'Therapist Stephanie, 35, married Stephen, 45, co-owner of Thompson Hotels, at New York's Thompson Lower East Side hotel in a modern East-meets-West wedding with 120 guests. Stephanie says: "The vibe was urban chic with Asian accents. Stephen's hotel, with its contemporary design, was the perfect venue for our wedding."

"We had a traditional Jewish ceremony on the seventh floor, which has retractable glass walls, providing spectacular views of the city. We wanted a modern cocktail and dinner party rather than a more traditional celebration. We began with cocktails by the outdoor pool on the second floor. Then, guests enjoyed a dance before dinner in the hotel's Shang restaurant, where they feasted on Chinese cuisine. The food was a real hit!"

"I chose a caramel mermaid dress because I didn't want a classic white gown. I wanted something feminine, fitted and sexy but also with some drama and Israeli designer Pnina Torani offered me just that."

"My favourite part of the day was the ceremony. Just at the right moment, the clouds parted and sunlight streamed through as my sister sand Once Upon a Dream from Sleeping Beauty. It was breathtaking."

"My advice to brides would be: imagine your wedding is two days before it actually is. That way you will have finalised the details and can devote two days to relaxing. You don't want to wake up on the day and panic because you've forgotten something."