Over The Moon Bride Lesea Bourke Berry and Andrew Thomas Berry had a summer micro-wedding in 2020 in Maine and postponed their larger celebration at her grandparents’ home in Jupiter Island, Florida to November 13, 2021. The aesthetic for the wedding weekend was “Italian garden-esque, with a focus on [a] lemon motif,” she shares.
While Jessica and Michael Masi from Masi Events planned the wedding day, Jupiter Island Club’s in-house planner put together Friday and Sunday’s activities. The couple were toying around with having the rehearsal dinner on Thursday, but after attending 11 weddings the previous summer, they wanted to alleviate stress and have everything commence on the official end of the work week.
To kick off the weekend, Lesea hit the golf course with Andrew and his friends. The bride-to-be, in head-to-toe Tory Sport, brought her film camera and documented the day and then headed to the tennis tournament with the girls. After feeling like Venus & Serena, everyone met up for a pool party that ended with rain showers—the perfect cue to start getting ready for the rehearsal dinner.
Since Lesea and Andrew’s favorite cuisine is Mexican, they dedicated the evening to their favorite flavors with quesadillas, margaritas, and more. When the two were doing long-distance between Maine and New York, they would always go to a local Mexican restaurant near Andrew’s apartment in Greenwich Village, when she was in town. It remains a go-to date-night spot for them. Originally, the rehearsal dinner was all outdoors, but because of tropical winds, the club thankfully and seamlessly transferred everything indoors.
For this occasion, Lesea found her dress from Happy Isles, when founder Lily Kaizer was in New York City. At first, there were no appointments available, when Lesea first inquired about trying on some things. But due to a last-minute cancellation, Lily called the bride and asked her if she was free in 15-minutes. Lesea masked up and headed on over. She tried on a couple of dresses, but when she saw the rhinestones on the fabric of one vintage dress, she was sold. “I fell in love, and it felt very salsa; it had the ruffles,” Lesea says.
To complete her look, she sweetly wore the shoes she had on at her micro-ceremony and a special custom necklace. Lesea made all her bridesmaids necklaces with stones that she had sourced from her great-grandmother’s beach with diamonds, sapphires, and other precious gems embedded into them. The bridal party wore theirs on the wedding day, and Lesea wore hers for the rehearsal.
After the dinner—with family and wedding party only—the doors opened to reveal the welcome party, and everyone was there and ready to celebrate. “I think at that moment, it was like our whole vision finally came together,” Lesea shares.
The bride describes her personal styles as “feminine with an edge.” She loves dressing up, but her everyday look might be more chicly relaxed. For the Sunday brunch, Lesea wore a Giambattista Valli dress that she found on sale. And throughout the whole weekend, Daniela Gozlan was there to perfect the bride’s beauty looks.
It was the club’s first event, after closing due to the pandemic, and the brunch spread was out of this world. Lesea felt like everyone from the wedding showed up the next day, and “it was a party in itself,” she says.