Inside Couture to Cocktails: Our Private Registry Event With Crate & Barrel

Get inspired by our private registry event with Tim Gunn!
by Alexis Jonnson
romantic bride
photo by Robert Wagner

On Sunday, April 17th, we cohosted Couture to Cocktails, a private registry event with our partner Crate & Barrel. Held during Bridal Fashion Week at the mega-store's Soho Manhattan location, we created a bridal wonderland inspired by three fashionable personas hot off the runway: The Minimalist, The Naturalist and The Romantic. The two-story store was decked out with everything a soon-to-be married couple could dream of (gowns, accessories, a floral braid bar and even a groom's lounge complete with a bourbon bar). We also gave away two mega prize—a Maggie Sottero wedding dress and a Honeymoon to Wyndham Puerto Rico—and talked fashion with Project Runway's very own Tim Gunn. (Yes, the Tim Gunn!)

  1. Flight of Florals

    floral installation couture to cocktails
    photo by Robert Wagner

    Enter Couture to Cocktails: Staged like a floral market, Tinsel & Twine utilized giant cherry blossom branches, pink and white peonies, roses and other springtime favorites for a very bridal welcoming.

  2. Meet the Persona: The Romantic

    the romantic bride
    photo by Robert Wagner

    Created for the romantic bride who loves a little glitz and a more traditional wedding (think: ballroom), this bride was dressed in a gown that brings the bling. A strapless bustier top dotted with crystals and golden thread matched with a tulle ball gown skirt lent some major wow factor.

    To finish our model's look, a side braid on one side and soft wave on the other was accented with pink and coral roses, while her makeup was kept traditional and pretty: a subtle cat-eye in liquid liner and a pink lip to match her flowers.

  3. photo by Robert Wagner

    Every persona had a matching tabletop and for our romantic bride, the tablescape punched up a traditional idea with mixed metals. We layered Crate & Barrel's classic pearl dinnerware with the gold-rimmed Savannah charger. The show stopper of the table had to be rose gold flatware and an elegant coupe (our favorite!), which gave the table an even more elegant appeal. Sweet bouquets of pink roses, coral peonies, and ranunculus were the icing on the cake.

    Shop the look: White Pearl dinnerware, Savannah charger, Aurora linen napkin,Kingston copper napkin ring, Harper rose gold flatware, Camille coupe and glassware.

  4. Plume invitation and menu.

  5. renee bar cart and champagne cocktail
    photo by Robert Wagner

    We brought romance upstairs by decking out the Renee bar cart with pieces from the tablescape and La Vie en Rose, a custom cocktail created just for our romantic bride.

  6. Meet the Persona: The Naturalist

    naturalist bride
    photo by Robert Wagner

    Dressed in a versatile dress with laser cutouts and a removable skirt, our glowing, naturalist bride looked like straight out of a garden. Soft, wavy, pulled-back hair and dewy peachy-pink skin added to the look.

  7. naturalist bouquet
    photo by Robert Wagner

    An undone bouquet of coral peonies, pink proteas, peach roses, thistle, eucalyptus, air plants and near-black scabiosas created an unexpected yet utterly chic statement.

  8. naturalist table
    photo by Robert Wagner

    We kept the tablescape organic and completely inviting.Gray and white dinnerware was placed atop an acacia server, and oceanic blue linen napkins in a galvanized iron napkin ring served as accent pieces .

    Shop the look: Dakota dining table, Marin dinnerware, Acacia wood server and salt cellar, Greyson flatware, Oregon glassware, galvanized iron napkin rings, Helena linen napkins in sky blue, Gabriel brass taper candle holder, Adra vase.
  9. tim gunn and alexis jonnson
    photo by Robert Wagner
  10. river rocks and succulents table
    photo by Robert Wagner

    River rocks and succulents gave a natural, outdoorsy feeling to the tabletop, while still feeling refined.

  11. Wrapped in Wildflowers Suite invitation and menu.

  12. photo by Robert Wagner

    The Libations bar cart was draped with garlands and succulents, which created the perfect backdrop for the refreshing Sicilian Lemon & Thyme cocktail and Honey-Ricotta and Thyme on Country Bread hors d'oeuvres.

  13. Meet the Persona: The Minimalist

    minimalist bride
    photo by Robert Wagner

    Our minimalist is the bride who keeps it simple, but not boring. The dress features a low back and button details down the entire train, perfect for the bride that's not fussy and wants an understated accent. Our editor's favorite detail? The pockets!

  14. minimalist bride dress details
    photo by Robert Wagner

    A low, braided chignon and a smokey eye-nude lip combo is a classic and ideal for a bridal look that's not overbearing.

  15. simple table setting
    photo by Robert Wagner

    Simple, sleek and elegant describe the tablescape created for our streamlined bridal look. To keep it visually interesting, we paired a circular low bowl over a square dinner plate and silver charger for a graphic element. The flatware, glassware and florals were dynamic and angular.

    Shop the look: Bennett dinnerware, stainless steel charger, Aero mirrored flatware, Tour glassware, Marble salt and pepper shakers, 3-ring napkin ring, Helena graphite linen napkin, and Chilewich gilt gunmetal placemat.

  16. Channels invitations and menu.

  17. minimalist
    photo by Robert Wagner

    The Noir bar cart's stripped-down industrial appeal acts as the perfect canvas for our modernist bride. Staged with glimmering sterling silver and a grapefruit martini, who wouldn't want to roll this into their home?

  18. Ready to Register

    photo by Robert Wagner

    As all of our brides, grooms and bridal party members were checking out the amazing fashion, tabletop and barware inspiration, they were armed with their Crate & Barrel app to register their heart's away.

  19. couple registering
    photo by Robert Wagner

  20. photo by Robert Wagner

    Live jazz by Honey & Vinyl played throughout the night.

  21. The Knot Concierge Lounge

    the knot concierge
    photo by Robert Wagner

    Members of The Knot concierge team were present to help local couples throughout their wedding planning process.

  22. The Floral Braid and Blush-Up Bar

    floral braid bar
    photo by Robert Wagner

    We brought a variety of activations to Couture to Cocktails, including a floral braid bar by Marie Lou & D Salon with blush-ups by Blushington, so our guests could get the same looks as our persona brides.

  23. photo by Robert Wagner

  24. floral mirror
    photo by Robert Wagner

    Naturally, Tinsel & Twine decked out the mirrors with beautiful arrangements, so you could get a rosy view of your new braid and mile-long lashes.

  25. Passion for Fashion

    rent the runway lounge
    photo by Robert Wagner

    Our friends at Rent the Runway brought racks of women's clothing for all the events a bride will attend during her wedding journey. From her bridal shower to bachelorette party, attendees got to scope out dozens of looks they loved.

  26. veil fitting
    photo by Robert Wagner

    We also created an accessories area with Ariel Jennifer Taub veils and Nina shoes and jewelry.

  27. photo by Robert Wagner

  28. The Groom's Lounge

    the black tux
    photo by Robert Wagner

    Don't think we forgot about our grooms! While our brides were picking out their bridal shower outfits, our grooms got to try out dapper suits from The Black Tux.

  29. photo by Robert Wagner

    Black, navy or even a white dinner jacket with black satin trim—we had something to suit everyone's style.

  30. bourbon tasting
    photo by Robert Wagner

    Plus, we held a bourbon tasting with New York's oldest whiskey distillery, Kings County Distillery.

  31. bar activation area
    photo by Robert Wagner

    We showed off our favorite barware selects (hello Orb and Hatch collections!) on the covetable Bluestone kitchen island.

  32. Talking Fashion With Tim

    alexis jonnson tim gunn
    photo by Robert Wagner
  33. tim gunn
    photo by Robert Wagner

    Special guest Tim Gunn from Project Runway joined us to discuss bridal fashion, discovering your style and finding your fit. His advice: “The key to getting fashion right has to do with proportion, silhouette and fit." And our favorite, “Don't look as if you're trying too hard."

  34. The Giveaway!

    giveaway winners
    photo by Robert Wagner

    After getting some fashionable advice from Gunn, we got right into the giveaway of two epic prizes: a Maggie Sottero wedding dress and a honeymoon to Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa. Both winners were elated!

  35. crate and barrel exec team
    photo by Robert Wagner
  36. The Knot and Crate & Barrel present Couture to Cocktails, a sponsored series about fashion-inspired wedding registries, including tips about discovering your style and creating your perfect registry. Get inspired and create your registry at CrateandBarrel.com.

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