*Our gorgeous cover model, Arlenis Sosa, is engaged! While on set for our June/July 2015 issue, Sosa dished some pretty juicy details about her June wedding to basketball player Donnie MacGrath. From her dress to the star-studded guest list, get the scoop here! *
On set, we could see and feel the pre-wedding glow beaming off of supermodel and bride-to-be Arlenis Sosa. In June, Arlenis (who you may recognize from campaigns for Victoria's Secret, H&M, and Lancôme) will slip into a beaded Reem Acra gown and wed basketball player Donnie MacGrath in her native Dominican Republic. When we asked her about the wedding at our shoot, the bride flashed a megawatt smile and told us the couple will have an English-Spanish ceremony at a friend's beachside villa in Punta Cana. They're expecting 150 guests, including Arlenis's huge family — her mother has 11 siblings; her father has nine! — plus models Jourdan Dunn and Toni Garrn and ballplayers like the Dallas Mavericks' Chandler Parsons. (We're guessing the average height on both sides of the aisle will hover around six feet.)
Her biggest Pinterest obsession? Hair. "I spent months pinning complicated down 'dos but realized there was no way I wanted curls in my face at my wedding," says Arlenis, who decided on a chignon. And she hadn't chosen a makeup artist until the shoot, when she hired ours, Angie Parker, on the spot. "I loved her so much!" Arlenis says.
Until the wedding, she'll be jetting between her home in New York, photo shoots around the world, and Volgograd, Russia, where Donnie plays professionally. (Fun fact: Their first date was in Paris. They'd met only once before, but he couldn't stop thinking about her, so when she was in the City of Lights for work and he was playing in Greece, he saw his window and flew up to take her to dinner. Le sigh.)
So how does she stay wedding ready with her hectic schedule? Green juice (she blends it herself using kale, spinach, green apple, cucumber, and celery), liberal spritzes of rosewater, and, when she can't get to Pilates, by fitting in stretches at the airport terminal. "I look crazy, but it's worth it," she says.
For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES June/July 2015 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!