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The Bride’s Friend Zac Posen Created a Couture Ball Gown For Her New York City Wedding

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Shawn Connell

|Planning by 

Nicky Reinhard

Arielle Patrick and Aaron Goldstein were set up by a mutual friend, who invited both of them to a “party in Brooklyn,” where the two of them made up half of the guest list. “He exuded confidence,” Arielle told The New York Times. “He looked and sounded like a man who knew where he was going in life.”  Aaron adds, “From the moment we met I just kind of knew I would marry her.”

Exactly one year after they met, Aaron proposed to Arielle, while they were both in their pajamas. Once engaged, the couple planned for a New York City wedding on August 7, 2021 at Temple Emanu-El with their reception at The Metropolitan Club. And to bring their vision to life, they hired Nicky Reinhard as their planner and David Beahm Experiences to take care of the design and florals. Jill Ryder of Shindig Bespoke created the custom calligraphy and monogram too.

To walk down the aisle, Arielle turned to her close friend Zac Posen, who designed a strapless couture gown for the bride. “We designed the dress over a year-and-a-half together,” Arielle explains. “His attention to detail, creativity, vision, and technical talent are unmatched. His team—Ava, Yasuyo, and Jade–have been with him for decades and worked so incredibly hard on this project. I’m so grateful.”

On the day-of, Arielle got ready with hairstylist Shoshana Constante and makeup artist Renny Vasquez from Pat McGrath. And the designers from David Beahm also sewed Arielle’s late grandmother’s cross necklace into the stems of her bouquet, so she was with the bride in spirit, when she walked down the aisle.

The mother-of-the-bride looked radiant in a beautiful Alexia Maria dress, while Arielle’s maid of honor Madeleine Haddon wore a custom gown by Mestiza New York, which was founded by the bride’s friends, Alessandra and Louisa. “They worked so hard on her gown with us from scratch,” Arielle says. “It was such a fun design project.”

In the oldest reform synagogue in North America, the bride and groom were married under a floral chuppah in a Jewish ceremony. Once officially wed, Arielle and Aaron walked five blocks to their reception.

The newlyweds had their first dance to “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, and then Arielle and her father twirled to “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder. Later on in the night, the bride felt terror during the Horah, as she was lifted into the air, but those feelings quickly turned into pure joy, as she gave into the celebratory moment.

Guests enjoyed dancing with Press Play from Element Music, and Arielle, who was in Princeton’s oldest all-female acapella group The Tigerlilies, couldn’t resist getting on stage and grabbing the mic for her favorite song, “Doo Wop (That Thing).” “In fact, part of my interview process for all the bands we vetted was that I needed an example of their strongest vocalists singing Lauryn Hill,” the bride explains. To end their perfect evening, the band played “Shout,” and the crowd went wild.