If you're an avid follower of Arielle Charnas of Something Navy, you know her gorgeous sis, Michaela Nachmani, is a bride-to-be. After all, the fashionable sisters have been celebrating for months, documenting their wedding-worthy outfits everywhere from rooftop bridal showers in Brooklyn to an epic bachelorette weekend in Vegas. Well, Michaela is officially a married woman! On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the beauty-blogger bride married Brett Podolsky, cofounder of the Farmer's Dog, at the Park Hyatt New York in New York City. And just as she nailed every outfit of her pre-wedding wardrobe (seriously, check her Instagram), her wedding dress was no exception.
The bride turned to Vera Wang for her dream gown, a tulle creation with sheer elements in all the right places. "I always envisioned a white slip dress, but my dress couldn't be more opposite of that," she says. "When I saw a preview of the dress, I instantly felt a connection and knew it was the one. Something about it just jumped out at me, even before I saw it in person. And when I finally tried it on, it felt like it was made for me." (We'd have to agree!) And of course, Michaela's gown wasn't the only statement-making one of the night. Her sisters, Danielle and Arielle, looked chic in black velvet dresses by Oscar de la Renta that were apparently made for both a red-carpet-worthy aisle and the KiraKira sparkle app. Oh, and flower girl Ruby Lou looked adorable too!
The whole day getting ready for the wedding was a dream. We had all the girls in our suite, and there was so much love and so much food. Clearly the perfect day!
The bride spent the morning getting ready at the Park Hyatt New York, with Teddi Crawford on duty for hair and Cassandra Garcia and Eduardo Martinez on makeup. "The whole day getting ready for the wedding was a dream," Michaela says. "We had all the girls in our suite, and there was so much love and so much food. Clearly the perfect day!"
Michaela accessorized with her mother's pearl drop earrings and sparkly pumps by Christian Louboutin. "My sister Arielle wore our mom's vintage earrings to her wedding, so maybe my other sister, Danielle, will wear them to hers and we can all share that," she adds. A tight bouquet of white roses and anemones completed her ethereal-meets-modern bridal look.
The bride and groom have the cutest love story. Can't you just tell!? "We met in high school, when I was 14 and he was 16," Michaela says. "I've been crushing on him ever since!" And after 13 years (yes, really!) of crushing, Brett popped the question in their Brooklyn apartment—with hundreds of rose petals and candles, their favorite music playing, and a surprise appearance by their sisters after Michaela said yes. "It was perfect," she says. "And he even strategically placed his laptop to record the whole thing, which clearly went right over my head!"
The bride's niece, Ruby Lou, acted as flower girl on the big day and wore a white gown with a big bow in the back. "When she was walking down the aisle, she saw her mom waiting at the other end and ran to her," Michaela explains. "She ended up falling and dropping her basket of flowers, but it could not have been cuter."
The bridesmaids carried bouquets of calla lilies—the bride's fave flower—as they walked down the aisle in their Oscar gowns. "They could not have looked more beautiful," Michaela says. "We felt that considering it was a New York City wedding on West 57th Street, black velvet was the right move and felt appropriate."
After much thought about having a destination wedding on the beach, the bride and groom decided to marry in New York City and visited the Park Hyatt New York at the recommendation of their planner, Larry Scott. "He said he had the perfect place that would still feel like us," she says. "Right when I saw it, I fell in love. It's very intimate and classic."
The ceremony took place in the hotel's Onyx Room, which is—you guessed it!—lined with white onyx paneling from floor to ceiling. Michaela worked with her planner—who she's known for years—to execute her vision, which was "classic, modern, and simple." The decor was kept mostly clear (vases, chairs, chuppah), but the aisle, which was lined with large arrangements of calla lilies, and the greenery-lined chuppah each made a statement. "Our home is all very neutral with a lot of greenery, so when designing our dream wedding, I knew I would want a similar feel," says the bride.
After Michaela and Brett exchanged traditional vows, their rabbi read aloud reasons why the couple wanted to marry each other, which they had written separately and shared with him beforehand. "Standing under the chuppah with Brett was my favorite part. It was so surreal, and all we saw was each other," she remembers. "I couldn't wait to be pronounced husband and wife. The energy in that room was palpable. I would relive that moment over and over."
During their rehearsal hours before, the wedding party made a fun, maybe silly decision: "We all decided to dance down the aisle and have fun with it," Michaela says. "It was the best decision ever!" A DJ, Sam French, played throughout the ceremony, and the groom walked in to Kygo's remix of "Sexual Healing," the bride entered to Childish Gambrio's "Redbone," and the newlyweds exited to a remix of "Ain't Nobody" by Felix Jaehn and Jasmine Thompson. "We wanted to keep a consistent party vibe throughout the whole wedding," she adds.
Following the ceremony, all 160 guests made their way to a side room, where dinner tables were set with geometric linens, black-and-white Versace chargers, and centerpieces featuring more calla lilies in Waterford crystal vases. "The two patterns worked so well together, it was like nothing I've ever seen," says the bride.
During a dinner of burrata and heirloom-tomato salad, filet mignon, and butternut-squash ravioli (a great seasonal choice), the couple's families gave speeches as everyone toasted the happy couple. Michaela and Brett opted for no signature cocktail and instead served plenty of tequila!
As music was the bride and groom's main priority, it's no surprise that much of their night was spent on the dance floor. They danced to "B-A-B-Y" by Carla Thomas for their first dance, before ending the celebration with the hora. Cheers to these fashionable newlyweds!
Venue & Catering: Park Hyatt New York
Wedding Planning & Rentals: Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events
Officiant: Rabbi Michael Ehrlich
Bride's Gown & Veil: Vera Wang
Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Hair: Teddi Cranford
Groom's Attire: Martin Greenfield Clothiers
Flower Girl Attire: Children's Salon
Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Beverly Jewelers
Floral Design: Artistry Flowers
Invitations: Fancy That
Wedding Cake: Ron Ben-Israel
Music: Sam French
Photography & Videography: Terri Diamond Photography