August 29th, 2011

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The Dress, The Cake And More Details From Sofia Coppola’s Wedding


Francis Ford Coppola’s daughter’s recent marriage to French rocker Thomas Mars was a lesson in understated elegance. The couple tied the knot this weekend at Palazzo Margherita, the Coppola family’s villa in the southern Italian town of Bernalda. Bernalda’s mayor, Leonardo Chiruzzi, officiated the ceremony.

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Rumours about who would design Sofia’s gown swirled before the ceremony and we were stunned by her unexpected, yet lovely, choice. The bride chose a custom-made sheer lavender gown by Azzedine Alaïa.

The 70 wedding guests dined on traditional southern Italian fare (grilled fish, roast pork, ham and figs, pasta with tomato and basil, salads, courgettes and fresh cheeses) while enjoying wines from the Coppola family’s vineyard. Dinner was followed with a simple low-lying vanilla cake with chantilly cream, decorated with white flowers and prepared by the chef at the Magna Grecia hotel.

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Coppola and Mars, who first revealed their engagement in May, have two daughters: Romy, 4½, and Cosima, 15 months.

The 3 Diamond Cuts You Need to Know Now

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When it comes to the hottest diamond trends, everything old really is new again, and many couples are rediscovering heritage cuts. If you’re looking for something unusual, a tried-and-true diamond cut is definitely worth investigating and will certainly give you a different look than the round brilliant and princess cuts that have dominated in recent years. Here are three of our fave heritage cuts:

1. Cushion Cut (see above)

Also referred to as the “pillow cut,” the cushion cut is known for its rounded corners and larger facets (to increase sparkle). This cut is classic and romantic with a subtle nod to the past.

2. Asscher Cut

The Asscher cut is similar to the emerald cut but in a square shape instead of a rectangle, and is known for creating a “hall of mirrors effect.” First created by Joseph Asscher in 1902, this cut is pleasingly antique-looking.

3. Rose Cut

The rose cut is the most unusual of the three, due to the fact that the stone is flat on the bottom with facets on top (the opposite of all other cuts). Rose cut diamonds date all the way back to the 1500s and are perfect for the non-traditional bride.

A Classic Country Wedding in Manitoba

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Amanda Brown and Jeffrey Mulligan, July 16th 2011, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy Lisa Klassen, Keepin It Kountry Photography.

Ceremony location: Trinity United church.
Reception location: William Glesby Centre.
Bridal gown and bridal party attire: 7th Avenue Fashions.
Groom’s tux: Tip Top Tailors in Polo Park.
Cake: Sinfully Delicious.
Caterer: Bill’s Sticky Fingers (204-857-9999).
Favors: Donation made to Manitoba Farm and Rural Support Services.
Wedding planners: Deanne McLeod from Bill’s Sticky Fingers (204-857-9999).
Music: Serena Bjornson from Crystal Sound.
Hair and makeup: The Cellar Door.
Flowers: Mil-Jeanne’s Flowers.
Stationery: Sweetness Stationary.


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