Photos: Courtesy of Max Wagner (portrait), Fairchild Archive (runway), Aaron Dyer (handkerchief, wax seal, cocktail), Getty (flower)
Event designer Annie Lee has planned weddings for pop stars and Russian princesses—so we knew that when we asked her to dream up her own big day, it would result in a sparkling soirée to remember. True to form, Lee mapped out an avant-garde, black tie affair complete with bold fashion choices (a gold wedding dress by Marchesa!) and glamorous details like art deco-inspired china and a sleek, getaway Maserati. Discover all of her wedding inspiration below.
Style: Romantic. I love a nonwhite wedding dress. I'd go for something feathery and metallic. (See above!) Hair: Soft and elegant—inspired by La Belle Epoque. Veil: Chapel length, silk tulle, flat top, no trim. Dress Code: Black tie.
Movie scenes to steal: The fetes in Midnight in Paris and the ball in The Sound of Music. Design fodder: Wildflower Linens has borderline wearable patterns. I'd build this party around the glittery "Annette Gold" tablecloth to complement the sparkle in my gown. Muse: Grace Kelly. Timeless, iconic, and trendsetting all at once.
Venue: The Venice Opera House. Invite: Ivory ink on black stock by Bernard Maisner, and vintage stamps. Invitation flourish: A mega wax seal. Honored tradition: Waiting until the ceremony to see the groom. Cocktail-hour music: An opera singer. Dance tunes: The Hudson Project, a 10-piece band. Splurge: Film photography. Getaway car: A Maserati with red interior.
Processional: "Hide and Seek," by Imogen Heap. Recessional: "Then He Kissed Me," by the Crystals. Must-play cliché: "Don't Stop Believin'," by Journey. Dance-floor fave: "Titanium," by David Guetta + Sia. Last song: "Grow Old With You," by Adam Sandler.
Color scheme: Gray, taupe, and metallic with red accents. Centerpieces: By Hatch Creative Studio. Lighting: Candles on reflective surfaces. No mirror-top tables, though—that'd be so '90s! Flowers: Loose, red, classic.
THE GREAT TABLESCAPE
China: Art deco-inspired by Meissen. (See above.) Table shape: Rectangular. Decor-wise, you can do more with less. Must-have: Gold chargers from Party Rental Ltd. Bit of flair: Velvet napkins and matching chair cushions.
ON THE MENU
Cocktail-hour hit: Deviled quail eggs with wasabi caviar on toast from PS Tailored Events. I love eggs. Love. Dining style: Euro. I'd serve dinner first, and then have dancing in a different room. Restaurant dish to re-create: Sea urchin, squid, cod roe, and seaweed over spaghetti from Spoon House in L.A. At the bar: Savory tipples by Yusef Austin. Signature cocktail: Tequila, chile, agave, and grapefruit juice. Cake: Vanilla with Chantilly cream and berries. At the dessert table: Lavender milk and cookies.