For some, poring over every detail of someone else’s wedding is a means of gathering practical inspiration—whether you’re soon to be wed or simply daydreaming. For others, it’s all about discovering the moments of sentimentality, like a special poem, flower, or accessory that speaks directly to a couple’s love story. But when we took a peek inside the beautiful Palm Springs nuptials of our own co-founder Hillary Kerr and her new husband, Jonathan Leahy, we found a bit of both.
>Of course, being a fashion girl at heart, Kerr thoughtfully tied together all the stylish elements of her special day, including her sleek and minimal welcome-party dress that made her feel like herself, a dreamy gown perfect for walking down the aisle and dancing up a storm, and a cool leather jacket with a sweet personalized touch. And in the photos ahead, she walked us through every detail that went into the memorable night.
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>“Since the dress was so simple, I felt like I could have a little fun with my shoes, so I chose a pair of feather-embellished sandals from Marco De Vincenzo. The combination of the metal heels and the whimsical feathers felt very Old Hollywood, which spoke to the wedding’s overall aesthetic.”
>“I love a kimono robe—or Kerrmono, as I like to call them—so it seemed appropriate to wear one on the day of my wedding while getting ready with my friends Jen Atkin and Joey Maalouf. I found this hand-painted silk robe on Amazon five days before the wedding, and I was so pleased with it, I took it on my honeymoon.”
>“The floral details on the robe were so lovely, as were the fresh gardenias Jen sewed into my hair.”
>“I only tried on three wedding dresses, and this was the last one and immediate winner. It’s from Reem Acra’s F/W 16 bridal collection, and I knew it was the one from the moment I tried on the sample. The day before the wedding, I realized I didn’t have anything blue, and I started to panic. My friend Katie Goodwin came up with a wonderful idea: She bought a small piece of blue quartz (in the shape of a heart, no less) and sewed it into the hem of my dress. ”
>“The gown’s bustier top was incredibly comfortable, and I adored the little lace peplum detail at the waist.”
>“The skirt was made from insanely gorgeous French Chantilly lace and was surprisingly lightweight, which was important to me. While I love how a train looks, I knew I didn’t want one, as they get stepped on and can be difficult to maneuver in. I just wanted something really easy and unfussy.”
>“The center stone of my engagement ring is an old-mine cut diamond from the early 1900s and is set in platinum. Using this as a jumping-off point, we worked with Ernie Eichberg to design our wedding bands. Jonathan opted for a very simple, classic band in platinum, and we created two thin diamond bands for me. Mr. Eichberg sourced vintage old-mine cut diamonds for my bands, as Jonathan and I liked the idea of the stones all being from the same era—it felt romantic and sentimental, creating something new and old at the same time.”
>“Ta-da! This was one of the first photos taken after I’d gotten dressed, and I just was so excited, as you can probably tell.”
>“Jonathan wore a Valentino tuxedo, shirt, and bow tie—with velvet loafers, or ‘smoking slippers,’ as I prefer to call them.”
>“I know I’m biased, but I think my husband looked so incredibly handsome on our wedding day.”
>“For our recessional, Jonathan arranged to have the lost version of Stevie Nicks’s song ‘Wild Heart’ played, which also happens to be one of my favorites and a very sentimental choice. (So much so that I burst into cartoon tears when he first suggested it.) In honor of that idea, I worked with illustrator and artist Ellie Benuska of Ellie du Jour to create a custom Wild Heart jacket. She hand-painted my classic leather motorcycle jacket with the song title, peonies and roses from my bouquet, and our initials on the bottom, to create a one-of-a-kind piece for the wedding.”
>“The diaphanous skirt made it easy to meander around the pool and mingle with our guests, both of which were key factors for me.”
>“The best part of our wedding was probably the fact that we danced like crazy—and all our guests did too!”
>“The hardest part of the whole wedding process was finding the right party dress. When my first party dress got stuck in customs, I decided to look for a backup option, just in case. While my original dress never showed up, the day before the wedding, I tried on a Brandon Maxwell V-neck minidress with a swishy silk skirt, and it fit perfectly, to my shock and delight. I ended up wearing it for the cake cutting and the final hour of dancing, and I loved every second of it.”
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