Harley Bilzerian is one of the most fabulous people in Boston.
Exhibit A: I met Harley–who is a buyer at her father, Alan Bilzerian‘s eponymous upscale boutique on Newbury Street–while we were both on our honeymoons in Belize in late October. As we got to chatting over a cocktail at the resort bar, I found out that Harley and her husband, Adam Keller, had actually been married in September, but had to postpone their honeymoon because it conflicted with Paris Fashion Week, an event that’s not-to-be-missed when you’re a buyer at a store that specializes in European haute couture.
Through a combination talking with Harley and reading about her wedding in the Boston Globe, I learned that her “big day” was a pretty big deal. She and Adam were married at the Four Seasons in Boston, where Cam Neely, the president of the Boston Bruins and former Bruins star, officiated the wedding ceremony. Among the A-list guests were John Henry, the owner of the Red Sox, and his wife, Linda Pizzuti; John Jacobs, who produced the movie Ted; and Gangs of New York screenwriter Jay Cocks.
Rumor had it that Alan Bilzerian even implemented a strict dress code for the wedding: Black tie-only, no black suits or clip-on bow ties allowed. “So many people wanted to weasel out of it, but I said, ‘I’m putting my foot down,’” Bilzerian told the Globe of the dress code.
When I asked Harley about the rumor, however, she disputed it. “He didn’t enforce it, I did!” she said.
Perhaps the most extravagant part of her wedding, however, was her dress. Harley, an FIT grad, employed her vast fashion knowledge to design her own dress, which was then created by her family’s longtime seamstress.
“I designed it, and we made it in the store with our seamstress who has been with us for the past 30 years…she is like an aunt to me,” Harley recounts. “We were so in synch with each other while making it. The bustier took the longest because we had to keep taking it in since I was losing so much weight at the time, it was insane. We pinned it on me and then I did the finalizing on a mannequin by pinning each fabric the way I wanted, and she sewed it the way I pinned it. It was more than 25 yards of fabric. We used silk satin, silk tulle and silk organza, with mother-of-pearl sequin detailing. There were just so many details with the construction, fabric and feel of the dress. It took her three weeks to make the gown.”
Harley insists that pictures are the only way to truly appreciate the end result, so she shared a few of her personal wedding snapshots exclusively with us. Check ’em out!