When Lindsay first met Seth in 2011 while working as a publicist for his Hamptons restaurant Georgica, she was immediately smitten. “He was so cute and funny,” she remembers, “I would try to nonchalantly be around him as much as possible.” Despite a mutual flirtation that even led him to sometimes introduce Lindsay as his “future wife,” the work-focused young chef took five years to ask her on an official date. Patience paid off last November when the couple joined their lives in front of friends and family at The Plaza. Given the origins of their romance, it came as no surprise that Lindsay and Seth went to extra lengths to serve guests the meal of a lifetime.
What was the easiest wedding planning decision you made? What was the most challenging?
Lindsay: The easiest decision was getting married at The Plaza. It’s been my dream since I was a little girl – I had never even considered getting married anywhere else. As soon as we got engaged, The Plaza was our first call to see what dates they had available. We wanted a short engagement and were so thrilled to nail a date just six months later!
The most challenging decision was the menu, for both cocktail hour and the reception. Since Seth is a chef and food is very important to both of us, we really felt the pressure to think a little outside the box.
Seth: Lindsay knew she always wanted to get married at The Plaza – I would never argue to have it anywhere else; it’s iconic and elegant. She knew who her wedding planner would be, what her dress would look like, where she would be married… She just didn’t know who she would marry.
Being a chef and Lindsay being a foodie, the food needed to be perfect. Our guests had such high expectations as well so we knew we had to nail it. We were changing and adding to the menu up until the week of the wedding. People are still talking about it, so I know we delivered in the end.
What part of planning did you most enjoy?
Lindsay: I honestly enjoyed the entire process so much more than I ever thought I could. We had a very clear idea of what we wanted our wedding to be, and were so lucky that our families were so involved and excited to help make it a reality. There was a constant aura of excitement and happiness buzzing around everything we did, every step of the way. Seth said it best at our rehearsal dinner when he called it “bittersweet” that the planning process was over.
Seth: Honestly all of it, from the tastings to meeting all of our vendors we used – it was amazing. Everyone was on the same page the entire planning process so it made it so easy.
Did you learn anything about yourself or your relationship throughout the planning process?
Lindsay: I’ve always known that Seth and I are on the same page about the important things in life, and it was really amazing to see how that translated into wedding planning. We prioritized the same things (food and music!), and were adamant about including our families in the details. We are so incredibly lucky that we have merged into each other’s families so seamlessly, and experiencing that happen was truly a key part in what made this process so special.
Seth: We learned we are both good at planning events. I produce 60 to 80 weddings a year but focus mainly on the food side of things, so I’m very used to the process. Lindsay, not being used to the process, never showed it. She is super organized, was calm throughout the entire process and was a real pro. Maybe I should offer her a job…?
When I first saw Lindsay I couldn’t hold back tears; she was breathtaking, like a true princess.
What details did you include that you think best reflected your personalities?
Lindsay: Anyone who knows the two of us is well aware that there is nothing we would rather do than eat! Food is a huge part of our lives and we really wanted to share that with our guests. From a caviar amuse bouche to McDonald’s at our after party, it was important to showcase our love of all things food-related. There was truly something for everybody!
Also, because there is nothing I love more than dessert, our cake was one of my favorite parts of the wedding. We couldn’t choose just one flavor – it was truly a sweet tooth’s dream! The incredible Ron Ben-Israel also designed a lace appliqué with a pearl shimmer that was an exact replica of the lace on my wedding dress, which was a detail that probably only we knew about, but was so special. It was the most beautiful wedding cake I’ve ever seen!
Seth: We have the same taste in decor – we wanted classic and elegant old world New York.
What memory of each other on your day stands out the most in your mind?
Lindsay: We spent many hours late at night listening to countless love songs trying to pick one for our first dance, and we probably changed our minds five times. It was very important to us to choose something that reflected our relationship and that we felt emotionally connected to, so “Feels Like Home” by Chantal Kreviazuk was the winner. A lot of people had asked if we were going to take dance lessons, but we really wanted that first dance to be about each other and taking in the moment without worrying about dance steps. We spent the entire song basically hugging each other, laughing and looking into each other’s eyes, and I just kept thinking, “This is my husband.” There was no amazing choreography, but it was absolutely perfect.
Seth: When I first saw Lindsay I couldn’t hold back tears; she was breathtaking like a true princess. I remember both of us being so calm and present, we enjoyed every minute of the day and knew it would go by so quickly.
What part of the ceremony for you was the most important or meaningful?
Lindsay: In one of the meetings with our rabbi, he talked about the idea that a wedding is really about two halves of a soul that were born at different times coming together again. It struck both of us as such a beautiful concept, and although we were adamant about having a short ceremony, we told the Rabbi that it was very important to us that he share that idea with our guests while we were under the Chuppah. It was a very poignant, special moment.
Seth: We wanted to keep it short while still keeping all the Jewish traditions. The rabbi telling personal stories about us meant a lot to us. My biggest fear was stepping down and missing the glass. I actually practiced the night before hitting a certain mark, like Rose did with the axe in Titanic. I missed it in practice but crushed it on the real thing.
Lindsay knew she always wanted to get married at The Plaza. I would never argue to have it anywhere else; it’s iconic and elegant.
I was just so happy and in-the-moment the entire time that the idea that something could go wrong never even occurred to me.
He talked about the idea that a wedding is really about two halves of a soul that were born at different times coming together again. It struck both of us as such a beautiful concept. It was a very poignant, special moment.
If you could choose only one memento or souvenir from your day to keep, what would it be? Why?
Lindsay: I wish there was a way to bottle up the speeches and keep them forever! Hearing our closest friends and family speak about us both as individuals and as a couple was one of the most memorable parts of our wedding. They were emotional, funny, and just so full of love.
Seth: Our amuse bouche was an ounce of caviar in a tin with our monogram logo label. It was amazing.
Did anything surprise you?
Lindsay: I was absolutely shocked at how at ease and calm I felt! I kept waiting for the nerves or stress to hit, during the weeks leading up to the wedding, getting ready the day of, before walking down the aisle, etc. but they never came. I was just so happy and in-the-moment the entire time that the idea that something could go wrong never even occurred to me. My bridal party said they have never seen me calmer than on my wedding day!
Seth: I was surprised my back didn’t collapse. It’s such a long day starting with photos bright and early and ending at our after party at 3am. With all the adrenaline you don’t feel a thing until you actually lay down.
What is the most valuable thing you learned about each other through planning your wedding?
Lindsay: I was so thrilled and fortunate to have a husband who was actively involved in the entire process. He is the most creative and detail-oriented person I know, and was consistently hands-on to make sure our dream wedding became a reality. It meant so much to me that he was so thoughtful and constantly making sure I was happy and everything was turning out how I wanted. His overwhelming love and support every step of the way was a dream come true in itself!
Seth: I have learned that I married Cinderella.
I’ve always known that Seth and I were on the same page about the important things in life, and it was really amazing to see how that translated into wedding planning.
I wish there was a way to bottle up the speeches and keep them forever! They were emotional, funny and just so full of love.
The incredible Ron Ben-Israel designed a lace appliqué with a pearl shimmer that was an exact replica of the lace on my wedding dress. It was the most beautiful wedding cake I’ve ever seen!
He was so thoughtful and constantly making sure I was happy and everything was turning out how I wanted. His overwhelming love and support every step of the way was a dream come true in itself!
I remember both of us being so calm and present, we enjoyed every minute of the day and knew it would go by so quickly.
- Photographer Ira Lippke
- Filmmaker Adrian Toto
- Second Photographer Lauren Larsen
- Second Photographer Luca-Mercedes Stemer
- Planner State of the Art Enterprises
- Venue The Plaza Hotel
- Decor Konstantinos Floral Design
- Dress Ines Di Santo
- Lighting Bentley Meeker
- Catering The Plaza Hotel
- Cake Ron Ben-Israel
- Music Element Music
- Special Guest Musicians The Gypsy Kings
- DJ Mel DeBarge
- Hair and Make-Up Beauty Bar
- Stationery Red Bliss