Model Meadow Walker, the daughter of beloved Fast & Furious star Paul Walker, was working in Europe when she had to quarantine for a job. Her boyfriend, actor Louis Thornton-Allan, was back home in New York at the time. “It was the longest we had spent apart since being together, and I missed him so much,” she remembers. “He flew to London to surprise me, and we quarantined together. After spending more time with his family in England, he couldn’t wait for the ring we had been thinking of designing and proposed with a ring I had been given on set that day. It was so sentimental and sweet. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”
The two celebrated their wedding earlier this month in the Dominican Republic – saying their vows in front of an intimate group of family and friends. “The pandemic impacted our plans,” says Meadow. “Louis’s family wasn’t able to attend. A lot of close friends whom we consider family were also unable to attend due to travel restrictions.”
Meadow’s aunt Paloma graciously assisted the couple in planning the wedding. “She did an incredible job,” says Meadow. “We couldn’t have imagined it to be any more perfect and personal – and honestly it was easy and simple. Louis and I knew exactly what we wanted from the start. It was a very intimate celebration.”
While the pandemic impacted logistics, as well as who could be physically present on her wedding day, choosing a look for the pared-back affair was the stuff of fashion dreams for Meadow. “One of the first people I called after I got engaged was my dear friend Matt,” the bride recalls. “I asked him if he would design a dress for me. He said absolutely and congratulated me. It wasn’t until after the call that the shock set in that Matthew Williams had agreed to design custom Givenchy Haute Couture wedding dresses for me!”
A few days later, Meadow received multiple sketches. “I wanted something timeless, chic, and elegant,” she says. “Matthew’s clear-cut and modern touch made it the perfect piece.” She wore a custom Givenchy Haute Couture dress to the ceremony on the beach, and a fun, youthful dress to the celebration in New York City that followed in the days after the couple had returned from the Dominican Republic.
“My good friend Meadow is already the most beautiful person inside and out,” says Williams, the creative director of Givenchy. “So I wanted to really let her personality shine through with the simplest, most modern of bridal gowns in silk cady, with a pure hourglass shape; a halter neck; and an edgy, backless design anchored by a simple strap. We kept the train minimalistic. And the veil was so ethereal, it was barely there, which kept the focus on her beautiful eyes; face; and natural, statuesque glamour.” The bride’s engagement ring was custom, made by close friend Eduardo Saggese at Eclat Jewels, and she wore Tiffany & Co. jewellery to complement her dresses.
After the ceremony, the small group gathered for a beautiful candlelit dinner, followed by the cutting of the cake and a beach party. For this portion of the evening, Meadow changed into a look by Ludovic de Saint Sernin. “We were all barefoot, dancing in the sand,” says Meadow. “To finish the night, there was a wonderful display of fireworks, and we lit lanterns into the picturesque night sky.”