Sometimes fairy tale wishes do come true, and not just for brides! As you may have read, fashion designer Erin Fetherston is marrying her rocker fiancé Gabe Saporta in a storybook-themed soiree this spring, and we here at Martha Stewart Weddings are lucky enough to be in on the happily-ever-after action, too. Starting today, we’ll tease some of their big-day details here before the full story appears in our fall issue—and like any romantic tale, let's start at the beginning. Can we get a “Once upon a time…”?
How they met: Technically, Erin’s adorable Chinese crested powder puff, Molly, facilitated their first meeting. Almost seven years ago, Erin asked an employee in her office to take care of Molly while she was away in Paris for a weekend. As it turned out, the employee was dating Gabe's bandmate, Cobra Starship guitarist Ryland Blackinton, who saw the pup and thought she’d be a great addition to one of the band’s music videos. A few years later, Erin saw Ryland at fashion event in NYC, and he briefly introduced her to Gabe. A few months later, Gabe attended a dinner Erin was hosting, and from then on, the couple began a long-distance courtship until they could continue their relationship in New York City.
The proposal: During a vacation in Barbados, Gabe woke up early one morning and collected coral from the beach to spell out “Will you marry me?” on their cottage’s patio while Erin was sleeping. To lull her from her slumber, he said there was a monkey outside. “My sleepy-eyed bride quickly realized the only monkey that morning was me,” he told Us magazine, “and of course she said, ‘Yes!’”
Their wedding inspiration: Without giving too much away, we can safely say that the whimsical feeling of Erin’s designs will also be reflected in the details of our collaboration, from invites to escort cards. But as for her dress? That’ll be a frothy and fantasy-filled Erin Fetherston original.