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It's Weddings Week here on Racked, and in celebration we've asked some of our favorite designers to share the details on their very own weddings. Today, New York-based designer Michelle Smith of Milly talks to us about her registry regrets, her wedding dress, and her advice to all the brides-to-be out there. (And if you're in New York, be sure to check out Milly's new bridal salon at the Madison Avenue flagship.)
Racked: Where was the engagement ring you received from? Any special significance?
Michelle Smith: I received a beautiful, rare Asscher-cut diamond in a platinum setting. It is from the 1930s. My husband tracked it down from a jeweler in Boston, who specializes in this cut.
Racked: In hindsight, which of your registered gifts turned out to be the best?
MS: I love my “Springtime in Budapest” porcelain china set, and my Christofle “Bubbles” martini shaker and glasses.
Racked: Anything you wish you hadn't registered for?
An espresso machine because I never use it! I always get my cappuccinos from Via Quadronno or St. Ambroeus—both are right around the corner from my apartment.
Racked: When it comes to wedding shoes, would you say go for comfort or style?
MS: A little bit of both is essential.
Racked: What was your "something borrowed"?
MS: My great-grandmother’s bracelet. It had a few pale blue stones, so it doubled as my “something blue.”
Racked: Who made your wedding dress?
MS: Vera Wang
Racked: Do you have an all-time favorite iconic wedding dress?
MS: Jacqueline Kennedy’s Ann Lowe full-skirted gown. I love a dramatic entrance.
Racked: Any wedding planning advice for the brides-to-be out there?
MS: Enjoy the details, but do not let the little things throw you off. It will all come together in the end.