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Last weekend, Chloë Sevigny and her gallery owner husband, Siniša Mačković, had a big, elegant wedding in Darien, Connecticut, where Sevigny grew up. The couple have been officially married since March 2020, when they dressed in all black and went to town hall, but if you thought that was the end of their celebrations, you’d be wrong. It’s marriage that keeps on giving. Ever since stylist Haley Wollens shared a slew of photos from Sevigny’s bachelorette trip to the beach, where she stepped into a pool with Natasha Lyonne wearing nothing but her underwear and veil, I’ve been on edge. from my seat in anticipation of the big day.
However, they weren’t the only ones getting married on Sunday. In fact, it’s been a huge weekend for the people I stalk on Instagram, hosting categorically chic, New York-based events attended by the tastefully beautiful people I also follow on Instagram. Designer Lauren Rodriguez de Lorod and artist Chase Hall also tied the knot, with a black-tie gathering in the rain on Stuyvesant Street in the East Village, followed by an elaborate dinner at Balthazar. (The groom appears to have worn a Charvet shirt and the bride wore Vivienne Westwood.) Designer Emily Adams Bode was there, as well as model Paloma Elsesser in an incredible vintage Issey Miyake Pleats Please dress, and the model/designer’s daughter-in-law /Kamala Harris, Ella Emhoff, who wore a velvet Vampire’s Wife dress and carried a heart-shaped bag from Alaïa that I now really want.
Speaking of Balthazar, owner Keith McNally’s son, Harry McNally, married Steven Spielberg’s daughter, Sasha Spielberg, also this weekend in a small ceremony in East Hampton. (She wore Carel shoes to the pre-party.) By the time Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker dropped off their wedding photos on Sunday night, I had been so well fed I didn’t care.
While all of these weddings were cooler than the ones I remember before the pandemic, none was better, or more carefully, obsessively detailed, than Sevigny’s. I decided to analyze where some of the exceptionally good things I noticed in pictures (and backgrounds of pictures, and backgrounds of backgrounds of pictures) came from, from thick cake to shiny silver cigarette cup frosting (and the brands of the cigarettes inside). My discoveries.
Bridesmaid (and artist) Lizzi Bougatsos collaborated with Queens-based ice vendor Okamoto Studio on an ice sculpture for the wedding. “I tossed around several ideas from Chloë (as I usually do with ALL my artwork), and we went with the swans,” Bougatsos said in an email. “She wanted something traditional combined with my usual dangerous and radical side. [The result] was sort of 80s, reminiscent of a painting by Giorgio de Chirico or Tamara de Lempicka (whom we are both big fans of). I loved the sharp edges of the swans and crystals, and asked if the raw bar could be incorporated into the design. Inspired by a glass sculpture by Rauschenberg, I added gold chains and an 80s gold heart locket from Thrilling. The piece is a reflection on the song “Chains of Love” by Erasure.
Thrilling is a vintage rig, so this medallion isn’t identical – but looks quite similar.
Sterling silver scallop-shaped dishes, placed next to the ice sculptures, were used to hold the oyster sauce. These were borrowed, it turns out, from the personal collection of event planner Chris Hessney. He found them in an antique store in Vermont. This one, also in sterling silver, is quite similar.
The bride made three outfit changes. For the ceremony, she wore a bespoke Jean Paul Gaultier dress designed by Glenn Martens, fitted by Mei Zou, followed by an evening dress by Jonathan Anderson of Loewe. (This look was shorter, making it easier for her to dance with her husband to Björk’s “Cosmogony.”) For the after-party at Paul’s Casablanca (his brother’s club), where they recreated the Morrissey party at the now closed Sway Lounge, Sevigny wore a corseted lace bodysuit by Mugler’s Casey Cadwallader and, I’m 99% sure, those satin Manolo Blahniks.
Wacky baker Aimee France baked a layered Earl Gray cake with Hawthorne Valley Farm ricotta cheese, “fresh, first of the season” market strawberries and passion fruit curd. She decorated it with sweet alyssum flowers, lilacs and strawberries, all from the Union Square Farmer’s Market. (France is currently taking orders for May and June; they can be placed at [email protected])
The floral arrangements were made by Pretend Plants and Flowers, a Los Angeles-based floral design studio that, despite its name, actually uses real flowers. Sevigny’s bouquet consisted of only five calla lilies. According to Pretend Plants co-founders Michael Woodcock and Ezra Woods, the choice was a nod to the bouquet Sevigny’s grandmother carried. Later, she put stephanotis flowers and baby’s breath behind her ears. For the reception, they created larger arrangements with baby’s breath, calla lilies, ranunculus, pale blue Japanese delphinium, black and white delphinium, dianthus, locally grown wisteria and sweet pea vines, with satin ribbons and bows everywhere.
Orange trees were also brought into the room and tied with, according to Pretend Plants, “more than 20 spools of blush, ivory and peach double-sided satin ribbon.”
Taking a page from Mary-Kate Olsen’s book, cigarettes were provided to guests in silver cups. Event planner Chris Hessney of Hessney & Co. said there was an assortment of Marlboro Lights and American Spirits. Silver cups came from India.
These – which are also made in India – are almost indistinguishable.
These are also quite similar.
The founder of Régime des Fleurs, Alia Raza, told me that Sevigny wears the “Little Flower” fragrance that she created in collaboration with the brand in 2019. Its notes include: black tea, bleeding heart, cassis bud, peony, palo-santo incense, pomelo, honeysuckle, and a precious absolute of ottoman rose.
The couple drove off in what appears to be a 1980s Mercedes convertible, with cans of Modelo, Diet Coke and LaCroix Seltzer strapped to the back. Kudos to the happy couple and their superb taste!
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