How A Skype Date Led To The Chicest City Hall Wedding, Ever

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 article was originally published on October 11.
When I first met Kaki she had her dog dressed in a panda suit. When I told her how cute he was, she said, "If you think that's cute you should see me in a panda suit." It may sound hokey, but it was as if every time I saw her around she had a spotlight on her. I couldn't stop staring, and she noticed.
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Our first date lasted about 15 minutes: She was on a layover in New York, and I brought her homemade cookies to take on her trip to Japan. The six weeks following the 15-minute layover date, Kaki was on tour all over the world, so we talked on the phone or Skype constantly. The first time I realized we had been talking for over three hours — and it felt like just 3 minutes — I knew I had met my match.
She is the love of my life. The first time I said 'I love you,' I had to take deep breaths beforehand, then I finally spit it out! We mutually decided to get married after dating for about seven months. I didn't want to make a big fuss about it. I just wanted to be married to her. Then a few months later I went on tour with her in Italy, and she surprised me with a proposal in Rome with a delicate rose-gold-and-black diamond ring. It was perfect. We didn't have a wedding. Our families were not happy about it, but we knew we needed a simple, intimate day without any big to-do.
Click through to see Jessica and Kaki's gorgeous wedding.
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Photo: Shervin Lainez .
"That morning we got ready in a suite in the Plaza Athene. We had our makeup done, and the photographer took pictures while we danced around the room to Niki Mana."
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Photo: Shervin Lainez .
"We were married at New York City Hall on a warm Friday afternoon in October 2012. It was all a big, warm blur. My good friend Marissa and her six-month-old babe were our witnesses."
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Photo: Shervin Lainez .
"Lola, the baby, had on a cute sailor dress. She was so good during all of the waiting until about five minutes before the ceremony, and then she lost it. She cried until the moment the officiant started to speak, at which point she got totally quiet and watched the ceremony as if she was hanging on every word. The second it was over, she started right back to howling at the top of her lungs."
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Photo: Shervin Lainez .
"After we were married we went with a photographer to the Highline. We fed each other hotdogs and had our first dance to a jazz quartet busking in the park. We went to Morimoto that night, just the two of us, and indulged in the Omakase menu. It was divine."
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Photo: Shervin Lainez .
"The day after we got married we went to a spa in the Berkshires for a mini-moon. Then, in December, we went to Australia for three weeks and spent part of the time on a boat scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef."
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Photo: Shervin Lainez .
"We just celebrated our one-year anniversary in the same town in the Berkshires last weekend."

Reception location: New York City Hall
Makeup: Kate Fryburg
Hair: Brides did their own hair
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