The men's apparel: The best man and three groomsmen had flexibility in choosing their suits. "The only code we had was 'Make it dark and make it nice,' " Kyle says. They were all asked to wear blue ties of their own choosing.
Kyle wore a dark-gray three-piece suit by John Varvatos, with a white shirt and blue tie.
Flowers: Wicked Willow did the bouquets and floral decor — all-ivory centerpieces and larger arrangements incorporating lots of greenery.
Additional artistic flourishes: Alexandra's father is also an artist. He illustrated the cover of their invitations with their favorite view of Manhattan. He also created menus for guests that featured his depiction of a Parisian market, food and tableware.
The food: Those menus had three entree choices for the guests: a vegan eggplant napoleon with tofu cream on Israeli couscous; a salmon fillet with lemon caper butter sauce, grilled asparagus and rice pilaf; and a portobello-stuffed tenderloin of beef with whipped potatoes and roasted asparagus topped with a balsamic reduction.
The cake: Because the couple will be taking a belated honeymoon to Japan, they used that theme for the three-tiered cake from SugarBakers Cakes. It was decorated with cherry blossoms.
"We had yellow cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate cake with white chocolate ganache," says Alexandra.
Music: The duo of singer/ukelele player Victoria Vox and cellist Katie Chambers provided the music.
"The cellist played by herself for the ceremony. Afterward, they played together. They do music you can dance to, jazzy with a beat," says Alexandra.
Guests received the duo's latest CD as their wedding favors.
Later, guests danced to an iPod playlist set up on the sound system.
"We did the hora," says Kyle. "That was a blast because Alexandra does not like being picked up, and I love that kind of stuff. It was like a roller coaster."
Photographer: Richard Veytsman Photography
Event planner: Jean Wade Mayer and Emily Jean Villareal of Boutique Events.
"They were amazing. They helped me actually enjoy my wedding," Alexandra says.
The day's biggest surprise: "There is this stereotype that men aren't really into the whole wedding thing. But I was totally blown away by how magical the day was," says Kyle. "It was stunning how comforting it was having my family and friends there."
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