Tierney Slattery and Chris Didier became fast friends when, during an evening at a local watering hole with mutual friends, she offered to be his partner for a game of pool. "As Chris says, he knew we were in trouble with my first shot," Tierney recalls. But it wasn't until two years later that they started dating. "We went to dinner to reconnect, and I realized that something was different than before," she says. And a year after that, Chris popped the question just outside their favorite restaurant in Atlanta. "He even hired a photographer to capture the moment," Tierney says.
When it came to where they would host their June 7, 2014 wedding, Tierney knew just where to turn: The Breakers, an ornately-designed hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, which she'd frequented as a child. "I'd told my parents when I was little that my dream wedding would be held at The Breakers," she says. There, with 116 guests, the couple enjoyed a glamorous black and gold affair, captured by Vitalic Photo.
A nod to the venue (and the couple's Florida roots!), the invitations were a classic design embellished with a palm tree motif.
Tierney's striped Hayley Paige gown lent inspiration to the entire wedding. "We chose to incorporate stripes into our décor," she says, "because it was a subtle way of tying everything together that our guests would recognize when I walked down the aisle." To keep her look clean and simple, Tierney decided to skip the sash that came with the dress and asked a seamstress to sew buttons down its backside. "It was my way of making it my own," she explains.
The tiny flower girl wore a white dress with ribbon rosette details. But it was the two ring bearers, says Tierney, who stole the show. "They took their jobs very seriously."
Tierney wore shimmering Jimmy Choo peep-toe Mary Janes beneath her gown. The bridesmaids were comfortably chic in black lace dresses by Joie. "I loved how the soft lace paired with my dress, and that it was a style they could all easily wear again," Tierney says. "I even bought one for myself!"
The bride carried a round bouquet of all-white peonies, and Chris looked dashing in a classic black and white suit. "Chris's only accessory was a tie clip," Tierney says. "This was our way of subtly making him stand out from his groomsmen."
Programs, too, carried on the couple's striped theme. "Chris and I chose to take the traditional route," says Tierney of their ceremony venue, The Royal Poinciana Chapel.
Tierney's father walked her down an aisle lined with baby's breath pomander balls tied to each pew. "Can men glow?" she asks. "If so, he was glowing the whole weekend."
To represent their love of the water, the couple included the tying of a fisherman's knot in their ceremony.
"I designed the reception like I was decorating my home," says Tierney. "I started with a foundation of white, then added tall floating candles and small clusters of peonies instead of over-the-top centerpieces."
Black-and-white striped table runners lay beneath the candle and floral décor, and shells and coral — again reflecting the couple's love of the ocean — held table numbers. Gold chargers held plates of crab cakes, filet mignon and truffle fries.
The white-and-gold cake was covered in fondant inspired by the wedding's theme. "Instead of a groom's cake, I decided to surprise Chris (a University of Florida grad) with a Gator peeking out from the side of the bottom tier," says Tierney.
Tierney and Chris honeymooned in Bora Bora — "Best decision ever," she says. One thing Tierney remembers, as she reflects on the day, is how difficult it was to go without a first look. "Chris and I decided to not see each other the day of the wedding in order to make the moment I walked down the aisle more special," she explains. "It ended up being harder than I thought, because there was so much that I wanted to share with him. When I got down to the altar, I immediately snuck in a couple of words. My first question was, 'do you like my dress?' He did! It was a great way to start our nuptials."
Ceremony Venue: The Royal Poinciana Chapel || Reception Venue: The Breakers || Wedding Planner: Sascha LaGreca of The Breakers || Bride's Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Jewelry: Lizzy Raye, Adriana Orsini, David Yurman || Hair & Makeup: Shirley Baptista of Lotus Hair Studio || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joie || Mother of the Bride Dress: Tadashi Shoji || Groom, Groomsmen & Ring Bearer's Attire: Black by Vera Wang || Flower Girl's Dress: Janie and Jack || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Lizzy Raye || Florist: The Breakers, A Goode Florist || Invitations & Paper Goods: Quill and Press, Inc. || Music: ceremony - Stewart W. Foster, reception - Wonderama Band || Catering & Cake: The Breakers || Transportation: Molly's Trolleys || Accommodations: The Colony Hotel || Photo Booth: Sound Storms DJ || Photography: Vitalic Photo