Tom Sachs' Wedding Got A Little Wild At The End

I first met my husband over the phone at my work. He called to speak to my boss, and I took his call because my boss was out to lunch. When I first met him, I thought he was really hot and really funny. Our first date was really fun and boozy. We went to Balthazar for steak and red wine. He forgot his wallet and I had to pay, but later on, he snuck money into my coat pocket, which was weird, but sweet too because he was genuinely embarrassed. I found him to be the nicest and kindest person. I just knew from the beginning that he had a big heart and he would always be trustworthy and nice. I knew he was the “one” when he instantly connected with my mom. They totally got along and clicked. She's a great judge of character. I was so proud of him and knew that it was a good thing that I wanted to show him off so much. The first time we said “I love you,” we were laying in bed with my dog. He said it first. I don't think I said it back right away, but I did the next time he said it. We both have parents who have been together forever, so I think we both grew up knowing we would want to be married one day. I was not surprised at all when he started talking about looking for rings, it just seemed like the natural next step.
The ring he proposed with was a memento mori ring in the shape of a skull from the 1700s. It had diamond eyes and diamond hair — just a tiny, cool bijoux. It didn't exactly say "commitment” though, as he bought it at an antique store where he learned it was worn by women who were mourning their husbands. So he decided that he wanted me to have a real stone of my choosing that we picked out together in the months following his proposal.
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The proposal itself happened on a deserted beach in Mexico on New Year’s Eve. We had been dating for almost three years and we got married the following October. Click through to see Sarah and Tom's gorgeous wedding.
Believing that weddings ought not bring out the bridezilla in each of us, Stone Fox Bride — a high-fashion boutique in Manhattan — was founded on the principle that planning a wedding is also a process of self-discovery. Molly Guy, creative director at SFB, is our source for the nontraditional bride. This week, we get a first-hand look at the eccentric wedding of renowned artist Tom Sachs. This article was originally published Sept. 27.
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I wanted to have my wedding at my parents’ home in Indiana, but sadly it was being renovated, so I picked the next best place, the former home of Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical magnate, that now belongs to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I had spent a ton of time there as a kid, especially with my grandfather who died a few months after I got engaged. The museum was generous enough to open the house to us, which they hadn't done for a wedding since 1923 when the twin daughters of the then-owner married brothers in a joint wedding. I found their wedding photos on a historical society website that I used as a major source of inspiration for my own wedding.

Ceremony & Reception: Oldfields House, Indianapolis.
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We had 184 guests (way more than I originally wanted, but things got sort of out-of-control) and the weather was amazing. I wanted the wedding to be moody, dark and romantic, like Kubrick's Barry Lyndon meets a Rubens painting, and nature delivered. It was cold and a little cloudy but it never rained. The light that shone through between the clouds was incredible.
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My sister was the only one in my wedding party while the rest of my friends sat front row and read us blessings as part of the ceremony.
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My dad walked me down the aisle to Bach's Cello Suite #1 in G in tribute to my grandfather, a big classical fan, who had recently passed away, in addition to officiating and writing our entire wedding program. We walked back down the aisle to a cello version of “Bitches Ain’t Shit” by Dr. Dre.

Dress: Carolina Herrera; Veil: Stone Fox Bride.
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The craziest moment, in a good way, was the fireworks display. I had my dad on one side, my new husband on the other, and I heard everyone gasping and applauding. I really felt the love.
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Catering: Hoaglin Catering; Wedding Planner: Detail + Design, Gene Huddleston; Videographer: Van Neistat; Calligraphy & Invitation Printing: Bernard Maisner.