Love in Black and White

Real Wedding: PJ & CJ

“What’s in a name?” scoffed Shakespeare in Romeo & Juliet. The friend who set up PJ Prelogar and CJ Steffan, because their names were so similar, would beg to differ with the scribe.

So would the couple, who discovered they shared so much more than their initials in common. Their connection was as black-and-white as love could get to all who could see.

Three years later, when they married in a glamorous wedding in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood, PJ and CJ boldly worked a black and white color scheme into every aspect of their wedding at 82Mercer, down to the flowers and even PJ’s wedding dress.

“The style was modern baroque to me,” recalls PJ who was partly inspired by Philippe Starck’s amazing Louis Ghost chairs, partly by a desire to plan a “traditional wedding but with a downtown New York edge.” From the crisp invitations tied with a black bow to the black-and-white custom-made damask wallpaper that served as the evening’s backdrop, this colorful wedding was actually anything but--in terms of hue, that is.

The couple arrived at the loft space, where 180 guests awaited, in a vintage Rolls Royce. CJ, dressed in a bespoke three-piece suit fashioned by the hip clothier Lord Willy’s, was anything but stodgy. Bridesmaids wore short black-and-white strapless cocktail dresses (even the couple’s dog donned a black dress for the ceremony) while carrying white bouquets.

Yet it was the bride’s appearance in a black-and-white Zuhair Murad gown with an Erickson Beamon necklace that truly turned heads as she walked down the aisle to the Talking Heads’ song, Naïve Melody. Everyone agreed: “This must be the place” (as the David Byrne lyric goes).

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