Jamie Singer Soros and Robert Soros have been launched by a pal at a cocktail party. “We sat subsequent to one another and came upon we have been each Hungarian and shared the identical dry humorousness that comes with being Hungarian,” Jamie, the CEO and co-founder of the personal visible messaging platform Ussie says of how she and Robert, a financier, first acquired to know one another. The 2 began relationship shortly thereafter. “I had at all times advised Robert I wished an intimate proposal—no shock social gathering, no flash mob, no marching band, no mother and father with video cameras within the bushes. It simply so occurred that he acquired the ring proper earlier than quarantine, so he proposed to me at dwelling in a manner that felt very consistent with our relationship: real, intimate, simply us, with some inside jokes.”
After the engagement, the 2 started planning their wedding ceremony for November of 2020 in Napa. The pandemic, nonetheless, interfered. “We had been planning a 250 individual wedding ceremony,” Jamie explains. “In Might, I lastly got here to phrases with the truth that it wasn’t going to occur.”
For Jamie, being a “COVID bride” ended up offering a whole lot of surprising readability on quite a few ranges. “Abruptly, it was now not concerning the flowers, the music, or the cake—however as an alternative concerning the urgency of eager to be husband and spouse,” Jamie says. “One in every of my pals despatched me a quote from When Harry Met Sally that captured my emotions so effectively: ‘When you understand you need to spend the remainder of your life with any individual, you need the remainder of your life to start out as quickly as doable.’”
With that in thoughts, Jamie and Robert determined they didn’t need to wait. They canceled Napa and as an alternative selected to host a small ceremony and lunch with a pared-down visitor listing made up of solely household and a handful of pals. As soon as they’d reduce the variety of company, the primary order of enterprise was trying to find an outside location.
“Napa had been a sentimental location for us, so discovering a venue that was significant to our relationship was a problem,” Jamie admits. “Robert and I really like up to date artwork and structure, so I wished a location that spoke to that. The Glass Home, an icon of American modernism in New Canaan, CT, that was constructed by famed architect Philip Johnson, match the imaginative and prescient.”
There hadn’t been a marriage at The Glass House for the reason that Seventies—when Andy Warhol and his dachshund have been current—so this wasn’t a available choice. However, the venue was capable of make a one-time exception for the couple as their occasions calendar had been cleared because of the pandemic. “It was a uncommon bit of excellent fortune in an in any other case difficult time,” Jamie notes. “Planning throughout a pandemic was emotionally tough as a result of I knew so most of the folks we wished to have fun with weren’t going to be capable of attend. However, I made a decision one of the best ways ahead was to deal with the issues I may management and absolutely get pleasure from them.”
Jamie selected crimson roses—a basic image of romance and the flower that Robert at all times gave to her to commemorate vital relationship milestones—to be a steady reference all through the marriage. “I wished to be respectful of the minimal fantastic thing about The Glass Home whereas making it really feel like a special occasion,” she explains. “I envisioned creating a dramatic discipline of crimson roses that would really feel impactful and that company may stroll by means of or expertise from afar.”
Though Jamie had a really clear imaginative and prescient in her head of what she wished her wedding ceremony to appear to be, getting somebody to assist execute was essential. That is the place Sophie Pape of S Projects stepped in. She was capable of take Jamie’s concepts and make all of them come collectively. “On prime of that, she was a riot to work with and, at occasions, I swear I believed she had ESP,” Jamie jokes. “Sophie made all the things occur in report time, together with sourcing a tent that may match the form of the Glass Home and a mirrored desk and Ghost chairs that disappeared into the panorama.”
It was vital to Jamie and Robert that everybody would really feel secure throughout the wedding ceremony, so many of their aesthetic and logistical choices stemmed from that want. “We examined everybody that morning outdoors the venue,” Jamie says. “Everybody wore masks besides whereas consuming. We separated out the seating by pods and had all meals pre-plated beneath glass cloches to reduce waiter interplay. There was no dancing aside from our first dance and my dance with my father. What unfolded was a magical day of unbelievable dialog, strolling by means of the fields and artwork installations, a sense of connection, love, pleasure and gratitude throughout a time when that felt international.”
The couple enlisted Raúl Àvila to do the flowers. “He’s hands-down the perfect florist ever,” Jamie says. “Anybody who can take the request of ‘I need a discipline of lengthy stem roses’ and make it occur deserves main accolades.”
Due to the pandemic, vogue ended up being tougher to supply than flowers. By late Might, all of Jamie’s costume appointments in New York Metropolis had been cancelled, and the shops didn’t have any clear plans to reopen. However then, “A pal launched me to Micaela Erlanger—the movie star stylist who fortunate for me not too long ago expanded her enterprise into the posh bridal sphere,” Jamie explains. “I like to think about Micaela as my younger, cool fairy godmother who saved me from pandemic wedding ceremony despair. She makes miracles occur, is an absolute pleasure to work with, and her sense of fashion is simply impeccable.”
Micaela was capable of translate Jamie’s costume concepts into a listing of advised designers. They landed on Ralph & Russo for his or her female silhouettes and extremely detailed work. “Tamara Ralph designed the dreamiest costume for me,” Jamie says. “The primary time I tried it on I had my mother and everybody on Zoom—and once I noticed my costume, I burst into tears. For the second becoming, I used to be capable of convey my mother with me, and she acquired to see my costume in individual. It was extremely emotional for us and one among my favourite elements of the planning course of.”
The look included a veil and a chiffon cape in case it acquired chilly. The costume itself had the phrases “Let’s Fall in Love” inscribed within the lace—lyrics from Jamie and Robert’s first dance track by Cole Porter, sung by Ella Fitzgerald.
The bride’s make-up was finished by Carolina Gonzalez and her hair was by DJ Quintero. “Their vibe stored me calm,” Jamie says. “Carolina is a grasp at make-up and the way in which she applies it’s an artwork kind. She delivered on my request to look fairly and pure. DJ’s signature look is tremendous female, glamorous hair that also seems to be carefree. I wished my hair as much as present the again of my costume. DJ did an exquisite bun that labored with a number of outfit adjustments.”
Jamie wished her wedding ceremony images to really feel creative and convey romance, and when she got here throughout Alexi Lubomirski’s work, she fell in love instantly (sure, he’s the one who shot Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement photos and wedding ceremony). “Attending to do a photoshoot [the day before the wedding] with Alexi was past my wildest wedding ceremony desires. He’s a grasp at his craft and so beautiful to work with so when I discovered myself with a chance to have a photoshoot at The Glass Home with the most effective vogue photographers on the earth—I used to be not about to waste it,” Jamie says. “Alexi envisioned a crimson costume in opposition to the inexperienced rolling hills, and Micaela known as in some vogue favors. After the household pictures have been over, I used to be alone with the crew for a full afternoon of costume up surrounded by the enduring structure. It was an unbelievable solution to have fun being a bride.”
In a conventional Jewish wedding ceremony, the bride and groom see one another earlier than the ceremony to signal the Ketubah. “I wished to put on one thing completely different for this so my wedding ceremony costume would nonetheless be a shock,” Jamie explains. “Micaela helped me discover this beautiful quick Elie Saab silk satin cream coloured costume. It got here with a beaded cape, which made it acceptable for the spiritual ceremony. I wore cream coloured Manolo Blahniks with blue sparkly buckles.” And, as a result of it was a pandemic wedding ceremony, Jamie had customized masks made to match every of her attire.
Visitors have been in a myriad of various florals—which juxtaposed properly with the clear traces of The Glass Home. “I didn’t need anybody to really feel too restricted in what they may put on and felt florals as a class would permit for lots of room to play whereas making a cohesive look,” Jamie says.
On October 4th, Jamie walked down the aisle together with her father to “At Final” by Etta James—just a little joke that performed off the truth that she and Robert had been collectively for six years earlier than getting married. “I instantly began crying,” Jamie remembers. “I had been holding it collectively for hours, however as quickly as I walked out the tears began flowing. It was so shifting to see everybody there after months of being in isolation.”
Rabbi Evan Schultz carried out the Jewish ceremony, and after being pronounced husband and spouse, Robert and Jamie went into The Glass Home for a second alone. In the meantime, company walked the grounds, checked out the Frank Stella present on show, and had a drink whereas harpist Mélanie Genin performed by the round pool. Alexi took company’ portraits in an outside studio. After everybody had a drink and their picture taken, they sat down for an extended lunch. Mac Osborne of Comparti Catering discovered inventive methods to serve meals with security prime of thoughts—together with pre-mixed cocktails in flasks, pre-plated lunch , and particular person truffles for every visitor made by Millers & Makers.
For the farewell drink toast that adopted, Jamie become a Ralph & Russo feather and beaded silver cocktail costume. “I felt like a Fabergé egg sculpture in opposition to the midcentury traces of The Glass Home,” Jamie teases. “It was the primary costume I had tried on throughout my fittings, and I knew it needed to be part of the day.” Sparkly Gianvito Rossi heels accomplished the roaring twenties-inspired look that the bride wore to toast her company and provides thanks. “I felt actually grateful to our family and friends who took the additional steps to have fun with us in a secure manner,” Jamie says. “It felt like a second of sunshine in a darkish time.”