A Formal Tiffany-Blue and Pink Wedding in New York City
Guests toss petals as newlyweds Jessica and Cody Helgeson, the featured couple on "Today" Throws a Martha Stewart Wedding, walk up the white aisle. The bride is resplendent in her Reem Acra gown. With bentwood chairs from Party Rental Ltd., the ceremony was held in a pink-carpeted Rockefeller Plaza under boxwood swags topped with handcrafted flowers.
The Bride's Bouquet
Martha envisioned Jessica's bouquet with two kinds of orchids and white and blue pearlescent beads. The stems were bound with double-faced blue satin ribbon, which was tied in a bow and embellished with rhinestone buttons.
Each guest received a silver bell tied with ribbon and tucked in a suede bag to ring during the recessional.
A Special Toast
"Today" hosts Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer join Martha to toast the couple with Moet and Chandon Champagne from a personalized bottle.
The Happy Couple
The bride and groom set off after the ceremony.
Jessica, wearing Tiffany jewelry, leans out of the cab's window to enjoy the view of Manhattan.
"Just Married" Sign
A sign tied to the back of a vintage yellow taxi announces the passengers' good news.
The Groom's Grandparents
Phil and Millie DeRosia, Cody's grandparents.
Charming in Marie Chantal cardigans embellished with their initials, Jessica's nieces carry silk blooms.
Martha and Darcy
Martha Stewart Weddings editorial director Darcy Miller poses with Martha in front of the famed jeweler's window.
The Ring Bearers
Ring bearers Cole Helgeson (at left) and Aiden Hurley, nephews of the groom and bride, respectively, sport Marie Chantal short suits with kneesocks.
The silk-flower ring pillow holds bands from De Beers.
Cookies from Eleni's rest beside cappuccinos and napkins embossed with calligraphy by John DeCollibus.
Waiters bearing rose Champagne greet guests on the main floor of Tiffany and Co.
The engraved stationery suite, designed by Cheree Berry Paper, is rendered in charcoal gray on white with Tiffany blue edges. The suite includes a gold-lined envelope, calligraphed in aqua ink by John DeCollibus and bearing vintage stamps with a likeness of Audrey Hepburn; a three-tier invitation and matching reply card; blue reception card; and blue-backed menu cards (shown open and folded, cinched with a monogrammed paper bow).
Boutonnieres of nerines with hypericum berries and miniature cymbidium orchids with jasmine vine by florist Matthew Robbins rest in small silver dishes.
Jessica's bridesmaids look in one of Tiffany's windows.
Their bouquets, by florist Matthew Robbins, feature calla lilies, phalaenopsis orchids, blushing brides, nerines, and garden roses.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Jessica reenacts a famous moment from "Breakfast at Tiffany's."
Cody's groomsmen wear Michael Kors suits as they pose with the ring bearers.
The miniature chandeliers in the window displays, designed by Robert Rufino of Tiffany and Co., mirror ones in the movie; beneath rest the wedding invitation and Eleni's Tiffany gift-box cookies.
The Bridesmaid Dresses
The bridesmaids, in Watters and Watters dresses, with flower girl Abigail and ring bearer Aiden.
Diamond Ice Sculptures
Giant diamonds, chiseled by ice sculptor Shintaro Okamoto in honor of the event's venue, are set on a massive carved ice bar. Frozen coolers hold Champagne; rose petals and strawberry slices rest in square dishes of clear acrylic.
"Today" hosts Matt Lauer and Natalie Morales join Cody, Martha, and Jessica at the reception.
Miniature Blueberry Pancakes
Caterer Peter Callahan is known for his diminutive dishes; for this morning reception, his scaled-down blueberry pancakes are topped with doll-size pats of butter.
Miniature Bloody Mary
A single shrimp perches on the rim of a miniature Bloody Mary.
Bacon and Eggs
A bacon cup is filled with scrambled eggs.
The Groom's Mother
Cody's mother, Sue Helgeson, smiles for the camera with her son and new daughter-in-law.
The Bride's Mother
The bride and her mother, Terri Mapel, share a happy moment.
A selection of cheeses -- favorites of the bride and groom -- is laid out along with chutney, fig jam, crostini, grapes, crackers, peaches, and figs.
Smoked salmon, dill, and a thin layer of cream cheese are tucked inside a small version of a bagel.
Miniature French Toast
A bite-size slice of French toast shares a plate with a raspberry and a blueberry.
An edible spoon of Parmesan cracker dough is topped with a dollop of caviar and creme fraiche, accompanied by a shot of vodka.
Colorful Wedding Centerpieces
Hundreds of roses in cream, pink, and coral are arranged in floral-foam cones to form topiaries and are set in silver vessels; handcrafted silk flowers are placed among the arrangements. The tables shine in pale-pink linens topped with golden runners. Table design by florist Matthew Robbins.
Chocolate Seating Cards
Martine's Chocolates, in boxes with Tiffany-blue bands, serve as seating cards.
Seating Card Display
The boxes are displayed on a brushed-metal and glass stand, finished with vintage silver ribbon.
Cody spins Jessica around the dance floor to Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic," played live by the band GDO Soul featuring Greg Denard.
The Reception Decor
Cody and Jessica take in the scene; "ghost" chairs from Taylor Creative Props ensure the spectacular tables aren't upstaged.
Instead of chairs, young guests are seated on faceted plastic stools, also from Taylor Creative Props, their places set with candy.
Cody's father dances with his new daughter-in-law.
On each dinner plate rests Mehlenbacher's saltwater taffy (a favorite of the bride), acting as place cards with labels from Martha Stewart Crafts.
Who can resist a table laden with sugary goodies? Among the tempting offerings are little pink-frosted doughnuts, Key lime tarts decorated with Johnny-Jump-Ups, and caramel-covered apples with chocolate ganache centers, all by Callahan Catering. Sharing the stage is a beribboned glass jar of marshmallow sticks and white- and dark-chocolate-covered cherries in patterned paper cups, both from the Sweet Life. The front three-tiered stand holds rows of Tiffany box-inspired petits fours by Dragonfly Cakes and milk-chocolate-and-caramel truffles dusted with sea salt by Vosges Haut-Chocolat. Pate de fruits (candied fruit gelees) by Recchiuti Confections are stacked in back, while a square container holds espresso beans covered in white chocolate by Koppers.
Floral Wedding Cake
The piece de resistance: a wedding cake by Sylvia Weinstock. Each of its four octagonal tiers is iced with rich buttercream and features an embroidered sugar band with piped flowers. It all coordinates beautifully with the incredibly lifelike sugar-flower bouquets that surround the bottom and crown the cake, each hand-molded by Weinstock.
Wedding Favor Box
Nestled inside a favor box is a DVD of "Breakfast at Tiffany's," a bottle of Sterling Vineyards wine (the couple's favorite), a Martha Stewart Crafts photo album and label, Eleni's cookies, and a box of Cracker Jack (a nod to the movie).
Breakfast at Tiffany's Photobooth
Props inspired by the film -- sunglasses, boas, faux pearls, and eye masks -- were left at the guest-book table so revelers, including the "Today" show's Natalie Morales, could don them for photos.
Photos of Guests
Jessica's brother-in-law, Steve Hurley, poses with his wife, Buffi, who is Jessica's sister (and maid of honor).
Bridesmaid and Guests
Bridesmaid Stephanie Jorgens huddles with friends Madison Fox, Jordan Dir, and Olivia Fouser.
A Tiny Guest
Jessica Jenkins, the bride's best friend, holds her son, Caden Tyler, who at just three weeks old slept through most of the party.
A trio of dainty desserts rests on a silver-rimmed plate.
Striking a Pose
Celebrant Paige O'Dell leans on her mother, Susan Hilles.
Let Them Eat Cake
Jessica feeds Cody cake.
The bride's mother is flanked by two of her best friends, Angie O'Dell and Sandi Whittle.
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