What does a glamorous bride need most, besides an adorably hunky husband-to-be?
A beautiful location in which to tie the knot.
Put a check in both boxes for Sofia Vergara, who will marry fiance and “Magic Mike XL” star Joe Manganiello Sunday at the history-laden Breakers in Palm Beach. Fairy tale doesn’t come close to describing the wedding extravaganzas the 140-acre oceanfront resort creates against a backdrop of tropical luxury.
The hotel is sold out Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, which is unusual for the weekend before Thanksgiving.
The invitation says the formal wedding will take place Sunday at 6 p.m., with dinner and dancing to follow.
“It’s a Latin party, we go until late,” the bride earlier told E! News. “There’s a party and an after party.”
The approximately 400 guests are requested to wear “gowns and tuxedos.”
On Saturday at 9 p.m., the bride, a self-professed sweets lover, and her groom will host a “desserts and cocktails” party at the resort.
Vergara has said she wanted a wedding location that was closer to Colombia than Los Angeles, where she and Manganiello live. Miami is a four-hour direct flight from Bogota and an hour-and-a-half drive from Palm Beach. The bride’s best friends from her childhood in Barranquilla are said to be arriving for the celebration.
Vergara has said her guest list includes the cast of Vergara’s hit TV show, “Modern Family” and “about 200” of Vergara’s friends and family members from South America.
Hello! Online also says Arnold Schwarzenegger, a friend of Manganiello’s, and Ellen DeGeneres are among the celebrities invited.
The resort in which Vergara, 43, and Manganiello, 38, will celebrate their wedding was originally built by Henry Flagler in 1896. The present building opened in 1926 after two previous incarnations burned down. Constructed in less than a year in a pastiche of various Italian Renaissance styles, the resort is frescoed, tapestried and gilded with historical antecedents. The magnificent barrel-vaulted lobby is a replica of the great hall in a Genovese palazzo.
For years the scene of Palm Beach galas and charity balls, The Breakers is accustomed to accommodating crowds as well as the security expected at the wedding of the actress Forbes says is television’s most highly-paid.
Here’s a peek at some of the rooms where the nuptials might take place.
Although the Ponce de Leon ballroom is The Breakers’ largest, the Italian Renaissance-style Mediterranean ballroom is the prettiest. This popular spot for large weddings is wrapped in painted walls lit by huge chandeliers and the light from arched 15-foot windows overlooking the Atlantic.
The room should be an ornate backdrop for Vergara’s wedding dress, said to be a curve-hugging gown from Zuhair Murad, designer of many of the star’s va-va-voom red carpet looks.
If we were Vergara’s wedding planner, we’d plan the rehearsal dinner or maybe the dessert party in this circular room whose decoration is nearly as voluptuous as the bride. A curved wall lined with tall windows leads upward past frescoes of Italian Renaissance scenes to a domed 30-foot ceiling crowned with a gigantic chandelier.
The Gold Room:
Portraits of New World explorers ring the carved gold ceiling in this room, which glitters as brightly as Vergara’s career. It would make a perfect bride’s room for the 10 hair and make-up artists Vergara has reportedly booked to help her get ready for her nuptials, as well as a convenient spot to change into any reception dresses.
Where will Vergara and Manganiello stay? Perhaps in the premier Imperial Suite, a luxurious 1,700-square-foot one-bedroom suite designed by fashion star Badgley Mischka, with full kitchen, dining area, living room and balconies overlooking the ocean, which comes with a personal concierge and a $4,250-a-night hotel bill.