Congrats are in order—Rachel "Rocky" Barnes and Matthew Cooper are officially a married duo! On Saturday, September 15, 2018, the influencer and her restaurateur-slash-photographer beau said "I do" on the 10th hole at Knickerbocker Country Club in Tenafly, New Jersey. "The venue is the Cooper family’s country club," Rocky explains. "It is a place where Matt grew up going every summer, and it holds a lot of sentimental value." In fact, the bride jokes, "This is Matt's wedding!" Which, in many ways is true, as the bride and groom very much tackled wedding planning as a team of two. They divided up tasks to plan the 170-person event (with the help of Ashley Port at BK Events) in nine months: Matt handled the food and the music, while Rocky took on all the "traditional meets bohemian" aesthetics, including the stunning floral-lined aisle, mix-and-match bridesmaids dresses, and, of course, her many bridal looks (more on that, below!).
So keep reading to see a preview of exclusive images from Rocky and Matt's wedding day, plus more pics from her final dress fitting, all photographed by Heather Waraksa.
But first: The couple kicked off the weekend's events with a rehearsal dinner in New York City. The bride wore a chic slip dress, paired with a hat and veil.
The bride tapped LoveShackFancy to create custom gowns for her five bridesmaids (all friends from college or high school!). LoveShackFancy also made mini versions for the three flower girls, who the bride calls "Rocky's Angels."
At the outdoor ceremony, the bride walked down a flower-lined aisle to meet Matt (wearing Franc Milton) at the altar. There, below a tree covered in deep burgundy florals and accented with pampas grass, the couple exchanged vows they'd written themselves. Matt surprised Rocky with a gospel choir singing "Crazy Love" by Van Morrison for the processional, David Grey's "This Year's Love" for the bridal march, and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" for their exit as Mr. and Mrs. Cooper. After the ceremony, everyone drove golf carts to cocktail hour on the country club's terrace. Matt's food focus was on full display with a menu of mini crab cakes, flatbread pizzas, grilled cheese with tomato soup shots, and dim sum from his restaurant in L.A. Dinner followed in the ballroom before everyone headed to the final stop of the night: an after-party at the Boom Boom Room in New York City! (We're still awaiting pics from these fun-filled festivities, but we'll update you once we have them.)
But for now, let's take a closer look at the fashionista's two gorgeous gowns. Last week, we caught up with Rocky for her final dress fitting at the Pronovias flagship—and luckily, her wedding photographer, Heather Waraksa, was with us for the little pre-wedding photo shoot!
Rocky worked with the team at Pronovias to create a custom Atelier Pronovias tulle gown. The final design, which took more than 113 hours to create, features a mermaid silhouette with an open back, deep-V neckline, and dramatic train. And every inch of the dress is covered in embroidered, geometric designs. "I wanted a classic shape and loved the intricacy of the beading," she says.
Rocky says she wanted to keep her accessories to minimum—so much, that she almost didn't wear a veil! "I wasn’t sure I wanted a veil until I tried it on, and then I couldn’t imagine my dress without one," she explains.
After seeing sheer dresses at the Pronovias runway show, Rocky says she considered wearing a dress sans slip—but then she thought about talking to her dad all night long and reconsidered! In the end, she had a nude lining sewn inside the dress to create the effect of a sheer silhouette without it actually being sheer. "I chose a nude color so it would show off at the intricate beadwork and make it pop," she says. (She also adds that the beading is her favorite part of the dress.)
With the after-party at the Boom Boom Room, Rocky knew she needed a party-ready dress, so she tapped Pronovias to create a custom look for the occasion. The flapper-style design features a high neck and short skirt trimmed with ivory feathers.
The bride's rings are also custom. Matt worked with Kasia Jewelry to make Rocky's unique horizontal engagement ring, and their wedding bands (by By Chari) are personalized with a hidden detail. "Matt’s band has the longitude and latitude of where we got engaged and my ring has the coordinates of our wedding venue," Rocky explains.
And with that, we'll have to imagine what it was like dancing the night away in this party-ready number! Cheers to the happy couple!
Wedding Venue & Catering: Knickerbocker Country Club || Wedding Planner: BK Events || Bride's Ceremony Dress: Pronovias || Bride's Reception Dress: Pronovias || Groom's Attire: Franc Milton || Engagement Ring: Kasia Jewelry || Wedding Bands: By Chari || Bridesmaids & Flower Girl Dresses: LoveShackFancy || Groom's Attire: Wedding Invitations: Sloane Harmony Design, codesigned with BK Events || Photography of Invitation's Floral Design: Mary Jo Hoffman || Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina || Floral Design: Of the Flowers || Rentals: La Tavola, Party Rental, Ltd. || Cake: Nine Cakes || Specialty Cocktails: Moet & Chandon || Welcome Boxes: Always XO with BK Events || Entertainment: Hank Lane Music, Reggie Woods Band || Photo Booth: MirMir || After-Party Venue: Boom Boom Room || Photography: Heather Waraksa || Videography: Shark Pig