Previews of May weddings and the LHNH gala; Sir Elton’s birthday bash; the Douglas clan gets to work; a romantic start for Prince William.

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Alexandra Shiva

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June is the month for weddings, of course, but May is just fine, too. Alexandra Shiva, the lovely dark-haired daughter of Guedaliahou (Gil) Shiva and the late Susan Stein Shiva, and Jonathan Sherman, the son of Dr. Ronald Sherman, will marry in an evening ceremony on May 17. The wedding setting is the Joseph Papp Public Theater with a dinner dance to follow. Very black-tie. Very long dress. The theater has always been dear to the hearts of the Shiva family, with Susan and Gil its most active supporters. The bride and groom to be are very much a part of New York’s young social set, so the wedding is expected to be a dazzling celebration. But more of all of this later.

Sir Elton John, in a sleek black Versace suit, celebrated his 56th birthday at one of his favorite restaurants in the whole wide world — get this — the notorious Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. The party was given by his pals Cornelia Guest, saucy in a white quilted skirt and jacket by Marc Jacobs, David Furnish, Sandra Brant and Ingrid Sischy of the Interview Magazine Sischys. They took over the entire restaurant and it was all about hamburgers, french fries, onion rings and friends, including Lynn and Oscar Wyatt, Eric McCormack (he’s Will on TV’s "Will & Grace"), Daphne Guinness and Bruce Weber, Barbara Davis, Shiva Rose and Dylan McDermott, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Tom Ford and others too famous to mention. Such as when the cake came out, the voices of k.d. lang, Mike Myers, Edward Norton and Salma Hayek were heard singing "Happy Birthday" at the top of their lungs. Oh, and Cornelia’s mother, C.Z. Guest, arrived just in time for the chocolate birthday cake covered with pink and white roses.

She had come from a dinner that Wendy Stark had given for 40 friends in her honor at her house in Bel Air. Among those who welcomed C.Z. to L.A. were Nancy Reagan wearing a black-and-white vintage Galanos, Betsy Bloomingdale in black pants and a black lace tunic that fell all the way to the floor, Gore Vidal, Nicky Haslam, Mary Jane and Charlie Wick and 31 others more or less like them.
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