Angel Spendlove, fashion designer and creative director of Canadian bridal line & For Love, decided to say “I do” again for her 10th wedding anniversary. She and her husband, Mike, had an ultra-chic party for two in New York—and of course her style was absolutely outstanding.
The couple, who met while both dancing with the Hong Kong Ballet, had a wedding with 98 guests in 2009. This time, Angel wanted it to be personal. “I loved my first wedding, but I remember the stress—at one point, I really wanted to elope. Our vow renewal felt like that. It allowed us to acknowledge our relationship, and made us feel so grateful for one another.”
“For our vow renewal, I wanted to keep things really low-key, almost like an elopement,” Angel continues. “No guests, no big dinner, just us. Our first wedding had 98 guests and all those trimmings. This one was for us.”
The pair chose The Beekman hotel in Lower Manhattan for their weekend and renewed their vows in New York’s Central Park. For her wedding look, Angel truly embodied every inch of the cool and chic design philosophy she brings to her bridal label. “I wanted my look to be modern, relaxed and cool AF—I admit I did feel like a total rock star!” she confides with a smile.
Angel wore her label’s Brooklyn 2.0 gown, featuring micro-sequins and a super-long fringe trailing down the back. She completed the look with chic Nicholas Kirkwood pearl-adorned mules, and kept her hair long and loose, adding hairpins bearing the couple’s initials from Lelet NY.
Post-ceremony, the couple headed to the famous Joe’s Pizza for dinner. “We debated whether or not to have a fancy dinner, but in the end, we discovered Joe’s was just a block from our hotel,” Angel says. “So we grabbed some slices and stood in the street, in our wedding attire, eating pizza. It was a totally spur-of-the-moment thing, such a New York moment—and also the best pizza I’ve ever had!”
Afterward, Angel changed into an Odette silk slip dress for photos—complete with an elegant ballet lift (fitting for the former dancers)—and a summer stroll around the city.
Photography by Pam Carriere. First published in the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Weddingbells.