A New York Garden Wedding from Levi Stolove Photography

Today's New York garden wedding from Levi Stolove is a chic, romantic treat! Bride, Sasha Leibowitz is a renowned fashion stylist and designer and responsible for her own stunning bridal style, inspired bridesmaids dresses and creating a truly romantic ceremony in an industrial space in the city. I've mentioned having a wedding re-do before and this day is definitely a strong contender if we ever do!

From the bride:

What was the theme of your day?

Romantic is the best way to describe it I think. Our dream was to always get married in nature, but because we live in the city and had so many overseas guests, we had to find a space close by and literally turn it into an overgrown rose garden. The décor was all very soft, feminine and dreamy, with a combination of salvaged wood and industrial style furniture.

 

What did you want in your dress?

As a stylist I knew this would be the hardest thing for me as I am always seeing new things and changing my mind. I always knew I didn’t want anything over the top, but something sexy and simple. I looked at all the couture bridal houses but couldn’t find anything I liked so I decided to have something made. I originally tried a designer in Australia, but it was too hard to do from New York. I then had another seamstress here do something, but it didn’t work out either and we turned it into something I could use for a shoot. Literally weeks before the wedding I still had no dress, I searched everywhere, and finally came across a vintage couture gown on an online auction which I fought for, bought it and had it shipped from the UK.  I had only seen it in photos and knew it would only arrive a week before the wedding, so the obsessive stylist in me thought it would be safe to have a backup, so I pulled a favour with a design friend and flew to LA to meet with Michael Costello and we literally created a dress on the spot, and I flew out that night and had the dress sent to me a few days later. Both dresses arrived the week before the wedding, and as luck would have it, they were both perfect. So different but exactly what I wanted to wear, so I ended up wearing both. The Elie Saab was completely beaded, cap sleeved with sheer panels on the chest and waist and a completely open back, long and slim fitted, and the Michael Costello was white super low cut, and low back with a big flowing skirt with a long train, which was made up of almost 15 yards of fabric. I wore the couture for the ceremony, with my custom headpiece and Reem Acra veil and then the Costello for the party with huge crystal Balmain earrings.

 

Tell us about all your details!

The Venue: We literally attempted about 100 different venues, cities and countries before we found this one. Between me, Oli and my family, we all wanted to have it in different places, which confused things a lot. Oli wanted a tropical island, my family wanted Australia, and I wanted somewhere outside New York, like the Hamptons or Woodstock. We finally all agreed on New York, and my mum flew over and we went hunting for a venue. We had exhausted every option when suddenly the night before she left we found The Foundry. We took one look at it and knew it was the place. It was perfect, the combination of a raw space with lots of greenery – it was an architectural gem. It had different spaces so we could hold the whole wedding in one place. Then it was just about finding a date to do it on, as the venue is booked years in advance. We went on hold for a few dates and waited a few weeks till something opened up, and the rest fell into place.

Bridesmaids Dresses: I fell in love with a Emillo Pucci runway look almost a year ago, and decided I wanted the bridesmaids to look sexy, trendy and in that style. I ended up having a Parsons graduate custom make the dresses for me. They were probably the most work out of everything and there were a few trial and errors to get them right, plus all my bridesmaids lived on opposite ends of the globe, so we made them all made by measurement and then altered the week of the wedding. They wore cropped cap sleeve tops and a full skirt in like a light beige geometric floral fabric. They then all changed into black Reformation low back dresses for the party.

Accessories: I picked my accessories months before I even knew what dress I was wearing. I got a custom floral headpiece made by a designer in the UK (inspired by a Zuhair Murad show) and it was made of porcelain flowers and crowned around the back of the head, open at the front. I got my cathedral lace veil made by Reem Acra. The Balmain earrings I bought assuming to wear at the rehearsal dinner, but loved them so much I ended up saving them for the actual wedding day.

The men: Oliver wore a Givenchy black slim cut tuxedo and custom star collar tips, with a Gucci white modern shirt, white bowtie and black Lanvin shoes. The Groomsmen all worn black Calvin Klein tuxedos and black bowties.  I wanted all the boys to look sharp and dapper, and there were so many of them, I knew that the safest option was a black tux.

Hair & Makeup: My hair was styled loosely in a massive french braid. My hair stylist was Ryan Mitchell, the best editorial hair stylist I know. An Aussie boy in New York and he was incredible. I don’t know anyone else who could have done such a perfect job for me. He did my hair for all the events that week and killed it. My colourist was Ryal Pearl (also a legend colourist) and they both work at Cutler Salon on West Broadway. Another incredible Australian in New York is makeup artist Stoj Bulic. I had worked with her many times before and knew she was the one to use on my big day.

Favours: We had a lot of overseas guests (108 to be exact), so we wanted something iconic and New York based. We gave a gorgeous Coffee table book called ‘Humans of New York’, and cookies from Dean & Deluca in different shapes of New York landmarks. We also put in a custom note to each of the guests and recommendations of restaurants, shops and place to see in New York.

What was your favourite moment?

Holding mum and dads hand down the aisle, and the butterflies and tears that came as I got in front of Oli under the chuppah.  

Any advice for planning brides?

Make sure you have a good wedding planner who is organised, experienced and aggressive in the planning process. It makes the world of difference.

And don’t drink too much, you want to remember the night!

Photography: Levi Stolove Photography / Hair: Ryan Mitchell / Makeup: Stoj Bulic / Flowers: Jenevieve Peralta / Catering: Sonnier & Castle / Bride's Shoes: Proenza Schouler / Bridesmaid's Dresses: Inspired by Emilio Pucci, custom made / Celebrant: Dean Leibowitz / Wedding Venue: The Foundry / Videographer: Tweed Weddings.

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