FROM LEFT: Me at my wedding to Chris eight years ago in an Oscar de la Renta wedding dress, which I still pull out to admire now and then; my sister Andrea (also eight years ago) in the elegant yet simple Halston gown she wore to marry Alex Douzet.
That's the Way Love Goes
Like most little girls, I had many visions of my wedding day—unsolicited reveries that seem to be part of the immature female DNA. I pictured my nuptials in the fall, in the country, with blood-red roses, pear-tree branches, magnolia leaves, soft white tulle and mellow wedding bells (“What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!” as Edgar Allan Poe wrote in The Bells). With lots of planning that did not appear in that dream, and in an age when people still made phone calls, I was able to get the actual day to come relatively close to my fantasy.
With the passage of time, one thing remains a tradition: the long and detailed art of wedding planning. In creating our first wedding issue, we asked Colin Cowie, “u?ber” wedding authority, to help us assemble the best recommendations for large or small New York weddings. Most trends are in one year and out the other, but our advice is timeless—from venues and gowns to flowers and cakes. I even offer some of the choices I made for my own wedding.
It’s also a New Year, and who better to kick it off than one of the music world’s most fascinating people—and our cover star—Janet Jackson. Jackson opens up about many things, including a new album, a new film and a new lease on life. I even got a New Year’s resolution out of her (see “In Control”), which made me rethink my own. Because there are just too many areas of self-improvement to share, suffice it to say that I’m regarding the coming year as yet another chance to become a better woman.
Happy New Year!
CRISTINA GREEVEN CUOMO
A Few Favorites
For the perfect white wedding (with a hint of green), here are my picks for the best that NYC has to offer.
Bridal jewelry gift: White-gold Karma 7.29-carat rose-cut diamond teardrop earrings by Shawn Warren ($5,175)—perfect for the big day. Call 212-724-5944 or visit shawnwarrenjewelry.com.