Though Nikki Breedlove and Jack Cooney both grew up in Palm Beach County, it took moves to New York City–and Tinder!–for them to meet in June of 2015. “We quickly discovered that Jack’s father and my late grandfather, both doctors, had been friends,” says Nikki. Talk about a small world! Just a year and a half later, Jack brought Nikki to Northern California for a tour of their favorite vineyards, and the rain couldn’t stop them from enjoying every moment. “After a long day in Napa, we got back to the Carneros Inn to get ready for dinner that night," she recalls.
"Jack came into the bathroom where I was getting ready and proposed with one knee on the heated tile floors! He’d been carrying my ring around all day, hoping the rain would stop, and couldn’t wait any longer!”
Nikki says they will take any chance they can get to travel, and wanted their wedding to provide the same opportunity for their guests. After a friend honeymooned at Round Hill in Jamaica, they headed down for a weekend trip and immediately fell in love. “From the rolling hills and pink bougainvillea to the Ralph Lauren–designed decor, it stole our hearts,” says Nikki. So they invited 95 guests to join them on January 20, 2018 at the waterfront property, throwing a black tie wedding on the beach.
With rum punch in hand, the Collective by Concept Photography behind the camera, and their closest friends dressed to the nines, Jack and Nikki kicked off their marriage with a formal twist on true island style.
“I loved working with Empress Stationery,” says Nikki. The couple’s suite included hand-painted watercolor maps, menus, and welcome notes.
Nikki’s two sisters served as bridesmaids, and the three women spent the morning getting ready and sipping champagne in coordinated robes.
Nikki paired the plunging neckline of her Oscar de la Renta gown with dramatic vintage Miriam Haskell earrings, the perfect foil to her wedding dress’s simple silhouette.
For the formal affair, Jack wore a white Ralph Lauren tuxedo jacket, but added a pop of personality with kilim-printed Stubbs and Wootten slippers. Nikki is in the footwear business (she’s the senior director of global merchandising for Coach), and bought her ivory Alaïa sandals before she’d even found her dress. She wrapped her bouquet of white peonies in her “something blue,” a handkerchief monogramed with her late father’s initials.
With her two sisters as bridesmaids, Nikki took the opportunity to have a super-colorful bridal party. “Instead of choosing dresses, we found bright Italian floral silks and had them made into custom dresses that they both adored,” the bride describes. The rest of the women in the family also dressed in coordinating colors.
Bamboo folding chairs were decorated with clusters of white orchids and palm leaves, and woven fans were placed on each chair to kept guests cool in the heat.
It rained on-and-off before the ceremony, so guests took their seats beneath green and white golf umbrellas.
“The rain stopped and umbrellas came down as soon as my mom and I started our walk down the aisle to ‘Here Comes the Sun,’” says Nikki. “Of course we both were in tears!”
The couple spent the week before their wedding writing their vows over rum punch on the beach, and finished them over breakfast the morning of their wedding. “Jack memorized his immediately, but I had to recite mine all day to make sure I’d remember them!” the bride says.
Tall vases filled with palms and local greenery added height to the reception space, where printed menus were set atop woven chargers. “We wanted our reception to be effortlessly chic, and the property’s silver flatware made getting that look so easy,” Nikki explains.
After a dessert of traditional Jamaican rum coconut cake, the couple took to the dance floor–and never left. “We may have to go back to Jamaica for our anniversary for some more of that cake!” Nikki says.
For the bride, planning a wedding was about authenticity. “Don’t do your hair or create a table setting in a way that isn’t what you’d choose in your own daily life,” says Nikki. “Be yourself!”
Venue: Round Hill || Bride's Dress: Oscar de la Renta || Bride's Shoes: Alaïa || Bride's Jewelry: Miriam Haskell || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Hugo Boss, Stubbs and Wootten || Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew || Wedding Bands: Zan Hogan || Paper Products: Empress Stationery || Catering: Round Hill || Photography: Collective by Concept Photography