The CW is set to celebrate the small screen ceremony of the year as Lily van der Woodsen (portrayed by Kelly Rutherford) and Bart Bass (played by actor Robert John Burke) exchange vows during the season finale of Gossip Girl, which airs May 19, 2008. All the “I do” drama takes place at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, an early 20th century architectural treasure located on Manhattan’s Museum Mile. Once the abode of Andrew Carnegie, today the venue welcomes those interested in the preservation of design history. Its doors, which currently lead visitors to an exhibition featuring Rococo era wonders, are open seven days a week.
While the public can promenade through the museum’s garden entrance on 90th Street annually from May through September, in late April the verdant area was transformed into an Upper East Side utopia for the cast and crew of the teen drama, complete with floral finery from the proprietor of Doro’s Annex, florist Sung Jung, who also provided botanical beauty when Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) exchanged vows with Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler) in Sex and the City . As cameras rolled, actress Blake Lively (Serena) looked like a ray of sunshine in her butter yellow print Ralph Lauren maid of honor gown,its multi-tiered ruffles fluttering in the light spring breeze as she walked down the aisle ahead of her onscreen mother Kelly Rutherford (Lily van der Woodsen), who wore bridal attire created by designer to the stars Vera Wang.
Get a behind the scenes glimpse at the wedding preparations in the following CW clip: