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For the two matrons of honor, the bride’s sister Perri Peltz Ruttenberg and sister-in-law Debra Peltz, Pierre made fawn-colored silk faille ball skirts with pleated taffeta petticoats and coral taffeta blouses with inset pleats. The four little boy ringbearers were in cocoa taffeta trousers, cream silk shirts and burnt orange sashes. The two little flower girls wore dresses of burnt orange taffeta with lace trim and cocoa taffeta cumberbunds and carried baskets of flowers.
The mother of the bride, Lauren Veronis, wore a geranium silk twill draped dress with side gathering and chiffon insets designed by Pierre and Lars Nilsson. The decor by Robert Isabell was beautiful and simple, and simply beautiful, just as the bride wished. The pillars and the staircase of the club were entwined in garlands of greens and gardenias, and the dining room tables were covered with Edwardian striped cloths and centered with pots of coral and orange flowers.
Everyone dined on white truffle risotto with wild mushrooms, rack of lamb and chilled soup of elderflower and quince. Gypsy violins played during cocktails and Hank Lane and his orchestra played for the dancing. The wedding cake, made by Cile Burbidge, was almost an exact replica of the one she did for the bride’s mother 20 years ago. It’s the only way, really.
Athina Onassis will turn 18 on Jan. 29, the day she begins inheriting the income from almost $2 billion. On that very day, she will also become a target for fortune hunters like her mother before her, the late Christina Onassis, the only daughter of Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis, who was once married to Jackie Kennedy.
Athina, who lives in Switzerland, with her father, Thierry Roussel, is a world class showjumper who hopes to compete for Greece in the Olympics in Athens in 2004. She boards and trains her million-dollar horses at a farm outside Brussels. As it happens, so does handsome 29-year-old Brazilian Olympic showjumper Alvaro Alfonso de Miranda Neto, so it’s not such a surprise that the two have hit it off and are always together on and off the jumping circuit, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by the prying eyes of the press.