It didn't take long for Lainy Hedaya, the creative mind behind the popular fashion blog Haute Inhabit, and Arik to hit it off after first meeting in February 2014. A week later, the pair was practically inseparable. "He became my best friend," she remembers. "We started talking every day, and then started dating seriously. There wasn't a day we didn't see each other. I knew this was it." Clearly, Arik did too. On their one-year anniversary, Arik brought Lainy on a romantic spa getaway and popped the question. "I was in complete shock!"
The New York City couple decided a hometown wedding at the Pierre Hotel, where Lainy spent countless weekends taking in the ballet with her dad as a child, on August 16, 2015. "It's the only venue in New York that really felt close to home," she says of the space. Once they chose the venue, Lainy enlisted the help of her mother, a professional wedding planner, to bring the couple's vision of a classic, natural wedding to life. Keep reading to see all of the breathtaking photos from Lainy and Arik's big day, as captured by Jason Walker of Ira Lippke Studios!
Lainy found her Vera Wang ball gown a month before she even got engaged! "I was with my mom and grandma having lunch and we were talking about whether or not Arik was going to propose," she says. "This was months before he did. After lunch, we saw the Vera Wang boutique and decided to take a quick look inside. That turned into trying on one dress which I thought was nice on the rack. I tried it on and my mom and grandma started crying." Once Arik proposed, she returned to the boutique and worked with Vera Wang's design team to tweak the strapless tulle ball gown, creating a custom look that felt both classic and a little modern.
She added a jacket, made by pal Oscar Olima, for a more conservative look during the ceremony. Lainy completed her wedding day style with Chopard earrings, Alexandre Birman shoes, and a custom-made tiara from What Katy Did Next.
Lainy, who admits she has never loved the look of bridesmaids' dresses, let her attendants chose their own silhouettes for the big day. The ladies all stunned in mismatched floor-length gowns in various pastel hues.
The Pierre Hotel was transformed into a romantic ceremony space, decked out with trees, trailing white orchids, and plenty of candles. "It was pretty romantic," Lainy says. The bride walked down the aisle with both of her parents, sharing a private moment before she exchanged vows with Arik. "They played Gabriel's Oboe as we walked down the aisle, which is one of me and my dad's favorite songs," the bride says. "The second those strings started playing I began to cry, which made everyone else around us cry as well. My dad made a corny joke and luckily Arik was smiling at me down the aisle, which helped lighten my mood."
Lainy and Arik's biggest wedding planning challenge was cutting down their guest list. "My family is traditionally used to weddings of over 900 people, so cutting our list down to around 400 people was brutal," she says. "A lot of people were upset and insulted, but I'm so happy we had a seated wedding where you could hear my family and in-laws speak. It was a lot more intimate." Guests found their seats on white calligraphed envelopes that were arranged on a candlelit table topped with gold linens.
Inside, the reception space was equal parts glamorous and cozy. Tables were dressed in shades of gold and white, with lush arrangements of roses, hydrangeas, and greenery centered on each round table. The couple chose clear glass place settings so their gilded linens could shine.
To bring in the natural look Lainy and Arik both love, the couple added two trees to the reception space. "They were arranged at the end of the dance floor where our guests came in and were decorated with hanging candles and white flowers," Lainy says.
For dessert, the couple served a five-tiered square wedding cake that was adorned with roses and greenery.
After an evening spent dancing, the party ended around 3 a.m. "I think having great friends and family around us was the best reflection of who we are as a couple," Lainy, who honeymooned with Arik in Bali and the Maldives, says. "People came in from all over. The fact that people took a flight and a summer weekend off to come celebrate our marriage made us so happy."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Pierre Hotel || Wedding Planner: Salut Events || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Vera Wang || Jewelry: Chopard || Shoes: Alexandre Birman || Jacket: Oscar Olima || Tiara: What Katy Did Next || Bride's Hair: Hair by Raizy || Mother of the Bride Dress: Oscar de la Renta || Florist: Tantawan Bloom Inc. || Music: Hank Lane Music || Photographer: Jason Walker of Ira Lippke Studios
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