Leslie and Alex
September 1, 2016
Trump National, Bedminster, New Jersey
I had no idea what style of engagement ring I wanted, which made Alex’s work all the more difficult. On top of planning out how he would propose (and keeping that a secret from me) there was the pressure of designing the symbol of our eternal devotion for each other with the confidence that I would love it: no small task! What I knew for sure was that I wanted a rose gold band, so with that Alex began designing my engagement ring. He made multiple trips to Leo Ingwer on days where we’d both be working from home; Alex would suit up and leave for a “client meeting” in the sweltering July heat.
I have never doubted Alex’s taste and was excited for what would be one of the biggest surprises of my life. With the help of Danielle he designed the most beautiful engagement ring. It’s an east-west oval in a bezel set band. We stuck with the rose gold theme for our wedding bands.
The rural early Autumn setting dictated how we chose and styled everything: from locally sourced food, to our artisanal welcome package, flowers of jewel tones and antique brass candelabras to complement the understated elegance of the ballroom.
Instead of numbers, we matched each table with a seasonal produce, which our stationer hand illustrated. Our florist included the fresh produce into the table’s centerpiece, consisting of porcini mushrooms, olive branches, artichoke, pomegranate, rosemary and figs to name a few!
Our giveaway at the end of the night brought everything full circle. We chose raw honey from a nearby beekeeper. Honey because it symbolizes the coming of a sweet new year (we were married right after Rosh Hashanah), it represents abundance and has incredible healing properties. And last but not least, honey is maybe the only food that does not spoil!