FALL 2023 DIGITAL LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
The Fall 2023 season has started off on a high note, with Paris Fashion Week in full-swing. I love the aesthetics and inspiration this time of year brings, with some of our favorite designers presenting a fresh lineup of incredible evening wear. In this issue, we’ve highlighted some looks that would be perfect for brides to wear as a second gown for the wedding day – either as a reception gown or afterparty ensemble. Many evening wear picks would also be suitable for bridesmaids or ultra-stylish mothers who wish to wear something special. Speaking of fashion and all things chic, our Fall 2023 Digital Issue highlights the “Queen of Design” herself, Norma Cohen. Although Norma’s work has graced the pages and website of Wedding Style for years, it’s a pleasure to share more about her background and personal evolution – from a Brooklyn teenager volunteering at a community center, to becoming one of the top luxury wedding planners in NYC and beyond. Finally, with engagement season on the horizon, we wanted to feature some gorgeous real weddings (including a showstopping Santorini celebration) and a very special fashion shoot we produced onsite at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. It was a pleasure to work with The Ritz-Carlton team, tour the property, and see firsthand why it’s such a wonderful destination for a stylish South Beach wedding celebration. Cheers to a bright and beautiful new season filled with love.
1 Giuseppe Zanotti Gz Aida Open-Toe Mules with Crystal Rhinestone Embroidery. 2 Dior Rose des Vents, Rose Céleste and Mimirose Earrings in 18k White and Yellow Gold, Diamonds, Mother-of-Pearl and Onyx. 3 Giuseppe Zanotti Abileene Sandal with Crystal Rhinestones. 4 Giuseppe Zanotti Brytta High Boot in Purple.
5 Giuseppe Zanotti Intriigo Bootie. 6 Dior Rose des Vents Earrings in 18k Yellow Gold, Diamonds and Mother-of-Pearl. 7 Giuseppe Zanotti Intriigo Allure Pointed-Toe Mules.8 Harry Winston Emerald Watch with Blue Face, 18K White Gold and Brilliant Cut Diamonds. 9 Giuseppe Zanotti Beverlee Mules
FALL 2023 EDITOR’S HOT PICKS
With Fall marking the beginning of shorter days, longer nights, and cooler temperatures, it’s a season that readily welcomes darker colors for a bride’s wardrobe – at least, when it comes to accessories. Along with planning the details of the wedding day, fashion-forward brides-to-be tend to approach their big day as if it’s an entire red carpet weekend. All eyes (and multiple photographers) are likely to be on them; so their bridal ensembles are carefully planned, down to the last detail.
1 Giuseppe Zanotti Gz Flash Loafer in Velvet with a Golden Mirrored-Effect Detail. 2 Harry Winston Ocean Date Moon Phase Watch in 18K White Gold with Brilliant-Cut Diamonds and Blue Alligator Leather Strap.
INSPIRATION FOR LUXURY WEDDING CEREMONY DECORATIONS
3 Hublot Spirit of Big Ben Sang Blue Titanium Pavé Watch in Polished Titanium set with Diamonds. 4 Breguet Classique “Grande Complication” Watch in Rose Gold.5 Hublot Classic Fusion Original Watch in Yellow Gold. 6 Onoto Lotus 75th Anniversary Pen Barrel in Lotus F1 Aluminum, Cap in Sterling Silver with Vitreous Enamelling.
SPRING/SUMMER 2023 BRIDAL FASHION
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
Hair & Makeup: Bryin Smoot using MAC Cosmetics and Kenra Hair Products; Models: Lexi Gryszowka and Denver Smith; Cinematographer: VOLT; Jewelry: Duchamp Jewelers; Creative Director: Grace Ormonde; Stylist: Paula DaCosta
THE RITZ-CARLTON, SOUTH BEACH – A DREAM DESTINATION FOR MODERN MIAMI WEDDINGS
At The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, a timeless sense of elegance meets contemporary luxury and style. Nestled in the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant cities, this wedding venue offers the perfect blend of opulence, tropical allure, and a chic aesthetic to create an unforgettable celebration.
With its stunning Atlantic Ocean views, world-class amenities, and impeccable service, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach sets the stage for modern Miami weddings. It’s a truly enchanting destination that epitomizes modern romance for discerning couples.
NORMA COHEN – THE QUEEN OF DESIGN
She’s as “New York” as it gets. With nearly three decades of event planning experience, Norma Cohen has become a household name in the world of luxury wedding planning and event design. As a fully self-taught and self-made businesswoman from Brooklyn, she has developed the uncanny ability to reimagine the same event spaces time and time again.
No two weddings are ever alike, simply because no two brides are alike; and she has a knack for connecting with her clients in a way that always brings their personal style to the forefront. With her impeccable eye for design, laser focus, and deceivingly tough exterior that houses an ultra-sensitive spirit, Norma embodies everything a couple could want in an NYC wedding planner.
AN EXCLUSIVE SANTORINI WEDDING AT CANAVES OIA EPITOME
Melanie Papadopoulou and Markos Chaidemenos were both working in the travel industry when they met for the first time in 2019.
“I came to Santorini for a site inspection of the Canaves Oia properties,” Melanie shares. “The hotels were incredible, but Markos himself was definitely the highlight.”
A Rustic Italian Garden Inspired Wedding at Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Mariana Alston and Shea Theodore first met in 2015, when Shea’s best friend happened to be the boyfriend of Mariana’s university roommate. Since Mariana was newly single at the time, her roommate’s boyfriend suggested that Shea reach out; so he broke the ice by sending her a message on Instagram.
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village Westlake Village, CA; Planner and Event Design: Goli Pak, Events By Goli Los Angeles, CA; Floral: Floral and Events By Sammy Los Angeles, CA; Rentals: Palace Party Rentals Los Angeles, CA; Caterer: Bahador Event Specialist Tarzana, CA; Lighting: 4th Dimension Productions Inc. Van Nuys, CA; Photography: Shumanev Production Los Angeles, CA;
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village Westlake Village, CA; Planner and Event Design: Goli Pak, Events By Goli Los Angeles, CA; Floral: Floral and Events By Sammy Los Angeles, CA; Rentals: Palace Party Rentals Los Angeles, CA; Caterer: Bahador Event Specialist Tarzana, CA; Lighting: 4th Dimension Productions Inc. Van Nuys, CA; Photography: Shumanev Production Los Angeles, CA
WE LAUGHED, HAPPY CRIED, DANCES, AND CELEBRATED WITH THE PEOPLE WE LOVE
Sabrina and Ariel met through a mutual friend, but before that, Ariel had seen a photo of Sabrina on social media, and asked his friend about her. Almost a year later, at that same mutual friend’s wedding, they saw each other again.