An Elegant, Classic Wedding at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire

Inspired by mid-century elegance and glamour, Nicole Makris (30 and an interior designer) and Anthony Rugnetta (26 and an account executive) planned a classic wedding with plenty of one-of-a-kind flair. The day started with an intimate ceremony at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, followed by a sophisticated soiree at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. Since she was a child, Nicole had dreamed of celebrating her nuptials the museum, the cathedral ceilings, intricate artwork and overall stately feel of the space offering the ultimate backdrop for the monumental occasion. “Being an interior designer, I really liked the idea of having a unique place for the reception,” Nicole says. “I also loved the museum’s architecture and, as an art enthusiast, loved the idea of the art being all around us.” The opulence of the 1950s and 1960s served as the inspiration for Nicole and Anthony’s day, from the gilded chargers to Nicole’s striking Pronovias gown and the classic hydrangea centerpieces. “My husband is an old soul and likes Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., and we wanted to pull that all in,” Nicole says. “We wanted guests to feel the elegance, opulence and coolness of that era.” Pops of mint and fresh bunches of ivory hydrangeas, peonies and tulips served as a nod to the spring season and infused the refined space with energy and life. A vintage image of the museum was incorporated into details like the menu cards and even the desserts, playing up the old-world-glamour theme. Guests danced the night away to hits from the Rat Pack era, explored the museum’s first-floor galleries and indulged in assorted French pastries and made-to-order coffee creations. A tip from Nicole: “Love the process. Do what you love.”