Mia Solkin, the fashion director of Paper magazine, and David Ban, the director of business development at Splice, a New York–based music-creation start-up, were separately having dinner with friends at Supper, a low-key Italian joint in the East Village, when they first caught each other’s eyes. “For whatever reason—it probably had something to do with the bold red and blue Breton stripe shirt he was wearing—David piqued my interest from afar,” Mia remembers. “So, I asked my friend Laurel Pantin, the fashion features director at InStyle, to give my business card to him after I left. Apparently David was intrigued, because he texted me the next day.” They went on their first date a week or so later at Smith & Mills in Tribeca, and now, they try to celebrate their anniversary at the spots where it all started.
Three and a half years after that business card was slipped to David, he proposed on Shelter Island. “I was dealing with some unexpected work logistics for a photo shoot happening in the city that day, and I also managed to fall off my bike as we were cycling back from the beach on sandy roads—so I was not exactly having the greatest day,” Mia jokes. After they got to the hotel, things started looking up. “David suggested I take a shower while he go buy some wine, and then he said to meet him outside our hotel room, where there were two Adirondack chairs overlooking a serene harbor at sunset. As we sat there talking, David proposed to me. I then learned that he had a whole night of fun planned and the day quickly went from bad to best!” Upon their return back to the city, unbeknownst to Mia, David had told all of their friends to meet them for celebratory drinks; so, the festivities continued.
David’s family has a place in the Berkshires, and he and Mia spent a lot of time there over the years. Once they turned to wedding planning, it seemed like a natural place to host their nuptials. “I also like that the Berkshires is reasonably easy to get to for those flying into New York City,” Mia adds.
David’s mom actually discovered the venue, August Moon, in Sheffield, Massachusetts, and it ended up being the first and last place the couple considered. “We felt sure about it almost immediately,” Mia says. “It’s a lovely old estate, that the owners rent for occasional events, set against the backdrop of classic Berkshire hills. We loved that the property and grounds felt authentically beautiful without being fussy.” This, in fact, was the exact aesthetic they were after for the whole wedding, and they worked with Magdalena Mieczkowska of Magdalena Events and Design to achieve it.
Mia approached her wedding wardrobe with the same carefree yet heartfelt frame of mind. “The first dress I wore was my late mother’s wedding dress. It was incredibly special and happened to fit me perfectly,” she explains. “I wore it for our rehearsal dinner as well as for some photos just before our ceremony.” For the service itself, she wanted something new and spent a weekend visiting bridal salons in the city with her family. Ultimately, she found her Mira Zwillinger dress at Mark Ingram. “I liked it immediately—it had sort of a drop waist, didn’t overwhelm me, and had enough detail on it to feel special.” For jewelry, she kept things really simple, wearing just her rings and a pair of borrowed earrings from the brand Samira 13.
In the 24 hours leading up to the wedding, it rained like crazy—but the clouds finally parted, and the sun shone down on the lush grounds below just as the guests started arriving. “It was pretty miraculous,” Mia notes. “The grass was even dry by the time our reception started.” They were married in the middle of a big clearing at August Moon, surrounded by wildflowers and evergreens, with green mountains forming the background. Mia’s uncle officiated the ceremony, and the couple worked with him closely to come up with something that respected their Jewish traditions but also felt relevant to their values. “The end result felt really meaningful,” Mia says. “One of my favorite parts was when we had seven friends stand up at their seats in the audience to recite a contemporary version of the traditional Jewish wedding blessings.”
From the beginning, Mia and David’s goal post-ceremony was to throw the most fun, exuberant lawn party anyone had ever seen. There were toasts by family members, and chef Eliza Glaister used ingredients that were all seasonal and sourced from within 50 miles of the venue. The DJ, Chances With Wolves, happened to be the husband of the wedding photographer and managed to keep everyone, old and young, moving nonstop. The dance floor was full until the very end of the night, at which point guests moved to a bonfire outside, keeping the party going with toasted marshmallows until the early hours.