Jessica Minkoff and Taylen Richards have a Fifth Avenue Abercrombie and Fitch store to thank for their first meeting. In January of 2008, Jessica, then a freshman at NYU, took a job at the clothing retailer, where she was introduced to co-worker Taylen, who had just moved to the city after graduating from UC Berkeley. Despite the loud music and dim lighting, love blossomed in that unlikely locale and, six years later, in April 2014, Taylen proposed to Jessica in the most romantic way he could dream up—or rather, the most romantic way the writers behind the hit television show The OC could.
"Taylen dressed up as Spiderman and hung upside down from the fire escape behind our apartment building," the bride says. "He was re-enacting my favorite scene from The OC when Seth Cohen falls off his roof on Halloween wearing the costume and kisses Summer for the first time. Taylen got everything right, down to the last detail. He even had 'Champagne Supernova' by Oasis playing in the background."
The two New Yorkers knew they wanted to tie the knot in the city where they fell in love, so they searched for a venue that boasted spectacular views of the Big Apple. The winner: Manhattan Penthouse, which was the ideal space to showcase Jessica and Taylen's clean, minimal aesthetic. With a fun-loving atmosphere in mind for their ceremony and reception, the couple invited 110 guests to join them for a celebration on July 18, 2015. Keep reading to see all of the photos, as captured by Phil Anema of Christian Oth Studio.
The couple asked Taylen's sister, Fiona Spring of Lettre Sauvage, to create their formal black-and-white invitation suite.
For Jessica, a fashion and accessories editor, nailing her big day look was essential—but her great taste and understanding of what worked for her body didn't necessarily make the process of finding the gown any easier. "I knew that I didn't want a traditional bridal gown and that I preferred to wear something off the rack," she says. So, while vacationing with her mother in Paris, the bride-to-be stopped in at a few favorite boutiques, hoping to find the One. "I tried on dresses at Valentino, Balenciaga, and Dior, and while all of them were quite beautiful, they just didn't feel like me."
Then, when Jessica spotted the strapless faille gown with a fishtail hem in the window at Lanvin she had a feeling she was looking the dress she would say "I do" in. "As soon as my mom finished zipping it up, I knew it was the one," she remembers. The next step was convincing her father it was worth the steep price tag. "He was shocked by the price, but my mom convinced him that we couldn't leave Paris without it."
It was important for the stylish to bride feel like herself on her wedding day, and while the right dress certainly helped get her there, it was Jessica's accessories that sealed the deal. She wore her signature hand of rings (she wears 15 rings everyday!) from EF Collection, Azlee, Bulgari, and Selin Kent, along with a few new diamond cuffs. And since this bride knows how to layer, she added a last minute addition in the form of a diamond pendant necklace.
She went ultra-classic for her bouquet, choosing a small arrangement of white calla lilies.
Taylen wore a BLK DNM tuxedo, which he paired with Louis Vuitton shoes, an Hermes pocket square, and a Lanvin bow tie. "Picking his attire was the easiest part of planning," the bride says. "He tried on three tuxedos in total and hardly needed any alternations."
The couple wanted their clean and modern style to carry over into their ceremony, decorating only with two arrangements of white calla lilies and flower petals along the white fabric aisle. While Jessica wrote her vows a few days before the wedding, Taylen opted to pen them the night before. But as the bride says, both were meaningful and perfect. "I cried while reading mine," she says.
Basking in their newlywed glow, Jessica and Taylen slipped outside between the ceremony and reception to take photos on the streets of New York City.
The bride and groom rejoined their guests for dinner and dancing. Round tables were decorated with arrangements of white calla lilies, roses, and hydrangeas. After a sit down dinner, everyone enjoyed slices of amaretto and chocolate cake with amaretto buttercream.
Jessica and Taylen personalized their first dance by combining two favorite songs: Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" and the Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden." "I have a very music-oriented family," the bride says. Her brother, a professional musician, put together a band to perform a few songs during the party, including Don Henley's "Age of Innocence" for the father-daughter dance. "At the end of the night my parents got on stage with the band and sang Tom Petty's 'American Girl' with my brother.
My parents never looked so happy!"
As much as Jessica loved her Lanvin gown, she knew she wanted to change into something a bit more comfortable for dancing. She found a pair of white lace overalls from Nina Ricci that would be perfect for the party atmosphere. "It was so much fun to dance the night away in them!"
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Manhattan Penthouse || Bride's Wedding Dress: Lanvin || Jewelry: EF Collection; Shylee Rose; Astley Clarke || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair & Makeup: Lindsey Williams || Groom's Attire: BLK DNM || Engagement Ring: Ileana Makri || Wedding Bands: Selin Kent || Florist: Ariston Flowers || Invitations: Lettre Sauvage || Cake: City Cakes || Photographer: Phil Anema of Christian Oth Studio
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