Look Smart: Fitting In
How two Seattle brides integrated their personal style with their celebration settings | By Emma Ranniger
Old World, New World
“Vintage glamour” is a much-used wedding-world phrase for sure, but for Zora Penberg the idea carries a lot of meaning.
“My grandma was my style icon,” says the fashion marketing student. “Before I even started looking for my dress, I knew it would have to work with her long, art deco–inspired opera glass necklace.”
When Penberg spotted Jenny Packham’s ’20s-styled Eden dress, she was sold. But how then to integrate these rich, period-specific pieces with Sodo Park’s urban, industrial setting for her Friday night, February 21, 2014, nuptials to Jerome Johnston?
The couple worked with event designer McKenzie Powell to bring in an old cigar cart, family wedding photos in silver frames, and a ceremony backdrop made with vintage glass doors that balanced the Gatsbyesque elements with the venue’s chic reclaimed vibe.
Penberg’s bridal party wore long black gowns of their own choosing, and the groomsmen all donned classic black suits. The bride stitched a picture of her grandmother, who passed away a year prior, to the underside of her dress, making the timeless and formal wedding-day fashion deeply personal as well.
Zora Penberg carried her grandmother’s spirit with her on her wedding day—in more ways than one.
HAIR “I knew I wanted to wear my hair down,” says Penberg, “and I’ve always loved pin curls.” The look was perfectly suited for the Jenny Packham headpiece she selected, so a Salon Maison team used Joico dry shampoo and one-inch sections of heat-rolled hair to help coax soft waves. The bride’s locks were swept off to the left to highlight the ornate topper.
MAKEUP “I didn’t want my makeup to be too intense; I wanted to look like myself, only better,” recalls Penberg. Salon Maison stylists used matte MAC shadows in earthy neutrals and sealed the vintage look with a smooth gel liner. The beauty team cut, shaped, and blended faux lashes to Penberg’s natural eye shape and employed MAC lip liner in Whirl for a long-lasting but natural- and neutral-toned smile.
Location was everything for Andrea DeRuiter, who married Mitchell Parrish at Delancey on February 17, 2014 (a Monday!)—exactly four years after they met at the popular artisan pizza destination in Ballard. The evening began with hors d’oeuvres and wine next door at Essex, the adjacent bar, where Paris-influenced ’40s-feeling wallpaper, marble details, exposed lighting, and windows fogged by warm conversation set a romantic scene. The laid-back, intimate ceremony was staged around the restaurant’s earthy wood tables; the couple took their vows under an archway not far from the large wood-fired brick oven. A chalk wall that typically guides eaters through the day’s specials was instead filled with wedding-night proceedings; the vows were followed by a preset four-course meal.
The quiet details and minimal wedding décor kept the focus on the couple’s commitment, but DeRuiter indulged in one proverbial pop of classic color—a long, lacy, light blue frock from Bhldn.
HAIR Hair and makeup artist Tiffany Lowry, who also goes by Tiffany Colors, was charged with forming a flexible side bun that could loosen up as the night went on. The stylist placed one-inch curls around the bottom of DeRuiter’s head to yield a sweetly messy final look; a handmade hairpiece balanced the unkempt vibe.
MAKEUP Working from two Dior palettes, Lowry layered pigmented bronzes and purples for a soft smoky eye that, paired with Magic Marc’er liquid liner by Marc Jacobs and some individual outer lashes, intensified DeRuiter’s almond eyes. YSL gloss added a celebratory champagne shine to the bride’s all-night smile.