Hot & Cold
Snow Angels in the shade in Central Park. 3:30 PM. Photo: JH.

Meanwhile down in Palm Beach — Back a week pre the Trump wedding: It was a busy weekend with guests flying in from all over the world for the wedding of Stephanie Ercklentz (daughter of Enno Ercklentz Jr. and Mai Harrison) and Charles Payson Coleman III (his friends call him Chase) at Bethesda-by-the-Sea with a reception and dinner dance following at the Bath and Tennis for 370 guests.

The weekend started with Alyne Massey’s dinner
for some of the out of town guests at her house, which is next door to those newlyweds Hilary and Wilbur Ross’ new house. There was also a dinner dance at the Everglades for the bride and groom given by the groom’s parents, Kim and Payson Coleman. In fact, there were dinners everywhere for the guests and even the non-guests. Judy and Alfred Taubman entertained; Charles Holman had a lunch at the Breakers for Donna Shalek; Giney and Ned Burke had a dinner at home and Marianne and John Castle for their houseguests Dr. and Mrs. James Orsini from Wilmington. Also Mila and Brian Mulroney (former Prime Minister of Canada) and Maria and Raymond Floyd had a cocktail party for Bob Colacello and his new book Ronnie and Nancy – the story of the Reagans.

The Ercklentz-Coleman wedding cake

Back to the basics: The Ercklentz-Payson wedding was the focus of the weekend, with the Reverend Ralph R. Warren Jr. performing the candlelit ceremony.

There were nine bridesmaids, all in celadon green satin gowns designed by Vera Wang, and all in a strand of pearls and pale green emerald family stones to match the strapless gowns. The two flower girls – Alexa and Ashley Toppel, were dressed in white organza dresses with matching green celadon sashes, also designed by Ms. Wang. They wore stephanotis flowers in their hair and carried little bouquets of white and pale green roses. The bridesmaids carried similar, larger bouquets.

Cornelia Ercklentz, the bride’s sister, was maid of honor, and the ringbearer, Alex Hubschmidt wore a little tuxedo and a boutonniere to match the groomsmen. The groom’s brother, Reed Coleman, was the best man, and there were ten groomsmen in black tie.

Back row, l. to r.: Ashley Phipps, Alison Newman, Angela Muzzarelli, Alexandra Wilkis, Avery Coleman, Stephanie Ercklentz, Cornelia Ercklentz, Eleanor Lembo, Anya Recordati, Dani Stahl, Linda Hubschmidt. Front row: Alex Hubschmidt and Alexa Toppel.

The pews had tall candles and white orchids tied with white satin ribbons and the altar was decorated with large white orchid and rose arrangements. A soloist sang the "Ava Maria". Accompanying all this outside was Mother Nature with a torrential rainstorm going on while inside the bride was glowing in her Vera Wang handsewn ribbon and tulle strapless gown with a long simple tulle veil held in place by flowers in her hair.

Mai Harrison, mother of the bride wore an ombre, yellow and green chiffon strapless gown and matching shawl by Michael Vollbracht for Bill Blass. The groom’s mother was in a moss green gown with a long lace jacket by Badgeley Mischka.

There was a reception and dinner dance immediately afterwards was at the Bath and Tennis which was bedecked — decorated in white flowing fabric and green garlands entwined by white flowers and lit by candelabras. The rainbow strings — ten violins welcomed guests as they entered. Cocktails were held in the lounge overlooking the ocean with the balconies, fireplaces and decorated by flowers and lit by candles. Champagne was passed on trays as guess entered and there was a martini bar, marked by a magnificent ice sculpture and another carved as a heart at the raw seafood bar.

L. to r.: Mai Harrison, Stephanie Ercklentz, and Cornelia Ercklentz; Mai Harrison, Stephanie Erckletnz, Corneila Ercklentz, and Enno Ercklentz Jr.

After the reception line, white curtains were parted to reveal pedestals bedecked with white floral arrangements leading into the ballroom and the seven-tier wedding cake made by the club’s chef, with thousands of spun sugar flowers covering it from top to bottom. The ballroom too was draped in white with tall candelabras wrapped in garlands of stephanotis alternating with tall flower arrangements at the top. The whole room was washed in a pink glow and the ceiling chandeliers were covered with garlands of flowers as well.

The Fifth Avenue Orchestra and four singers entertained. The ballroom was arranged in a combination of long banquet and round tables covered in white tulle embroidered in silver and gold. The theme was white and silver with large silver charger plates along with silver cups filled with white flowers and the tall silver candelabras and matching silver ballroom chairs. More than 200 of the guests were the bride and bridegroom’s personal guests – and the rest being members of the couples families. They partied and danced until the last note was played, a few hours before the sun came up down there among the sheltering palms. It should always be like this. For all of us. Alas.

Mrs. and Mr. Payson Coleman, Jr.
Zani Gugelman and George Chopivsky
Clockwise from top left: Stephanie Ercklentz with dad Enno Ercklentz Jr. walking down the aisle; Eleanor Lembo and Jon Ylvisaker; Avery Coleman and David Keller.
L. to r.: Ridgely and Mai Harrison; Mrs. Eevi Truumees and Enno Ercklentz, Jr.
Clockwise from top left: The wedding party post ceremony; Cornelia Ercklentz, Stephanie Ercklentz, Chase Coleman, and Reed Coleman; Chase Coleman.
Lindsey Burnett and Reed Coleman
Chase Coleman and groomsmen
Joan Schnitzer Levy
Kitty, Brunie, and William McKnight
Mrs. and Mr. Jacques Nordeman and daughter Eliza
Hillie Mahoney with Alex Ercklentz and friends
Ridgely Harrison and Jay Schuler
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Merrill
Clara Brillembourg and Coralie Charriol
L. to r.: William and Anna Mann; Marc and Pat de Bary; Rush McCloy and friend.
The Bride and Groom
More from Palm Beach: A fabulous evening of fun, food and fashion honoring the Norton Museum's Bal des Arts 2005. A Voyage to Valencia was held at the ocean-front Palm Beach home of Kenn Karakul and James Held on January 11.

Jan Willinger, Sandra Krakoff, and Kenn Karakul
Elegant models presented extraordinary shoes by Jimmy Choo, and glamorous furs by Dennis Basso. The Bal des Arts will take place at the Museum on Saturday, February 5, 2005.

The guest list included Bal des Arts chairman Sandy Krakoff, Ann and Gil Maurer, Sydelle Meyer, Craig Miller, Jennifer Naegle, Tim Tiller, and Jan Willinger.

The Bal des Arts 2005 theme is inspired by the spectacular special exhibition Spain in the Age of Exploration 1492-1819, featuring masterpieces from the collections of the Patrimonio Nacional of Spain, which will be on view at the Norton Museum from February 2 through May 1, 2005.

Annette and Jack Friedland
The Norton is the only East Coast venue for this historic exhibition of 130 objects, many leaving Spain for the first time, including masterworks by such artists as Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez and Goya, among others. Also included are sculptures, such as Bernini's great Crucifix from the Escorial, decorative arts, armor, tapestries, scientific instruments, early maps, manuscripts and books, including a rare 1494 edition of Columbus's first report of his voyage to America.

Bal des Arts 2005 ticket levels range from $6,000-$25,000. Please call 561-227-1250 for additional information. The Bal des Arts will benefit the Museum's exhibitions and education programs.
Jennifer Neagele with Jimmy and Elaine Kay
Thomas and Deborah Kirchhoff
Christian Orr-Cahall, Craig Miller, and Sydelle Meyer
Gilbert and Ann Maurer

January 25, 2005, Volume V, Number 14
Photographs by Lucien Capehart


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