It was clear from their first date that Lauren and Allan were meant to be together. "We started chatting with the couple sitting at the table next to us, and they immediately asked us how long we'd been married," Lauren remembers. "We knew it was a sign." The pair, who'd met through work while her media team in Los Angeles worked closely with Allan's sales team in New York, started off as long-distance friends before Lauren's move to New York made that first date possible, and three years later, Allan surprised Lauren with a sweet note about how happy he was that she'd moved, a Chanel wallet she'd been eyeing — and a diamond ring in the bottom of the box. "I thought it was a joke!" Lauren laughs.
Thankfully, Allan was serious, and the pair got to planning a mid-fall wedding just outside of New York City. They pitched a dramatic tent at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York, and invited 215 guests to a fairytale event that mixed natural beauty with glamorous chandeliers, lush flowers, and a touch of shine.
A chalkboard-inspired save-the-date card and embossed invitation combined to give guests a sense of the wedding's formal-meets-country atmosphere.
Lauren chose a light blush trumpet gown from Monique Lhuillier, with asymmetrical ruching and a sweetheart neckline. "I tried on nearly 50 dresses in two days," Lauren remembers. "My best advice is to go with your gut! The better you feel in your dress, the better you'll look." She carried a cascading bouquet of peach garden roses and ranunculus, cream roses, orchids, and calla lilies, pink lisianthus, and delicate greens.
Allan wore a classic tuxedo made by Acustom Apparel. One of the couple's favorite moments from their wedding day was riding around in their vintage New York taxi. "We loved having a reminder of where our relationship began, as well as a few moments alone," Lauren says.
Four girls between two and a half and seven made up the "flower girl squad," in white tulle dresses and baby's breath and rose bud crowns. "Surprisingly, they all made it down the aisle perfectly!" says the bride.
The ceremony took place beneath a dramatic chuppah made of grapevine and wisteria, decorated with garden roses, hydrangeas, peonies, and orchids in white, pink, and peach. Allan and Lauren worked closely with their rabbi to make sure that the Jewish traditions were explained for all their guests.
After open-air cocktails, the guests moved in to the towering white tent, where lanterns and dramatic lighting created a more formal atmosphere. Sequin runners and mercury glass shone on wooden tables, and dahlias, lisianthus, and roses softened the look. At each seat, gold chargers and gilded glassware were complemented by large blush dahlias.
On round tables, clear vases held towering arrangements of hydrangeas and roses.
After noshing on lobster rolls, smoked salmon tartare, fresh sushi, and grilled branzini and sipping 'The Luna" (a Moscow Mule named after the newlyweds' pup) and "The 'Kowitz" (a cranberry margarita in honor of Allan's family's original last name), the bride and groom cut a six-tiered cake from Momofuku Milk Bar. Why choose one flavor when you can have six? Allan and Lauren chose chocolate malt, salted pretzel, banana, German chocolate, birthday cake, and chocolate chip.
The Kevin Osborne Band played everything from singer-songwriter music during dinner to modern dance hits at the reception.
The bride and groom headed to Mozambique and South Africa for their honeymoon mixing beach relaxation with sightseeing and a safari. Says Lauren, "Take a few minutes to be together before you go to the reception. Eat a little something and enjoy having a few minutes alone. Savor and cherish the moment!"
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts || Wedding Planner & Floral Design: Lindsay Landman Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Bride's Jewelry: Sara Gabriel || Bride's Hair: Pul J. DeVito, Face Time Beauty || Bride's Makeup: Holly Eve Makeup, Face Time Beauty || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale, Monique Lhuillier || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Acustom Apparel || Invitations & Paper Goods: Lindsay Landman Events || Calligraphy: MJW Calligraphy || Music: Ceremony - Expressway Music Quartet, Cocktail Hour & Reception - The Kevin Osborne Band || Catering: Great Performances || Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar || Rentals: Starr Tent; Luxe Event Rentals; Party Rentals Ltd., Nuage Designs; American Foliage & Design || Transportation: The Checker Guy || Videography: 15 Minutes of Frame || Photography: Roey Yohai Photography
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