Opulent Gothic Gala

Adam Liss & Lisa Rod

Angel Orensanz Foundation
November 20, 2010

Technical-sales rep Adam Liss, 29, and digital-production director Lisa Rod, 30, met in 2005 while working at an advertising start-up. “There was always tension in the air,” says Adam, but the two remained strictly friends until Lisa left the company. They dated for about three-and-a-half years before Adam popped the question; though Lisa had been dropping ring hints, she was still surprised one evening to find Adam on bended knee in their darkened apartment. (He’d been waiting by candlelight for an hour.) Their 155-guest wedding was a feat of outré elegance, combining Lisa’s fantastical tastes with Adam’s make-it-happen industriousness. The elaborate chuppa was anchored by vases filled with red and black roses, and the aisle was strewn with moss. By night’s end, Lisa was picking greenery out of her dress—which was also stained purple from their signature cocktail. “I’m not going to lie,” laughs Lisa, “it was a ton of fun, but pomegranate martinis probably aren’t the best thing to drink in a wedding gown.”

The Details:


Dress: Melissa Sweet
Suit and Tie: Michael Andrews Bespoke
Hair and Makeup: Erica Lytton-Miles
Cake and Catering: Manna Catering
Floral Arrangements: Blossom and Branch
Music: Artie Stuart Band from Hank Lane Music
Photographs: Photo Pink

Adam Liss & Lisa Rod “I wanted a rockabilly, Old Hollywood slash Dita Von Teese”meets”Bettie Page glamour to my look. I was hugely inspired by old pictures I found of my grandmother.” Photo: Photo Pink

“We’re really into the Food Network and thought we’d go all out [with the cake], but in the end we decided we just wanted something yummy”red velvet. Our florist threw on the petals.” Photo: Photo Pink

“We’re both huge fans of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Our first dance was to the Artie Stuart Band’s acoustic version of “Hysteric.’ The lyric “You suddenly complete me’ really defines us.” Photo:Photo Pink

Slide Header Address, date, or similar info here. For me, the high point of the show is this, which manages simultaneously to be a painting, a force field, and an electromagnetic visual discharge. This is an artist sloughing off old consciousness, making something he doesn’t even know is art, giving up nearly all known languages of painting, and maybe violating the laws of nature by making something that seemingly puts off more energy than went into making it. Photo: ” 2010 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Opulent Gothic Gala