Lindsay Cohn’s friend Dena was sure she’d found a match for her in Mike Migioia. “She said, ‘I want to set you up with my boyfriend’s roommate,'” Lindsay remembers. “She gave me his number and told me to expect a text—which I never received!” But, a few weeks later, she met Dena at her house for a drink and met Mike IRL. “When the elevator door opened, a guy spun around in his chair and smiled," she recalls. "It was Mike! We immediately hit it off and have been together ever since.”
A little over three years later, Lindsay opened another door—this time inside her apartment building in New York City, after a barre class—and discovered rose petals leading to the apartment she and Mike share. “When I opened the door, I saw more rose petals, candles, and Mike down on one knee," she says. "I could hear our song playing. Our eyes met and he asked, ‘Lindsay Jane Cohn, will you marry me?’”
A resounding “yes” followed as did scouting trips to find their perfect wedding venue. “From the beginning, I wanted to get married in California,” says the bride, who is actually a Brides contributor. They ultimately landed on a destination wedding in Napa Valley, and after visiting several locations, fell in love with the Harvest Inn in St. Helena, California. “It’s enchanting, has vineyard views and, being that it’s a hotel, out guests could stay on-site," says the bride. "Plus, the restaurant is terrific!”
The couple worked with Roseville Designs to create an invitation suite that reflected the vibe they envisioned for the wedding. Ultimately, Lindsay describes the look as “simple, elegant, and laid-back with touches of boho-whimsy.”
The bride wore a silk crepe gown by Alexandra Grecco that was made with hand-embroidered illusion tulle panels and floral appliqués. “I loved the effortless, ethereal quality of the dress,” she says. Lindsay’s stunning floral crown was actually a last-minute fix when she couldn’t find the circlet she’d planned to wear. “My best friend came to the rescue and asked our florist to create it on the fly—it was perfect," she says.
Before the ceremony, she and Mike did a first look and exchanged gifts. “He gave me these beautiful diamond studs, which I immediately put on," she admits. Lindsay also wore her maternal great grandmother’s wedding band as her ‘something old,' saying, "It was so meaningful.”
Since their wedding was on April 6, 2019, the couple opted for white and green floral arrangements that felt "fresh and springy." Lindsay carried a bouquet of white ranunculus, anemones, hellebore, Japanese sweet peas, spirea, and skeleton ferns. Boutonnieres paired hellebore with white Muscari and skeleton ferns. “Incorporating texture and dried elements gave them a unique feel,” says Lindsay.
Mike chose a Hugo Boss tuxedo, which he accessorized with a Cartier Ballon Bleu watch, his wedding gift from Lindsay. “I loved those intimate moments when it was just Mike and me,” says Lindsay of the time they spent taking portraits.
The ceremony took place on the property’s Vin Rose Lawn overlooking the vineyards. To achieve the "laid-back look" the couple envisioned, the aisle was lined with white rose petals and low benches were set up as not to take away from the natural setting. A birch arbor was covered in seasonal white blooms and greenery to finish off the scene.
A string trio performed Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love,” as Lindsay was escorted up the aisle by her parents at 3 pm. Her mother wore a tea-length dress by Oscar de la Renta.
One of our closest friends, Alex, officiated the ceremony. He’s been there since the first night we met and knows us so well.
“One of our closest friends, Alex, officiated the ceremony,” Lindsay says. “He’s been there since the first night we met and knows us so well. As a wedding gift, he surprised us with a digital photo booth. We have a link with all the GIFs and it’s so fun to look back at them!”
After the ceremony, Lindsay threw on a jean jacket customized with her new last name.
Cocktail hour followed, with passed hors d’oeuvres including sea scallops with bacon, grilled lamb chops, and smoked chicken empanadas. The couple’s guests sipped on two signature cocktails: a “Married Manhattan” and “Mrs. Margarita.”
Although they’d planned on hosting the reception outdoors, a weather forecast predicted rain, so they moved dinner inside to the Fountain View Room. “We rented long, farmhouse tables and served a family-style dinner,” says Lindsay. On each table, loose garlands of Italian Ruscus leaves acted as table runners, and arrangements of white blooms were sprinkled throughout.
Great music was a must-have for both Mike and Lindsay. “We flew Andy Frasco & The U.N. in from New York City. They’re an insane band we’ve seen many times in Brooklyn and it turned the post-dinner portion of the night into an epic dance party," says the bride, who hit the dance floor with her dad to “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty. The couple also shared their first dance to Macy Gray’s “I Try.”
Reflecting on their wedding, Lindsay says, “Don’t sweat the small stuff. All that matters is that your day was reflective of you as a couple—and that you both had a blast!
Wedding Venue Harvest Inn
Wedding Planner Lindsey Nickel of Lovely Day Events
Floral Design Flower Girl Em
Wedding Dress Alexandra Grecco
Bride's Shoes Stuart Weitzman
Groom's Attire Hugo Boss
Hair & Makeup Carrie Aldous
Mother of the Bride Dress Oscar de la Renta
Invitations Roseville Designs
Paper Products Arrow Art Studio
Ceremony Music Eloquence String Quartet
Reception Music Andy Frasco & The U.N.
Catering Harvest Table at Harvest Inn
Rentals Bright Event Rentals
Videography Yours Truly Media
Photography BrittRene Photography