Fashion blogger Lindsi Lane (of Lindsi Lane Style) knew exactly what her wedding hashtag would be: #ItWattsAllADream. For one, it incorporated the last name of her soon-to-be partner, Aaron Watts. And two, it alluded to the dreamlike wonder of their wedding day's design—and their romance, in general. The New York City-based pair first met back in 2014 and reconnected through a mutual friend in 2016. Aaron proposed the following year, on May 19, 2017, in true fairytale fashion. "I was planning a photoshoot at the carousel at Bryant Park, and little did I know that Aaron had been planning the surprise engagement for months," Lindsi recalls. "I went round and round on the carousel posing for pics, and at the end of my ride, Aaron showed up in a suit with a ring box in tow. We have the entire proposal on tape. It was magical."
And with an engagement like that, it's no surprise that the bride used the whole thing as inspiration for her big day. (To the extent that there was a full-scale, flower-covered carousel at their reception!) She enlisted the help of Marcy Blum Associates and Preston Bailey to bring her over-the-top wedding vision to life. "Since our story and engagement was like a real-life fairytale for us, I wanted to play into that entire theme, incorporating airy romanticism, whimsical touches, and fairytale-like emotion," she explains. "The whole night was about transporting our guests into a romantic, love-filled dream."
And it truly looked like a pink, flower-filled dream! Keep reading to see how Christian Oth of Christian Oth Studio captured every over-the-top wedding detail, from the bride's three outfit changes to the costumed entertainment and late-night, carnival-themed party.
The bride spent the morning getting ready with her bridesmaids at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. She wore a white jean jacket—personalized with her soon-to-be last name—and each of her girls wore a customized jean jacket as well.
When it came to finding her dream dress, the fashion blogger again knew exactly what she was looking for. "I had eyed this dress and pinned it to my secret wedding Pinterest board two years ago," she admits. "I always knew she was the one!" The J’Aton Couture gown featured a strapless neckline, intricate beading, and a mermaid silhouette. The bride accessorized with sparkly immy Choo shoes that set the mood for her bling-ed out big day.
Lindsi's bridesmaids wore long white gowns in varying styles. "I had all my friends wear whatever white dress they wanted," she explains. "I wanted them to feel comfortable in their skin and just as beautiful as I felt that day."
The flower girls wore pink-and-white flower crowns (made by Preston Bailey!) as they tossed rose petals down the aisle.
The bride made her grand entrance alone, before meeting her parents halfway down the aisle. Sia's "Breathe Me" played as they walked the rest of the way together.
Aaron and Lindsi stood beneath a grand installation created by Preston Bailey. There, in front of 285 family and friends, they shared traditional vows. "We considered writing our own vows, but then decided it would make us too nervous in that moment," she explains. "I am a big mush and would just lose it looking into Aaron’s eyes."
After their emotional ceremony, the newlyweds recessed to "Ain’t Nobody" by Chaka Khan.
As a nod to their engagement location (the carousel at Bryant Park), Aaron and Lindsi worked with Marcy Blum and Preston Bailey to create another carousel for their guests. This one was covered in flowers and made the perfect spot for photo ops!
The couple's reception decor was just as thoughtfully curated as the ceremony details. There, inside Spring Place, Preston Bailey transformed the entire studio space with hanging pink roses and a decal-covered dance floor (that again, looked like roses!). "As guests walked in, it appeared as if they were walking on a lake of roses with a sky of raining roses," he says. The couple danced to "Never Enough" from The Greatest Showman soundtrack for their first dance.
The table centerpieces perfectly illustrated the bride's fairytale theme as each was covered in an abundance of flowers and hanging crystals.
The couple enlisted the help of Ron Ben-Israel to create her dream wedding cake. The pale pink design featured more crystals, sparkles, and metallic accents.
The fashionista bride had two more outfit changes to go! And she had quite the search for her second look, a long gown by Lee Grebanaugh, which she wore for the reception. "This dress literally 'found me' at an appointment at Spina Bride that my wedding planner, Gab, had set up for me," she says. "When I put on the winged gloves, it was a done deal and we all cried happy tears."
The night's celebrations continued with a carnival-themed after-party, where dancers served cotton candy before guests made their way over to the ice luge and dance floor!
Even the late-night snacks were fitting for the couple's fun theme.
Lindsi had one final dress change—into a mirrored Christian Dior mini!—for the after-party. Looking back on their big night of festivities, the couple has this advice for you: "Have fun! Don’t sweat the small stuff and soak in every little second and detail! It goes by too fast!"
Wedding Planner: Marcy Blum Associates || Venue: Spring Place || Bride’s Ceremony Dress: J’Aton || Bride’s Reception Dress: Lee Petra Grebenau || Bride’s After Party Dress: Christian Dior || Headpiece: Bridal Styles Boutique || Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair: Joseph Maine || Makeup: Marni Gabor, Ashlee Glazer || Groom’s Attire: Tom Ford || Flower Girl Attire: Rosebud Collection || Engagement Ring: Alison Doppelt Kozek || Wedding Bands: Alison Doppelt Kozek || Floral Design: Preston Bailey || Invitations & Paper Products: Ceci New York || Entertainment: Element Music, Marianne Bennett Orchestra || After-Party Entertainment: On the Move || Cake: Ron Ben-Israel || Cotton Candy: Fluff & Fluff || Videography: Ray Roman Films || Photography: Christian Oth for Christian Oth Studio