Meghan-Evan Wedding-Breakers, Palm Beach, FL, US
Jeff Kolodny beautifully captured Meghan-Evan Wedding-Breakers in Palm Beach, FL, US.
Event Date: April 14, 2018 – Meghan-Evan Wedding-Breakers
Q and A with the couple: Meghan-Evan Wedding-Breakers
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
When choosing where to get married, the choice was easy. We both were born and raised in South Florida and knew we wanted to get married at home. I had been going to St. Edward Church since I was a little girl and had both my First Communion and Confirmation there. It had been a place where I had both celebrated many momentous occasions and laid loved ones to rest. The space itself could not be more meaningful to me and my family.
Once the church was secured, the reception venue was even easier to choose. The Breakers is not only a historical institution, but the most stunning hotel on Palm Beach. My family has been members for several years and we have spent so much time enjoying the beach, spa, and restaurants throughout the property together. It is truly a magical place. Once we met Jeff Fowler and Aime Dunstan, we knew we were in great hands and they would create exactly what we wanted for our special day.
I work for the Rainforest Alliance, an environmental conservation organization and Evan works for West Elm, a modern furniture company in Brooklyn. We didn’t exactly have a “theme” for the wedding, but it was inspired by what we do, who we are, and what we love. We wanted it to feel like a chic classy and casual jungle. Our colors were simple – white, black (because we are New Yorkers now), and plant-green with gold accents here and there.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
Evan and I were inspired by tropical plants and natural materials. We both love the outdoors and minimal modern decorations. We wanted it to be more green than floral and look like a trendy Brooklyn restaurant. Our printed materials were made by a close family friend, Cathy Flagg’s local company called Signature Collection. Our cocktail napkins were printed online and we customized them with Grateful Dead bears as an homage to our favorite band.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
Plants played a huge role in our wedding. Everything was black, white, or green so the floral arrangements were just that. The bridal bouquet was a stylized, loose and airy, asymmetrical gathering of medium monstera leaves, white anemone with black centers, white phalaenopsis orchids, white nerine and white ranunculus with lily grass accents. Stems wrapped in black satin ribbon and exposed at bottom.
The bridesmaids held a beautiful xerigraphic air plant, fern and white Tibet rose bouquet. Stems wrapped in black satin ribbon and exposed at bottom. The groomsmen wore a mini succulent boutonniere with gardenia and fern greenery, stems wrapped in black satin ribbon and gold wire.
Our photo booth was a stylized wall arrangement of greenery and succulents and served as a backdrop for guest’s pictures. We had three different styled tables. The head and rectangular tables were long, low hedge of tropical greenery (monstera, whaleback palm, calathea, robelini) with accents of whitephalaenopsis orchids will line the table, cascading over each end to the floor. The arrangement was illuminated by floating candles in Monet candle stands, dune votives and tubular glass votives.
The tall centerpiece was a gold Harlow stand held a luscious arrangement of large monstera leaves, whaleback palms robelini and variegated calathea leaves with accents of white phalaenopsis orchids. At the base arrangements of African mask leaves and white phalaenopsis blooms were illuminated by square crystalcandlesticks holding black taper candles and tubular votives.
The low centerpiece was a footed gold Oscar bowl will hold a low, stylized arrangement of large and medium monstera leaves and variegated calathea leaves with accents of African masks and white phalaenopsis orchids, square crystal candlesticks holding black taper candles and tubular votives. Our window Décor was a collection of hanging bubble votives which enveloped the ballroom in candlelight.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
After our 3pm church ceremony, we had cocktails on the Ocean Lawn. It was still nice out and I wanted it to feel like you were at a classy beach-side music festival. On top of our premium bar and passed hors d’oeuvres, we had an elaborate Asian buffet and an array of local craft beer – both the groom’s favorites. We found a local Grateful Dead cover band to play an acoustic set on the lawn while guests mingled and enjoyed the ocean view and breeze.
At 6pm, the bell for dinner rang and guests were escorted along the ocean walk-way to the Circle Dining Room. After a green tropical leaf plant display with table place cards, our fabulous black and gold marbled cake was the first thing guests saw when they entered the transformed space. The Headliner’s announced us as Mr. and Mrs. Evan Monteiro to Beyonce’s “XO” and we danced to “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young. The entire day and night were completely unforgettable!
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
Many people assumed that the bride was behind the fashion choices for out wedding, but Evan decided on the formal attire. He had always wanted to wear a white dinner jacket and wanted an excuse to see all our friends and family dressed up. So, with that I knew my dress would have to be fancy and classy.
My mom came to New York for a weekend in the summer to try on wedding dresses. My best friend and bridesman, Michael Wooten, also came with us to help in the decision-making. We finally decided on the dress after visiting Mark Ingram Atelier. Though we were not looking at Ines di Santo designs specifically, there happened to be a trunk show that weekend and the bridal consultant picked out the dress for me to try on. It was exactly what I was looking for.
I wanted a beautiful, clean elegant fabric that was cut perfectly to fit my body. What sold us was the back – it was an illusion that actually tricked everyone. The gown appeared to be completely backless and had a stunning detachable bow train. It was comfortable and made me feel tall and glamourous. Plus, it perfectly matched Evan’s look, which tied it all together.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
After both of us attended Cardinal Newman High School for 3 overlapping years and never meeting, I ended up finding Evan through an online dating app called Tinder while living in New York City. The app was connected to Facebook and showed how many mutual friends we had. Since it was well over thirty people, I figured he went to a state school and ended up meeting people I knew. I did not recognize him at all, but he remembered me even though he pretended not to at first. We were running in different circles – he was a soccer player with a part-time job and I was a beach bum who liked live music.
I found out that Evan was living in Greenwich, CT and told him to reach out to me the next time he was in the city. After a lot of back and forth (about 2 months), he let me know that he would be by Grand Central Station on a Sunday afternoon in June. We met at my favorite dive bar in the area – Jimmy’s Corner. We embarrassingly arrived early enough to open the bar with the bartender and stayed for hours reminiscing about growing up in South Florida. I liked him immediately and knew I would marry him. A few years later he moved in with me and my soon-to-be Bridesman, Michael Wooten, in Brooklyn until we eventually got a place of our own. Shortly after he proposed to me on a Wednesday evening after I got home from yoga. We popped champagne and ordered pizza.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
Walking down the aisle was the most special moment of the day. I was so overcome with joy seeing all my friends and family that I didn’t even care when my veil fell off. I just kept going. The greatest part of our celebration was having all our loved ones with us to share in our joy. We were also super excited about the food!
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
The year of planning was rough at times. It was a big event and there were a lot of important details to decide on. Don’t let the details bother you and know that all the work pays off. We both got frustrated many times along the way, but the day was totally worth all the hard work. It was perfect and we were so happy. We will never forget it!
Associated Pros/Vendors: Meghan-Evan Wedding-Breakers
Printed materials – Cathy Flagg’s local company called Signature Collection.
Jeff Fowler and Aime Dunstan – planners.
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Bindle and Keep
Groomsman Attire: The Black Tux
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Dress Designer: Ines di Santo
Dress Store: Mark Ingram Atelier
Event Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach
Photographer: Jeff Kolodny Photography, Inc / https://www.kolodnyphoto.com
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