For Daryl Zweben, there was no question that Shadowbrook would be the location of her wedding. After all, her family owns the 20-acre private estate, and it’s where she works as vice president for operations, planning thousands of other weddings. “I basically grew up at Shadowbrook, and most of the staff there has known me for 10 to 20 years,” she says. “You’d think that I’d have every detail of my wedding planned from way before I got engaged, but I didn’t. Knowing the venue so well, and knowing all the ins and outs of planning a wedding’s many details certainly gave me a great foundation. I worked with event planners, but I micromanaged down to the smallest details, like what I wanted the servers to wear, the types of drinks I wanted served, all the little touches.”
She and Jesse timed their August wedding so that Shadowbrook’s gardens would be in full bloom. Making the most of the in-bloom gardens, the outdoor décor accentuated the lush florals already in place for the ceremony and cocktails.
“Then we brought the garden effect inside, with huge floral centerpieces, garlands and lots of floral touches,” she says. Also floral-accented were the couple’s ketubah, the detailed floral design in Daryl’s lace Vera Wang gown, the rosette-covered wedding cake and more.
“We chose blush, gold and ivory as our colors, to fit with the setting throughout Shadowbrook. We then brought those colors into other elements of our day,” she says. For instance, they served rose champagne with a gold-sugared rim to pair with their blush-and-gold-color palette. “We put a lot of emphasis on our cocktail party, since that’s the first place to impress guests,” Daryl adds.
“Ours was off the charts with all kinds of ice bars and a sushi display shaped like a dragon with sushi chef attendants. And one of the biggest hits of our wedding was the whole roasted pig.”
Since cocktails have become just as important as the food, Daryl and Jesse planned an iced vodka, champagne and caviar bar with a monogrammed ice luge. As additional special touches, Daryl wore her grandmother’s wedding ring and her mother’s vintage sapphire bracelets, and the Bruce Springsteen cover band Tramps Like Us played for the after-party. “Our entire wedding was definitely a dream come true,” Daryl says.
After a minimoon in Maine, the couple honeymooned in Argentina and Uruguay, and are now at home in Manhattan.