It is a very special tradition in our family and we were excited to be participating in it,” Emily says of her wedding at St. Anne’s Catholic Church to Teddy Pataki, son of former New York State Gov. George Pataki. She notes that her parents and grandparents were married at St. Anne’s as well.
Teddy, an active duty officer in the U.S. Marine Corps was in Iraq during the nine months preceding the wedding. Due to Teddy’s changing military deployment schedule, the couple had to move their wedding date several times. “Father John Robbins, pastor of St. Anne’s, kept us calm and grounded and assured us everything would work out—and it did,” Emily says.
Emily and Teddy met at Yale and maintained a long-distance relationship for three years. “Since Teddy has been a lieutenant in the Marine Corps, we have had to make sacrifices rare among people of our generation,” Emily says. “For most couples, ‘long distance’ doesn’t include a different country, let alone a war zone.”
In honor of their military positions, Teddy and his ushers wore Marine
Corps blue dress uniforms, while Emily donned a stunning strapless gown from Christos and an Alençon lace shrug by Monique Lhuillier from Louis Blum. Male attendants wore tuxedos from Al’s Formal Wear; bridesmaids wore Vera Wang gowns of lavender lamé. Lisa Tran from Wedding Flowers by Lisa created an exquisite bridal bouquet that incorporated family heirloom elements.
JoAnn and John Woodward of Schwartz and Woodward were instrumental in making sure that the couple’s wedding vision came to fruition. A lavish buffet reception at River Oaks Country Club featured Southern-inspired cuisine and New York specialties to celebrate flavors familiar to both families. Music arranged by Empra Entertainment kept the couple’s 500 guests entertained long into the evening.
“Guests stayed to the end—dancing, eating, drinking, catching up with old friends,” Emily says, noting that photographer Michael Carr captured the festivities for posterity. She adds that with so many out-of-town guests in attendance, “It was a great way for everyone to
reconnect as well as share in our special happiness.”
A farewell brunch the following morning took place at the Omni Houston Hotel before the couple left for a honeymoon at the Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island in San Diego.