Photographed by Greg Mionske
Brock Collection designers Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock met while studying fashion design at Parsons. “We quickly realized we work really well together,” explains Vassar. “He was the yin to my yang.” The two didn’t officially start dating until after graduation. “Kris moved to Paris for work, and when he returned to NYC for a visit, we knew we couldn’t be apart,” says Vassar.
Four weeks later, they took a trip to Miami as a last hurrah before Kris was set to return to Paris yet again. They flew separately, and when Laura landed, she got a call from Kris saying his plane had an emergency landing, and he was stuck in Charlotte. “I was devastated,” says Laura. “Right after I got the news, my driver pulled into a gas station, and told me we had a flat tire. I should have suspected something was up when he disappeared. Next thing I knew, Kris was in the seat next to me, and before I could process what was happening, he was down on one knee. There, in the car, at a random gas station in Miami, he proposed. And then, we went straight into celebrating. We met both of our parents for dinner at the restaurant, Casa Tua. Kris planned the most magical night for the six of us.”
The couple got married at Laura’s family’s summer home in Newport Beach. The house was originally designed by Walt Disney’s personal architect, and her parents bought it in 2012 with a plan to restore it. “I owe so much of my personal aesthetic to my mom, Caroline Vassar, and I knew there was no better person to entrust with my most important day,” says Laura. “Our house was the ideal backdrop for a family wedding on the water—it felt very personal walking out from my parents’ home and out into our yard, overlooking the Newport Bay.”
Laura always knew she would design her own wedding dress. “I kept the dress a complete secret from Kris! One night, I was draping in our studio below our apartment until 2:00 a.m.—he had no idea what was going on down there! I then took my design to my favorite dressmaker in the city, Geri Gerard. After numerous late-night fittings, I ended up with my dream wedding dress. I chose a classic French Chantilly lace and organdy as my base, and the inner bustier was constructed to achieve the perfect fit. I wanted it to be shorter in the front, and longer in the back to make it more casual for our backyard setting. The scallops on the hem were applied by hand. I designed my veil with fine silk tulle and a delicate lace scallop to make the look more modern. My favorite detail on the dress was the hand-stitched tag with my initials in blue. . . this was my ‘something blue.’”
The ceremony was a complete surprise to the 180 guests, who attended as the invitation they received was for an engagement party. Everyone arrived at 5:00 p.m. and gathered on the dock for cocktails. At 6:00 p.m., the wedding party lined up on the side of the house in preparation for the ceremony. Bob Dylan’s “Main Title Theme (Billy)” played as the bride and her father walked down the aisle lined with foxgloves. The couple was married by Laura’s uncle, Jon Wright, at the front of the home under a simple laurel garland. “He is a true cowboy and wore his cowboy hat and wranglers,” jokes Laura.
For the reception, small white lights were strung from high in the trees, creating a tent-like atmosphere above oval tables on the lawn. The tables were covered with a natural linen overlay and set with personal antique service pieces and white hem-stitch napkins. Copper containers held the floral arrangements of garden roses, peonies, Queen Anne’s lace, and scabiosa put together lovingly by family friend, Dana Anderson. “We served a classic surf-and-turf dinner, and during dessert, we announced that I was expecting a baby boy, due in December,” says Laura. “Everyone was thrilled by the news and danced the night away on the dance floor, which looked like it was floating on the high tide of the bay.”
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