Huffington Post Weddings Blog Feature

I was recently asked by the HuffPost Weddings blogto reflect on my experience while filming CMT’s “My Big Redneck Vacation,” which chronicled the Louisiana-bred Clampet family and their summer trip to the Hamptons. For those of you who don’t know, one of the central story-lines of the reality series was a wedding between Jared and Michelle, which I had the honor of planning. I can’t express how much fun I had throughout my time spent with Michelle, Jared and the rest of the Clampets. Through the process of planning the wedding, I was continuously reminded about the importance of family and being open to experiencing different cultures. It was a positively life-changing experience for all parties involved! Read up on the ins and outs of the planning process by clicking HERE!

Did any of you happen to catch the wedding episode of “My Big Redneck Vacation,” or the season finale, which aired over this past weekend? What did you think?

The Knot Magazine Feature

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I am so thrilled to announce that I have been featured in The Knot magazine’s Spring 2012 issue! As part of their “Celeb Planner Profile” series, they asked me to spill some of my wedding planning secrets. Look for The Knot on a newsstand near you!

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Last month, I was the subject of’s “Designer’s Eye View” feature, on the site’s Decorating Diva blog. As part of the feature, I offered up five tips for decorating your home. Click HERE to check out what I have to say, including advice on how to truly open up your space, how to improve the atmosphere of a room with the proper lighting, and how to select the perfect accent pieces. While you’re there, make sure to check out the rest of the great home decor and improvement stories and tips on the site — it’s a must-read! Thank you to Jessica and everyone else at! decorating diva michael russo events 2011 home decor design tips celebrity event planner

Reminder: “Sherri Shepherd Gets Married” on Style Network Tomorrow!

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Set your DVRs! Tomorrow (Tuesday), September 13 at 9/8c, “Wedding Fabulous: Sherri Shepherd Gets Married” premieres on the Style Network. Make sure to tune in to see Sherri and me in action as I planned her wedding to Lamar Sally, which took place last month. The special is full of laughs and love — not to mention a few familiar faces, such as Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Kym Whitely, Yvette Nicole Brown and Niecy Nash — and I hope you’ll all remember to watch! I’d love to hear what you think. In the meantime, here’s some sneak peek footage for a taste of what’s to come, courtesy of E! News:

“Wedding Fabulous: Sherri Shepherd Gets Married” on Style

With all due respect to Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, there is another upcoming wedding special that I am even more excited to tune into…but I am, admittedly, a little bit partial! On Tuesday, September 13 at 9PM ET/PT, the Style network is premiering the exclusive television event, “Wedding Fabulous: Sherri Shepherd Gets Married,” featuring the wedding that I planned for Sherri and her husband, Lamar Sally, which took place earlier this month!

Viewers are invited behind-the-scenes to witness all the excitement, from the early planning stages to the romantic one-of-a-kind wedding ceremony, and everything in between. Sherri’s friend and “The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be there to lend a hand and joins celebrity bridesmaids Kym Whitley, Yvette Nicole Brown and Niecy Nash at the wedding celebration. The special also offers an inside look into Sherri’s incredibly busy schedule, as she makes appearances on “30 Rock” and hosts GSN’s “The Newlywed Game” in addition to juggling her many responsibilities in the weeks leading up to her big day. Viewers will also follow as Lamar moves from Los Angeles to Sherri’s home in New York as the couple embarks on their life together.

Viewers can expect to see hilarious dress fittings, bling by Jacob the Jeweler and the selection of the perfect cake. The team even coordinates a fun treat for the wedding guests – Sherri, Lamar and the entire bridal party plan to break out into a dance number at her reception.With her magnetic personality and bubbly sense of humor, Emmy award-winning talk show co-host, actress and comedienne Sherri Shepherd never fails to delight. I was so happy to be a part of this incredible event celebrating the love between Sherri and Lamar.

If you just can’t wait until September 13, take a look at this spread in Life & Style magazine, which gives you exclusive details on the magical day!

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Kim Kardashian Weds!

As many of you may already know, this past Saturday marked the wedding of reality star Kim Kardashian and basketball player Kris Humphries. Details on the star-studded ceremony are few and far between; to get the lowdown on the big day, we’ll all have to tune into the the special that the couple filmed for E!, set to air in October. However, a few things are for certain: first and foremost, the lavish event wasn’t  short on extravagance. The wedding was held in the posh Montecito area in California, and the bride (and her sisters Kourtney and Khloe, who served as so-maids of honor) wore custom ivory Vera Wang. She also wore Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and a diamond-bedecked headpiece. In fact, it has been reported that Wang designed two additional dresses for Kim to wear throughout the reception. The groom, on the other hand, wore a white peak-lapel tuxedo jacket, black tuxedo pants, and a white shirt and bow tie, all by Ermenegildo Zegna. Kim’s stepfather, Bruce Jenner, walked her down the aisle, in front of over 440 guests, including Mario Lopez, Lindsay Lohan, Demi Lovato, Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough, Eva Longoria and Serena Williams. Interestingly, the wedding had a black-and-white dress code (tabloids are reporting that Lindsay Lohan attempted to upstage the bride in a white Temperley gown that Pippa Middleton had previously worn in green to the Royal Wedding earlier this year — scandal!). Finally, in an adorable turn of events, her nephew, Kourtney’s 1 1/2 year-old son Mason, was the ringbearer! While it’s inevitable that more details will undoubtedly be revealed within the coming days and weeks, here are a couple of exclusive pictures (courtesy of E! News) to tide us over until October.

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What are your opinions on the latest Kardashian wedding? I’d love to hear what you think!

The Knot Luxe List “Spotlight On…”

As if it wasn’t enough of an honor to be added to The Knot’s Luxe List, I have just learned that the site’s weekly “Spotlight On” is dedicated to yours truly! As the featured profile of the week, my best planning advice, exclusive video interview and a photo gallery of my work are front and center. I’d like to send a BIG “Thank You” to The Knot for their continued support; the notion of being featured on a site that is considered to be the end-all, be-all source for all things bridal is absolutely thrilling! Here are some screenshots from the site, which you can also check out by clicking here.

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I also highly recommend following The Knot on Twitter, to get up-to-the-minute updates about sweepstakes, vendor sales and wedding advice!

Ryan Haber Collection: Shoes that Tell Your Story

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In the realm of shoe designers, there are a select few “Holy Grail” designers that most women can only aspire to claim a pair from, with Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and Brian Atwood chief among them. With all due respect to these design demigods, there is a hot young newcomer who is, fittingly, close on their heels: Ryan Haber. Though he is relatively new to the scene — his first collection is set to debut this fall — many in the industry are positively abuzz over Ryan’s sexy yet chic designs. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Ryan embarked upon several career paths before discovering his passion for footwear, including architecture and interior design; these influences are apparent in his current work, as his shoes are beautifully constructed yet injected with unusual details, from a silver stud-bedecked toe to interesting cutouts. And, of course, each shoe isn’t complete without a vertiginous heel — the adage goes, “The higher the heel, the sexier the shoe,” and Ryan Haber certainly concurs!

Here are some sketches of Ryan’s upcoming creations (courtesy of the Ryan Haber Collection Facebook Page). Keep up with Ryan by following him on Twitter and Facebook…and remember, you heard it here first!

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The Knot Luxe List!

Major news! I am so excited to announce that I have just been added to The Knot’s Luxe List! For those of you who don’t know, The Knot is the premier website for all things wedding-related. From venue and vendor picks to advice on decor, music and honeymoon destinations, The Knot is the ultimate source for any well-prepared bride (or groom!) to be. I am so honored to be listed among the incredibly talented individuals on the Luxe List, which is The Knot’s exclusive circle of top celebrity wedding and event designers. Check out some of my planning advice, a photo gallery of some of my work, a link to my Twitter feed, and an exclusive video interview by clicking the photo above or HERE! Thank you so much to The Knot for this amazing and special acknowledgment.

Recommended Reading: Vera Wang’s Rules for Saying “I Do”

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Can you feel it? Wedding season is in full tilt! As myriad spring brides are probably scrambling to finalize and perfect every last detail of their nuptials, the genius staff at Women’s Wear Daily brought out the big guns and called upon Vera Wang — go-to wedding gown designer and a true Bridal Idol, if you will — for her Top 10 Wedding Day Dos. This article is full of pearls of wisdom, and is a must-read for any bride. Here are a couple of my favorites:

1. “Feeling comfortable in your appearance is incredibly important. If you feel comfortable with the way you look, you will radiate the most confidence.”

4. “Go easy on the bouquet. Bouquets that are too large or too loud will detract from the dress.”

8. “It is just as important to have black-and-white photography done as it is to have color. Black and white is chic and timeless.”

10. “Savor the moment. There’s a tendency when people get married to rush down the aisle as soon as the ceremony has ended. I’m not sure if it’s relief or what. But you have to remember the guests spend most of the time looking at your back during the service. So much work goes into planning. Take your time when walking back down the aisle. Let them see the dress.”

To find out what else Vera has to say, click here!