Joseph & John true love. true luxury.
Joseph Langdon and John Collier met in May 2005 at the birthday party of a mutual friend. At the time, John had just moved back to Toronto from New York to run the Canadian division of Revlon.
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND
By 2012, the couple were living in Manhattan together after seven years of dating. Joseph and John describe their decision to get married as more of a discussion that took place during a romantic walk in Central Park, rather than a traditional proposal.
“Afterwards, we decided to walk home down Fifth Avenue and stopped at the CARTIER MANSION,” describes Joseph. “Once there, we fell in love with and bought the engagement rings.”
The pair purchased matching “Juste un Clou” rings. The design features a gold nail curved into a ring and was designed in New York City in the 1970s by designer Aldo Cipullo to represent the edginess of the city at that time. Elizabeth Taylor had owned several pieces of the collection. When she passed away, Cartier bought back the pieces she owned and decided to re-introduce the collection at that time.
The ring’s design legacy felt like a perfect fit for the couple with both the New York City significance and the time frame of its design (both Joseph and John were born in the 1970s). Cipullo’s personal background was also something that resonated with the couple.
The couple loved the design so much that it was woven into their wedding in the form of a logo created by Julie Gibb of PANTRY PRESS INC. Christine Flynn of LOVE THE DESIGN later used the same logo when she designed the wedding invitations and day-of stationery.
Event planner Melissa Haggerty of SPECTACULARSPECTACULAR provided full-service design and planning services for Joseph and John’s June 8, 2013 wedding that took place in Toronto, Ontario at MALAPARTE. Living outside of the country, Joseph and John relied heavily on Melissa’s recommendations. “Her expertise meant we were comfortable with knowing the vision for the event would be executed perfectly and by the correct people.”
Joseph wore a Giorgio Armani tuxedo and John wore Ralph Lauren. Both wore Tom Ford bow-ties purchased from the TOM FORD store on Madison Avenue in NYC. Makeup for the mothers and sisters was done by REVLON’s national product trainer and go-to makeup artist Jacquie Hutchinson. This was done at HOTEL LE GERMAIN, across the street from the venue and where many out of town guests stayed.
The grooms both wore matching watches, ‘Wax Seal Decor’ cufflinks and ‘Tank Française’ wedding bands—all from Cartier. Their groomsmen also wore matching ‘Wax Seal Decor’ Cufflinks’ purchased at Cartier Mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
ABOVE AND BEYOND
Invitation designer Christine Flynn drew an exact replica of the ceiling of Malaparte (the wedding venue) and incorporated it into the invitation.
“Most guests didn’t understand the connection until they were in the room during our reception—then the design made total sense,” notes Joseph.
Menus, stickers, t-shirts and silk-screened cocktail napkins all featured the monogram.
“We wanted an urban setting with outside space. The addition of it being an OLIVER & BONACINI managed property meant a comfort level with the quality of the food.”
The intimate ceremony took place outside on the terrace steps at Malaparte with just close friends and family in attendance. The majority of the guests joined the newlyweds for cocktails and dinner shortly after the ceremony. Keeping with a non-traditional vibe, the grooms walked up the two side aisles instead of a traditional centre aisle. They came together on the landing where their “Best Men” were waiting. Once the ceremony was over, waiters appeared at the top of the stairs and champagne was passed out to all the special people that just witnessed the marriage.
Pianist Kibwe Thomas performed during the ceremony and later during cocktail hour.
Lidia Tacconelli of FIORI FLORAL AND EVENT DESIGN, designed the floral and decor for the day. “It was a delicate line that Lidia worked with: we wanted it to look soft and ceremonial, but masculine at the same time. It ended up being the perfect combination of both.”
The reception moved indoors at Malaparte where event planner Melissa Haggerty and floral designer Lidia Tacconelli had been given free rein to create something “spectacular.”
Green flowers were used in abundance along with black lucite troughs. “The real pièce de résistance was the head table area,” says Joseph. “It looked like we were dining in the chicest flower shop in Manhattan!”
Peter Somers—personal friend and neighbour of the couple and owner of CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE RENTALS INC., provided all furniture, chairs, bars, lounges and even the chandeliers which were brought in and rigged in both the tent and the main dining room.
Custom-made grey linens with a black border, designed by Lidia Tacconelli were made by LUXE-LINEN. Luxe-Linen also made the black seat cushions seen on the steps during the ceremony.
After dinner, the party moved back outside into a tent erected by ADVANCED TENT RENTAL (a division of EVENT RENTAL GROUP). They extended the floor and carpet in the tent to the base of the stairs so that a two-sided bar could be set up. All AV was provided by ERG LIVE! (also a division of Event Rental Group). The dance floor was covered in gold vinyl from DANCE FLOOR DÉCOR and flanked by two sparkly gold carpets from REZNICK CARPETS.
Event planner Melissa Haggerty surprised the newlyweds by having t-shirts printed with their signature monogram which the bartenders wore during the after-party.
Place cards (also displaying the logo) were placed on troughs sitting atop of rows of granny smith apples—bringing in the connection to “The Big Apple.”
Well-known Toronto comedienne and Celine Dion impersonator Laura Landauer was the Emcee for the evening. “She was so good that she fooled some of our New York guests for a while!” jokes Joseph. Additional fun was had when a drag queen with two backup dancers performed a dance routine, culminating in a conga line at 11:00pm.
DJ Justin Croker from SOLE POWER PRODUCTIONS played throughout the night, first in the tent, then back in the dining room that was transformed into a night club atmosphere.
Transportation was a Rolls Royce Ghost (Joseph’s dream car!), from the ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS TORONTO dealership.
Joseph and John share with us that the most luxurious part of their day was that the event unfolded seamlessly with fun energy and room transformations that kept their guests guessing about what was happening next.
The couple is planning a multi-country Asian tour for their honeymoon in January. They still reside in New York City where John is now Senior Vice President & General Manager of the U.S. Division of Revlon and Joseph is obtaining an MBA from Fordham University.