This bride asked Zac Posen for an Audrey Hepburn-inspired dress for her wedding in her parents’ garden
Samantha Resslerthe best friend of Max Winker and her sister Zoe were waiting in line to get their COVID shots when they came across Jason Borg. Zoe had graduated from the University of Wisconsin with him in 2002. “They may not have seen or spoken to each other since, but they struck up a conversation and she immediately thought he was really great.” Sat remember. “Apparently Jason had just moved to Los Angeles that afternoon.” During the meeting, Zoe SMS Sat to ask her if she could install it. “I told him no” Sat remember. “She gave him my number anyway, and he called me that night.” It was January 2021, and the two got married 13 months later.
A happy place for their proposal
The day they got engaged, Sat—an actress and producer who founded the theater and production company We the women—remembers vividly that she wore sports clothes and socks with sandals. “I was an hour late to our engagement because I stopped for coffee and bumped into a friend and unknowingly sat with him for an hour not realizing I was late for my own engagement,” she recalled. Jason offered at the couple’s house, which has always been Sat“the happy place”. “He went to the flower shop downtown and filled our house with flowers, and I don’t even remember the rest because I was just shocked and crying the whole time.” They facetimed their families, then Jason Told Sat they were going to stop by his parents for a quick toast before heading to a romantic dinner. “When I walked in, his parents and all of our siblings were there from Michigan, New York, Connecticut, Florida and North Carolina. I have three siblings, and he has two and they are our best friends, and I was sobbing uncontrollably like crazy. Sat remember. “It was the best.”
Three months later
The wedding was scheduled for February 19, 2022, and the entire event was planned in just 12 weeks. “We didn’t want a long engagement, and I knew I wanted to get married at my parents’ house,” Sat said. “My sister got married there in September 2020 and we both worked with event planner Mark Seed. He made everything so easy, fun and seamless. He’s basically a genius and has the coldest energy. He is also unable to panic. He can assess any problem and put things into perspective. He really understands that this should just be a celebration of love and a fun experience to plan.
Find the right idea
Sam had never really thought about what her marriage would look like. “In my parents’ speeches, they both talked about how I swore I would never get married, and my mother couldn’t remember any memories of me, even pretending to be a bride,” Sat jokes. “But I’ve always been very demanding and never had trouble making decisions, so I knew what I wanted. And because live event production is such a big part of We The Women, it’s something I really enjoy doing. Mark is so creative, and it was really fun to come up with ideas together and his implementation of my vision was beyond my wildest expectations.
Due to the pandemic, Sat and Jason opted for a smaller wedding and asked that everyone be vaccinated and tested beforehand. “We also recognized that any gathering could still be a risk,” Sat said. “So my grandma Gigi came to see us before we walked down the aisle, but she didn’t stay for the wedding.”
The inspiration for the dress dates back to… 1956
When it came to her dress, Sat had more clarity from the start. “Zac Posen is one of my closest friends, and I was lucky enough to entrust my wedding dress to him,” she explains. “He’s as caring as he is talented, and I can’t even begin to express how much time, energy, detail and love went into the dress he made me.” After Sat got engaged, she showed Zac the dress that Audrey Hepburn door in War & Peace from 1956. “It wasn’t a wedding dress, but it had the exact shape and vibe of what I would want to wear,” she says. “Zac immediately knew it was Fernando Gatinonni and was like an encyclopedia of knowledge on it, which is very him. The next day he sketched something for me based on that inspiration. He replaced the cap sleeves by two removable capes and a train. He chose and placed the embroidery by hand like a magician. The whole experience was something I will never forget and I feel so lucky.
Jason Wore a Tom Ford tuxedo and Sat gave him and their fathers and brothers engraved cufflinks on the wedding day. Mara Roszak did Satthe hair of – incorporating a beautiful beaded headband to match the embroidery of her dress – and Pat Dubroff made up.
There was no wedding party, but family members walked down the aisle with their spouses. Zac do both Satsister’s dresses, each perfectly suited to their different personalities and styles. The mother of the bride wore a vintage James Galanos dress she found at happy islandsa beloved vintage boutique in LA
Sat walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand“Get Happy/Happy Days are Here Again.” “I’m a theater buff, and I live for both of them and for this song, and I didn’t even have to think twice about it.” Sat said. “Jason came down for Led Zeppelin’s ‘Going to California’ because he moved to California to be with me.”
Max Winker, the bride’s best friend, married the couple. “I can’t properly express the feeling of having your best friend married to your best friend,” the bride says. “But I’ve never felt so seen or loved in my life, and I cried with laughter throughout the story. The ceremony was his opus, it was brilliant and hilarious and moving and the greatest piece of live content I’ve ever consumed, maybe?Max and his sister Zoe were the reason we were there, so it was just that he married us… The whole ceremony felt like home home. Literally and figuratively. Being at my parents’ house with everyone we love…it was just a huge feeling of gratitude and joy. Jason has a stupid tattoo that literally says “It feels good to be home” and when you ask him why he got it, he doesn’t really know…and it became the theme of our love, our marriage, and Max’s ceremony.”
After the ceremony, the guests gathered around a Negroni bar and sushi from massah. “The appetizers and cocktails were pouring in, and once people were drunk and drunk, we moved to a greenhouse that Mark had built on my parents’ lawn. There were five long tables, each with a different color scheme and a Lisa Corti tablecloth,” Sat said. “I have a tapestry of hers hanging above our bed at home, and I knew early on that I wanted to use her beautiful designs.”
A lot of emotions
Once in the greenhouse, the dancing started right away, then everyone finally sat down for speeches. “Our parents and siblings each gave beautiful speeches, and I cried again,” Sat said. “I forgot to change because I was having so much fun, so at ten minutes to midnight I put on my party dress and we didn’t cut the cake until after midnight.”
Once the group is finished, DJ Allie Teilz took the stage. Then around 2am everyone moved the party inside what is usually Satdad’s office. “We mylar’ed the walls and hung a bunch of disco balls and danced until 5 a.m.,” she says. “My husband is a self-proclaimed burger lover, and he hosted Heavy Handed for the after-party. Despite all the amazing food, I never ate a bite of it. After the afterparty, the last ones standing were our brothers and sisters, and we all went up to my parents’ house and made grilled cheese while my parents slept in. It was all very reminiscent of sneaking around the house as a teenager and definitely the best.