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Larchmont freelancer (and bride of 19 years!) Jeanne Muchnick, who wrote the econo-chic weddings feature ("For Richer or Poorer,") for this issue, credits her level-headed and creative mom, Adele Goldstein (shown here), for helping her maintain her wedding budget during those frantic planning months. “She always cocked her eyebrows a certain way so I knew when she didn’t agree with something or thought we could negotiate lower,” says Jeanne. The only thing Jeanne wishes she did differently? “Gotten more candids! My photos definitely look dated and stiff.”
W. Dyer Halpern has been to many a wedding near and far, but never so near as to require an in-county bachelor party. Nevertheless, we asked him to research extreme bachelor parties. “I always loved Westchester because, to me, it’s a very lively and interesting county without the crowds.” Of all the activities he researched, he has one favorite: “Paintball. It’s just so primal—how can you not want that for a friend’s last weekend as a single man?”
Freelancer Karen Holly Berliner originally had planned to get married 30 years ago, but it didn’t quite work out that way. “Much to my groom’s chagrin, I chose the runaway-bride route. By pure fate and serendipity, we ran into each other in recent years, and finally sealed the nuptial deal, this time around with our beautiful children in tow.” She researched and wrote the "Celebrate" and "Taste" sections (pages tk and tk) and our "Winter Wonderland Wedding".
Kristin Larson (right), a New York-based fashion and beauty writer who has written for Real Simple, Women’s Wear Daily, and LifetimeTV.com, researched bridal fashions for us. “Brides today really can wear whatever kind of dress they desire—from traditional white to even black. All of these choices can make the dress-selection process that much more exciting—or exhausting.” This story will help you winnow through the choices for your perfect look. Larson currently writes the “Simply Chic” blog for MSN.com.