Cover Look

Fashion: Ivory silk-organza ball gown with a large floral accent on the bodice, $3,900, Judd Waddell. Veil, Tia Mazza. Pearl and diamond earrings, Ellagem. 18-karat white gold and diamond bracelet, Cartier.
Makeup: All makeup, Clinique. Even Better makeup SPF 15 in Neutral, Quickliner for Eyes in Really Black, Quick blush in Pronto Pink, and Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour balm in Woppin' Watermelon.
Flowers: Bouquet of "Maria Teresa" roses, "Hot Lady" roses, and "Sweet Unique" roses, LMD, Lewis Miller Design.
Hairstylist: Riad Azar at Opusbeauty.com for Tresemmé
makeup artist Matin, color consultant for Laura Mercier
Photographed by Naomi Kaltman

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