Jonathan Simkhai is married! The fashion designer wed his longtime boyfriend, TJ Allers, a fashion publicist, this month in a backyard ceremony at their home in Bridgehampton, New York. And fun fact: They planned the whole thing in just six weeks! "We wanted to have an engagement party weekend at our summer house in the Hamptons for our New York friends, but when everyone from both coasts RSVPed yes to that, we threw all of the California plans to the wind and went into overdrive planning our East Coast wedding within six weeks,” Jonathan tells Vogue.
Yet, despite the short time frame, no detail was left untouched. The grooms hired Hamptons-based planners Sarah Duke and Taylor Van Deusen of Duke + Van Deusen to execute their vision as they were planning cross-country, from the home in Los Angeles. The result was a backyard ceremony (complete with plenty of laughs!) and tented reception as romantic as the day itself. And, of course, the fashion was as on-point as the wedding decor. Just two days before the wedding, Jonathan and TJ selected tuxes at Bergdorf Goodman—Ralph Lauren for TJ, and Tom Ford for Jonathan—and rushed to have them altered in time. The leading ladies of their special day, including their mothers and 17 bridesmaids, each wore dresses of Jonathan's own design. Keep reading to see Angela Pham's photos of their fashion-forward celebration!
Jonathan and TJ walked down the aisle together on the arms of their mothers, who were dressed in coordinating white gowns. Once at the altar, they exchanged vows in a ceremony officiated by their friend April Hennig, who also wore Jonathan Simkhai (of course). The ceremony was full of hilarious moments, as evidenced by the laughing bridesmaids who sat in the front two rows.
Jonathan handpicked white dresses from his latest collection for the women (all 17 of them!) in their wedding party. "Each woman’s dress was chosen specifically for her to perfectly capture her personal style," he says.
After an open-air ceremony on the lawn, guests moved over to a lounge area, where blue throw pillows and string lights created a relaxed, Moroccan-inspired feel. The couple hired Coyote and Crow—a Brooklyn-based bluegrass band that they originally discovered performing in New York City's Washington Square Park—to perform and served their favorite food: Oysters!
The couple worked with their planners, as well as florist Frank Alexander, on the design of their reception tent. They filled the sleek, clear-top tent with hanging garlands of greenery and rows of string lights. Below, wooden farm tables were set with low arrangements (of succulents, peonies, dahlias, lisianthus, and eucalyptus), as well as plenty of pillar candles in glass vases. Jonathan and TJ added a special touch with the addition of a printed quote (from a love letter John Keats wrote to Fanny Brawne) on each dinner plate.
Guests—including Olivia Palermo, Nausheen Shah, and Caroline Vreeland—dined on a menu created by Peter Ambrose. The final treat was a buttercream-frosted cake decorated in succulents.
After sunset, dancing got under way in the romantic, candlelit tent. After Jonathan and TJ's impromptu first dance, their friend Caroline Vreeland spontaneously serenaded the newlyweds with an a cappella version of Etta James’s “At Last.” They ended the night with a celebratory horah. Congrats to the happy couple!