One Fine Day

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
Charlotte Jenks Lewis

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
Charlotte Jenks Lewis

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
Charlotte Jenks Lewis

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.
Ben Goldstein

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
Ben Goldstein

The Jewelry

BRACELET $165, Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz; ben-amun.com.
Ben Goldstein

The Shoes

"Break convention — bridal shoes are your chance to really express yourself."
- Christian Louboutin, Shoe Designer
Charlotte Jenks Lewis

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.
Ben Goldstein

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.
Ben Goldstein

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.
Ben Goldstein

The Bridesmaids

Actress Billie Piper and my sister Jane in Burberry.
Charlotte Jenks Lewis

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.
Ben Goldstein

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.
Ben Goldstein

The Bridesmaids

DRESS price upon request, Burberry Prorsum; burberry.com for stores.
Ben Goldstein

The Final Touches

FASHION TAPE $6.99, Hollywood Wedding Apparel Tape; hollywoodfashiontape.com.
Ben Goldstein

The Final Touches

BRA $189, La Perla; laperlausa.com.
Ben Goldstein

The Final Touches

CLUTCH $249, Moyna; moynabags.com.
Ben Goldstein

The Final Touches

LIPSTICK $14, MAC in Phlox; maccosmetics.com.
Ben Goldstein

The Final Touches

THE WEDDING SCENT $65, Jo Malone candle; jomalone.com.
Ben Goldstein

The Ceremony

The groom, Mazdack Rassi, in Burberry and me in Marchesa, jewels by Neil Lane.
Charlotte Jenks Lewis

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.
Jeronimo Morales

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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