A predestined meeting leads creative couple Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock toward domestic bliss in Newport Beach.
“Getting married at your own house—there is something so magical about that,” remarks Orange County native Laura Vassar of her June “I dos” to Texas-born Kristopher Brock in front of her family’s Newport Beach summer home. The bayfront affair, awash in a palette of muted pinks, lush greens and rich creams, came as a surprise to the 180 guests, who accepted invitations to an engagement party (in the midst of party planning the couple decided to make it a wedding instead). Laura—who, alongside Kristopher, co-designs the elevated American sportswear label Brock Collection—collaborated with dressmaker Geri Gerard on her gown, a timeless A-line silhouette composed of Chantilly lace and organdy, blending tradition and taste.
As it happens, Laura and Kristopher’s story also begins with a wedding dress: In 2011, the pair met in a couture class at Parsons, where Kristopher asked his future Mrs. to be a dress fit model for his final project. “I had absolutely no idea he liked me,” recalls Laura. After graduation, the two reconnected while Kristopher was living in Paris; the following year, he proposed after an extended stay with Laura during New York Fashion Week.
The evening unfolded like a storybook, with Laura tossing her bouquet of garden roses out the second-story window, and guests dancing under the canopy of string lights until the early morning hours. Before the night’s end, there was one more surprise: During the cutting of their lemon-and-coconut layered confection, the newlyweds revealed they were expecting. “Our doctor in New York sent an envelope with the sex of our baby to our cake maker, who would then dye it either pink or blue,” Laura explains. (It was blue, and their son, Charlie, was born in December.) Adds Kristopher, “It was amazing, just the icing on the cake.”
By Lindsay Kindelon.
Photographed by Greg Mionske / denimandboots.c
VENUE Vassar family summer home CAKE The Confectionist MENU Fork, Knife + Spoon PLANNER Caroline Vassar and Dana Anderson FLORIST Dana Anderson RENTALS Town & Country Event Rentals LINENS Pom Pom at Home DRESS Brock Collection GROOM’S TUX Gucci ENTERTAINMENT Sam Johnson Band, DJ Dax