Catherine Leland Hehmeyer and Robert Bennett Krentzman met while both working for sports agency Excel Sports Management in New York City. Rob was a baseball agent, and Catherine was managing PGA Tour players. However, it wasn’t until nearly three years later in 2016 that they started dating. And after two-and-a-half years together, he proposed to her in their apartment.
“I always told Rob I wanted the moment he proposed to be intimate and just the two of us,” Catherine says. One day, he scheduled them for massages at the Four Seasons, while he gave their apartment keys to her father and stepmother to decorate with flowers and put a champagne bottle in one of her mother’s old tennis trophies. “My mom passed away when I was 16, and Rob made it a point to have her presence in the room when he proposed.”
When they walked into their apartment, she noticed the set up, spun around, and found Rob on one knee. After FaceTiming their close friends and family with the news, the engaged couple walked into the restaurant to find that most of them had flown into Chicago to celebrate with them.
Since Rob had proposed in December, and they were planning on a winter wedding, the two chose Palm Beach as their destination. Rob’s grandparents also live there part-time, and Florida sounded a lot more enticing than Chicago in January. “We wanted an elegant and traditional black-tie wedding but, at the same time, wanted it to feel warm, intimate, fun, and Palm Beach-inspired,” Catherine explains. When they found the Flagler Museum, they instantly agreed it was the venue for them. And to help plan everything, they hired Masi Events.
On Friday night, the couple held their rehearsal dinner and welcome party at Palm Beach staple The Colony Hotel, where many of their guests were staying. “I wore my mother’s wedding gown to our rehearsal dinner,” the bride-to-be says. “The fact that it is still as chic as it was when she wore it in 1986, speaks to how timeless the gown is. The second I tried it on, I knew I had to wear it on the eve of our wedding.” She also clutched an Edie Parker bag that had her new last name on it—a sweet gift from her bridesmaids.
The inspiration for Catherine’s own wedding dress was aligned with that for the wedding—“classic, chic, and timeless but with individuality and a pop of tropical flare.” She finally found the Vera Wang Odelle gown, and when she tried it on with her father, he exclaimed, “That’s what you’re getting married in,” and wouldn’t consider any others—it was that perfect for her.
For added drama, the bride extended the train by 24 inches and wore a long, tulip and rose lace, cathedral-length veil. Isaac Mesa gave her soft waves tucked behind her ears on the morning-of, and Rocio perfected the no-makeup, natural look.
The groom looked handsome in a custom midnight tuxedo with black lapels by Josh Kercher, black velvet Magnanni loafers, and a platinum Shinola watch, gifted to him by Catherine on the day-of. Rob also had the jacket lined with a silk, black leopard print and had their wedding date embroidered into the inside pocket and “Mr. and Mrs. Krentzman” sewn under the back of his collar.
At sunset inside the museum, the bride walked down the aisle, lined with lanterns and florals byAnthology Co., with her father to meet Rob and his first cousin, Matt, who was officiating. “The three of us worked together and share a very close relationship, so it was incredibly special to have him up there with us,” she says. “Rob is Jewish, and I am Episcopalian, so we included subtle elements from both religions.”
The two had exchanged personal vows to each other that morning, so they recited traditional vows at the ceremony, which Rob forgot the words to. “I was caught in a moment just looking at my about-to-be wife and didn’t listen to a word Matt said,” he says. Once declared as husband and wife, the newlyweds walked back down the aisle to Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars,” and the party started immediately with spicy margaritas and French 57s on the back patio.
“For the reception, we were on a mission to establish the perfect mix between an elegant dinner and a raging dance party,” the bride says. The delicious meal was catered by Constellation Culinary and personalized to be gluten-free to accommodate the bride’s dietary restrictions. For dessert, Earth & Sugar created their dream, four-tier cake with marble, red velvet, Funfetti, and gluten-free red velvet layers.
The new Mr. and Mrs. had their first dance to “Conversations in the Dark” by John Legend, and then Catherine changed into a white, sparkly Retrofête dress to dance the rest of the night away in. After an encore from their band, Remix by Tropics Entertainment, the party all took trolleys to The Colony Hotel for an after-party at the main bar and lounge. “One of our guests hijacked the piano in the restaurant and kept the party going until 3:00 a.m.”