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Of course, she was the mastermind behind it all, but she gives enormous credit to Gary Merjian of the St. Regis, of whom she said, “He moved mountains and oceans to make the party happen in such a short time.” Each of the nine tables was centered with masses of red roses and there were white wrist gardenias and huge red and white feather boas for the ladies, just to get them in the spirit. Not that they weren’t already, to say nothing of the gents. And listen to this: Each of the tables had a name: Love, Intelligence, Passion, Devotion, Admiration, Compassion, Humor, Friendship and Loyalty. Why? Because the Basses made it clear that these are the qualities that a man and a woman should have to find total happiness with each other. If it smacks a little of a marriage manual, well, you can learn a lot in 15 years. Mercedes’ dress, custom-made, of course, was a poem, all champagne layers of tulle, delicately embroidered with tiny bugle beads and diamante, a beaded satin bodice and a huge tulle shawl draped to the side and tied with a flesh-colored satin bow. With the portrait neckline and the gorgeous shawl, it was reminiscent of a Boldini with shades of British designer Norman Hartnell and maybe Dior’s famous New Look. If it looked like a wedding dress, that was the way Mercedes wanted it, never mind what’s trendy now.