A Look Back: Marblehead Revisited
Real Wedding: Annie and Scott
Annie Lynch’s wedding to Scott Lukowski, with its nautical theme, ranks as one of Colin’s all-time favorites to plan.
"It was a classic, gorgeous Marblehead wedding," recalls Colin. In tourist books, the Massachusetts town is considered a "Yachting Capital of the World." At first glance, it could be hard to imagine improving on the location Annie picked. Annie, a director and writer, wanted to marry at her family home, a majestic property on the Marblehead Neck overlooking the Boston Harbor.
Playing off of the navy-and-white colors used throughout, Colin made four different table settings with linens ranging from French toile to those in an Anglo-Indian motif. A chandelier too hung above each table.
A wooden 18-foot deck was built above the water and decorated with gorgeous rattan furniture. "It was great to walk outside at 2 a.m. and still find my grandmother--who hasn't been up that late in 30 years!" Annie says.
"It gave great texture to the room to tell four different stories with table-settings," explains Colin. "With nearly 400 guests, it is so much more interesting to the eye than a room of tables that look exactly alike."
From the littlest details (candles stamped with the couple's blue fleur-de-lis-inspired motif) to the grandest gestures (blue toile wallpapering in the entranceway to the reception tent swathed in blue and white fabric), all of their nearly 400 guests were treated to an epic night to remember.
Colin's attention to Annie's guests even extended to the aisle runner she walked upon at the Catholic Church where she and Scott exchanged vows. Every single guest's name was printed on the runner that was also decorated with sailor's rope.
A wooden 18-foot deck was built above the water and decorated with gorgeous rattan furniture. "We wanted to make it incredible so guests could come out after dinner and dancing," says Colin. Adds the bride: "It was great to walk outside at 2 a.m. and still find my grandmother--who hasn't been up that late in 30 years!"
Annie imparted some of her own insights as a film director to the design of her gown. Working with designer Richard Tyler, she wore two over the course of the event. For the formal ceremony at Our Lady, Star of The Sea church, Annie wore a gorgeous confection with folds and puffs, like "clouds in a waterfall."
After the cocktail hour, she slipped into another gown. The most important detail of this reception dress was its collar and how it framed her shoulder and face.
The reason? The Hollywood resident astutely understood that the cameras would more likely photograph her from the waist up at the reception, so the gown's train and overall shape was of less importance than comfort.
As for Annie, one of the most memorable details of the event was the specialty cocktail list Colin created. One or two special drinks may be the norm, but Colin customized more than a dozen--to match the "flavor" of each of the bridesmaids' and groomsmen's personality. So, for Annie's friend Leslie, guests imbibed the Leslie-ita--a martini-like concoction with a touch of cayenne. Recalls Annie with a laugh: "My friend is a little spicy."