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In a union of beauty and bloodlines, Patricia Cristina Herrera y Pacanins of New York and Caracas, Venezuela, and Gerrit Livingston Lansing Jr. of Greenwich, Conn., were married Saturday in an exquisite ceremony at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue with the scent of thousands of gardenias filling the air and more than 300 guests, including the best of New York, Connecticut and international society filling the church. The Rev. Eugene Prior officiated and delivered the papal blessing.
The beautiful bride — dark-haired, dark-eyed and delicately made with a willow wand figure — is the daughter of Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera of New York and Caracas. The fashion editor of Vanity Fair, she is known for her tremendous style, as is her mother, the noted fashion designer. She attended the Hewitt School and is a graduate of the Spence School and Brown University.
This story first appeared in the November 27, 2002 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Her lineage is impeccable. She was born in Hacienda La Vega, the family residence in Caracas and the oldest continually inhabited house in the Western hemisphere. It was built in 1590 by the bride’s ancestor, Garci Gonzalez de Silva, one of the founders of the city. Her grandparents, the Marqueses de Torre Casa, were figures of international society. Known as Reinaldo and Mimi, they were cosmopolitan and soignés, both with the sort of great looks that run in the family. On her mother’s side, the bride is also descended from one of Venezuela’s oldest, most distinguished colonial families. She is the granddaughter of the pioneer Comendante Guillermo Pacanins, a governor of Caracas.
The handsome bridegroom known as Gerrity is equally well-connected. He attended the Buckley School and graduated from the Trinity School in New York and Duke University. He is a cofounder of the Diamant Hedge Fund and a managing partner of Madison Trading, a firm with offices in New York, Maryland and Florida. He is the son of Suydam Rosengarten Lansing and Gerrit Livingston Lansing of Greenwich and Northeast Harbor, Maine. An artist and designer, she is a trustee of Independent Curators International and on the board of PS1/MoMA. Gerrit Lansing, an art historian, is the chairman of the board of Independent Curators International. On his father’s side, the groom is a direct descendant of Robert Livingston, founder of one of the most politically and socially important families in colonial America. On his mother’s side, he is a great-grandson of Frederick Rosengarten Sr., one of the founders of Merck & Co.
It is no surprise that glamour runs in the Herrera family and that they dress accordingly. So what’s better than having a glamorous mother, famous for designing wedding dresses, design your very own? Patricia walked down the aisle in white crepe satin with long sleeves embroidered in tiny rosettes of the same material. The skirt gathered in the back and an 18th century diamond brooch held her veil in place. Her hair was gathered in a picturesque snood embroidered in the same rosettes.
Patricia’s striking sister Carolina Herrera Jr. also dressed by her mother, was the bride’s only attendant and looked like a Greek goddess in a long column of iridescent pale blue-gray chiffon with a gathered tunic tied with brown velvet ribbons. Carolina Sr. dressed herself in burgundy chiffon under a floor-length burgundy velvet coat with a sable collar and cuffs. She dressed her two adorable grandchildren, Oriana, 5, and her brother, Axel Calicchio, 3, who preceeded the bride down the aisle in blue satin printed with tiny flowers, little slippers to match and white gloves, and blue velvet trousers and a beige ruffled shirt, respectively, of course.
She also designed the dress of the lovely mother of the groom, a chic cognac satin coat dress with tiny buttons running down the front.
But more of all this next week — the brilliant reception after the wedding and, naturally, the gorgeous guests.