Lillian McKnight • 25 October 2012

Last night, after a highly inopportune deep and meaningful with a taxi driver, I was informed by cabby in question that, despite a rather poor track record in the romance arena, it was “your time now” to hop on board the marital train. Far be it from me to take connubial wisdom from a cabby, but it did get me fantasising about my future wedding to Mark Ronson (who, no doubt, will decide that a fringed and vaguely neurotic fashion writer from Sydney is invariably preferable wife material than a French lingerie model).

My idea of a perfect wedding? Well, apart from a Transatlantically accented  recording artist as a groom, I also would like a six foot cake constructed entirely from Adriano Zumbo salted butter popcorn macarons. Another member of the pages team has no greater wish than a particular Rushcutters Bay mansion as her matrimonial venue, replete with a Givenchy couture gown in which she can walk down the aisle. The point is, while nuptial preferences are very particular and very personal, there is not a single fashion-loving lady in the world that would not be consumed by bitter jealousy upon seeing snaps of Vanessa Traina’s San Francisco wedding.

The stylist and spawn of successful author Danielle Steel married Maxwell Snow (a name worthy of one of Steel’s melodramatic male protagonists) at her mother’s Pacific Heights estate. Captured for and every bit the modern fairytale, the wedding snaps are the kind of images women will take to wedding planners to point at and say, “I want mine to be just like that”.

Clad in custom Givenchy couture inspired by Riccardo Tisci’s FW2010 collection, Traina covered all frock-based bases— exquisite lace, a tasteful train(a) and contemporary gold zip detailing. Teamed with jewellery by James de Givenchy (Hubert’s nephew, FYI), Traina kept her sartorial choices firmly in the Givenchy family. And, when they make such an impact, why wouldn’t you?

While my wedding will probably be the domain of grizzled great aunts and barely recognisable acquaintances looking for a free feed, the guest list of Traina and Snow’s nuptials consisted of the likes of Alexander Wang, Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Richie and the Proenza Schouler boys. Designer Lazaro Hernandez caught Traina’s orchid bouquet, so it looks likely that an equally fashionable romantic communion could be on the cards very shortly.