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Alana & Andrew
Riki Altman | Photo: Donna Newman | January 6, 2014
Designer big-day—with an edge—was the formula this New York-based couple used to plan the event of their lives.
Call this romance a tale of two cities. Alana Wrublin, an asset manager with a penchant for fashion who works for a real estate company, is originally from Roslyn, N.Y. Andrew Axelrod, a hedge fund manager with a Miami Heat obsession, hails from the Magic City.
The couple became friends after meeting at a party at Duke University, which they both attended. But sparks really started to fly after he graduated and moved to Manhattan, close to her parents’ home, where she was spending the summer. Come fall, she flew off to Florence, Italy, to study—and strangely enough, that’s when they finally decided to start dating. “Okay, we’re not going to see each other. Let’s give this a shot!” she jokes.
Six years later, as they wandered hand-in-hand through a Napa vineyard, Andrew proposed, and the search for a wedding venue began. Though they had both settled in New York by then, the couple decided against holding a wedding in their home state, as the bride’s brother had recently married there. Enter the Bahamas: It was easy for their guests to get to, and One&Only Ocean Club had the elegant vibe they were seeking. To make planning easy, they asked the staff to provide a list of vendors for their event. “We felt it was important that the hotel have a good relationship with the planners and others,” Alana says.
The ceremony was held at The Cloisters, a 12th century Augustinian cloister marked by marble arches, and made even more romantic when accented with pure white calla lilies and orchids. Alana beamed in her Lanvin gown and sparkly nude Valentino shoes, while the diamond tennis bracelet—bestowed upon her that morning by her husband-to-be—glittered in the sunshine. Her bridesmaids shined in silver-and-gold satin dresses by Swoon from Bella Bridesmaid. Andrew donned a Tom Ford suit, while his groomsmen wore the gray Bonobos suits he gifted them.
The tented reception was held in the adjacent Versailles Gardens, where black lacquer and chevron patterns contrasted with the peaceful island setting. The bride even opted to have black skulls on her menus. “I get it from my mom,” Alana explains. “She’s all about creativity.”
One tent was reserved exclusively for dining, while another showcased lounge-style decor, and the dance floor where Alana and Andrew had their first dance to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” (“We had a little routine,” she confesses. “We took lessons before.”) As guests enjoyed cocktails and passed desserts, the fashion-forward bride stepped out to change into a bustier and pants she sourced from a recent Oscar de la Renta runway show.
After late-night bites served in the lounge, the party continued into the wee hours as the couple entertained guests in their oceanfront villa. “We invited everyone back and had a DJ there, and lots of food,” she recalls. “The hotel set up a whole buffet that ranged from grilled cheese to stone crabs.”
For these newlyweds, who invested more than half a decade into their courtship, time seems to always be on their side—which is one of the reasons Alana chose to mark the day by presenting her groom with an engraved Cartier pocket watch. “It was something I wanted him to have forever,” she says—much like her love.