kate Spade’s, grabbed a cocktail and a putter and headed for the course with her handsome new husband.
Photography: Therese Marie Wagner Photography | Cinematography: Oakjo Wedding Films | Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Flowers: Lynda Dandeneau of Dandeneau Flowers | Invitations: J Papers | Ceremony Location: Christ The King, New Vernon | Reception Location: Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield NJ | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Event Design: Lynda Dandeneau + Bride | Band: Marcus Reid Band represented by Hank Lane | Bridal Boutique: Saks Fifth Ave NYC | Confectioner: Natales Summit Bakery | Custom Tablecloth Design: Quadrille | Custom shirts: Bonobos | Day of Planning: Eileen Kaden Dean of An Affair To Remember | Hair & Make Up: Elle Murphy owner of Ellela Cosmetics | Menu: J Papers with embellished watercolor painted by the bride herself (who is an interior decorator | Rain Boots: Hunter | Tablecloths: Gerardo Upholstery | Tuxedos: Ralph Lauren