Jonathan Simkhai ties the knot in last minute suit
Designer Jonathan Simkhai and his husband TJ Allers tied the knot wearing the tuxedos they tried on just days before their wedding.
The couple said 'I do' at their home in Bridgehampton, New York, in June (17), surrounded by close friends and family.
In the lead up to the ceremony Simkhai also had his hands busy designing his pre-spring 17 collection and although both he and Allers, a fashion publicist, are no strangers to style, their marital outfits didn't come together until right at the last minute.
“The Thursday before our wedding, we ran to Bergdorf Goodman and bought the first tuxes we tried on,” Simkhai admitted to Vogue.com. “TJ chose a Ralph Lauren Purple Label tuxedo made of a cool but subtle navy palm silk jacquard. I went with a black Tom Ford tuxedo with silk lapels, and we both wore Tom Ford bow ties. We are so indebted to Flormont Tailors, who dropped all of their other jobs to complete the alternations two days before our wedding.”
The main reason organising the event was so rushed was because the couple decided to scrap their West Coast wedding plans and set about holding the special day just six weeks from when they changed their arrangements. Luckily they had Sarah Duke and Taylor Van Deusen of New York wedding planners Duke + Van Deusen on hand to help and the timing of the wedding ended up being especially important.
“There was also extra significance having the wedding in June because it’s Pride Month," Simkhai added. "As a gay couple, we felt the most heartfelt way for us to celebrate Pride was to give our vows of everlasting love and commitment.”
The pair had 17 bridesmaids in tow too, all dressed in different Jonathan Simkhai spring 17 dresses, with the man himself noting, "It was so stunning to see all of them walking down the aisle. Each woman’s dress was chosen specifically for her to perfectly capture her personal style."