WEDDINGS: ALI & DAN
We like to celebrate life's special moments, whether weddings, birthdays, or other important events. In our "Celebrations" series we feature customers who choose Lulu Frost for meaningful occasions. This post spotlights Ali & Dan. Ali is a friend of Lulu Frost and founder of the website Charm & Chain, which is a longtime partner and carrier of Lulu Frost jewelry. Scroll down to read more about Ali's big day and the custom necklace designer Lisa Salzer made for her.
How did you meet?
"Dan and I met a few times through a number of unrelated mutual friends. I first met him my senior year of college while I was visiting a girlfriend from high school. I saw him again two years later when he showed up at a party at my apartment in New York City. Fast forward four months to my best friend's karaoke birthday party, to which Dan was also invited - when he found out I was there (and newly single), he dropped everything and came right over, only to find me belting out the male part of “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” We talked all night and he asked me out on a date that week. It was pretty much love from that point forward. I went home two weeks later and told my mom I had met my husband."
Where did you tie the knot?
"The ceremony took place at Trinity Church on Wall Street, which was established in 1697 during the British Occupation. After the ceremony, our guests took a sunset ferry ride with us to the reception on Ellis Island, where my husband's and my ancestors immigrated through from Italy and Lithuania. Cocktail hour was held outside overlooking the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline. For dinner and dancing, we moved into the Registry Room/Great Hall, which is the large space where all immigrants waited to be processed when Ellis Island was operational. We wanted each place to have historical significance on our special day."
Okay, tell us about the dress?
"I wore a customized Vera Wang gown that transitioned throughout the night. When I walked down the aisle, the dress was very traditional: short sleeves, a high neck, lace top and a billowing skirt. During cocktail hour, the skirt was sewn up in the front to reveal deep pink and purple brocade fabric underneath. I was going for a more avant-garde look for the second iteration, which was inspired by a dress I saw on the Dior Haute Couture runway."
Why Lulu Frost on your special day?
"Lisa, a dear friend of mine, is one of the most talented people I know. For my wedding, the jewelry I wore was just as important as my dress. I knew Lisa could make me a masterpiece because she understands my style and what I was trying to achieve with my wedding day look. Lisa used a vintage necklace as a base and transformed it into an oversized bib by layering crystal, pink and purple vintage findings. (I asked her to make me the best piece of jewelry she’s ever made, and I think she succeeded!). I also walked down the aisle carrying a bouquet of vintage brooches that Lisa created for me, which included a special piece from my great-grandmother's collection. Everyone associates me with jewelry, so it was only fitting that I carried jewels instead of flowers!"
What was your favorite part of the wedding?
"I have two. The most meaningful moment was our receiving line as everyone boarded the boat to the reception and my new husband and I greeted every single person in attendance at our wedding. I felt the love of so many people, one after another, and then we sailed off, literally, into the sunset. When I think of when I’ve been happiest in my life, I picture that moment. The most fun part of the wedding for me was at the reception when Dan and I got up with our wedding band and sang our favorite song, “This Must Be The Place” by the Talking Heads. Dan is an incredible guitar player and I’m a pro karaoke singer, so in a moment of spontaneity, we hopped onstage without any practice and had a blast."