This kicked off on Thursday night with the bride wearing a couture Giambattista Valli dress with a long chiffon train that blew in the wind through the streets of Capri.During the day on Friday, Whitney soaked up the sun on the beach in an Eres maillot.The next day, that same friend and Whitney came barreling down the slopes only to find Michael having a long, leisurely lunch on what was a very optimal ski day.
“It was just the two of us, in the most special place to us in the world, no one around for miles. We cried and laughed the whole way down the hill.”A few days after they got engaged, Whitney and Michael took off on a trip to Italy.
It was a vacation that had been a long time in the making, but Whitney never imagined they’d be celebrating their engagement.
Lo and behold, there was a 6-year-old’s birthday party taking place, and there was a 7-foot-tall Chewbacca character right in front of us making the noise.
If the beauty and allure of Positano weren’t enough, this was a sign! A friend put Whitney in touch with wedding stylist extraordinaire Cynthia Cook Smith.
(The company has since expanded its reach with the launch of Bumble BFF in March of 2016 and Bumble Bizz earlier this week.)As fate would have it, for the entrepreneur and her now husband, Michael Herd (who’s a restaurateur as well as in the oil-and-gas business) sparks first flew IRL as opposed to virtually, but their love story still started with Whitney unabashedly taking the lead.
It was just before Christmas in 2013, and the two were on vacation in Aspen with their respective families when a mutual friend introduced them one afternoon.
“He said he was going to take a quick shower, but insisted I didn’t need to.
As a result, he looked amazing and fresh in a white button-down and jeans. Well, he tossed me an XL men’s fishing shirt and told me to button it to the top for bugs, and that super-casual look I had going on was taken to a whole new level!
When we got off, he picked up my skis and got me clicked in.
I thought, Hmm, that’s weird, that’s kind of a pro move, but then quickly started down the hill.
“From the moment I saw Cynthia’s work and spoke with her on the phone, I just adored her and her taste,” says Whitney.