Every now and then we get a wedding where the couple really looks truly, madly and deeply in love, and, after a quick look through Nicole + Danny’s wedding pictures, there’s no question this couple was ecstatic on their wedding day. (Kudos to Rachel from Millie Holloman Photography for so expertly capturing the heartfelt emotion of the day and Courtney Arnold of Stellar Events for executing the North Carolina affair.) Stunning in a short, pleated frock from Lillian Banderas, Nicole reminds us that it isn’t the long white gown that makes your wedding day… but the hot aqua patent stilettos from Valentino! As a fan of all-white blooms, I especially love the sophisticated floral arrangements from Salt Harbor Designs.
Emily’s note: Can I just say — I don’t know much about what my eventual wedding will look like, but I sure hope I have as big of a smile on my face as I walk down the aisle as Nicole did. She is beaming!
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We meet just over three years ago. I was working as a Fashion Editor at Ocean Drive Magazine in Miami, Florida and Danny was working as a rep for WESC, a Swedish clothing company. WESC was launching the brand in Miami and came into the magazine for a meeting to promote their brand. Danny, along with his associates, invited us to the launch party later that evening. My best friend, Meagan, and I decided to go to the party and had the best night! Danny and I were in touch the next day and started dating.
Describe the proposal. Danny proposed to me in Buenos Aires, Argentina just two days after my sister’s wedding. My sister was married on my father’s estancia in Salta, Argentina in April 2009. Danny and I had been talking about getting married and engaged for months. I had no idea when he would actually pop the question. His plan was to wait until after my sister’s wedding to propose. After the wedding, Danny and I had planned to spend a few days in Buenos Aires for fun. The second night we were there, I wanted to make dinner plans with friends of ours who were visiting for my sister’s wedding, but Danny really wanted to go to dinner by ourselves after spending so much time with family and friends during the wedding. I agreed, not giving it a second thought. We went to a really cool restaurant in an old city mansion and were having a great evening. On the walk back to the apartment in Buenos Aires, Danny suggested that we take a walk around the square located directly in front of the apartment: a little city plaza with a monument and fountain. I had no idea why he would want to walk through there. As we were turning the corner around the monument, Danny stopped and said, “Look at that on the wall.” There was graffiti and I was baffled at what he was trying to get at. He looked at me and said, “Don’t you remember in high school, when you would text that?” That’s when I realized that the “143” scrawled on the wall was code for “I love you.” By the time I turned around to look at him, he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand. I was in total shock. I had known he was the one I was going to be with forever, but I had no idea when he was going to propose and certainly did not think it would happen on that trip. The graffiti was a total coincidence! He claims he had no idea how we was going to lead into the proposal and that he was really nervous, but when he looked up and saw the numbers it clicked ! The location of the proposal was very special to me because the balcony at our family apartment in Buenos Aires looks over the plaza. We have not been back since the proposal in April, but I know it will be such a beautiful reminder every time we visit.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Exciting, comforting and CRAZY fun!
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Simple and sophisticated. We wanted everything to be very clean and elegant. We both love and appreciate design and wanted to incorporate nice details without over doing it.
What was your favorite design element of your big day? I have to say the dining room (and especially the dinning room tables!) was my favorite design element! We were able to create a sort of u- shape with the tables that lined the dance floor. It made for the most intimate setting, and it was just as we had imagined our wedding: a large dinner party with all of our closest friends and family. We did not use linens on the tables, as they already had such a rich color and texture. Instead, we decorated with lots of glass, candlelight and flowers for a really clean and crisp feel.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: At weddings in Argentina at midnight, guests always pass out crazy has, noise-makers and party favor, so we decided to incorporate this tradition into our wedding. After a couple of hours of dancing, all the fun supplies were passed out and it took the party to another level! We had masks, boas, hats, crazy glasses and even glow sticks. I also loved the Macaroon tower that was part of our candy bar.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I love wearing shorts and short dresses, so I assumed I would wear a short dress for my wedding. I went to try on dresses with my mother-in-law and found a dress I loved. To my surprise, it was a long beautiful wedding gown, and I just didn’t feel quite myself so decided not to buy it. At that moment, I knew I had to go with a dress that was really a reflection of me and my personality. I called my friend Lillian, who is a stylist and designer and who had designed my dress for my sister’s wedding, and asked if she would make a dress for mine. We had so much fun working on a design together. We looked loads of inspiration images and went to all types of fabric stores. And, step-by-step, I would go for fittings and she would keep tweaking the dress slightly. I am obsessed with bows- I wear a bow charm necklace everyday – and she managed to incorporate it on to the back of the belt she made to go around my waist. The best surprise of the dress was she had sewn in a blue lining with white polka dots. This was my “something blue.” She nailed the dress! If I were a dress, I would look like the one she made for me.
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