Luke and Melissa met by chance through mutual friends exactly 11 years ago (on 11.11.17). It was just about 4 years back that Luke surprised Melissa with a fairytale proposal on her birthday on February 10th, 2013 in the midst of a New York City blizzard. In the penthouse of the Dream Downtown Hotel Luke gathered an intimate group of some of our closest friends and family and asked Melissa to be his wife. Champagne and candlelight set the tone as M83 played epically in the background. The ring was an antique emerald from France and the setting was personally designed by Luke, together with Dave Petillo ( a world reknowned wood curator and luthier, whose very first jewelry design and cast was this very engagment ring). There was no detail spared in the scale of this beautiful occasion. Who knew then, what the magic of The Black Wedding would grow to become.
Think Gatsby meets Alexander McQueen for a night of opulent french revelry, as Tim Burton orchestrates the entertainment. We set out to make the day and night about everyone. Not just the two of us. To celebrate all of the people that have contributed to our becoming “us”. We wanted to curate an event where each person felt they were at the center of it all yet came away with a completely separate and unique experience. Enter the immersive actors/actresses. Each guest has a different story, memory or cherished moment-in-time from the night where they were integrated into the evening. Whether it be the seductress in the bathtub of glitter handing them a secret potion, being lint rolled by our french maids or been held captive until they wrote down a deep dark secret and slipped it into someone elses pocket, everyone was an “actor” in our play.
The Black Wedding arose from the final scene in The Shining where Jack Nicolson sees the image on the wall of himself at the front of a room with everyone behind him celebrating. We thought an amazing image would be Melissa in all white in the forefront and everyone else behind her in all black. It would be this poignant, classic image, and an ode to how she brought us all here. On that very note, The Black Wedding was brought to life.
The formal/black tie is something that we both were unwavering on. The bygone era of opulent New York where men wore tuxedos and women wore their best gowns for a night out is something we love and wish we could have experienced. We wanted to bring that back with a modern, darker twist.
Production, planning, event management: @millennialscollective
Venue, production: @theboxnyc
Performance talent: @theloveshownyc
Host/Mistress of Ceremonies: @danielletylernyc
Photography: @magsymooo @magdalenastudios
Videography: @theshark @russroe
Vintage rental: @seablossombridal
Decor rental: @wedding_establishment
Bridesmaids Dresses: @fameandpartners
Grooming men: @labseries