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Ali & Brett
Jennifer Thornton | Photo: EPlove | January 7, 2014
Brett Jordan and Ali Smith celebrate their romance surrounded by
close family and childhood friends.
The night Brett Jordan met Ali Smith, he proposed... to make her homemade banana pancakes. And seven years later, he did, after an elaborate breakfast preparation produced the long-elusive short stack. After making a quick exit “for the syrup,” Brett assured Ali, he returned with a ring.
Proof that good things really do come to those who wait, the couple married on May 11, 2013, at The Parker Palm Springs. “The fabulous pool, the Jonathan Adler decor, what’s not to love?” says Ali of the desert setting, which hosted their Croquet Lawn nuptials, Palm Court cocktail hour and alfresco dinner.
Skirting formality for the familiar, Brett and Ali called on master planner Melissa Pearson of Bash Please, to create and execute to chic effect the wedding’s vintage, romantic vibe. Intentionally guestcentric, the day saw Brett’s brother in-law officiate the ceremony, Ali’s brother serve as her Man of Honor and childhood chums round out the wedding party. The bride’s mother, aunts and friends, meanwhile, created the ceremonial backdrop—nearly 1,000 origami cranes symbolizing 100 years of happiness and prosperity in Japanese culture.
As West Coast PR director for Diane von Furstenberg, Ali flexed her flair for fashion in what she describes as a “timeless, nostalgic and effortless” Monique Lhuillier number found “after a quick deliberation over wine and a fabulous lunch at The Ivy.” (“I tend to get carried away on the dance floor, so comfort was a must,” she says.) With it she wore a pair of custom white satin shoes from her former employer, Jerome C. Rousseau, and an heirloom jewel, her grandmother’s “incredibly special” art deco cocktail pinky ring.
A palette of gray, silver and blush with sage and neutral accents; lush blooms in complementary shades; and small glass bottles filled with California wildflower seeds and “Spread the Love” notes brought sophistication to the otherwise playful affair, which also featured a Smilebooth photo booth, a Parker-provided dessert bar and a one-for-the-ages dance-off between the bride and groom. Add to this the Tijuana Dogs. At the band’s bidding, Brett, Ali and her father went, appropriately, a little bananas, joining them onstage to belt out “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
“We felt like rock stars,” Ali allows. “If only we could live our wedding day [every day].”