LUANN DE LESSEPS & THOMAS D’AGOSTINO JR.

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De­cem­ber 31, 2016 Palm Beach, Florida Pho­tographed by Pa­tri­cia Dash for Rev­ery Wed­dings

LUANN DE LESSEPS & THOMAS D’AGOSTINO JR.

When your sched­ule is as full as that of Luann de Lesseps, it can be dif­fi­cult to squeeze in a ro­man­tic date. As such, when The Real Housewives of New York City star was in­tro­duced to Thomas D’Agostino, through co-star Dorinda Med­ley, via phone call in June 2015, the two couldn’t con­nect in per­son un­til that Novem­ber. “Ei­ther I was trav­el­ing or he was trav­el­ing, so we texted back and forth,” Luann shares. “But when we did fi­nally get to­gether, it was mag­i­cal.”

Af­ter their de­layed meet­ing, Tom didn’t want to waste any more time. Around Valen­tine’s Day, he hinted that their up­com­ing ski trip to pic­turesque Vail, Colorado, would be par­tic­u­larly spe­cial. Know­ing a pro­posal might be in her near fu­ture, Luann was ex­cited to de­part for their snow-filled va­ca­tion.

How­ever, the night be­fore they planned to leave, over a late-night glass of Cham­pagne by the crack­ling fire­place, Tom de­cided to get on bended knee. “He said that the ring was burn­ing a hole in his pocket, and though he planned on giv­ing it to me on our trip, he just couldn’t wait!” laughs Luann.

The cou­ple quickly re­al­ized that the per­fect date on which to wed would be De­cem­ber 31st, as it was to be Tom’s 50th birth­day, New Year’s Eve, and a cel­e­bra­tion of love wrapped into one event.

Upon the bride and groom’s venue se­lec­tion – a lovely bou­tique ho­tel in Palm Beach, Florida – the event staff of the lo­ca­tion quickly went to work de­sign­ing their dreamy space. “It was im­por­tant to us that ev­ery­thing was in one lo­ca­tion so that it flowed seam­lessly: the cer­e­mony, cock­tails, re­cep­tion, birth­day, and the New Year cel­e­bra­tions,” muses the bride.

Fol­low­ing nine months of plan­ning, friends and fam­ily gath­ered in the al­fresco court­yard to wit­ness the vow ex­change. At­ten­dees found their seats in gilt chairs on ei­ther side of the stone aisle lined with can­dles, lanterns, and clus­ters of ivory roses and hy­drangea blooms. Sus­pended over­head from grand palm trees were stun­ning crys­tal chan­de­liers, which framed the al­tar per­fectly. “I wanted ev­ery­thing to be in white with hints of pale blush,” notes Luann. Tom awaited his bride un­der an arch made up of ver­dure and snowy peren­ni­als as opera singer Gre­gor Tra­chet ser­e­naded the crowd. In ad­di­tion to their tra­di­tional wed­ding party, the daugh­ter and son of the bride, Vic­to­ria and Noel, walked down the aisle as flower girl and ring bearer. At long last, the bride en­tered the space to the tune of “Some­thing” by The Bea­tles, dressed in a so­phis­ti­cated sheath dress with il­lu­sion sleeve de­tail­ing, cus­tom de­signed by Randi Rahm.

Af­ter the “I dos,” guests en­joyed cock­tail hour in the cool, open air of Palm Beach. At dusk, they took their seats at cir­cu­lar ta­bles fea­tur­ing sleek, pat­terned linens, and lush ar­range­ments. Each cen­ter­piece was art­fully made from vo­tives, strands of crys­tals, fo­liage, and gar­den roses, or­chids, gar­de­nias, and hy­drangea blos­soms in shades of crème brûlée. At­ten­dees, in­clud­ing fel­low “Housewives” Marysol Pat­ton, Jill Zarin, Kelly Kil­loren Ben­si­mon, Dorinda Med­ley, and Cyn­thia Bai­ley, showed off their black-tie en­sem­bles while danc­ing on the cus­tom dance floor. “Ev­ery­one was dressed to the nines!” ex­claims Luann.

Even­tu­ally, the night pro­gressed into the groom’s birth­day party, which in­cluded a sur­prise from Luann in the form of a gi­ant faux cake with a Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe per­former hid­ing in­side. At mid­night, the new­ly­weds shared a mean­ing­ful kiss, happy to ring in 2017 as hus­band and wife.

RE­SOURCES

Beauty

Mary Gor­don Beauty Bridal/Brides­maid Gowns

Randi Rahm

Bridal Salon

Randi Rahm Ate­lier

Cake

The Su­gar Mon­key

Cal­lig­ra­phy

Carla Ha­gan De­signs

Cater­ing

Café Boulud

Con­sult­ing

Theresa Valiante and Brandi for

The Brazil­ian Court

En­ter­tain­ment

Gold Rush and Sha Zhang En­sem­ble for Bill Porter Mu­sic Fa­vors

Smart Source LLC

Flo­ral De­sign/Aisle Run­ner

Tom Mathieu & Com­pany For­mal­wear

Tommy Hil­figer

Hon­ey­moon

The Dun­more, Har­bour Is­land Jew­elry

Sharp Jew­els

Linens

Ta­ble Wraps Pho­tog­ra­phy/Videog­ra­phy Pa­tri­cia Dash for Rev­ery Wed­dings Re­hearsal Din­ner

Mariner III and The Leop­ard

Lounge & Bar

Rentals

At­las Event Rentals

Shoes

Vanessa Noel

Trans­porta­tion

Molly’s Trol­leys

Veil

Randi Rahm

Venue

The Brazil­ian Court

“It was im­por­tant to us that ev­ery­thing was in one place so that it flowed seam­lessly.”

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