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Tip: Stay in the mo­ment, ad­vises wed­ding plan­ner Martina Stritesky. “You’ll never get all the peo­ple you love most in the world in the same room again at the same time.”

I knew what I wanted for my wed­ding: a fun black-tie party to end all par­ties with my loved ones. I made big de­ci­sions, like the venue (the Trump Toronto) and the date (Valen­tine’s Day), quickly so that I could fo­cus on the lit­tle things I could do to make the evening as mem­o­rable as pos­si­ble. (At least that’s how I jus­ti­fied hav­ing a cake made to match the gilded pat­tern on the flirty party dress I changed into af­ter din­ner.) At the cer­e­mony, we in­cluded our fam­i­lies in our vows and “jumped the broom” af­ter we were mar­ried—an African-Amer­i­can cus­tom that sig­ni­fies the start of a new life. I wore my beloved hair­dresser’s neck­lace in my updo as my “some­thing bor­rowed,” and, in­stead of place cards, guests’ names were writ­ten on their plates in gold. Th­ese small touches (and about two gazil­lion can­dles) helped cre­ate a mo­ment in time as beau­ti­ful as the life I hope to have with my new hus­band.

From top: Vanessa’s Na­dia & Co. wed­ding cake, de­signed to match her gold-Lurex and matte-satin DSquared2 party dress; luxe touches by Jimmy Choo, Tif­fany & Co., Mark Lash, Tom Ford and Chanel, with a gar­den­rose bou­quet by Midge Flower De­signs; the bride’s

All aglow: The bride said “I do” in Temperley Lon­don and Pronovias; the groom wore DSquared2 and Gucci.

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