When Nichol Porcelli and Michael Stimac’s plans for an April ceremony and reception at The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota began to take on a glamorous life of their own, the saying “live like there’s no tomorrow” became “a perfect fit” for the entire day, Nichol says.
Napkins, pillows, cupcakes, wedding welcome bags and even a custom-made gobo were all emblazoned with the phrase, encouraging each of the wedding’s 110 guests to eat, drink and be merry.
Adding to the elaborate decor was a hand-rolled cigar station, rhinestone-encrusted wedding cake, sumptuous black table settings swimming in lace and a sizable monogrammed, wedding ring-shaped ice sculpture.
“It all started with the color scheme” of blush, white and black, says Nichol, who purchased more than 100 wedding magazines within the first six months of planning.
With help from Sarasota-based wedding planner Maria Brady at Choreographed Events, a handful of ideas from those bridal magazines blossomed into a full-scale, over-the-top, Chanel-inspired extravaganza.
A longtime fan of the fashion house’s designs, Nichol found that the color palette reminded her of the line’s vintage years. In an effort to make sure the Chanel theme was felt throughout the entire wedding, she began with the design of the wedding invitations.
“Working with Nichol was an absolute pleasure!” Maria says. “I loved her sophistication and glam style, and it was fun trying to make each of her inspirations come true for their wedding day.”
Nichol worked closely with Maria to create a stylish invitation worthy of the famed designer—one that none of the guests would have seen before.
Nichol’s interest in fashion naturally played an integral role in the gown selection, as well; she finally chose a Vera Wang gown that was “what I had always dreamed of,” she says.
Michael selected a Vera Wang tuxedo, too, and the bridesmaids followed suite in short pink one-shouldered Vera Wang dresses.
Black sashes and rhinestone buckled peep-toe heels completed the look, while groomsmen looked dapper in classic black and white tuxes.
But perhaps the most chicly dressed member of the wedding party was Pearl, the couple’s 11-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, who sported a custom-made feather ball gown.
“She looked amazing and wore a sign as she walked down the aisle that read, ‘Here comes Mommy!’” Nichol says. “She’s like a child to us.”
When the reception began, cupcakes topped with frosted white bows greeted guests at their place settings. Keeping in step with the wedding theme, the cupcakes featured tiny blush-colored flags that read, “Live like there’s no tomorrow—eat dessert first!”
One of the best parts of her wedding, Nichol says, was having her friends and family gathered together. Seeing the variety of guests from so many stages of the couple’s lives was “incredible,” she said.
“Every guest there was special to us for a unique reason,” Nichol said, “and it was amazing to see them all come together in one place.”