There is no whimsy quite like the one of an engagement. And that milestone is all the sweeter when immortalized by The Perfect Ring. After all, doesn’t a diamond simply seem to shine a bit brighter when it’s from Tiffany & Co.? Today’s engagement ring is so much more than an accessory. It’s a sentiment, a beacon for a promising future, a design piece that can set your wedding’s tone.
As modern sophisticates look to Tiffany & Co. to mark their new beginnings, the most discerning among them reach out to the wildly talented event planner Bronson van Wyck (who’s thrown fêtes for The Clintons and Beyoncé alike) to concept outsize weddings. Imbued with taste and grandeur and charm, his celebrations eschew gauche trends and formulaic traditions. So we, in turn, enlisted the party titan with an interesting challenge of our own: Create a mood board for a dream wedding, each with its own unique personality, for four Tiffany & Co. engagement rings. See van Wyck’s vision and narrative, below. Ring fiends, your search ends here.
Credit: Christian Oth Photography. A bouquet of blushing bride, scabiosa, freesia, agapanthus; blood-orange spritzers; hand-tied lavender escort cards; cluster of wild-flower arrangements; mason-jar lanterns
“This wedding is the union of two incredibly creative free spirits. She is an artist; he designs furniture and T-shirts and is part owner of a restaurant and bar in the warehouse district. They met at Burning Man. Fiercely independent, they are nevertheless perfect complements to each other. When she feels shy and self-effacing about her paintings, he gently (and proudly) draws her out. When he needs help at the restaurant, she jumps behind the bar and mixes up margaritas by the pitcher. Their wedding celebrates the honest simplicity that each of them value in each other as well as their romantic love of nature. Fragrant lavender, flowers freshly picked from the garden, and lanterns hanging from the bride’s favorite tree transform her family home into a dreamy summer wedding at dusk.”
Credit: Fred Marcus Photography. Blue-and-white stripes from above; Bahamian blues and whites; twins in lace; grosgrain ribbon and hand calligraphed cards; luminaries light the way
“This island wedding is inspired by the Caribbean locale where the couple have spent many holidays together, and where the groom proposed. Block prints and ticking, patterns and textures, are all mismatched in true Anglo-Colonial style. Meanwhile, strict adherence to a blue-and-white color palette is in order. This groom recently left his position as an up-and-comer at an investment bank to start a private equity fund with his father and uncle. The bride continues to work with her parents at their boutique travel consultancy, and plans to expand her role as her parents consider retirement. The couple met during college but only began seeing each other years later after reconnecting at the wedding of a mutual friend. Both come from tight-knit families (his large, hers small), and adding to them with children of their own is top priority.”
Credit: Christian Oth Photography. Clockwise from top left: The perfect dress; dinner by candlelight with monogrammed napkins; coral-red lacquered chairs; blood-red velvet cake by Sylvia Weinstock; New York’s The Plaza
“Fluent in five languages, this bride, an art-history student in Latin America, decided to marry her groom at their first meeting. He was an American management trainee at a global logistics company. She had accompanied her father to a business luncheon where she was seated next to the groom. He asked for her number, but she told him that she would never date someone who couldn’t speak Spanish with her family. At the end of the lunch, the groom again asked for her number, with the Spanish phrase, which he had asked her father to teach him in a break between courses. And that’s when she started to fall in love with him. With excellent taste, and not afraid to make a bold statement, this bride transforms the ballroom at the grandest hotel in town by laying down a carpet of grass throughout the room and bringing in two dozen weeping-willow trees. Red lacquered chairs, antique China that belonged to her great-grandmother, and hundreds of candles dress the tables at dinner; a mirrored dance floor and a DJ from Paris await in the next room, which is booked until 5 a.m.”
Credit: Allan Zepeda Photography. Clockwise from top left: To have and to hold; boutonnieres from the garden; creamy sweet-pea panna cotta; mirrored DJ booth; white on white
“He moved to the city from the South and met him the first night he went out on the town. They stayed out all night and ended up at the diner on the corner (pancakes for him and a grilled cheese and fries for the other). A New Yorker for life, the local taught the Southerner how to always get a table at the hot brasserie in town, which galleries are open on Sundays, and the tailor in Chinatown who does the perfect slim leg. He taught the Yankee how to two-step, the trick to making biscuits, and the importance of a proper thank-you note. From that early breakfast, each knew the other was The One. It was just a matter of time to find the ring and convince the neighborhood garden to let them marry under the trees. They planned it for late spring—when the city feels alive again, the tulips have bloomed on the avenues, and sidewalk cafés are bustling. After the ceremony, friends and family gather for a simple dinner at sunset in the garden followed by dancing at their friend’s gallery space. They took down all the art to make room for the dance-off that is sure to carry on until it’s time for pancakes.”