Kimberly “Kimmy” Scotti, a partner at 8VC, and Adam Isaac Metzger, vice president at a New York City real estate development firm, first crossed paths on Halloween night in 2015 at 2:00 a.m. (technically, four years ago yesterday!). They were both meeting their friend, Adam Fried, at a party in Brooklyn. The two spotted each other from across the room, and up close, realized that they knew of one another. “We leaned in for a friendly kiss on the cheek but accidentally leaned in the same direction and landed on lips!” Kimmy explains. That encounter didn’t spark a serious relationship, and it wasn’t until a year later that they started dating. After 18 months of seeing each other (it’s notable that 18 is a significant number in the Jewish religion), Adam proposed in the year of . . . 2018.
While Kimmy was deep into the process of converting to Judaism, the couple decided to host “Shiksa’s Last Shabbat” for her May birthday and to celebrate her six months of Sephardic Jewish cooking lessons. Friends from San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London, and all-over came for dinner. After the meal, Kimmy’s sister led everyone to the terrace for a special performance by Adam. “Adam had re-written all of the words to my favorite song, The Talking Heads’s ‘This Must Be the Place,’ and had all of our friends singing along with him, keeping the beat. During the last, verse he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring,” she says.
It was the groom’s idea to get married on Halloween, and once they knew a dark, romantic wedding was in their future, they looked for venues to accommodate that aesthetic. On her introductory call with her future planner, Annie Lee of Daughter of Design, they discussed the option of the Angel Orensanz Foundation for their big “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” reception—“a kind of dark Garden of Eden theme, given that my Hebrew name is ‘Chava,’ meaning ‘Eve,’ and I was marrying Adam,” Kimmy explains. To capture every moment, Annabel and Dorothee of Belathée Photography were there to document everything.
“As someone who loves getting dressed on a regular Monday morning,” it was a joy for the bride to shop for her wedding weekend wardrobe, and she ended up with three looks. “I was literally contemplating a fourth. If you are a bride and you are reading this, get the fourth dress!” she says. Kimmy found her first reception dress at Bergdorf Goodman; it was a spring 2018 Oscar de la Renta two-piece set and was sitting alone on a rack, in her size, and on sale! Around the time the look was on the runway, the bride’s friend, Nell Diamond, wore crystals on her face for the Save Venice Ball, and Kimmy used that as the inspiration for creating her party beauty look with her makeup artist, Michael Mejia. Adam was the one who suggested the pair wear wings for their angel and archangel costumes, and Kimmy found Liona Flowers who made them both stunning versions in black and white.
A week after she found her reception dress, the bride went with her mom, mother-in-law, and sister to Mark Ingram Atelier to find a ceremony outfit. She was set on a Reem Acra gown and was handing over her credit card, when Ayana, who had been helping them, asked her to try on a very different gown. The new, structured silk, high collar, long-sleeve gown with a bow in the back turned out to be the one. She completed the look with an antique, gold coronet with hand-placed Swarovski crystals by Jennifer Behr, emerald green Gucci Daisy pumps, and a personalized Edie Parker clutch, gifted to her by her mother-in-law.
After she thought she was done dress shopping, Kimmy found herself, wearing head-to-toe Gucci, chatting with Robert Triefus, the CMO of Gucci, at a technology conference outside of London. They exchanged emails, and then one thing lead to another, and she and Adam were at the flagship in Milan. She fell in love with a pink and purple caped gown, and the team custom-made it in a cream color for her. “A custom Gucci wedding gown is something I never even dreamed was possible,” Kimmy says. The groom landed on a custom “Gucci DIY” look consisting of a cropped tuxedo with tails, skinny black pants, French-cuffed white shirt, and a cream silk papillon bowtie.
On October 30th, 2018, the couple had their traditional ceremony at Central Synagogue, where she had converted the year before. The space required little additional decoration, but L’Atelier Rouge created gorgeous white arrangements for the altar and chuppah.
The bride walked down the aisle with her father to “Canon in D,” played by the string ensemble Bianchi Musica, and Adam processed to “The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme).” “As soon as the crowd heard it, everyone cheered,” Kimmy remembers. Once the intimate service ended with Adam breaking the glass, they walked back up the aisle to “This Must Be the Place”—the song he proposed to. To end the night, the newlyweds hosted a small dinner at Casa Apicii and then prepared for their big Halloween reception the next day.
On the front stairs of the Angel Orensanz Foundation, The Doox of Yale (Adam’s college a cappella group) were singing, as costumed guests arrived. Once inside, Adam joined them on stage to serenade everyone with one of Kimmy’s favorite songs, “What a Good Boy” by the Barenaked Ladies, which led into their first dance to Leon Bridge’s “Beyond” and “The Tango” from Addams Family Values.
Throughout the night, a belly dancer with a live boa constrictor, a contortionist, burlesque dancers, and tarot and palm readers entertained everyone. “My favorite part of the wedding was watching Adam walk around and take it all in. He kept turning to me and saying, ‘Have you seen THIS!? Did you see THAT!? Did you know this was going to HAPPEN!?’” Kimmy says.
The bride’s longtime friend, Christopher Sealey, was the DJ, and everyone was on the floor until 2:00 a.m. “We were dancing our last dance at exactly the time we met three years earlier!” After the reception, the couple and 30-or-so guests walked to The Box and for even more late-night festivities.