Real Wedding | Lauren & Tom

Palm Beach has such a distinct vibe.  Fun. Fancy. Special.  What could be a better setting for a wedding?  Lauren and Tom brought the Palm Beach yellow right into their wedding theme.  And incorporated some fun surprises for their guests.  I’m completely in love with this wedding. Take a look and you’ll see why.

Lauren & Tom |November 7, 2009 | The Brazilian Court Hotel and Beach Club in Palm Beach, Florida

How he proposed
Despite growing up only a short distance away from each other in St. Louis, we didn’t meet until introduced by mutual friends in Houston. One year after meeting, Tom surprised me with a ring while on our daily run through Memorial Park in Houston with their dogs.

The ceremony
We had an outdoor sunset ceremony with 130 guests in the North Courtyard of the Brazilian Court in Palm Beach, FL.  A close friend of my family married us.

Since I am Danish, our string trio played the Prince of Denmark’s March as I walked in.  We surprised our guests with a 16-person Bahamian Junkanoo band that came out dancing, pounding their drums and blowing their whistles right after we said “I do” and led us dancing back down the aisle to the reception courtyard.  They continued to play and dance with guests as they arrived into the courtyard for the reception.

The moment Lauren will never forget
There were A LOT of memorable moments, but I’ll never forget after being pronounced “man & wife” the shock, awe and excitement on everyone’s face – especially our families – when our surprise Bahamian Junkanoo band started playing.  We were so excited to finally be married, but we knew we could start to relax because it was the beginning of an amazing and unforgettable night!

The reception
We had our reception outside under the stars in the Fountain Courtyard at the Brazilian Court.  A string trio played throughout the reception as everyone munched on the fantastic food from notable NY chef, Daniel Boulud’s Cafe Boulud.  We moved inside for dinner where we had The Edge, a South Florida band play latin and jazz throughout our fantastic dinner from Cafe Boulud.

Cafe Boulud created a beautiful 4-tiered vanilla and chocolate wedding cake with vanilla mousaline and berries in between each layer.  The outside was decorated with hand-made sugar orchids.

Our last surprise for our guests came at the end of dinner where we had four Brazilian flamenco dancers entertain and get our guests out on the dance floor.

The theme
We integrated several themes – we love the yellow striped awnings you see every where in Palm Beach and so we carried that design thoughout the wedding from our flowers, cocktail napkins, cigar bands, welcome basket bags and welcome notes, ribbon wrapped around the brides bouquet, escort cards and even our Save-the-Dates.  We also created two crossed flags with a T on one and an L on the other – it was our signature monogram that was on everything.  We also wanted to keep our wedding fun and slightly non-traditional which is why we added fun surprises like the Junkanoo Band, a cigar wrapper and flamenco dancers.

Her wedding dress
I’m very decisive, but I never thought that I’d buy the first wedding dress I tried on which is exactly what happened.  I loved it because it was fashion forward, both classic and modern at the same time and fit me so perfectly.  It was perfect for a Palm Beach wedding.

Advice for other Brides:
Don’t get caught up in the details, and be yourself!  It will help you enjoy the process so much more.

Lauren’s Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Helene
Photo Credits: Lauren Lieberman & Rich Graulich / LILA PHOTO