My Big Sister's Wedding
A reason to get fancy, bottomless champagne, a ton of frosting, and a huge dance party. What’s not to absolutely LOVE about weddings?
Of course it’s extra special when it’s a family wedding. You only get a handful of those.
My big sister got married September 3rd in New York City to her tall, dark, and handsome dream man, Nick Cordero. It was an incredibly romantic and intimate wedding of only their closest friends and immediate family members with Manhattan views and all things fabulous.
I couldn't resist snapping some unofficial photos with my Fuji; starting with our sisters sleepover the night before the wedding at the Plaza Hotel, where Amanda had a suite for the weekend. We live in New York, so we never get to have fancy hotel stays here. It was extra special to be at such an iconic New York place. Every detail at the Plaza is stunning, and they spoiled Amanda with goodies.
We cozied up in fluffy white robes, ate macarons, and did French Clay face masks. Even my two-year old niece wanted to join in on the beauty treatments! In our family, Amanda is famous for turning the lights out early and making everyone go to bed! At midnight, she did just that. If there is ever a night to maximize your beauty sleep, it's the night before you say "I do!"
Morning came before we knew it, and the glam team arrived to beautify us while we munched on fruit salad and smoked salmon tartines.
With Jason Joseph on hair and Michelle Cifuentes on make-up, we were in good hands! Jason is a dear friend of ours and is an in-demand Broadway hair god extraordinaire! Michelle I discovered one day in Bergdorfs, she did our make-up for my wedding two years ago and we've been friends ever since! She was obviously the only girl in Manhattan we'd trust again on such an important day.
Amanda was the very definition of a chill bride. With a messy bun and bronzy make-up, she sat updating her Instagram story while relaxing in a lacy white romper. It didn't take much to make this bride aisle-ready - she looks like a model at all times.
By 1pm, we were all dressed and ready to wed!
Have you ever seen anything more beautiful bride than this. Or a more stunning dress?
She found it at the heavenly Spina Bride, a beautiful bridal boutique in the West Village that carries international labels no other shops in New York have - like Lee Grebenau. If you are going to wedding dress shop, Spina should be the very tip top of your list! If you're already married, then you're going to wish you could do it all over again just to gown shop here. This crystal-tulle fabric blew us all away the moment we saw it. I'd never heard of this fabric - I think it’s spun from wishes and dreams.
We were all speechless as she walked out of the room to find her dashing groom.
Maybe I’m biased - but these two are the best looking couple on the planet. Walking around outside the Plaza quite a crowd was gathering, sure they were witnessing a celebrity wedding.
After a romantic first look, we headed over to the wedding venue for some photos and family time.
The Skylark Lounge was the perfect intimate wedding venue in Manhattan. Floor to ceiling windows overlook the skyscrapers of midtown, and a rooftop terrace lets you get up close and personal with the Empire State Building. Kristine and Charles, the team there. could not be more fabulous. They took care of everything, making the day as flawless as the bride looked.
Amanda did not want your basic bridesmaids look; which I was thankful for, because If I saw one more wedding with bridesmaids in mis-matched gold dresses and flower crowns, I was going to lose it.
Since there’s three of us, and we’re sisters - she had us go blonde Kardashian in all white, fitted dresses from Fame & Partners. I fell in love with the brand as soon as I found their website. Everything is custom made to order so it will fit you like a glove, and 5% of their sales go to Women Empowerment. Yes please! I am all about companies that give back.
My mom wore a white lace, 1960’s style dress with a full petticoat underneath. She is my total style icon!
We sisters each picked our own dress in a heavy, georgette fabric. For my look, I channeled equal parts J Lo at the Grammys, Princess Jasmine, and Khalessi. Three of my female idols.
The straps on my dress could be tied so many ways, but I decided to braid them down to back to pay tribute to Amanda's love for Dutch braids!
Then we all accessorized in our own style.
I cannot tell you how much I love that clear shoes are back. I never got to own them back in the 90s, I just lusted over the pairs my sisters bought for high school dances, stealing them when I played dress up. So naturally I bought this high-sky, ankle-strap pair and I found bubbly bee-hive earrings to match my hair style.
I’ve been doing this bubble pony as my dirty hairstyle all summer. Our stylist, Jason, just made it look fancier by wrapping hair around each elastic and making sure each bubble looked perfect. For formal events, I like to stick to a low-key style that I wear regularly, and find a way to dress it up. If you try something too fancy and complicated, you don’t look like yourself. All my sisters had this mentality - Amanda wore a messy bun, Ali a curly ponytail, and Traci a low side pony.
Amanda kept our bouquets understated and feminine. This summer in Australia I was shopping in Windsor and met an Aussie florist bound for NYC! I had just been on the phone with Amanda the night before, brainstorming florists. It seemed like fate! The Gathering Florist is new to New York, and about to blow up! Victoria calls herself "head flower queen" and the title is fitting.
Our nieces and nephews rocked Amanda’s signature shape - stars. The boys with white and gold bowties and the flower girls with custom-made satin bubble dresses with sequin, starred appliqués by Doloris Petunia.
The boys, including my brother, all wore superhero socks with their converses as a tribute to their Wonder Woman Aunt!
And let's not forget possibly the most important and adorable members of the family - the pups.
Freddy and Ginger walked down the aisle too - Freddy in a bowtie and cuffs and Ginger in a custom floral collar lovingly made by yours truly.
That's the last photo I snapped before I swapped my camera for a glass of champagne and enjoyed the rest of the night!
But there was so much more in store! A ceremony by their best friend that brought everyone to tears, Blackberry French 75's on the roof terrace, and drool-worthy bites from Abigail Kirsch, a Broadway-worthy first dance that's currently going viral, and a three-tiered, gold-gilded, blue velvet cake by famous pastry chef Zak Young that I had four (yes, four!) pieces of. Every detail was perfect, just like the newlyweds.
So the fairytale day was complete magic, and you can guess how it all ended....
And they lived happily ever after!
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