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Ryann & William
Kate Stahl | Photo: Adagion Studio | January 7, 2014
Inspired by the Roaring ’20s, a chic New York couple throws a Palm Beach wedding worthy of Gatsby himself.
Ryann Hackett and William Goldsmith started off as co-workers, then became close friends. When their friendship turned into a romance, it wasn’t long before they were ready to change their status once again. “After two months of dating, we kind of knew we were going to get married. It didn’t take long before we knew we had something very special,” says Ryann, a former trader who’s currently studying interior design at Parsons.
Soon after, while visiting Ryann’s parents in Florida, Goldsmith, a trader, popped the question, and the New York City-based couple decided Palm Beach was the perfect location for their wedding. “I always knew I wanted to get married in my hometown; plus, it was the perfect excuse to give all of our friends in New York a bit of warm weather,” Ryann says of their April nuptials. The couple spent two years planning their big day, ensuring that every detail was picture-perfect.
Ryann had originally dreamed of marrying at The Breakers, but the couple’s visit to the Flagler Museum quickly changed her mind. “It had the vibe I wanted, the architecture, everything,” Ryann says.
With the location secured, Ryann turned her designer’s eye on the decor, envisioning a 1920s, Gatsby-esque affair with muted colors, mixed metallics, understated flowers and a heavy dose of glam. “We wanted to let the venue sing,” she says. Her dress, a ruffled creation by Oscar de la Renta, was another star of the day. “It was the very first dress I tried on, but I continued to try on dresses for a year and a half,” Ryann says. “But when I put it on again for my two maids of honor and they both started crying, I realized that it was clearly the one.”
The couple said “I do” at Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in front of 160 guests, including two adorable Marchesa-clad flower girls. Afterward, the couple shared some private time in a vintage Rolls-Royce that drove them to the reception, where guests were already enjoying a cocktail hour made even more special by the roaming docents who provided historical information about the museum. And then it was time to party.
“Our friends live all over the country and they were all finally in one place, so it was time to get a little wild,” Ryann says of the reception, which included live entertainment from a band the couple flew in from New York. And while the night was mainly about fun, the couple managed to sneak in a reflective moment as well.
“Before the wedding, everyone told me to take five minutes [during the reception] and go to the edge of the ballroom to take it all in—to see all of our family and friends dancing and laughing,” Ryann says. “It was such a magical moment. I feel very blessed to have that.” –Photography by Adagion Studio