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After our amazing stay at the St. Regis Aspen for our incredible 3-day tour at the end of August, Tobias Rimkus, Director of Catering & Event Management, presented me with an opportunity that a girl just can’t refuse: To head to New York City a few short weeks later, shack up at the St. Regis New York, and see the Marchesa Couture show during New York Fashion Week. It was an absolute whirlwind (seriously, we were only in New York for 19 hours!), but worth every second, all the jet lag, and the 180 degree turnaround for a wedding (fittingly, back in Aspen!) the day I got back. If you want to infuse your wedding day with a little St. Regis style, Marchesa has created a capsule collection of four couture bridal designs, each inspired by a different St. Regis property where the designs will be exclusively sold: New York, Dubai, Mumbai, and Punta Mita. And if one of these gowns catches your eye, those who purchase one of the gowns will have a personal fitting with designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig in Marchesa’s New York atelier, followed by a stay at the St. Regis New York.
We’ve talked about the luxe stylings and unparalleled comfort and warmth of the St. Regis Aspen before, and the St. Regis New York was all that, and then some, thanks to the addition of an elegant Big City vibe. Imagine being transported back in time to the Golden Age of glamorous travel, indulgent finishes (there’s no other word for it when your hotel room has a velvet sofa AND a crystal chandelier!), and impeccable hospitality, and you might as well be standing in the lobby of the St. Regis New York right this second.
One of my dearest friends, Kelly Karli of Kelly Karli Weddings and Events, joined me on this wild adventure, which kicked off with a cocktail spread any wedding planner would be proud of. Champagne, cocktails, cheeses, and an array of salty and sweet treats awaited us in the lobby before we were ushered to the show.
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Not only did we get to see the Marchesa Spring 2016 show, we were seated front row amongst Jennifer Hudson, Julianne Hough, and Christina Hendricks! The feathers and lace cast a dramatic silhouette, and the bright colors had me dreaming of brides in anything but white.
After the presentation, we had a chance to snap a quick photo with designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig.
To wrap up the evening, we headed out to dinner with a pair of Bella newlyweds, Kedzie and Ed. Kelly and I barely made it back to the hotel for a few hours of shut-eye before being whisked back to the airport to head west. You can be sure we slept on the plane!
There is no better place in New York City for an elegant, formal wedding that embodies cosmopolitan glamour than the St. Regis New York. The Beaux Art landmark captures your heart before you even step inside, where no detail is left undone. The top floor ballroom has painted vaulted ceilings, gilded chandeliers, and Central Park views. The more intimate Fontainbleau Room is full of gold accents and historic moulding, and the recently reopened King Cole Bar & Salon (birthplace of the Bloody Mary!) is the perfect spot for welcome cocktails or a morning-after brunch. Next time we’re in New York, we’ll meet you there for a drink!
Thank you so much to Tobias, the St. Regis Aspen, and the St. Regis New York for such an amazing experience. We have always loved the St. Regis, but this outpouring of hospitality and the unending desire to make sure every guest is taken care of beyond their wildest dreams has earned both properties a special place in our hearts. Whether we’re celebrating in Aspen, New York, or anywhere else that can boast a St. Regis property, we know we’ll always be in the best of hands, and so will our couples and their guests.