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Preston Bailey: LeBron James wedding was ‘elegant’

 

What did Savannah Brinson want from her nuptials? To sum it up in one word: “Elegant,” says her wedding planner Preston Bailey, who is in town for Sunday’s Love & Sunshine bridal expo and conference at the Biltmore.

The Panama-born event king oversaw details for the ceremony held at the Grand del Mar hotel in San Diego last month.

“I can’t discuss it a lot,” says Bailey, who signs confidentiality agreements with couples. “But they did choose the venue for its privacy factor. Both bride and groom wanted to make the event be about their guests and not a big public affair.”

Brinson did a lot of the heavy lifting for the muted yet unstuffy party. “She has an interest in interior designing so working with her was a great collaboration. She knew what she wanted,” says Bailey. “LeBron James is a celebrity who is a wonderful, funny, accessible person, and I think he chose a jewel.”

Speaking of celebrities, Bailey had a busy September, also helping put together Internet prince Sean Parker’s medieval-inspired forest wedding to singer Alexandra Lenas in Big Sur. “He’s a genius who can visualize something and then be able to communicate that and bring it to life,” Bailey says of Parker.

As for Bailey’s own Valentine’s Day vow swap with German artist/musician Theo Bleckmann this year, the site was the Empire State Building and the officiant old pal Joan Rivers, who hired Bailey for daughter Melissa’s 1998 $3 million Dr. Zhivago-esque snowy blowout at the Plaza. Melissa has since split from horse trainer John Endicot.

Yep, divorce comes with the territory.

Bailey, who put together a joint birthday party for Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones a few years ago, would hope to be front and center if the couple settled their difference and renewed their vows. “These are two people who have been together for years and who were obviously very much in love. I hope they manage to work things out.”

Someone he’ll never see walk down the aisle: Oprah Winfrey. “She’s made that very clear that it’s not going to happen. She doesn’t need to, though she loves Stedman [ Graham].”

One duo who will likely go the distance: Donald and Melania Trump. Bailey planned their flowery wedding in 2005 at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach.

“Melania is an amazing woman, and she gets him,” says Bailey. “That helps.”

Madeleine Marr

Info on Sunday’s expo: www.lovensunshine.com, 954-245-9978

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