Catherine + Gilles in The Big Apple


There is pretty, and there is JUST PRETTY. Our lovely couple from Luxembourg pulled out all the stops in their September nuptials in The Big Apple. First and foremost, their theme was chic, crisp white. The bride wore a red lippie, which pretty much nailed it right then and there. We could go on and on, but one thing’s for sure: this is a clean, minimalist fête, with a whole lot of heart.

“The proposal came almost two years before the wedding on Valentine’s Day. I got a big American style engagement ring from Gilles, which isn’t that common in Europe. Though we lived in Luxembourg, we decided to get married in New York. It helped that we have a wonderful friend living in New York City, who was ready to assist as our wedding planner, otherwise that’d be mission impossible. So a tip for couples getting married abroad: unless you’re able to spend a few weeks at your wedding destination to plan the details, get a friend – who’s a local in the city you’re planning to get married in – to help out, or better still, hire an experienced wedding planner.”

“All our getting ready shots were taken at the Thompson LES in East Village just a few blocks south from The Standard, East Village, which was the ceremony and reception venue. I remembered the entire walk from the Thompson to The Standard. People on the streets were taking pictures of Gilles and myself with their phones, congratulating and praising us on how gorgeous we looked. It was incredible! Someone stopped Caroline as she was photographing us and asked, ‘Is this a magazine shoot for Vogue or something?’ When she replied ‘No, they’re a real bride and groom’, that person just gasped and mentioned how stunning we looked. It was Fashion Week in NYC, so I guessed that was why people were thinking that way.”

“We were very lucky that everything turned out the way it was supposed to be, considering that we had hectic work schedules back home and crazy agendas. We finished everything in record time – the cake was completed a month before; I booked Caroline two weeks before the wedding; my hairdresser was booked two days before; our certificate of non-objection was completed exactly 48 hours prior to our big day. We had 80 people flying in from Europe, Japan and Australia, and we didn’t want our wedding to end up being a disaster, so we put in a lot of effort, as much as we can, to make everything possible.”

Venue: The Standard, East Village, New York City
Wedding Planner: Bindia, a friend of the bride and groom
Photographer: Caroline Yoon Fine Art Photography
Florist: Michael George
Baker/Caterer: The Standard, East Village, New York City
Bride’s Attire: Delphine Manivet
Groom’s Attire: Luigi Montagutti; Alexander McQueen
Makeup and Hair: Johnny Gonzalez Hair & Makeup

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