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 GreatPerformances.com!

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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 GreatPerformances.com. 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!

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!

Michael Andrews Bespoke

When it comes to weddings, women are not the only ones who have big decisions to make when choosing what to wear on the big day. Indeed, the groom’s tuxedo is every bit as important as the bride’s gown. Furthermore, while a bride will often spend astronomical amounts on a gown that she will only wear once, a well-made tuxedo is a must-have wardrobe essential that can be worn countless times without reservation — all the more reason for a groom to select a tuxedo that fits perfectly and comfortably. Discreetly tucked away in the NoHo district in New York City, but standing at a quite sizable 4200 square feet, Michael Andrews Bespoke specializes in custom tuxedos, suits, and accessories and is a must-visit for any groom-to-be. This elegant store outfits many of Manhattan’s most stylish men and offers an inimitable shopping experience, complete with personal consultations with the knowledgeable staff, in-store fittings, and maybe even a cocktail from the luxe built-in wet bar! The Michael Andrews Bespoke aesthetic is one that combines classic tailoring and craftsmanship with a contemporary fit, and the expert master tailors will work with your personal preferences and needs to create a tuxedo that’s uniquely and entirely yours.

To learn more about Michael Andrews Bespoke, be sure to visit the store’s website!

Michael Andrews Bespoke, 2 Great Jones Alley, New York, NY. 212.677.1755.

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(all photos via Grungy Gentleman)

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.

Sylvia Weinstock

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While filming for “Glamour‘s 25 Biggest Wedding Dos & Don’ts” on the Style Network, I had the pleasure of meeting the inimitable cake guru Sylvia Weinstock. Touted as the “Leonardo da Vinci of Cakes,” her incredible oeuvre certainly qualifies as art, as far as I’m concerned. For over 30 years, she has created whimsical, fun and downright extraordinary cakes for nearly every occasion imaginable. To take a look at her latest projects, you need to check out her blog. Here’s one of my favorites:

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Chic Spring Nail Polish Shades

Although I’ve already extolled the praises of pre-wedding spa days, if you don’t have the time to block out an entire day dedicated to self-pampering, scheduling a mani/pedi is an excellent (time-efficient) way to unwind. It can also be a great way to bond with your bridal party! Now that it’s finally getting nicer outside, it’s a perfect time to experiment with bright, cheery nail polishes — nudes, deep reds and sheer shades need not apply! When it comes to nail polish, Chanel is the holy grail; Peter Philps, the global creative director for Chanel Makeup, is considered a tastemaker in the beauty world. Every color that he concocts for Chanel’s runway shows flies off the shelves and inspires plenty of knockoffs. For spring and summer, Philips created several pretty polishes that I just need to share with you!

First and foremost is Riva, a shade that first debuted at Chanel’s Cruise Collection 2010-2011. This pastel baby blue polish is a breezy breath of fresh air!

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Next is the standout color from the summer collection: Mimosa. A vibrant yellow, this particular color might be divisive among those of you who are more puritanical when it comes to your pedicures. However, this shade is a surefire way to inject a little sunshine into your life, and it’s surprisingly flattering against all skin tones!

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Finally, there’s Morning Rose, a pink polish with a subtle swirl of gold glitter. True to its name, the shade is a warm rose, and I’m confident that it will be a spring/summer favorite! Just perfect for a spring bride.

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Which of these colors are your favorite? Do you prefer the classic Morning Rose, or would you dare to wear Mimosa or Riva?