Celebrity Wedding: Gelila Assefa & Wolfgang Puck
The Love Story
After dating famed Spago chef Wolfgang Puck for just over four years, fashion designer Gelila Assefa says, the two felt as if they were already married. But wanting to make it official, Puck presented Assefa with a ring during a 2005 stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, in Dana Point, Calif. With a smile, Assefa admits thinking, What took him so long? Puck's defense? "I was so committed to Gelila, I didn't need a stone to confirm it!"
Though the bride and groom had never visited Capri, they chose to wed there because of its reputation as an incredible destination. The three-day, tour-de-force weekend-orchestrated by event producer J. Ben Bourgeois and florist Kevin Lee, both of Los Angeles-kicked off with the rehearsal dinner, a five-course Italian meal. On the following afternoon, July 7, the island's mayor officiated in Italian at a ceremony in a public garden. "All we had to do was say, 'Si!,'" remembers the bride, who wore a custom-made silk chiffon gown by J. Mendel.
The couple were escorted from the ceremony to the reception-which was held at the Grand Hotel Quisisana- by Scialapopolo, a local folk-dance troupe.
The Bridal Party
Like the bride, young attendants wore J. Mendel dresses.
The Guest List
"She has been a good friend to us," says Assefa of actress Virginia Madsen, with N.Y.C. fund manager J.P. Bailey.
Puck raved about the five-tier tower, made with Capri lemons.
Just before midnight, the sky lit up over the Tyrrhenian Sea.
If some guests can't attend your wedding-especially if it's out of the country-send a glimpse of the locale with your thank-you, as Puck and Assefa did. The outside of their card featured an aerial view of their ceremony; the message inside let people know they were missed. (Cards were custom-designed by L.A. stationer Laura Mendoza.)