WNBA Star Elena Delle Donne and Amanda Clifton Are Married! See Stunning Photos From The Knot Dream Wedding Right Here
And just like that—WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne and Amanda Clifton are married! Thanks to dozens of exceptional wedding pros and some serious cooperation from Mother Nature (it was 70 degrees in November on the East Coast), The Knot Dream Wedding couple sealed the deal on Friday, November 3, on the sprawling lawn at Hempstead House in Sands Point, New York. At the helm of this year's Dream Wedding was Brooklyn, New York–based event designer and wedding planner Jove Meyer, who teamed up with top industry talent to pull off an elegant and personalized celebration complete with a sophisticated, romantic color palette of white, gray and gold.
Floral designer Lilli Wright of Mimosa Floral transformed the venue, inside and out, into a romantic, overgrown garden. She and her team used over 30 bales of locally sourced greenery and branches, and over 7,000 white roses along with white hydrangeas, delphinium, queen Anne's lace and ranunculus. And to make the flowers' magic last a little longer, the charity-minded couple donated their wedding blooms to the Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center through Repeat Roses.
The brides were visions in white—Elena in Ersa Atelier and Amanda in Pronovias—as their fathers escorted them down a bloom-studded aisle, while their flower girls and bridesmaids, including Elena's beloved older sister, Lizzie, stunned in mismatched BHLDN dresses.
The couple performed a sentimental handfasting ceremony, exchanged custom Benchmark rings and shared their first kiss as newlyweds overlooking Hempstead Bay—and there wasn't a dry eye in the house (or, should we say, the garden).
After the ceremony, it was time to eat and party. The brides changed into gorgeous BHLDN ensembles for the reception—an A-line skirt and lace crop top for Elena and a sleek jumpsuit for Amanda. In lieu of a traditional first dance, they danced with their fathers to Phil Collins's emotional song "You'll Be in My Heart." And since they're total foodies, Philip Stone Caterers designed the most amazing, personalized menu that was locally sourced wherever possible and inspired by the couple's favorite meals and restaurants from shared travels (think: mini Maine lobster rolls, a raw bar and rib-eye steak entrees—the brides' favorite).
Dessert was a masterpiece by Nine Cakes: a six-and-a-half-foot, 11-tier, textured confection with alternating layers of confetti cake with vanilla buttercream and lemon cake with cream cheese frosting. The caterers also served up piles of delicious doughnuts for guests to snack on between takes on the monogrammed dance floor.
Surprise! We're sending the newlyweds to Tahiti for their dream honeymoon.
Instead of registering for gifts, the couple created a charity registry on TheKnot.com allowing fans, family and friends to donate to the Elena Delle Donne Foundation, benefiting the special needs community and those suffering from Lyme Disease. Both causes are close to the couple, as Elena's sister Lizzie was born deaf, blind and with other disabilities, and Elena was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2008. To donate, visit Elena and Amanda's charity registry here.
Cheers to Elena and Amanda!
Watch their wedding video here:
Meet the dream team:
Our Sponsors: All-Clad; Benchmark; BHLDN; Tahiti Tourisme | Venue: Hempstead House | Media Partner: US Weekly | Event Planning and Design: Jove Meyer Events | Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Videography: McKenzie Miller Films | Floral Design: Mimosa Floral | Cakes: Nine Cakes | Catering and Bar: Philip Stone Caterers | Jewelry: Benchmark | Wedding Gowns: Ersa Atelier; Pronovias | Bridal Salon: Jennifer's Bridal | Brides' Reception Dresses and Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN | Menswear: The Black Tux | Brides' Makeup: Kristina Ruggerio Cosmetics | Brides' Hair and Bridesmaid Hair and Makeup: Beautini | Stationery: Whimsy Greenville | Ceremony Music: Luminous Sounds | Reception Entertainment: Element Music | Lighting: Fusion Lighting | Photo Booth: We Love Photobooths | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Specialty Rentals: Patina Rentals | Hotel: Glen Cove Mansion | Honeymoon: Tahiti Tourisme