I had the honor of shooting the Crate and Barrel Ultimate Wedding in New Orleans over Halloween weekend with the amazing event designer Yifat Oren. Click on the links below to see Crate & Barrel’s edit of my work. Our newest shooter, Hannah, joined me and we’ll be posting some of our personal favorites next week.
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July 29, 2010
Chelsea and Marc
Posted by Rebecca Mead in the New Yorker. Click here for original link.
Just over two million couples will get married in the United States this year, and most of them are not Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, whose very private, much discussed nuptials will—short of the best-laid false trail ever—take place this weekend in Rhinebeck, New York. Estimates for the cost of the event range from two to five million dollars, so at least the Clinton and Mezvinsky families are doing their part to boost the revenues of the wedding industry, which has suffered a dropping-off of fortunes since the financial crisis hit. In 2007, the last of the flush years, the average American wedding cost twenty-nine thousand dollars; by last year, couples were spending just under twenty thousand dollars per celebration. At the most conservative estimate, Chelsea and Marc’s celebration will compensate the economy on behalf of a hundred less lavish couples, which might be thought of as one way of spreading the wealth around. (I examined the American wedding industry in this magazine and in my book, “One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding.”)
According to a recent survey of wedding planners, wedding photographers, and others in the industry, frugality is the new fabulous: “Everyone wants to ‘negotiate’ pricing,” one wedding vendor complained to theweddingreport.com, which conducted the survey. “Very cheap brides, fake flowers, and ugly décor,” another said. Other vendors report an increase in D.I.Y. weddings—couples using kits to make invitations, shopping on Etsy.com, and compiling an iPod playlist instead of hiring a d.j. or a band. The D.I.Y. trend, understandably, is one that wedding professionals frown upon—although even there, and even in this economy, a smart operator can find a market. One respondent to the survey reported that “wedding coordinators [are] being used to facilitate Do It Yourself projects where it looks like the bride did DIY and made it personal, but didn’t do any of the work.”
No such ruse is likely at the Clinton/Mezvinsky nuptials, for which Bryan Rafanelli, a Boston-based event coördinator, has reportedly been hired; but in other respects Chelsea’s wedding is in keeping with current fashions. “Natural settings, botanic gardens, and farms” are popular—Chelsea is marrying at Astor Courts, which is set amid fifty acres of grounds—and so is “the Vintage trend.” (What could be more perfectly vintage than a mansion designed by Stanford White in 1908?) Whether Chelsea will opt for today’s most popular color scheme (“Purple, purple, and more purple!”) remains to be seen. But in one other respect, at least, she and Marc, who met in their teens and are now in their thirties, are conforming to trends. “Couples are waiting longer to make commitments, doing more research,” one vendor wrote. The vendor was talking about committing to a wedding planner, but Chelsea and Marc—rumors of whose wedding, it will be remembered, were the talk of Martha’s Vineyard last summer—apparently have the good sense to keep in mind that a wedding day, even the most talked-about one of the year, is rather less important than what comes after.
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