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Aloha from Hawaii * Nadja’s Tattoo Party * Cornelia’s Guest Appearance
There’s a paradise out there in the Pacific, and two social families from two American cities found it on the island of Hawaii when exquisite Emily Brown Negley from San Antonio married William Roth Martin from San Francisco on the long, green lawn of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel overlooking the ocean. There was a two-family conference to choose the wedding setting of the California Martins and Texas Negleys, all too numerous to mention. The final decision was made by Mrs. Charles Spalding, Bren to her friends, who is Roth Martin’s maternal grandmother and the doyenne of one of the most beautiful houses on the island. It was also where Roth asked Emily to marry him last Memorial Day weekend on the third green of the Mauna Kea golf course. They actually wanted the ceremony to be held on the green itself, but as Emily had 11 bridesmaids and Roth 12 groomsmen, that went right out the window. So Bren’s house and the Mauna Kea Hotel played host to the 200 guests and members of the wedding who assembled for four days of celebration.
This story first appeared in the February 5, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The first evening, Connie Spalding, Candy Martin, Helen Goodyear and Priscilla Tamkin, Roth’s aunts, along with his father, Francis Martin, and his wife, Elizabeth, gave an opening night buffet complete with flaring torches and a full moon. The next evening, Bren Spalding, along with her daughter, Brenni, and her son-in-law, Larry Brackett, Roth’s mother and stepfather, hosted the rehearsal dinner for 200 in a silken tent on the shore with exotic flowers everywhere as only Hawaii has them. Bren Spalding did her “hot hula” at which she has been a known expert for years. You could say she brought down the tent.
There were more relatives at this wedding on both sides than ever turned up in a verse of “I’m My Own Grandma” and most of them had the same last names, Negley and Martin. The bridesmaids wore shocking pink dresses with orchids in their hair and Roth’s groomsmen sported blue blazers and cream trousers with narrow shocking pink belts. So Pacific Ocean chic. The 5 p.m. outdoor ceremony started with a young Hawaiian boy, wearing no more than orange-and-white printed swimming trunks, announcing the arrival of the bride — as is the tradition in Hawaiian weddings — with a long call blown on a conch shell. Emily arrived escorted by her father, Richard Burleson Negley, wearing a classically beautiful dress with a not-so-simple Reem Acra-designed train, a tiny orchid tucked in her hair and carrying white roses and orchids. The bride and groom had a problem not laughing out loud during the ceremony as Emily’s short veil, blown by those unruly trade winds, kept tangling in her eyelashes. And she almost put the ring on his right hand. Nerves, you know. As for the bride’s mother, Brooke Negley, she looked lovely in a short flower-embroidered beige silk skirt with a bright orange sleeveless top.
Emily’s grandmother, Nancy Holmes of New York, and Roth’s paternal grandmother, Nini Martin, the grandest of grandes dames who lives in Hillsborough, Calif., — long-time friends — were the matchmakers. They did a beautiful job, and now Emily and Roth will be moving into their house on San Francisco’s Russian Hill, where friends and those innumerable relatives will all be welcome.
The sparkling Swarovskis — not the crystals, but the real thing — the glittering Austrian sisters Nadja and Vanessa, are all set to shimmer overtime on President’s Day Weekend in Vero Beach, Fla. The dazzling duo will be there to help put on a luncheon and world-class polo match at Windsor, the exclusive enclave founded by Hilary and Galen Weston of the Toronto Westons on Feb. 16 to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation presided by Evelyn Lauder.
Keeping it all in the family, Nadja’s and Vanessa’s mommy and daddy, Dana and Helmut, have a house at Windsor and will each have a table at the luncheon. The night before all this, Vanessa will have a little cocktail soiree at her store in Vero Beach where her Vanessa S. line of fine jewelry sparkles as much as she and her sister do. La! You should know that the polo party is called “Think Pink” and to be sure that everyone does just that, Swarovski is making pink ribbon-shaped crystal tattoos for the benefactors present. The tattoos are temporary so please don’t panic. It could frighten the horses.
Angie Harmon loved playing CIA agent “Ronica,” a mentor to undercover secret teen operative Frankie Muniz in MGM’s adventure movie, “Agent Cody Banks,” due next month. She didn’t even mind the martial arts training she had to undergo for the physically demanding role. “Martial arts is like dancing,” she says. “Once you get the numbers and the steps down, it’s fine, and a lot of fun. I prefer being hot and sweaty and fighting all day long rather than sitting for four hours and then shooting a scene and then sitting down and doing nothing for another four. It’s so rewarding!” Well, that makes it easy for her football star husband, Jason Sehorn, to find someone to “scrimmage” with at home.
It’s busy days and nights here and abroad for Cornelia Guest, who breezed into Palm Beach to help Emilia Fanjul Sr. give a benefit for the New Hope Charity’s Charter School that Emilia founded there. It was such a lively occasion, featuring a fashion show by Badgley Mischka, whose white T-shirt and paisley beaded skirt Cornelia wore. Among the guests were her mother, C.Z. Guest, Lourdes Fanjul, Lian Azqueta and the town’s mayor, Lesly Smith.
Yesterday, Cornelia was on the Concorde streaking to London to attend a benefit tonight for London’s historic Old Vic Theatre called “Elton John and Kevin Spacey: An Evening with Friends.” Cornelia, who will slip into a black lace gown by Badgley Mischka, will be escorted by David Furnish, who worked with Sally Green — the theater’s guiding light — to put the evening together. And what a grand night it should be, starting with a duet by Elton and Kevin and appearances by Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Sting, Diana Krall, Peter O’Toole, Elvis Costello and the like. The highlight of the evening will be Kevin’s announcement that he will take over as artistic director of the legendary theater that he fell in love with while starring there in “The Iceman Cometh” in 1998.
Then, after a quick check on her beloved showjumpers — the ones she keeps stabled in England — Cornelia flies back to New York for fashion week, where in her role as the international ambassador for La Prairie, she’ll host a “Night of Beauty” at Bergdorf Goodman on Feb. 11. She also will take in the shows of Badgley Mischka, Marc Jacobs, and Anand Jon, who will parade his collection in Bryant Park on Feb. 12. Gillian and Lydia Hearst Shaw will give a party for 50 in his honor right after the show at the restaurant Olica. Cornelia will attend on the arm of MAC cosmetics chief, John Demsey, and then fly back to her London house.
For a nap? She did it the hard way. She earned it.