Cassandra and Sara had fond memories of relaxing poolside with cocktails in hand at Four Seasons Hotel Miami. When the Floridians moved to Baltimore, Four Seasons was naturally the first place they looked for their wedding venue. “We absolutely loved the fresh, minimalist décor,” says Sara. “We looked at several other places, but kept coming back to Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore because of its effortless elegance.”
The Scene: A clean white and grey palette with touches of slate blue and lime green set the tone. The couple added many sentimental elements: As a nod to their Parisian engagement, wedding invitations were designed to look like a French menu, and because the two first met at a wine tasting, the seating chart was made from wine corks.
A Personal Touch: As a tribute to their love of wines and their first encounter, the couple handpicked a bottle of wine for each reception table, and each table was named for a vineyard the couple had visited together.
Magical Moment: “Everyone at the Hotel was so incredibly helpful and genuinely happy for us,” says Sara. “One of my favourite moments was after the ceremony when Cassandra and I were celebrating in our private room while the guests made their way into the reception area. A few of the staff members from other weddings and the bartender from ours came in to congratulate us in person. They explained that all of the staff had wanted to take part in our wedding, as it was one of their first gay weddings. Their excitement just meant the world to us.”
The Couple: Fate has a funny way of intervening just at the right time. Sara, who at the time was interviewing for residency programs, was in Miami for just one night. An avid wine lover, she attended a tasting with a friend, where she glimpsed Cassandra across the room. “The moment I saw Cassandra, she took my breath away,” says Sara. “I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. When we spoke I was charmed by her outgoing zest for life and travel.” The two women also discovered they both have family from Watertown, New York. (As luck would have it, their grandfathers were racquetball partners in their younger days.) Sara left town for interviews the next morning, but she and Cassandra stayed in touch, and about a month later they had their first real date. A year and a half later, Sara proposed on the Pont des Arts “lock bridge” in Paris. Lovers from around the world gather at the bridge to clasp a lock, symbolizing their love, onto the bridge overlooking the Louvre before throwing the key in the Seine. Sara had a red lock engraved with the words “Cassie will you marry me?” The engagement ring was also placed on the lock.
The Brides Wore: Cassandra donned a two-piece ensemble, which consisted of an embellished bustier and a fitted mermaid skirt, both designed by Watters. She complemented it with pale pink flats adorned with Swarovski crystal butterflies from Aruna Seth, and a brooch bouquet with baubles that commemorated places, pets and causes that were important to the couple. Sara wore custom grey pants paired with a matching vest and a white French cuff shirt, and finished her ensemble with grey suede shoes, a Kenneth Cole pocket watch and Natty Boh cufflinks, a salute to one of the couple’s favourite Baltimore brews.
Photography Sarah Harper Photography