Kaori and Taka

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Manhattanites of the first order, Kaori and Taka wanted to celebrate their wedding in the wide open spaces of Westchester County. Lyndhurst Mansion sparked this artistic bride's creative sensibilities, and she designed an elegant affair that brought together the couple's favorite big city details and the natural loveliness of fall in the country, starting with a golden letterpress suite by Elum Designs.

Kaori wore a structural gown by Peter Langner from Mark Ingram Atlier; a sheath of white calla lilies by Ariel Dearie complemented her striking gown, BCBG shoes, a simple chignon and sunburst earrings. Bridesmaids wore lilac dresses from Vera Wang White and Taka and his groomsmen looked handsome in John Varvatos tuxedos and silver Brioni ties.

After a ceremony on the lawn, the newlyweds, who both grew up in Japan, treated their guests to some authentic rituals; a Japanese drum group performed to kick off the reception, and later they performed the kagami-biraki, a sake ceremony that brings prosperity and good fortune. Guests enjoyed the sumptuous supper by Le Moulin almost as much as they loved the custom made wooden sake cups given as favors. The spectacular five-tier Ron Ben-Israel confection Kaori chose perfectly complimented the organic floral arrangements by Ariel Dearie, and in addition to slices of wedding cake, the new Mr and Mrs served their favorite savory and sweet after-dinner treats from Levain BakeryBluebird Coffee ShopMomofuku Milk Bar, La Maison du Macaron, Dessert Club by ChikaLicious and Murray’s Cheese. for a truly delicious end to a beautiful day. 

Many, many thanks to the talented and generous Erik Ekroth for sharing these spectacular images with me; tell me, do you have a favorite photo or detail from Kaori and Taka's big day? I can't chose between those stunning floral arrangements and that incredible cake!


  1. This dress is so beautiful; reminds me of origami. I love a structured dress.

  2. Love the sculptural look of her dress - how gorgeous!

  3. Aww so classic. :) And that little flower girl is the cutest.

  4. Those desserts sound heavenly! I'd love to just do a whole bunch of cookies from Levain Bakery for a wedding. I prefer cookies to cake anyway.



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