Bride of the Week: Josie Yousef Higgs

Happy Hours

Josie and Richard wed after a whirlwind 6 week engagement – they simply couldn't wait any longer to be husband and wife.
Photo by Berit Bizjak

Springtime in New York is such a magical time of year. It has been the subject of songs and the setting in cinema. For Josie Yousef, winter’s thaw is also the season that brought her and Richard Higgs together.

They met over happy hour drinks on a warm, breezy evening at a bustling restaurant in the city’s chic Meatpacking District. “From our first meeting he was fun-loving, kind and gentlemanly…with a wicked Aussie accent,” recalls Josie. “It was impossible not to fall for him.”

Guests were transported from the couple’s home to the club via a horse-drawn wagon—because half the fun is how you get there. Richard surprised Josie with this detail and it became one of her favorite elements of the evening. “We were surrounded by friends and family driving down a dirt country road to the reception,” she recalls.

And fast. Within a year, they’d moved in together and split their time between his home in Manhattan and her property in Bedminster, New Jersey. They had the best of both worlds with this set-up (the energy of the busy city mixed with the repose of the country) yet they still made time to squeeze in a lot of travel. There was three months in South America, primarily in San Paolo, Brazil; trips to Europe and Richard’s home in Australia; and then there was St. Tropez, where Richard proposed in late July 2011.

Six weeks later, in keeping with Josie and Richard’s accelerated courtship, the couple wed on September 16, 2011—just because they couldn’t wait any longer to be husband and wife.

Once again, the weather was a dream come true, as it was when they first met. Josie and Richard exchanged vows under a tree in front of 75 guests at their home in Bedminster. “It has always been a place of serenity for us,” says the bride, who wore a form-fitting cream-colored gown by Jenny Lee she found a mere four weeks away from her wedding day. “I was able to get it rushed in three weeks which was key!”

Never a couple expected to stay in one place for too long, guests were told the homey ceremony would be followed with a chic dinner reception at the nearby Trump National Golf Course. There, a luxe garden event waited, with table settings of cream and pale green with gold accents in the chargers and stemware.

Guests were transported from the couple’s home to the club via a horse-drawn wagon—because half the fun is how you get there. Richard surprised Josie with this detail and it became one of her favorite elements of the evening. “We were surrounded by friends and family driving down a dirt country road to the reception,” she recalls.

Still the affair was far from rustic. A gourmet meal was prepared for their guests. “The food was very important to us. We wanted our guests to walk away saying that the food was amazing – and they did,” says Josie. Rounds of toasts served as entertainment, especially the one by Josie’s male “maid” of honor who received a standing ovation for his speech.

Eventually, the group returned to Josie’s home for an after-party that included a bonfire, karaoke and a hot tub. “I also had a costume change—into the sequined dress we bought in St. Tropez a few weeks earlier when he proposed,” she says.

--Erinn Bucklan

 
 
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