Like every couple embarking on a life together, supermodel Christie Brinkley and architect Peter Cook were dreaming of their happily ever after on September 21, 1996 as they exchanged vows. Not all dreams are meant to come true, however, and the pair’s parting of the ways would become tabloid fodder in the years ahead. As the media shines a spotlight on their lost love, take a trip back in time to the couple’s happiest day:
As though racing to get to the altar, Christie Brinkley’s shadow stretched across the manicured lawn of her Bridgehampton farm house as she began her walk down the aisle to a violin performance of “The Wedding March.” Clutching a bouquet of roses, sweet pea and lily of the valley, the supermodel flashed her famous smile at family and friends as she strolled past in a white Armani creation consisting of a fitted jacket over a flowing skirt designed with a short train that gently brushed the grass as she moved toward a flower-bedecked gazebo, where Peter Cook stood in a black Armani suit.
Seated among the 125 guests, the bride’s former husband Billy Joel looked on as their daughter Alexa Ray handed a wedding band to the groom. (The Piano Man’s gesture of friendship was reciprocated in October 2004 when the model attended the singer’s “I do” with Katie Lee.) A symbol of his devotion, the ring would accompany a platinum engagement ring crowned with a blue sapphire which was embraced by two trillion-cut diamonds, InStyle magazine reported.
Unable to contain the jubilant atmosphere inside, blues tunes by the Flying Neutrinos drifted out from the marquee erected on the site, echoing on the estate as the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed an evening reception.