I’m really excited to talk about an influential lady who also happens to be one of my oldest and closest friends, Stacy, whose taste is without question, impeccable.
A lot of you were asking me about the wedding I was in this past Memorial Day weekend – probably because it was the closest thing to an actual fairytale we have ever witnessed…seriously. I decided to share some details on the wedding itself, but also tell you about the amazing couple.
Stacy and I grew up playing tennis together in ATL. Stacy’s parents are from Ukraine and they spent a considerable amount of time there each spring, so Stacy would stay with my family, making her like a sister and a 3rd daughter to my parents. She now lovingly laughs about my dad, “Mr. P”, grounding us. Yup, Stacy was included in groundings.
Her family in turn took me in as one of their own – I was Stacy’s first ATL friend to visit Ukraine when we were 16. Her dad – a retired NBA player, towers almost 2 feet over me, but will happily bend in half to give me a hug for coming to keep Stacy company over the summer.
Greg is an optimistic, creative, nerdy (in the best way possible – just how Stacy likes him) and an extremely astute business man. Since directing and producing his first documentary, 59 Middle Lane, at the age of 20 (which you have to see! You can find it on Amazon or iTunes) – he has gone on to produce Stockholm Pennsylvania and Bleeding Heart under his production company Fido Productions. You will find this info on Google, but it takes a while to learn about it from the source because when you talked to “G” he is genuinely more interested in what you have going on than talking about himself…what a guy (and where can we find one?).
Oh, and did I mention the happy couple opened a boutique clothing store out east this summer? Read more about Big Flower in East Hampton, and the tragic yet heart-warming story behind the brand here.
Enough gushing over my friends, sorry I love them – but their wedding is what needs to get talked about here.
The ceremony took place on the front lawn of the Biltmore Estate – making the once Vanderbilt vacation home the most sophisticated backdrop for the romantic moment. Following the ceremony, all of the guests filtered through the Estate itself, which was then closed to the public, and out onto the most spectacular terrace where happy hour began and every combination of selfies were taken.
Now I know the skyline looks fake, but it’s not! It actually rained all day as Stacy and the bridesmaids got ready. At 4pm – a decision had to made on keeping the wedding outside or moving it indoors, it was stressful! Weather.com was reporting 90% chance of rain at wedding time, but Stacy & Greg decided to take a chance. MIRACULOUSLY it stopped raining just as the wedding party got in the trolley in preparation for wedding time and the all day showers left the sky a perfect hue of magenta facilitating the most magical photos.
Stacy is master curator with a distinct and elegant – yet understated taste – so it’s no surprise that she perfectly paired our Charcoal gray Monique Lhullier pleated sweetheart bridesmaid dresses with the piping on the building’s facade.
Next we boogied down at the reception under white tents, with white linen table cloths and table settings, crystal chandeliers, and simple yet chic floating candle centerpieces.
Wedding photography by Perry Vaile
Xo – Steph