A romance that is a long time coming deserves a big celebration: Julianna Manzi first met her husband Brendan when she was 12 - their fathers were best friends and they spent summers in neighboring towns on the Cape. Nearly 20 years later, they were engaged, planning a wedding on the Cape and living together in Manhattan so it made perfect sense that the bride was inspired by both her beach town and a Gatsby-esque affair. On top of being their wedding destination of choice, the Cape was honored with a ceremony overlooking the Atlantic, and photos taken in perfectly chosen backdrops like in front of their town's historic General Store. For a glam factor that would have impressed Jay Gatsby, there were larger than life plants and florals, lucite chairs, crystal chandeliers, candelabras, gold chargers and Julianna's gorgeous lace Ines Di Santo dress.
Bridal style A mixture of glam and traditional
Dress by An Italian designer named Ines Di Santo. I actually had the privilege of meeting her and she did a custom fitting for me, which was a real treat. I got it at the salon at Bergdorf Goodman in New York.
Shoes by Jimmy Choo - they were very comfortable, but if I am being honest, by the end of the after party my feel were killing me. Even if I had been in Ugg slippers, I think after 10+ hours on my feet/dancing, I would have be in pain. ;)
Accessories by I borrowed earrings from Radcliffe a jeweler out of Baltimore and Palm Beach that designed my rings. I didn't wear any other jewelry as my dress was very detailed and had a high neck which didn't lend itself to a necklace.
Health Secrets We had a LOT of weddings leading up to our big day (17 other weddings to be exact) so I was anxious about not being able to keep up with my pre-wedding workout routine/diet. I found that in the last 6 weeks, it was very helpful for me to do a juice cleanse / fast one day a week. I typically did it on Mondays after I had a big weekend of eating, drinking, etc. On the days I would cleanse, I didn't exercise, but I was very diligent to at least get some form of exercise (even just a walk) in the other 6 days of the week.
Beauty Secrets The last month before our wedding I ate TONS of berries because my dermatologist said it would help make my skin glow - weirdly, I think it really did help! That and TONS of lemon water. I also would recommend a facial peel roughly two weeks before the wedding. Also, I was SUPER careful not to get too much sun on my face leading up to our summer wedding. My makeup artist told me to always wear a hat when I was out in the sun and I think that also helped keep my skin even and not too dry/burned.
Hair by Suzie Mello from Beaucage Salon in Boston. She is GREAT!
Makeup by Dani Wagener. I love Dani and had worked with her a few other times (engagement photos and other events in Boston). She is so talented and I couldn't have been happier with everything on the wedding day!
Greatest moment of the night The highlight of the night for me was when my husband and I got up and started dancing on our chairs at the dinner table. After a few moments my mom joined us and it was just such a high energy and happy moment.
Advice for brides to be There are endless little things I could say that I learned through the year-long planning of our wedding, but the most important thing was remembering to stop every so often and remind myself (and my husband) of the reason behind all the stress and planning. It is very easy to get caught up in wanting every last detail to be perfect, but the only thing that really matters at the end of the day is the love that we felt for each other, our families and our friends on our wedding day. Take a step back every so often to remember the inherent reason and tradition behind a wedding (which is love :)...)