Celebrity Wedding: Melissa Akey & Alex Drayer
The Love Story
Alex Drayer didn't know what hit him when Thread designer Melissa Akey spilled a beer on his shirt at a 2005 indie rock concert in Manhattan. The two had briefly met before through a mutual friend. "I told her she could make up for it by sending me a shirt," he says with a laugh. The next day, Drayer received "this perfectly handwritten note on red stationery, along with a shirt. I was like, 'I like this girl.'"
Two years and several concerts later, the aviation executive got down on bended knee during a Fourth of July weekend in the Hamptons. The ring, a Renee Lewis band set in 18kt–yellow gold and sterling silver with antique rose-cut diamonds from the ultra-hip Jeffrey New York boutique, "doesn't feel like an engagement ring," says Akey. "It's like a piece of standout jewelry."
Marie Weilman of Floreal in N.Y.C. created white winter-peony bouquets for Akey and her bridal party.
Ceremony programs were designed by Anne Noonan at SoHo Letterpress in N.Y.C.
Embroidered cocktail napkins displayed the just-married couple's monogram.
April Reed Cake Design whipped up a red velvet cake with vanilla butter-cream and fondant, and garnished it with a handmade sugar magnolia flower.
Akey's mother presented the bridesmaids with black velvet jewelry rolls, which double as evening clutches.