A WEDDING THAT BROUGHT IBIZA TO NEW YORK AND BROKE ALL THE RULES

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A WEDDING THAT BROUGHT IBIZA TO NEW YORK AND BROKE ALL THE RULES

Everyone wore white and the bride wore a bedazzled bodysuit.

By: Tara Gonzalez

Rachel Katzman didn’t just use champagne to toast at her wedding—she also wore it in her hair. As the founder of Cuvée beauty, a hair care line that bottles bubbly for hair spray, shampoo, and conditioner, Katzman just doesn’t do ordinary.

When it came to planning her wedding, she knew she wasn’t going to follow any of the rules. For her ceremony gown she chose the second dress she tried on (a Vera Wang) and let everyone else in her party wear white. Her after-party look was a bedazzled Julien MacDonald bodysuit, and she later changed into an all-white workout ensemble. For inspiration, she looked to a city often associated with bachelor and bachelorette parties: Ibiza.

Katzman got engaged in a Paris alleyway to Stephen Pasterino, a spot chosen because of her love for Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. (They sat on the same steps as Gil, Owen Wilson’s character, when he travels back in time.) So it was only fitting that the wedding had a European theme. Katzman wanted the night to start out elegant and timeless and get darker and sexier as it got later, in order to resemble the atmosphere of European nightlife. She even flew her favorite DJ from Ibiza to NYC for the occasion.

There were dancers painted in gold and crowns handed out to guests. The nuptials were a fairy-tale affair with a hashtag to match: #PrincessandtheP—P being Pasterinos nickname, and the princess being Katzman, of course.

Click through to read how she got the custom bodysuit of her dreams, why she ended the night in leggings and a sports bra, and what went into the design of her fairy-tale Olympia Le Tan bag.

 

“The pink sweatsuit was Juicy Couture. I grew up wearing Juicy tracksuits, I’m so sad they aren’t fashionable anymore.”

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“With the makeup, I wanted to keep it lighter for the ceremony, and with each look, keep darkening it and adding more to it.”

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“My husband, I call him P! Everyone calls him P. Immediately after I got engaged, my girlfriend said, ‘Your hashtag is Princess and the P.’ So you see that on the Olympia Le Tan bag. You also saw that on the invitations, all the invitations were closed with a wax seal and it had a P with a crown. Everything was P with the crown. I knew immediately when she thought of that hashtag, ‘I need to get Olympia Le Tan to make a custom bag that says Princess and the P,’ because it fits since she does storybooks. I reached out with them and went back and forth with the design. It’s amazing!”

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“I wanted to go all the way with that first dress. I knew I didn’t want any sparkle, and I wanted a lot of tulle, so I thought Vera Wang because she does the best job with that. I started Googling pictures, and I found the picture of my dress online, and I literally said to myself, ‘That is going to be my wedding dress! I can just feel it.’ And that was the second dress I tried on. I didn’t cry, I didn’t get overwhelmed, and my mom was like, ‘We gotta keep trying, we gotta go to different stores! Come on!’ And I was like, ‘No. That’s it. Done! This is it.’ I wanted it to be sophisticated and chic and sexy. I love the mesh long sleeves, but it still has that elegant, classy feel for the first look.”

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
“For my bouquet—I didn’t want [the] traditional bouquet of a ton of flowers. We did one huge couture rose in white to keep the elegance but not be traditional. I think that’s a common theme of the night—still be classy, edgy, cool, sophisticated, and not traditional, more of a European vibe. I wanted each room to be a new experience for my guests and keep people engaged and on their toes for what was coming next and always having surprises.”

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“I was never the girl that pictured her wedding or what I’d look like at a young age. After I got engaged, I started Googling. My whole life I’ve never been into the whole ‘you have one day and one time to look a certain way.’”

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“I knew I wanted my two bridesmaids to wear white. I wanted something very clean and chic, I wanted just about everyone in white. I said, ‘You guys can change into whatever you want after’ because I knew they wanted a short little dress. I really let them pick, I just said, ‘All you have to do is wear white!’ They picked out their dresses.”

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Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
“I have to give a lot of credit to my wedding planner. She took my vision and really took it to the next level—beyond anything I could have imagined. Her company is Fete NY. When I sat and talked to her, the first meeting she said, ‘Talk to me about what your dream night would look like.’ The ceremony is that time when you want it to be very innocent almost. White and clean! But you still want to have an elegance and sophistication to it. I didn’t want traditional flowers, I wanted very modern ones. The inspiration for the mirrors came from the Chanel runway show. I also wanted the aisle to be elevated, like a little runway! All-white carpet, all-white chairs, a white baby grand piano. I had someone sing to me as I walked down the aisle. That ceremony was intimate and full of love and energy.” 

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“I just said to my wedding planner, ‘I want cocktails to still be very cool and modern, and I want the dinner to feel like this gorgeous, sexy dinner party with black and red.’ I love Fornasetti, so we did the Fornasetti plates, and there was all different kinds of red flowers on the table and black candles everywhere.”

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Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
“For the first look, when I was googling Vera Wang, I immediately thought, ‘I’m going to be wearing that dress with a 26-inch-long ponytail. I just made it happen, and I always love having extensions to put in for a night like this. The guy who does my hair in L.A., he killed it! I didn’t want to look back on pictures and be like ‘Ah, Why did I do my hair like that?’ I think with that dress especially, a low ponytail with really soft waves would be timeless and classic. I kept my hair down for the rest of the night, took it out of the ponytail, put some Cuvee in it, and I was good to go!” 

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“We got engaged in Paris. I kinda knew it was coming [laughs]. Our favorite movie is Midnight In Paris. The steps that Gil, Owen Wilson’s character, gets picked up on—we had dinner in that area and walked around. We went to those steps and he pulled me into this little alleyway and got down on one knee and said, ‘I love you so much. I want to spend the rest of my life with you,’ and proposed to me. So I started hysterically crying. I couldn’t even breathe! It’s so great because I have a picture in front of the alleyway with the little street sign, and that street has been there for hundreds and hundreds of years. I love that when we have kids we can take them to that street and it’ll always be there.”

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
“I wanted the night to start off very classic and traditional and have it work its way to sexy and dark with the outfits. It started out chic and sophisticated, and I lost clothes as the night went on. [laughs]”

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“...The second dress...was a custom-made Julien MacDonald gown. I’ve been obsessed with his dresses for years, but unfortunately he doesn’t sell in the US. I had a work trip to London, so I immediately set up an appointment to go to his showroom. I tried on different gowns and picked the colors. I loved the rose gold and the gold. I really wanted to make a bodysuit because I had seen all the past bodysuits that he’s done.”

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Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
“When I went to his showroom, I could not find one bodysuit there, and I was way too afraid to have them make one without trying it on first, so I found a little tiny mini dress that I was going to [wear], and two weeks later they came to New York for my fitting, and they brought me, from the archives, a silver bodysuit with a train. I fell in love with it and asked them if they could make it in gold for me and make the train detachable. I wanted to walk in with that Beyoncé moment with the train and then be able to take it off so I could dance and move around in it. Making sure that the gold that they were making the bodysuit in matched my crown.”

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“I had this vision and thought ‘I want to end my wedding night in a gold Dolce & Gabbana crown and a gold bedazzled bodysuit!”

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“My workout outfit! My husband now—so weird to say still—he owns his own gym on Bowery. Fitness is a huge part of our life. It only felt natural that I needed to end in a white workout outfit so I could fully move around and have fun. I ordered one of those veil poofs that Bachelorettes wear and take off, so I could have that and the look would still be a little bridal.”

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“We had all the bottles custom-wrapped with the P and the Crown and the day! It’s a great detail.”

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“To me the best thing about Spring Studios is that it was a blank canvas so you can really turn that space into anything you want. We had to divide the dinner room into a club room. My planner thought of doing beaded Fornasetti inspiration walls to separate it, which I thought really made the room. And also having that insane gorgeous ice bar, which actually had real flowers in it at the back of the room. I don’t even have the words, it was just so sexy and edgy! But still classy.”

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“We had 240 people, which wasn’t too big or too small. I just wanted it to feel very intimate. All the little touches, I knew I wanted to wear a crown, so we had all the dancers pass out crowns to all the girls on the floor. We had all this gold confetti come out at one in the morning. We also had our favorite DJ from Ibiza come and play that night, which was really fun. I honestly felt like I was in Europe the entire night; it just had that European vibe about the whole evening.” 

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
“I actually really wanted to get married in Ibiza! My mom was like, ‘No, yeah, we’re not doing that.’ So I told my party planner, ‘You need to bring Ibiza to New York. It has to really feel like Ibiza.’ I didn’t want the traditional wedding where it was a dance floor in the middle and all the tables. I wanted it to be a fun party. We had music playing, people were up dancing around their dinner. I wanted it to feel like a club, so we had bottle service around the dance floor and couches. We had gold-painted body dancers, and we had a full gold bar with a gold wall behind. It was very club-like.”

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Oth Studios

 

Photos by Shawn Connell for Christian Oth StudioWedding planning by Fete NY.

This article was originally published on coveteur.com