I'm not a wedding guest very often. Usually I'm behind the scenes of the nuptials I attend, but a couple of weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of celebrating the union of my dear friends Marcia Patmos and Richard Fischer at the Kaaterskill Inn in Catskill, New York, a romantic farm overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Marcia is the uber-talented designer of M.Patmos and Richard, an entrepreneur and musician, and the wedding brought together family and a coterie of very creative friends in the design, music, and art worlds for a weekend of fun.
Not only did I love being there for Marcia and Richard's special day, but it was inspiring to me, a wonderful example of letting simplicity rule. No need for tons of stuff, just the RIGHT stuff.
Marcia's good friend, Thakoon Panichgul, designed the custom wedding dress: a floor-length gown with a modern T-shape that elicited '30s Hollywood glamour but also felt right on the farm. It would have killed me to see Marcia carry a bouquet made by someone else, so I had fun creating one for her—a study in nude and gray blooms and foliage. For the groom, I created, a boutonniere of brunia berries and fall foliage to sit opposite a quirky anchor pin on his suit jacket. The ceremony overlooked a pond and a barn, and birch poles suspended a single strand of Confetti System tassels to mark the altar. And that, folks, was all that was needed to create magic. The color story was so sophisticated and the setting was so right that when a friend of Richard's took to an old jalopy of a piano to sing a Leonard Cohen song, tears began.
The celebration continued on the lawn, then in an intimate dining tent, and in the barn for an after party where the many musician pals performed. Richard performed too, under strings of old fashioned bulbs and Mexican papel picado flags strung up by friends that afternoon.
I had a truly wonderful time, but I also thank Richard and Marcia for the wonderful design reminder: True style is not about the amount of elements that you have or the amount of money you spend. Make each choice thoughtful and personal, surround yourselves with the people you love, and you will create an experience that you and your friends will hold on to forever.
Photos by Weston Wells.