One Fine Day

Senior fashion editor and newlywed Zanna Roberts Rassi eases the pains of planning the biggest event of your life

bride in marchesa gown
First things first: I'm not your typical bride. Girly stuff doesn't particularly thrill me. Take the proposal, for instance: My then-boyfriend, Rassi, asked, "What are you doing for the rest of your life?" in an English cow field. I had on my mom's North Face fleece and a pair of cutoffs — hardly my best look. I knew I'd have to shelve the tomboy habits for my wedding day. The pressure for a bride-to-be is immense enough as it is — but working in fashion, it gets magnified a thousand percent. Knowing that the industry's best and brightest would be watching (and judging) was enough to make me want to elope! That is, until I realized I could use those same style geniuses to my advantage — and yours, too.
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The Fitting
"Stay true to your own style. Your dress should be a reflection of your everyday look, just amplified." - Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig, Designers, Marchesa
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The Fitting
"Avoid selecting your dress too early and trying it on too often. You risk having many changes of heart. Three months is ample." "Take the one person whose opinion you value most with you to your fitting. Keep in mind that your best friend or your mother may not be the best choice." - Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig, Designers, Marchesa
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The Fitting
"A proper photograph — not from an iPhone — of you in the dress is essential for determining the right accessories." - Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig, Designers, Marchesa
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The Jewelry
"Of your wedding jewels, earrings are the most important. Pay close attention to the shape of your face. Art Deco styles complement angular shapes, while flowers are better for round faces." - Neil Lane, Jeweler EARRINGS $155, Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz; ben-amun.com.
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The Jewelry
"Remember that something old — like Grandma's pearls — while sentimental, may not work with your gown." - Neil Lane, Jeweler RING price upon request, Neil Lane Jewelry; (310) 275-5015
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The Jewelry
BRACELET $165, Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz; ben-amun.com.
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The Shoes
"Break convention — bridal shoes are your chance to really express yourself." - Christian Louboutin, Shoe Designer
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The Shoes
"Don't do white on white — it's old-fashioned. Look for shoes with details, be they studs or pastel hints. You should want to wear the shoes again." - Christian Louboutin, Shoe Designer SHOES $875, Christian Louboutin; (310) 247-9300.
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The Shoes
"Closed-toe shoes are great for solid column dresses; more dainty gowns call for open-toes." - Christian Louboutin, Shoe Designer THE SHOES custom-made for me by Christian Louboutin with "something blue" insteps.
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The Shoes
"Practice walking in your shoes — and also for your first dance!" - Christian Louboutin, Shoe Designer FOOT RELIEF $6.95, Foot Petals; footpetals.com.
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The Bridesmaids
Actress Billie Piper and my sister Jane in Burberry.
Charlotte Jenks Lewis
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The Bridesmaids
"Look beyond the bridal shop for dresses for your wedding party. It's not a requirement to dress bridesmaids identically." - Zanna Roberts, Bride DRESS $385, Alice + Olivia at Nordstrom; nordstrom.com.
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The Bridesmaids
"Different body types need different necklines, lengths, and fits. A tank dress works for most shapes and sizes." - Zanna Roberts, Bride DRESS, $420, Thread; threaddesign.com.
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The Bridesmaids
DRESS price upon request, Burberry Prorsum; burberry.com for stores.
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The Final Touches
FASHION TAPE $6.99, Hollywood Wedding Apparel Tape; hollywoodfashiontape.com.
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The Final Touches
BRA $189, La Perla; laperlausa.com.
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The Final Touches
CLUTCH $249, Moyna; moynabags.com.
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The Final Touches
LIPSTICK $14, MAC in Phlox; maccosmetics.com.
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The Final Touches
THE WEDDING SCENT $65, Jo Malone candle; jomalone.com.
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The Ceremony
The groom, Mazdack Rassi, in Burberry and me in Marchesa, jewels by Neil Lane.
Charlotte Jenks Lewis
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The Inspiration
The cake, by famed baker Sylvia Weinstock, was styled after New York's Art Deco icon the Chrysler Building.
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The Reception
CANDID CAMERA: We set up our own portait studio at our reception at Milk Studios. Here's a sampling of our fashionable guests.
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Wediquette
Deciphering the Dress Code: What it means when the invitation calls for... Cocktail attire: Short and elegant dress with a hint of sparkle; dark suit for him. Black tie: Floor-sweeping evening gown; black tux for him. White tie: Long gown with extra glitz (think furs, diamonds, etc.); white tux for him. Beach formal: Light and airy dress with sandals; linen suit for him.
Charlotte Jenks Lewis
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