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A Classic Winter Wedding inspired by Ralph Lauren’s Iconic Style


This backyard wedding in Greenwich looks like it walked straight off the pages of a Ralph Lauren editorial. Between the bride’s stunning family home, the black watch tartan and gray wool linens, the elegant florals by KD&J Botanica, and the abundance of warm and cozy candle light, True Event created a celebration that fully embraces the designer’s iconic, timeless style. So head to the gallery where you are guaranteed to fall in love with every single one of Leila Brewster’s photographs of this beautiful day.

From Sarah True of True EventFor the design, we were inspired by Ralph Lauren. We worked really closely with the mother of the bride (Leigh Carpenter) to create a space that was reflective of the personal style and taste not only of the family, but also of Alex and Avery (the bride and groom) as a couple. We created a warm, inviting, and elegant space that was an extension of their family home and the backdrop for a fabulous party.

Leigh and Avery wanted to create a winter wonderland by incorporating both elegant and organic details. We brought in black watch plaid and custom-sewn gray wool linens to dress the tables, and Katherine and her team at KDJ Botanica outdid themselves with the abundance of florals, candles, and greenery used throughout the space. Using all white florals mixed with foliage, magnolia leaves, and berries set the perfect backdrop for a winter wedding. We also included accents of silver mercury glass, and KDJ Botanica built the custom birch bars to tie in some natural elements – the perfect blend of elegance and organic detail. A mix of texture, pattern, florals, and lots and lots of candlelight made then tent feel very intimate and warm even though it was a large enough to hold over 200 people.

Heavy gray muslin fabric was draped around the perimeter poles by the talented team at Social Decor, and individually strung glass pendants provided a mirror-like reflection on the ceiling over the dance floor. It created the perfect “starry night” on the evening of the super moon.

In the cocktail space, we brought in a gorgeous mirrored bar from Reserve Modern (PEAK Rentals), and luxurious forest green velvet linens really made a statement against the white birch floor. The silver pendant lanterns helped to finish the space and make it feel like an extension of the Carpenters’ home. During cocktail hour, guests mingled in and out of the house where the doors of the living room opened up into the cocktail tent. An incredibly talented, lively pianist played festive tunes that set the tone for an incredible evening. The common sentiment throughout the night was that this was one of the best events guests had attended. We thought about the five senses while we were planning and hit on each one of them for the wedding, which truly created a memorable experience for all in attendance.

From the florals to the linens, from the custom crafted cocktails (ice cubes filled with cranberries and mint) to the live music, from Marcia Selden’s seasonally creative, passed hors d’oeuvres to the signature oyster shuckers with trays around their necks walking around during cocktail hour, there was always something happening to wow guests throughout the evening. We cannot forget to mention the surprise disco ball dancers from Shien that helped to lead guests from cocktail hour to the dining tent and get them on the dance floor for each dance set throughout the evening.

Rhythm Collective kept the energy high throughout the night, and guests never wanted to get off the dance floor. As the night went on, we flipped the cocktail tent to the after party tent by creating an ice lounge for guests to continue the party. Bringing in furniture that was clear like ice, mirrored tables, and white couches created a snow effect. We also had a custom ice luge made that was reflective of the two mountains the bride and groom skied growing up – it was a piece of art! The festivities continued well into the morning as a DJ played tunes to keep the party alive.

Working alongside Leila Brewster and Elysium was a pure joy. They captured the detail of the design, the energy, and the emotion throughout the night perfectly. It is hard to illustrate how magnificent the details were, but in looking at the pictures and video, you can get a glimpse of what it was like to be a guest at Alex and Avery’s wedding.