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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My 2012 Wedding Trend Predictions on!

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With each new year comes new trends in the wedding world, and 2012 is no exception! I was recently asked to predict what I believe to be the year’s biggest trend by The Dish blog at Check out what I have to say by clicking HERE, and be sure to peruse the rest of The Dish for great reads about the latest in all things related to event planning, food, weddings and much more!

What do you think we’ll be seeing a lot of at weddings in the coming year? Tell me your own wedding trend predictions by leaving a comment! Designer’s-Eye View Exclusive Interview

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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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.

Glamour’s 25 Biggest Wedding Dos & Don’ts

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DVR alert! This Saturday, April 23, at 9PM ET/PT, check out “Glamour‘s 25 Biggest Wedding Dos & Don’ts” on the Style Network, where I will be dispensing my wedding-day wisdom! Along with other top names in style and wedding planning, including Donnie Brown, Mindy Weiss and James Tramondo, as well as “How Do I Look?” host Jeannie Mai, Style Network star and E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic, TV personality La La, “Clean House” host Lisa Arch and Glamour editors, this show is a must-see for any bride, groom, or guest looking for tips, tricks and advice for the all-important big day. From not going overboard with a theme, to avoiding bland colors, to staying on a budget and considering honeymoon insurance, each topic is filled with hilarious and helpful real-life wedding footage. What are the elements to consider when planning a destination wedding? Should couples have joint bachelor and bachelorette parties? These questions, and many more, will be answered for couples everywhere who are planning the wedding of their dreams. For those of you who just can’t wait until Saturday, here is a sneak peek of the show:

I hope you’ll all tune in this weekend, and let me know what you think!

Us Weekly Dream Wedding 2010

I have been so fortunate to work with so many wonderful people who happen to be in the spotlight; still, I relish the opportunity where I can give back and help those who don’t necessarily have the budget of an A-list star or athlete. So it was a no-brainer when I was approached by Us Weekly to help out for their Dream Wedding contest last fall. The winning couple, Pamela and Josh, were from a town just outside Boston, MA, and they beat out thousands of other couples to win the wedding of their dreams. They were married on Halloween weekend and the reception was held at the Boston Public Library. It was such a beautiful ceremony and celebration! The entire experience was a rewarding one, and I cherish the memory of working with everyone from Us Weekly and The Knot. As has become customary on this blog, I’d like to share a few of my own behind-the-scenes pictures from the wedding.

Also, here is a video of the couple on their special day, as taken by Edward Neary.

Dream Wedding at Boston Public Library from Edward Neary on Vimeo. Holiday Decor Feature

Around the holidays, I was featured on for my work on the homes of my high-profile clientele. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

The above two photos are from the home of Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage). Inspired by traditions from both Christmas and Chanukah, I transformed Emmanuelle’s dining room by decorating her table and place settings with a Menorah and Stars of David, as well as an ornate Christmas tree. I used a color palette that included metallic golds, silvers and ivory, which created an air of elegance without being too holiday-specific.

This photo is of Joey Fatone’s dining room, where the vision was inspired by the painting of his daughter, Brianna (above the fireplace), which I had created. Once I saw the vibrant colors in the painting, I instantly knew that a monochromatic theme in shades of green would be the central focus.

To check out the rest of the feature (including the homes of Lance Bass, Shaquille O’Neal and Beverley Mitchell, click here!