Black Tie Optional

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xx

#imjudgingyou

Cacharel lace gown (similar $$, similar $$$), Kelly Wearstler ball cuff (similar $), Artelier World Cuff, XIV Karats necklace (similar $$$$), Catbird, XIV Karats and ginette_ny rings (similar), Julie Hewett lipstick in Belle Noir

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Hair by Drybar, Makeup by Blushington

Photos by Michele LoBosco

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