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Color-Coordinated Dinner Party

Emily Kollars & Annabelle Rinehart

Emporio Restaurant
September 23, 2011

Emily Kollars and Annabelle Rinehart, both 32, had a great first date when they met in March 2010, after chatting through a dating website—such a great date, in fact, that PR director Annabelle (right) was too scared to call designer Emily for three weeks. After their second date, however, they jumped on what the couple affectionately calls the “lesbian lightning track,” moving in together by June 2010. Annabelle tried to keep her winter proposal a surprise, but Emily knew “something was up” when she saw red roses in their apartment. “I just screamed,” she recalls. “I forgot to say yes.” The pair hosted both the ceremony and reception at Emporio, one of their earliest date sites. As the first of their gay friends to marry legally, they were very emotional—and so were their guests. “Everyone was sobbing,” says Annabelle, adding that when they were declared married, “the whole room started cheering.” Although the restaurant was cramped—the D.J. was set up next to the pizza oven—their 70 guests, who were “exploding to dance,” partied until 4 a.m. anyway.

The Details

Dress: Vera Wang
Suit: Lanvin
Rings: S.H. Zell & Sons (Emily); Tiffany & Co. (Annabelle)
Shoes: Sam Edelman (Annabelle)
Caterer: Emporio Restaurant
Cake: A Simple Cake
Officiant: Patricia Bruder Debrover of the New York Society for Ethical Culture
Photographs: Cappy Hotchkiss


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