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Harley Viera-Newton's Ultra Personalized Party

The designer and her beau, DJ Ross Schwartzman, gathered their friends for a beautifully quirky event inspired, in part, by their beloved pets.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

There's more to being a DJ than working a deck. The best of them know how to read a crowd, create a mood, and bring the room together in heart-thumping harmony. And on October 21, 2017, two of New York's most in-demand turn-tableists—Harley Viera-Newton and Ross Schwartzman (a.k.a. DJ Ross One)—did just that, exchanging vows before 50 guests at Palma, a restaurant in the West Village. "We knew we wanted an intimate wedding," says Harley, who also designs a line of dresses called HVN. "When everybody knows each other well, people can relax and really let loose."

Keep reading to see more of the couple's creative celebration, as photographed by Lucy Cuneo and planned by Merriman Events.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo
Photo by Lucy Cuneo

The day before the wedding, Harley and Ross went down to city hall to sign their paperwork—and they dressed for the occasion! Harley wore a three-piece Chanel suit that she found at a vintage store in Miami. "I asked, 'Do you happen to have anything bridal?,' and they pointed to a mannequin next to me and there she was," Harley remembers. She completed the chic ensemble with a pair of Chanel sling-backs, a bright white round Chanel purse, and a pair of Dolce & Gabbana crystal bow earrings that her groom gave her as a wedding-week gift.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

The groom drew a creative crest, which featured the couple's beloved cats, Mo and Tarzan.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

In keeping with their personalized theme and their love of music, Harley and Ross had custom band tees made—in white for the ladies and black for the men.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo
Photo by Lucy Cuneo

The couple's beloved cats, of course, took part in the big day itself, wearing mini flower crowns (made by the groom's sister) for the occasion.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo
Photo by Lucy Cuneo

Harley spent the morning at the Bowery Hotel with her bridesmaids, ordering room service and arranging her outfits (and shoes!) for the day's events.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

The bride wore three gowns on Saturday—all from the Valentino archives! "I'm a die-hard fan," she says. "I feel my best in their designs; they're so elegant and fit so beautifully."

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

First up: a ceremony dress featuring a high collar, long sleeves, and macrame lace. "I've loved this dress forever," she says.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

She paired the stunning gown with a Monvieve French lace veil—and if you look closely enough, you'll see that there are little particles of glitter sewn into the lace to reflect light! "The whole ceremony outfit feels so classic to me, and I know it's something I will love for the rest of my life," she says.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

Harley's bridesmaids dressed in coordinating HVN dresses in the line's signature heart fabric.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

The ceremony took place in the backyard patio of Palma, one of the couple's favorite Italian restaurants in the West Village. "We wanted the ceremony to be very intimate, and Palma has the perfect balance of being special and chic without being uptight," explains the bride.

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The bride's sister, Rio, officiated the morning ceremony and had everyone crying and laughing as she recounted the couple's courtship, which began as a friendship in 2010. "You could almost call it a roast," Harley says. "It really was funny."

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

The bride's little cousin, Lilix, looked adorable in a tulle skirt, butterfly wings, and cat accessories.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

After the vows, guests had lunch on the restaurant's patio, which was covered in a riot of roses, dahlias, and chamomile by Fox Fodder Farm. "It was so unseasonably warm, we opened the glass rooftop," Harley says. "It felt like a garden in spring." Tables were set with floral menus and Brazilian wish bracelets as a nod's to the bride's mother, who is Brazilian.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo
Photo by Lucy Cuneo

The couple decorated the rest of the space with bright flowers, flower-pressed cookies—and a blizzard of confetti for their exit.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

Because the ceremony space was so tight, Harley and her bridesmaids actually took to the street for the bouquet toss. "It was so special that it took place on Cornelia Street—it’s such a charming street and one I’ve walked for over 10 years living in N.Y.C," she recalls. "I’ll forever remember all my best friends (in matching HVN dresses) jumping up together, laughing in the road."

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

The bride changed into a second Valentino dress for the evening's events. "I can't explain the way I felt when I tried this dress on for the first time," she recalls. "We didn't have to tailor it—it felt like it was made for me!"

Photo by Lucy Cuneo
Photo by Lucy Cuneo

When evening rolled around, the air had turned chilly, which felt right for the cozy candlelight at the restaurant, One if by Land, Two if by Sea. There, Harley and Ross, now in a Valentino tux, hosted a beautifully romantic dinner for 100, which was no surprise as their venue is often called the most romantic in the city.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

Elegant, candle-lit tables were peppered with playful details like party-ready headbands, sparklers, and napkins embroidered with everyone's nickname.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo
Photo by Lucy Cuneo

At dinner, guests chose between truffle mushroom risotto, halibut with sweetcorn, and beef Wellington (a British classic as the bride's father is English).

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

Harley and Ross filled the rest of the night with even more thoughtful details like cake toppers modeled after their cats, Mo and Tarzan, and a heart-covered cake from Magnolia Bakery that mimicked the HVN fabric of the bridesmaid's dresses. "We're crazy cat people," says the bride, laughing.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo
Photo by Lucy Cuneo

Guests like Alexa Chung, Domino Kirke, and Penn Badgley proudly wore the couple's festive headbands. Each was personalized with "Ross & Dobbs"—Harley's nickname that comes from Harry Potter's Dobby the house elf. "I'm always working," she explains.

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Following the romantic dinner, trollies shuttled everyone to the after-party, where Harley danced the night away in her third Valentino dress.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo
Photo by Lucy Cuneo

And then, of course, the two DJs had an epic dance party. More friends joined for the night's last set, at Omar's, where pals took turns spinning until 2 a.m.

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

"When DJ Crooked played 'Unforgettable' by French Montana, that was it," Harley recalls. "We didn't plan on having an official first dance, but everyone knew it was our song and formed a circle around us. It was amazing."

Ceremony Venue & Catering: Palma || Reception Venue & Catering: One if by Land, Two if by Sea || After-Party Venue: Omar's || Planner: Merriman Events || Bride's City Hall Dress & Shoes: CHANEL || Bride's Wedding Dresses: Valentino || Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss; Valentino || Floral Design: Fox Fodder Farm ||Cake: Magnolia Bakery || Photography: Lucy Cuneo Weddings

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