Pia Toscano didn’t account for snow on her wedding day, but somehow, it made the night even more magical. The American Idol alum married Jimmy R.O. Smith on January 7, 2017, in New York City, and she recalls the occasion–breathtaking details included–in an exclusive interview with The Knot.
“My look for the wedding was a Grecian look,” the singer, 28, says of her stunning gown designed by Michael Costello. She describes the beaded, silky dress as “out of this world,” and it fit beautifully with her wedding day look.
Toscano enlisted the help of hairstylists Eduardo Ponce and Oscar Pallares Gomez–who created an elegant braided updo with an intricate crown–and consulted makeup artist Lyndsay Zavitz to bring an extra glamorous look to her face. The groom, a dance professional, and his groomsmen sported GROOM Official tuxedos by Octavius Terry-Sims.
The bride arrived in style at the venue in a Rolls Royce, and her father walked her down the aisle. “As soon as we started walking, Jimmy’s ushers each presented me with a single rose to add to my bouquet to welcome me into their lives,” Toscano tells The Knot. “Our Pastor, Philip Wagner, flew in from Los Angeles to officiate our ceremony… It truly was so special.”
The couple, who met through Jennifer Lopez (yes, that J.Lo!), wanted their guests to play a special role in their big day. “We asked the women to wear white and the men to wear black,” Toscano tells The Knot. “During the ceremony, we had both the women and men repeat a special blessing. We wanted them to feel included as [part of] one big bridal party.”
Florist Always Bloomin’ created the candlelit aisle, while Floral Couture crafted a custom arch, in addition to the bouquets, boutonnieres and the centerpieces. An actual floral wall was erected and embellished by Cary Decor. As a surprise to his love, the groom gifted Toscano with a second bridal bouquet made by Brooklyn-based 13th Avenue Florist.
Ahead of the nuptials, Toscano and Smith worked with Wedding Paper Divas to create a unique invitation to suit their individual style. They opted for a gold and ivory-infused color scheme, and enlisted Divine Party Display to design a storybook seating chart in lieu of escort cards. “They also created our wedding programs for us, as well as a special thank you note to our guests that was placed on each table setting,” the newlywed shares with The Knot.
Toscano vividly recalls when she and Smith were pronounced husband and wife. “It was most amazing feeling that I will never forget!” she reminisces.
The “This Time” singer gives a huge nod to creative visual director Linda Cangro and planner Phyllis Inserillo for contributing to the aesthetic and execution. “We were constantly bouncing ideas off of each other, which we sent to the vendors,” she says. “[They then] put their own personal touches on it and tied it all together.”
Wedding coordinator Angelica Diaz helped execute the plans on the day of the ceremony, while photography/cinematography company JAYLIM Studio captured every single moment.
During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed specialty drinks, two appropriately named “The Mr.” and “The Mrs.” by the couple, as well a complete martini bar served by Roxx Vodka. Guests got to pick from a range of offerings, including cosmopolitans, as well as apple, chocolate and and classic martinis. Bubbly was provided by LaMarca Prosecco, while Drake’s whiskey label offered additional spirits.
Toscano and Smith asked friend Adrian “DJ Dubz” Wiltshire, who’s worked with the likes of Fergie, Pharrell and Ariana Grande, to oversee the music selection. The couple chose John Legend’s smash hit “All of Me” for their first dance song. “As a singer, lyrics are very important to me,” Toscano says. “And this song really spoke to our relationship.”
The dance floor wasn’t the only hot spot of the night: there was also a photo booth, provided by Richie Burg, and it received plenty of love.
The meal and cocktails were provided by Lenny’s Clam Bar in Howard Beach, which is the bride’s favorite restaurant. LaSar Linens provided the table settings and linens. “The owner, Joe DeCandia, and the head chef of Lenny’s sat with me to craft a menu of our favorite Italian dishes,” Toscano tells The Knot.
Inserillo, the wedding planner, showcased her multitasking skills by designing the fondant and red velvet wedding cake, which featured a monogrammed cake topper. “In addition to our wedding cake, we had an amazing dessert room,” Toscano recalls. “Sweet Serendipity provided a wide range of desserts that included personalized cookies, cake pops, miniature cakes, pastries, mousse shooters, and so much more!” In fact, Smith was delighted by a Cowboys-themed cake.
As a gift to their loved ones, the newlyweds shared their love of sweet treats. “We wanted to have edible favors,” the bride shares. “Sweet Serendipity created individually boxed cupcakes for our guests to take home.”
Other than an unexpected snowfall, Toscano describes her wedding day as perfect. “The best wedding advice I would give is to enjoy every minute of it, and don’t sweat the small things,” she concludes to The Knot. “Sometimes it’s really out of your control and for the better!”