Stylish wedding couples
These New Yorkers broke the traditional mold when it came to their nuptial attire.
Fri Jun 10 2011
Jessica Lynn Awanohara, 33, disaster-preparedness specialist, and Hirohisa Awanohara, 35, optimization manager; Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Photographer: Ayano Hisa Photography (ayanohisaphoto.com)
Her attire: "I never considered wearing a traditional wedding dress. I considered fancy pants, nonwhite dresses—really a whole range of things. I ended up buying my Lanvin dress a couple weeks before the wedding at the Barneys Warehouse Sale. The black sash did not come with the dress and, in retrospect, was probably not the most attractive way to negotiate the fact that the dress was easily eight sizes larger than what I normally wear. I can't exactly remember where it came from, but in the darkest corners of my closet is a safe bet. The black velvet-and-peacock-feather shoes are from Banana Republic (locations throughout the city; visit bananarepublic.com). I opted for flats because I value mobility; I gave up heels three years ago, and like the fact that I can break into a run whenever I please. The fur stole is vintage, and I borrowed it from my best friend, Anita. In fact, I am the second friend to borrow it for a wedding—it seems to be making the rounds in our group of girlfriends. As for the headpiece, I had a wedding day emergency and needed something to distract people from my weird hair. Anita saved the day with this gorgeous velvet-and-feather band that she had borrowed from her friend Tiffany, who was lovely enough to give me the band as a memento."
His attire: "Except for the Pony sneakers, everything my husband is wearing is from A.P.C. (131 Mercer St between Prince and Spring Sts; 212-966-9685, apc.fr). We're huge fans of the shop, and it was just about the easiest buy of the wedding. The quality and cut of the suit is really wonderful, and I'm sure he'll repurpose it for another occasion."
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