Pamela Love’s May wedding to illustrator Matthew Nelson was a collaborative affair; close friends contributed to every detail—from the cake with one vegan tier (for Nelson) to Love’s wildflower head wreath to the hand-constructed tepee where guests gathered to hear guitar after dinner.
At Ruschmeyer’s, a 1950s summer camp turned resort in Montauk, Long Island, the couple wed under a birch chuppah covered in traditional Appalachian quilts, a melding of Love’s Jewish and Nelson’s Southern roots. “I wanted the wedding to be about being in a natural, wild environment—which is kind of what love is,” the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up said.
Love wore an off-white chiffon dress with a faint mauve print and an open lattice back, designed by her friend (of course) Mara Hoffman. Billy Reid made a bespoke suit for the groom, topped off with blue lapis–and–silver cuff links designed by the bride.
She also made original pieces for herself for the big day, including an amethyst pendant and a silver peacock ring, as well as matching white gold wedding bands with turquoise inlay. And the festivities were just as true to Love’s free-spirited aesthetic.
The couple spent the day before the ceremony potting flower arrangements in Mason jars that decorated the tables, with help from Fox Fodder Farm, and Love approached the chuppah to a rendition of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold.” During the reception, guests played on wooden swings in the trees. “It was perfect, like hippie summer camp,” Love said. “We were having a wedding in the country; I wanted to be able to run around barefoot if I wanted to!” She eventually did kick off her Chloé heels, and she and Nelson were the last to leave.