The "aha" moment for Christina, BRIDES' assistant wedding style editor, and her fiancé Sam, occurred while they were watching the Art Deco-era supper-club scene in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, crystallizing their vision of a truly sophisticated New York wedding. No surprise, then, that their October 2006 nuptials took place in Rockefeller Center's legendary Rainbow Room, a magnificent landmark featuring breathtaking views of the city skyline and a revolving dance floor that has played host to socialites and swing bands for nearly a century. "Sam and I just love that old Hollywood glamour," explains Christina, who wanted to recreate a bygone era in the heart of New York City.
Fittingly, the 205 guests at this black-and-white-themed fete were seated at mirror-topped tables decorated with towering, orchid-filled vases, while they dined on sumptuous fare—filet mignon, lobster ravioli and fresh oysters (the couple's favorite culinary splurge). Dressed to the nines in gowns and tuxedos, friends and family waltzed and tangoed, sipping Bellinis served at a bar created from giant blocks of ice. At one point, Christina stood quietly on the stage overlooking the famous ballroom and felt the full-on impact of her magical setting. "It was truly beautiful," she recalls. "Sinatra music was playing, the room was glowing in pink lighting, everyone looked happy… It's a scene that will play in my mind forever."—Hillary Quinn
Our Favorite Things
License to Thrill: Since they’d forgotten to sign the marriage license prior to the nuptials, the couple worked a formal document-signing into the ceremony. "People kept coming up to us, saying, ‘That was such a nice touch!’ Little did they know," laughs Christina.
A Checkered Past: A taxi driver who had chauffeured Christina’s dad to work for years offered to man the getaway car—his own cab, in which the bride had often ridden as a child.
Ice, Ice Baby: As drinks flowed and dancing picked up, guests put their cheeks against the ice-sculpture bar to cool off.
A Date with Fate: During her father’s toast, Christina found out that her parents had first met her on the same date 28 years earlier, when she was a baby in a Colombian adoption agency. Says the bride, "To me, it signifies relationships that will last a lifetime."
Angel Sanchez, angelsanchez.com
After Party Dress
A.B.S. by Allen Schwarz, absstyle.com
St. Bartholomew's Church, stbarts.org
Rainbow Room, rainbowroom.com
After Party Site
W Hotel, whotels.com
Jung Lee, feteny.com
Missy McLamb, missymclamb.com