“We had a very small wedding. Sometimes I wish we had a bigger wedding, but it was really pretty perfect. We really wanted it to be small and intimate. It was an outdoor wedding, and I think I just didn’t want it to be too fussy. I didn’t want it to be over-the-top. I’m really not a detail person; I’m more of a people person. When I go see a new house, I don’t look at the closets, I look at the photographs of the people. I’m just much more oriented that way.
We had a great wedding planner – Elissa Held. She did a great job. I just really wanted it to be warm, welcoming and relaxed. I’m lucky; I have a really pretty house in the Hamptons that has a beautiful yard. We just used that as the canvas and had both the Friday night dinner there and Sunday brunch, had the wedding there and then we went to a restaurant for the reception. I love shells, so there was a little bit of a shell thing going on with the invitations. I didn’t want to, honestly, go too insane with my budget, because there are other things I’d like to do.
John has two children – and I have two daughters – and we wanted everyone to feel included. It was wonderful. I think I decided on my dress a week before. My friend Carmen Marc Valvo — who I got to know really well because he’s a colon cancer survivor and he’s helped me a lot with my cancer advocacy work — sent me a dress that happened to be white and I was like, “Shazam! I’ll just wear this!” It’s very hard for me to figure out what someone who’s my age wears [to get married]. I didn’t want to look silly – like someone who’s on top of a wedding cake – but I also wanted to wear something special and pretty. I feel like I lucked out because I thought the dress was special but didn’t look too frou-frou or over-the-top.” – Katie Couric