Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mary and Karima Got Married!

Mary and Karima after exchanging vows. How beautiful are these girls. (this photo by Robert Carreon; the rest are mine. Click on photos to enlarge.)
With great gladness TD and I recently attended the wedding of our young friends Mary Healy and Karima Hamamsy in Munsonville, New Hampshire. Now this may sound familiar to readers of the blog, because the Healys are our close family friends from Jane Street who have made several appearances here. And because about one year ago, we attended the wedding of Mary's cousin Nicole Parker in the same location.
I have known Mary Healy since before she was born; when I first met TD, Mary's mother Joyce was pregnant with Mary. It has been a pleasure to watch her and her brother Brian, who is marrying his partner Dan next April, grow into wonderful adults.
It's so fantastic now that everyone can get married. We have been happily invited to more weddings than ever before as our young friends and relatives tie the knot, and they are all joyful and all different. This wedding was a heart-felt celebration of two young women with a bright future ahead.
You may recall from Nicole's wedding that the Healys have a great Adirondack-style house called Lakefalls Lodge which is situated on a picturesque pond near Keene, New Hampshire. Nicole's wedding was on a summery Labor Day weekend, but this event was held at the end of September when the autumn leaves were changing colors so it felt like a completely different scene.
When guests arrived we were invited to have a drink and then walk up a grassy path to the site of the ceremony. 
The threat of rain sprinkles passed and the ceremony began. The bridesmaids and groomsmen processed in - everyone looked so happy to be there. Then came the two brides, both dressed in gorgeous wedding gowns, on the arms of their fathers. The pond beyond and the rising hill provided a striking backdrop.
After the moving, jubilant ceremony, we proceeded on to cocktails in the yard. A wonderful folk band played Irish-inflected music - they were from Austin, Texas.
The timing was perfect for the changing colors
and the pond reflected all the glory.
Yours truly with Mary Healy -
Karima and Mary sat down in a pair of Adirondack chairs for a photo op.
I admired the boutonnieres tied with a bit of rough twine - the perfect touch for a country wedding.
After cocktails we entered a big tent for dinner where we enjoyed a delicous fall-inspired meal. And then the fantastic DJ cranked up - he was from Montreal. Dancing took off as family and friends from high school, college, and Google, where the couple works, crowded the dance floor for several hours. Really a fun group and a lot of beautiful girls.
Brian and Mary strike a pose on the dance floor -
Later there was an after-party inside the Lodge where the DJ installed himself on the second floor balcony and continued his music magic.
But first there were...yes...fireworks.
exploding over the pine trees and reflected in the pond below.
So proud.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The 1stdibs Antiques Dealer Block Party

The street scene at Il Cantinori on East 10th Street
Over the transom came an invitation from 1stdibs, the online antiques and art emporium, to attend "Between the Squares," an extended block party where eighteen antiques dealers located between Union, Washington, and Cooper Squares would open their doors for some festive browsing accompanied by passed hors d'oeuvres and cold Champagne.
What's not to like?
I enlisted by young nephew Aaron to join me – Aaron is living in New York City now (yay!) and is an intern at the très chic decorating firm Carrier and Company which has done work for Anna Wintour, Bob Pittman, Catie Marron and Jason Wu. We met on East 10th Street where most of the antiques dealers are clustered, and stopped first at Bernard Goeckler, the Swiss antiques dealer who specializes in twentieth century pieces from the 30s and 40s. While Aaron was looking overhead at the vast range of chandeliers , I was eyeing this chair. I liked its glossy black leather and stylish frame which looks like painted bamboo but actually is metal with brass trim. This chair to me is a great combination of elegance and comfort.
Its tag said it was made by Jacques Adnet in France around 1950, price $22,000. 
We passed the renowned Italian restaurant Il Cantinori (pictured above) and crossed the street to Eskander. The London-based fashion designer Eskandar Nabavi was born in Teheran to a English mother and a Persian father. His rustic, airy store on East 10th Street offers his simple, loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics and pretty colors. They share that same feeling of elegance and comfort.
As Eskander, wood and metal furniture is piled with art books. You know I'm a sucker for that sort of thing.
In the back at the antiques dealer Maison Gerard was mounted a special exhibition of coquillage by Thomas Boog. Coquillage, if you are not up on your French, means ornamental seashells, and the exhibition included sconces and mirror frames made of fantastic seashells by Boog who was born in Lucerne, Switzerland, and roamed the Italian Riviera as a child looking for shells.
The elaborate white sconces held dark black candles and were hung on matte black walls for a very sophisticated, dramatic effect. Likewise, the iridescent shell mirror frames floated on a wall of smokey black.
Aaron and I circled around East 11th Street and visited some more antiques dealers, and stopped in front of Fleurs Bella, the well known florist shop of Bella Meyer who is the granddaughter of...wait for it...Marc Chagall, one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century. Bella uses not only flowers but also fruit, seeds, twigs and greenery in her arrangements for stellar clients like the Brooklyn Academy of Music. We will have more treats up coming from Bella here on the blog!
In need of sustenance after all of our browsing, Aaron and I soon found a table at a corner cafe in the Village where we had some dinner and some wine. It was wonderful to be wandering around New York City on warm autumn night. Beautiful things worked their magic.