Byline: Aileen Mehle
Every bride is beautiful; it’s just that some are more beautiful than others. And one of the loveliest of brides, a princess in a fairy tale, was young Emilia Fanjul, who married Brian Pfeifler over a weekend of fashionable flurry in a magical setting, Casa de Campo, the Fanjul family compound in the Dominican Republic.
The wedding proper, and it is hard to imagine a more romantic one, took place in nearby Saint Stanislaus Church in Altos de Chavon, the quaint little stone replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village high above the Chavon River. The views here are breathtaking. So was the bride in her wedding dress, a cloud of delicate white organza that caught the breeze when she moved and that stirred her bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley. The strapless dress, designed by Carolina Herrera, was completely embroidered in the tiniest tracings of pearls from the bodice hugging her tiny waist to the full skirt edged in a pleated flounce. Her train and her veil, also white organza, fell from a diamond diadem in her dark hair. In its other life, it was a precious necklace, a family heirloom that once belonged to the bride’s grandmother, the late Lillian Fanjul. The bride’s mother, also called Emilia, had it wired by Van Cleef & Arpels as a headdress for her darling daughter.
And speaking of the mother of the bride, she, too, looked marvelous in an apple green sleeveless shantung dress to the floor — everyone wore a long dress, and the men all wore white dinner jackets — with an asymmetrical neckline and a matching shawl lined in beige shantung. This, and the bluebell-blue dress worn by the bride’s only attendant, her adorable sister-in-law, Lourdes Fanjul, were all the work of Carolina Herrera, who herself wore a pale gray print organza blouse and top from her latest collection. Carolina’s daughter Patricia wore a pink tank top with a red crepe ruffled skirt, also designed by her mother. Why not stick with the best?
The groom was in white tie. The bride’s father, Jose Pepe Fanjul, wore a frock coat, and one of the most distinguished couples among the 500 were Mr. and Mrs. Brian Pfeifler, the parents of the groom. Everywhere you looked there was a gathering of beautiful young things, friends of the bride and groom, the girls in soft clinging dresses, terribly fun-loving, of course, and enchanted by the spectacle.
The wedding reception took place in Casa Grande in Casa de Campo, the huge tropical gem of a house where the Fanjul family entertains the world. All this will be yours to read about here next time, but just to give you an idea — “This is my dream come true,” said one of the BYTs, thrilled by the great lawns and garden stretching to the sea. “I’ve lost track of the white orchids hanging from the giant palms, but I’m up to 100.” “It’s heaven,” said another, “like a movie set filled with only good-looking people.” She was dancing, as in really dancing, to Latin music with her sweetie when she said it, but the 498 other guests, sweeties or not, were all saying the same thing. I’ll tell you on Friday who they were and how they looked under the great 24-feet-high transparent flower-filled tents. While we wait —
Sick and tired of the Oscars? Well, anyhow, now hear this: Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger and Gwyneth Paltrow shared a few hoots at the expense of their ex-boyfriends at the Vanity Fair party, much to the amusement of those listening in. (Many). Catching the heat were such as Tom Cruise, who can’t seem to shave or dress without Nicole by his side, Russell Crowe, Jim Carey, Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck, to name a few. Les girls were all flying solo that night, so it was easy to compare notes, giggling all the while, on dating men and Hollywood, etc. Gwyneth, on her way to London to open in a play in May, allowed she had just wrapped up her year-long romance with actor Luke Wilson, with whom she starred in “The Royal Tennenbaums.” Luke is said to be starring with someone else at the moment. Renee said she, too, is off to London and that she has ended her love story with George Clooney, who, as we all know, is dating that pretty waitress in Canada. Supposedly, he finds it less complicated than dating a star. The three beauties joked about forming a support group and promised to prowl the London party scene together, where they all agreed the men are less complicated and more straight-forward. So, as far as dating goes, they’re kicking Hollywood goodbye. Don’t you love it?