Before she met the artist Jonah Freeman through a friend in May 2014, Arden Wohl already knew who he was. "I’d read an article about him and thought, ‘Someone that cool would never want to go out with me,'" the designer and animal rights activist says.
Their first meeting was friendly, and they didn’t cross paths again until the fall, at a party hosted by art dealer Jeffrey Deitch. With a little liquid courage, Arden made the first move, grabbing Jonah’s hand. “I felt a pull to him,” she says. “I felt safe, like he could protect me.” The attraction was mutual.
“First it was her magnanimous energy,” Jonah says. “Then I found she has a surprising curiosity that makes life interesting.”
After Jonah proposed last winter, Arden decided on a June wedding at the Weylin in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and asked Zac Posen to design her dress. Taking cues from the bride's mood board, he created an Art Nouveau-inspired gown with hand-embroidered flowers and a French silk veil.
“There’s something very special about making a close friend’s wedding fantasy come to life,” says Posen, who has known the bride since she was a teenager.
Said fantasy also included a cosmic energy-themed ceremony and performances by Connan Mockasin and members of the band MGMT. “Just such good vibes,” Arden says. “It was a psychedelic experience.”
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