A Traditional, Formal Winter Wedding at Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware

Grier Tumas (25 and an associate at McKinsey & Co.) and Jonathan Dienstag’s (32 and the director of concessions and event operations for the Bosto

Grier Tumas (25 and an associate at McKinsey & Co.) and Jonathan Dienstag’s (32 and the director of concessions and event operations for the Boston Red Sox) wedding was an elegant, formal affair with a festive, wintry flair. Wanting to capture the glamour and sophistication of a state dinner, the couple hosted the entire affair at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware, an opulent, early-20th-century hotel with striking Italian and French Renaissance architectural detailing, including handcrafted bas-reliefs of famous historical women, glittering crystal chandeliers and a variety of beautiful scenes created using the sgraffito technique. From Grier’s one-of-a-kind, gold-embellished Carolina Herrera gown to the couple’s customized interfaith ceremony and a menu boasting mouthwatering seasonal dishes, each element of the day captured the couple’s personalities, tastes and styles. Evantine Design was instrumental in bringing the couple’s elegant, wintry vision to life with their ornate arrangements of rich red and white flowers and tablescapes featuring luxe silver accents and Versace chargers. The Jack Faulkner Orchestra rocked the house, capping off the celebration with a rousing rendition of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” a staple at Fenway Park in Boston, where Jonathan works. But the party didn’t stop there. Grier and Jonathan kept the festivities going into the wee hours in the Hotel du Pont’s Christina Room, where local favorites like 16 Mile Old Court Ale and mini cheesesteaks were served as late-night snacks.

Traditional, Formal Gold Wedding Invitations
Just like her one-of-a-kind Carolina Herrera Anastasia gown, Grier wanted her to bridal bouquet to be both elegant and dramatic. Evantine Design put together a showstopping arrangement of cascading white orchids, which they then wrapped in a piece of fabric from her mother’s wedding dress, part of Grier’s “something old" in conjunction with her vintage bracelet.
Wanting the evening to have a stately, elegant feel, formal attire was a must for the couple and their wedding party. Grier came across her one-of-a-kind gown on Carolina Herrera’s blog and was struck by the intricate gold embroidery and illusion cap sleeves that lent the gown a touch of old-world appeal. She paired the fit-and-flare dress with her mother’s handmade cathedral-length veil, which she had updated by Terry Richard of Hockessin, Delaware. For her two bridesmaids, Grier selected an equally opulent gown by Notte by Marchesa, which boasted a long, sheath silhouette and intricate gold illusion neckline.
Gold Ballroom Ceremony Processional
A romantic ceremony kicked off the evening, with Grier and Jonathan gathering their families and friends in the Hotel du Pont’s lavish Gold Ballroom. The couple incorporated traditions from Grier’s Christian and Jonathan’s Jewish backgrounds, including the sign of peace, sharing of the wine and breaking of the glass. Quince and bundles of fluffy white baby’s breath framed the aisle, while a chuppah decorated with panels of sheer white fabric and a lush display of hydrangeas, and baby’s breath served as the focal point of the room.
Though the wedding’s overall feel was timeless and traditional, Grier and Jonathan thought a little outside the box when it came to their table names. Instead of using standard numbers to help guests find their seats, the pair named each table after an historic Delaware landmark, which they paired with a vintage photo of the spot.
With each table having a different shape and size, Evantine Design created a different floral arrangement for each one using white and red ranunculus, roses, peonies, miniature calla lilies, amaryllis, orchids and cedar. Flowers were displayed in a variety of vessels ranging from silver compote vases to vintage candelabras and glass hurricane vases and ivory pillar candles perched on silver candlesticks cast a warm ambient glow over the room.
Looking to the season for inspiration when putting together their menu, the couple and team at Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware, created a delicious wintry menu complete with wine pairings. Lobster bisque was served tableside, guests enjoyed short rib with Madeira wine sauce as their main course and bananas Foster was prepared tableside and served with local Woodside Farm ice cream.
Red and White Orchid Centerpieces
Hotel du Pont’s pastry chef, Michele Mitchell, whipped up a wintry gold-trimmed confection for dessert, continuing dinner’s seasonal theme. Below a layer of snowy white fondant and gilded flourishes and flowers was a spice cake filled with tart blood orange filling and vanilla buttercream.
Built in 1918, the ballroom at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware, offered a refined, regal backdrop for Grier and Jonathan’s elegant affair. Wanting to re-create the feel of an upscale state dinner, the couple chose a palette of classic ivory, gold and crimson hues and Evantine Design created luxe tablescapes of full white and red blooms, silver accents and Versace dinnerware.
Jack Faulkner Orchestra Reception Band
After rocking out on the dance floor late into the night, the couple whisked guests off to Hotel du Pont’s Christina Room for the after-party. There, the music and dancing continued and Grier and Jonathan treated everyone to a late-night snack of mini chicken cheesesteaks, grilled cheese, house-made potato chips and 16 Mile Old Court Ale, a Delaware brew.