Lara purchased her dreamy wedding dress on a whim from Saks and it may be the best spontaneous purchase I’ve ever seen. She and her husband, David, threw a marvelously elegant wedding at The Harold Pratt House on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. / Photos by Farnaz K Studio.
Says Lara, “We picked The Harold Pratt House because it was romantic, timeless, and elegant. A former private residence on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, it was quintessential New York. And because it wasn’t a traditional wedding venue, it allowed us to design an event unique to us. An intimate ceremony in the round downstairs, followed by cocktails in the library upstairs with a 3 piece jazz band, then to a sit down dinner in the ballroom, finishing with a band and dancing back downstairs…
I purchased [my wedding dress] at Saks on a whim – it was the first dress I tried on. I couldn’t stop smiling after I put it on, so I knew it was the right choice. We incorporated a favorite quote from ‘As You Like It,’ threading it throughout our ceremony, the programs, and the engravings inside our wedding bands. The roof of our Chuppah, which was decorated with beautiful bright orchids and tea light candles, was draped with our grandfathers’ prayer shawls.”
And if Lara could give her former bride-t0-be self some advice: “Hire a trusted day-of-planner to handle all the details so we could focus only on celebrating and not concern ourselves with the timeline.”
Lara and David honeymooned in Morocco for two weeks.
Credits: Photographer: Farnaz K Studio / Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Harold Pratt House / Hotel – Trump Soho / Officiant: Rabbi Gerald Weider / Invitation Designer: Bella Figura / Catering: Marcia Selden Catering / Florist: Jane Packer / Wedding Dress: Saks Fifth Avenue / Bridal Accessories: Shoes – Valentino / Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel & Accessories: Groom’s Suit – Dolce & Gabbana / Hair and Make-up: Makeup – Lauren Whitworth / Transportation: NYC Royal Limo / Dance Instruction: Fred Astaire Dance Studio / Jewelry: Bride – Kwiat & Gilan, Groom – Cartier / Ketubah: Enya Keshet / Personalized Yarmulkes: Cool Kippahs /Live Music: Harpist – Maria Banks / Jazz Duo – Chuck Braman Duo/ Band – Bud Maltin Metropolitan Orchestra / Choir – New York Polyphony