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Newsday, May 8, 2018

royal wedding on long island

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Styled by Shoreham-based planner Deborah Minarik

The Dress

Minarik envisions Markle in a hand-sewn wedding dress created by Solotu Custom Gowns in St. James. Raffaella Galeotafiore, the creator and designer behind the St. James design house, would create a crisp, Italian silk Mikado dress covered in hundreds of tiny, three-dimensional organza flowers, each embedded with a clear crystal to sparkle under the ballroom light. The gown would have pockets and a 3-foot-long train (that’s 7 feet less than Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen dress, and much less than the 25-foot train on Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding gown). The look would be completed with a customized cathedral veil also covered in clear crystals.

The Flowers

If Markle were to wed at Old Westbury Gardens, the obvious design choice is English Garden theme. “I envision her carrying a bouquet of whimsical flowers with lots of greenery — white peonies, Vendela roses, white astilbes and seeded eucalyptus,” Minarik says. The couple’s reception centerpieces would be high and low arrangements, made up of white peonies, light pink astilbes, blue thistle (which have a distinctive snowflake-shaped bloom), pink Mondial roses (ideal for romantic events), assorted eucalyptus and British ivy flowers, all styled by Marion Terwilliger, owner of Something Blue Floral Events in Sayville.

The Cake

Minarik favors an over-the-top, six-tier wedding cake from Leanne’s Specialty Cakes in Stony Brook. It would be decorated decadently with hundreds of handmade sugar roses, white fondant with gold detailing and leaves dusted in gold. To satisfy the appetites of the couple’s many guests, the layers would vary from vanilla with caramel buttercream and salted caramel to vanilla with chocolate ganache and raspberry jam. And, in true New York fashion, there would be a sheet of vanilla cake with cannoli filling.

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