Janelle and Dale originally wanted an intimate wedding, but when their guest list reached over 100, they decided to plan a lively celebration with an intimate feel. They hired Sojourner Auguste of Erganic Design to help set the scene: A grand dinner party, which allowed them to share with their guests their love of dining out and good food.
Janelle wore an ivory tulle Vera Wang ball gown with a black horsehair bow at the waist. “I never imagined going with a full gown, because it wasn’t me, but the black bow with the tulle was arresting and genius, and even though it was full, it wasn’t princessy,” she tells Twirl New York.
During her appointment at Vera Wang Bride on Madison Avenue, Janelle tried on a number of dresses before stepping into the ivory ball gown she had first seen on the Vera Wang website, and she knew it was the one. “Both my mother and sister were crying. There was no question; I knew nothing else could possibly beat it.”
Planning the wedding wasn’t about checking boxes and following convention, it was just about doing what made sense and what we liked so that the day represented us.—Janelle
The ceremony, held at the couple’s church, was officiated by their pastor, and their closest friends greeted guests as they arrived. The bridal party was made up of their siblings and Janelle’s niece, who took on the role of flower girl. The bride carried an understated bouquet of ivory roses, anemone and dusty miller to complement her Vera Wang ball gown, and the groom wore a blue astilbe boutonniere with dusty miller, a nod to his playful bow tie.
“As soon as the doors of the church were opened, I locked my eyes on Dale and never took them off of him as I walked down the aisle,” Janelle remembered. “Not only did I want to be completely in the moment with him, but I was also admittedly looking for a tear and think I saw one. He denies it.”
The reception, held at Colicchio and Sons in Chelsea, is an industrial space with an understated elegance, and influenced the wedding’s colors and décor: a neutral palette of metal and wood, with variations of gray and taupe. Long tables were set with floral arrangements comprised of anemones, ivory roses, dahlias, dusty miller and brunia balls set in modern metallic vases. Succulents added a pop of color and wood accents added texture. Every table was lit with a variety of candles, including floating candles in glass pedestals and pillar candles on silver stands.
Janelle and Dale were very clear with their wedding’s vision: A very personal and intimate wedding, full of amazing food, and panache details.—Sojourner Auguste of Erganic Design
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