Photos: Courtesy of Cynthia Rowley
"Our wedding was crazy and wild," says the designer, who presented a show at New York Fashion Week just three days before her 2005 wedding to gallery owner and Bravo's Work of Art host Bill Powers. "I made my dress the day after my show—it was short, with thick, white re-embroidered lace over a black lining." The wedding itself was held on the cliffs overlooking the ocean behind photographer Peter Beard's Montauk, New York, compound, where the couple water-skied in the morning ("I wore a bikini and veil; Bill had on a tuxedo T-shirt!") and surfed together in the afternoon. ("My hair was still wet; I used a silver tray as a mirror to do my makeup. Bill shaved his head right before the wedding!") During the ceremony, a friend read a love letter written by Orson Welles to Rita Hayworth, and the couple's 160 guests sang "Day by Day" from Godspell. "It was everything fun you can think of," says Rowley. "We served lobster and French fries for dinner, followed by dancing and trampoline-jumping. We were so happy!"