Mandana Changizi, 31, married Benjamin Biscotti, 34, at The Breakers Resort, Palm Beach, Florida, on 10 April 2013. She says:

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We chose our venue because we spend family time at The Breakers every year - Ben has also visited Palm Beach during the Easter holidays since he was a boy. It seemed like the obvious choice for our special day.

My '20s-style engagement ring provided a lot of inspiration. I opted for a Gatsby-esque theme with ivory and yellow gold, and my dress was influenced by Grace Kelly and Zelda Fitzgerald (the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald).

We wanted the ceremony to incorporate our different cultures, and had a great priest who officiated during the Persian and Italian parts. During the Persian ceremony, the priest asked all the married women to hold a cloth above their heads and rub sugar cubes together, symbolising love and sweetness for the future.

I chose florals that looked hand-picked and garden-like - on our reception tables, we had candelabras filled with trees of gypsophila.

We wanted the food to represent us both, so we designed a menu that offered pass-around appetisers including mini tacos and mac'n'cheese. But we were so busy on the day that we didn't even taste a mouthful!

For a playful vibe, we also provided a Cuban cigar bar, an ice sculpture and a ring-toss game.

Our biggest extravagance was a five-tiered wedding cake flown in from New York - it was a work of art, with edible flowers.

It was wonderful to be able to spend the entire week with our families and friends. Ben put together a full itinerary, including a golf tournament, to keep guests entertained.

Instead of favours, we made a donation to the American Cancer Society in honour of my mother, who recently passed away.

My top tip: If you're going on honeymoon right after the wedding, allow yourself a day or two to rest before you hop on the flight.

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