Written by Gabrielle Boyer, Photography by Meredith Andrews.
Before Nicole Park embarked on the journey to find her wedding dress, she knew that despite the island location of her nuptials her dress would be formal. “I wanted the formality of the attire to match the formality of the occasion,” said Nicole, who tied the knot with her husband, Kevin Downs, at St. Theresa’s Church, with a reception at the beach pavilion at Mid Ocean Club on September 12, 2015. “I didn’t want to compromise the style of the dress just because our reception was being held outside.”
It took little time to find her dream dress: she chose “Kathleen” by Vera Wang at the first boutique visit with her mother in Boston, nine months before the wedding. The gown, a strapless mermaid with a hand-draped bodice and inverted flange skirt is the perfect amalgamation of boldness and sensuality. The frothy skirt at the base of the dress is light, airy and built up with layered tissue organza and honeycomb tulle. Originally, the gown featured a brooch-like beaded and embroidered belt at the hips but the bride opted to replace it with a simpler sash instead. “I thought the addition of the sash tied the minimalist bodice with the romantic skirt beautifully.”
When it came to the accessories, bride Nicole didn’t hold back. “I guess you could say that I’m into the details!” With the groom in a navy tuxedo with black satin trim, custom-made by Boyds, a specialty clothier from Boston, Nicole focused her attention on finding accessories that would tie in with the boldness of his attire. “Finding both the shoes and earrings proved difficult. I spent months purchasing and then returning blue shoes that weren’t right until finally my mother found a pair of navy Manolo Blahnik Hangisi shoes. She saved the day!” Likewise, the bride tried on hundreds of pairs of earrings until she found the ideal pair of sapphire sparklers two weeks before her big day.
Tying the bridal look together were bridal hairstylist Denisa from Sense Spa at Rosewood Tucker’s Point, and Jana, makeup artist from Strands.
For her hair, Nicole had her heart set on a simple, sophisticated modern up-do that she and Denisa discussed during the trial. After talking about the bride’s style, the dress and the overall feel of the wedding, as well as scouring through images on Pinterest, they settled on a look of modern elegance which Nicole thought was perfection.
After a failed trial with another makeup artist, Nicole sought the help of Jana for a sophisticated look that was natural rather than fussy. “I left the first trial not looking like myself. I was happy Jana understood the look I wanted on my wedding day.”
Overall, Nicole says she was thrilled with how the details came together for her wedding day. From her dream dress to her blue shoes and perfect earrings complimenting her husband’s navy tuxedo, and her beautiful hair and natural makeup, she feels she looked every bit the bride of her dreams.