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Alison & Luke

What happens when an interior design star gets married? Impeccable details abound, of course!

Softly glowing candles and golden details accented the aisle in The French Room.

Alison Victoria and Luke embrace the moment after walking down the aisle as newlyweds.

The bridesmaids wore dresses in the same shade, but chose different styles.

The centerpieces were created by Asrai Garden on North Avenue.

The golden flatware and gold-trimmed plates and water glasses were provided by Tablescapes Event Rentals, while napkins were topped with succulents from Kennicott Brothers.

One could easily assume that interior designer Alison Victoria, the host of Kitchen Crashers on HGTV and DIY Network, was a girl who had dreamed of her own wedding for years, planning every detail to perfection. Think again. “Not at all,” she explains. “I was never that girl who dreamed of [my wedding], or even thought of it, so it was a little overwhelming trying to juggle it all.”

But juggle it all she did. While simultaneously hosting one of the most popular home-design shows on TV, she planned their 120-person wedding at The Drake Hotel on her own, with help from her fiance, insurance agent Luke Harding, who happened to have proposed in the most romantic spot on the planet.

“We were in Paris, and we were having drinks at our hotel after dinner,” says Alison. “At midnight, the concierge came out to us and said, ‘Mr. Harding, we have your car ready.’ He drove us to the Eiffel Tower with a blanket, Champagne and the biggest bag of chocolate truffles. Luke proposed during our midnight picnic and said he wanted to wait for this night because it was his parents’ 34th wedding anniversary, and their marriage was something he wanted with me.”

That vision of romance was evident at the wedding. “I wanted to keep it very classic,” says the bride, a 33-year-old Detroit native, who wore a strapless Rivini dress during the ceremony and reception, both held in The French Room at The Drake. “Our colors were white and pale blush with gold accents.”

But don’t let the demure colors fool you—this wedding was full of surprises. “I know that weddings are really not about the bride and groom,” says Alison. “It’s about everyone else, so we wanted to make sure it was a night to remember—and we definitely did that with the Sexy Sax Man. For those that knew who he was, it was the greatest surprise ever—and for those that had never heard of him, like my 82-year-old father, it was the most terrifying and somewhat offensive moment of their lives!” (The Sexy Sax Man, aka Sergio Flores, is an Internet sensation who plays the saxophone, while shirtless and wearing leather pants, at random spots around the country.)

The other major surprise was the cake—that is, the lack of cake. “Luke and I are not really fans of doing a standard cake,” says Alison, “so we opted for a ‘cheese’ cake, with tiers of cheeses like Brie, Munster, Gruyere and many others.” The couple also served macarons, petite palmiers, madeleines and crepes.

Even though she hadn’t dreamed of her wedding for years, it turned out to be the perfect evening for the couple and their loved ones. “All in all, I just wanted to make sure everyone was having an amazing night,” says Alison. As usual, the project was done to perfection.

THE LIST

Ceremony & Reception The French Room in The Drake Hotel
Dress Rivini from Belle Vie Bridal Couture
Bride’s Shoes Christian Louboutin
Flowers Asrai Garden
Desserts The Drake Hotel
Linens BBJ Linen
Flatware & Water Glasses Tablescapes Event Rentals
Invites Elizabeth Grace
Groom’s Tux Custom by De Louice
Groomsmen’s Tuxes Formally Modern Tuxedo
Hair Morgan Leek from b. A Salon on Armitage
Band Tony Lake Trio
DJ Fig Media
Parting Gifts Custom tins of the Chicago Mix from Garrett Popcorn Shops