The memorable moments and creative ideas of some of Broadway’s brightest stars
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Vanessa Nadal
When Lin-Manuel Miranda married Vanessa Nadal in 2010 he decided that a traditional wedding toast wouldn’t do. Inspired by a flash mob he saw in Los Angeles, the Tony-Award winner, and 2016 nominee for Hamilton decided he wanted to do a song and dance routine at the couple’s wedding. While at the gym a few days later To Life came up on his iPod. “Fiddler on the Roof is one of my favorite shows,” Lin-Manuel told wedding editor Anne Chertoff. “I thought there were no other songs written to be sung by the groom and bride’s father together, and it’s such a great one! I think by the time I was finished with my run, I had cast the entire song in my head.” Within the month before the wedding, Lin-Manuel, his future father-in-law, relatives and friends met in secret to rehearse the song and dance routine. He kept the secret rehearsals from Vanessa by pretending to be going to production meetings for a new musical he was working on. Watch the video below to see this Broadway-production style wedding flash mob. (And note the groom’s joy when he screams, “My wife!”)
Patina Miller and David Mars
For their June 2014 wedding, Tony-winner Patina Miller (for Pippin) and David Mars booked The Foundry and planned a Southern-inspired setting for their city affair. The couple incorporated elements from both of their backgrounds to personalize the day, including a second-line band after the wedding ceremony for her and the groom’s favorite dessert, a Fudgie the Whale cake by Carvel. Acknowledging the bride’s work as a star of the stage and screen (she has a recurring role on Madame Secretary and was featured in The Hunger Games), the wedding ceremony began with Hamilton star, and Tony nominee, Leslie Odom, Jr. singing Pharrell William’s Happy to get the guests energized for the what was to come. You can see Patina and David’s wedding photos, and read about all their day-of details, in the Winter 2015 issue of Twirl New York. Photo by Tim Willoughby.
and Robert Fairchild
Principal dancers for the New York City Ballet, Tiler and Robbie, planned a romantic wedding in the heart of Chelsea in June 2014. The couple recited their vows at Chapel of the Good Shepherd at the General Theological Seminary followed by a formal reception at The High Line Hotel. For the wedding’s color palette, the couple decided on pastels, and included the blush shades in the centerpieces, bouquets and bouts. While the theme of the day was definitely romance, they did have a theatre-inspired photo booth with a backdrop that resembled a stage curtain and props from the New York City Ballet. If Robbie’s name rings a bell, it’s because he was the star of An American in Paris, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Get inspired by their dreamy New York wedding at marthastewartweddings.com. Photo by Charlotte Jenks Lewis.
and Partrick Brown
This year’s Tony nominee for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, for her role in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (and Tony winner for her role as Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy), Laura Benanti, wed Patrick Brown in November 2015 at Riverside Church on the Upper West Side. The Supergirl star, wore a romantic lace Anne Barge gown that she found at the Mark Ingram Atelier. See more of their wedding pictures at usweekly.com. Photo via @laurabenanti and by Laura Marie Duncan Photo
Jesse Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita
Fully Committed star Jesse Tyler Ferguson wed Justin Mikita at 82 Mercer in July 2013. After their vows, which were officiated by Tony Kushner, the grooms and their guests celebrated at the Crosby Street Hotel, designed and planned by Bryan Rafanelli. The guest list of 200+ family and friends included Jesse’s Modern Family co-stars Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Ty Burell. Photo by ALLAN ZEPEDA PHOTOGRAPHY.