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.
Engaged? Read on. Not even close? Keep scrolling, too. This inside look at Kerr and Leahy’s big day is nothing if not totally touching.
“Deciding on a welcome-party dress was surprisingly easy (unlike my post-dinner dress). I’d first heard about Delphine Manivet’s eponymous line from wedding stylist Cynthia Smith and then stumbled upon her Prospere Gown at BHLDN during a random shopping search. It was love at first sight.”
“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.”