Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant have already had 25 wedding ceremonies in 13 countries, but one specific place was missing from the list: New York City. The ambitious newlyweds decided a little more than a year ago to have a wedding to remember, so they quit their jobs and focused on just that — getting married.
They traveled to Russia, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Los Angeles, and a slew of other spots to get hitched, but here’s the catch — they’re not actually legally married. While they're going through the motions, the couple plans to decide which one of the — gasp! — 50 weddings they plan to have by 2014 was their favorite, and then return to that site to really make it official.
When Martha Stewart and her team at Martha Stewart Weddings got wind of the couple's plans, they thought, why not make their lucky 26th wedding happen at their annual Bridal Market event in New York City? When Martha Stewart Weddings editorial director Darcy Miller and her team contacted the couple, they were all about it, especially since they hadn’t had a New York wedding yet and really, what are 50 weddings without a New York wedding?
The theme for the wedding? Making it as "New York" as possible. From Martine’s Chocolates chocolate taxi cabs to mini black and white cookie favors from One Girl Cookies, nothing was overlooked. What else made an appearance? Mini bottles of bourbon from Cacao Prieto, a three-tiered wedding cake from New York City cake icon Sylvia Weinstock, and a rose bouquet made by Matthew Robins, representing New York's state flower.
At the ceremony, Martha Stewart took to the stage and made her first appearance as a wedding officiant for the happy couple at their super special 26th wedding.