The Mary Clair Gallagher and Edward Flores Wedding
By Cat Zambito; Photography by Denise Cregier
Mary Clair Gallagher took a leap of faith when she moved from her small town in County Kerry, Ireland, to the United States to pursue a career in fashion. Not only did she achieve her dreams, but she also found love along the way.
Edward Flores, a Newburgh, New York, native of Puerto Rican descent, met her much by happenstance in a lounge on the Lower East Side one warm October evening. Mary Clair boldly pulled up a chair next to him at the crowded bar and started up a conversation. When he mentioned that he was a chef, she was hooked, and so they arranged a date.
Eddie cooked her an amazing steak dinner—her favorite—and, over the course of that date, and the many that followed, they found they had so much in common and their personalities and views on life and love suited each other just right. “It didn’t hurt that he was charming and handsome with a great smile and eyes,” says Mary Clair. “And that he wasn’t afraid of my dry Irish sense of humor.”
After three happy years together, Eddie proposed, but they found that a large, traditional wedding didn’t suit them as a couple and whimsically decided to elope, wanting a celebration “just about us—really simple and romantic,” Mary Clair says.
With only two weeks to plan, Mary Clair used her creative eye for design and inspiration from BHLDN to pull off her perfect vintage-themed wedding.
While scouring the Internet for wedding spots in Westchester, she came across and fell in love with the rustic charm and serene quality of the Bedford Post Inn in Bedford, which beautifully fit her vision. She also loved how close it was to their home in Tuckahoe.
In keeping with her theme, Mary Clair went looking for the perfect wedding gown, knowing that, she says, “the dress would be something more relaxed and shorter in length than a traditional dress and simple in style, yet still chic and glamorous.”
Bucking tradition, her groom was right there with her helping her choose. And, once she found a great pair of strappy heels, some jewelry, and a feathered headpiece, her look was complete. To add a pop of color to her otherwise neutral outfit, she opted for a sassy orange-red on her nails.
Mary Clair picked some flowers from a corner flower mart and arranged her own bouquet the evening before the big day. She finished them off with a bold blue ribbon that matched Eddie’s Brooks Brothers tie.
Being able to remember their special day with great photography was of utmost importance to them, so, after a simple ceremony at the town hall, they met with their photographer and posed for many a picture around the gorgeous and gaping grounds of the Inn.
Afterwards, they dined like a king and queen on an eight-course chef’s tasting menu, sampling everything from frogs’ legs to sashimi to veal medallions before ending the night with a scrumptious mango sorbet and chocolate tart.
Their dinner and night’s stay was a wedding gift from Eddie’s parents and sister, who added the extra touch of having Champagne and a stunning floral arrangement sent from Perennial Gardens florist in Bedford, waiting for them in their room upon their return.
The following morning, the newlyweds enjoyed another amazing meal, complete with a celebrity sighting of Ralph Lauren, before heading home. They couldn’t say enough about the excellent service and level of care they received and are sure to return in the future.
Mary Clair beams when remembering her special day. “The day I married my best friend was the best day of my life,” she says. “It was incredibly romantic and everything I had wished it would be.”
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