Royal Wedding Fever!

So, apparently, there’s a pretty big wedding taking place across the pond in just a few hours. (Gee, haven’t heard much about it!) In all seriousness, tomorrow’s Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton is sure to be a momentous historical event. With a star-studded list of rumored guests and performers, everyone is abuzz with speculation — who will design Kate’s dress? (Please be Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen!) Is she really doing her own makeup? (According to reports, yes!) Will Jay-Z and Beyonce serenade the royals with their hit “Crazy In Love”? (Unlikely..) Yet with all this forward-looking anticipation, I’d like to take a look back at the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales. Nearly 30 years ago, Princess Diana walked down the aisle in a show-stopping gown designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. Made of six different fabrics (just look at that train!) and embellished with thousands of pearls and mother-of-pearl sequins, this dress is among the most famous wedding dresses of all time, and for good reason.

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princess diana royal wedding gown prince charles prince william kate middleton david elizabeth emanuel 2011

princess diana royal wedding gown prince charles prince william kate middleton david elizabeth emanuel 2011

Will you wake up during the wee hours to watch the Royal Wedding? What (or who) are you most looking forward to seeing? Who do you think will design Kate Middleton’s gown?

The Perfect Gift for Your Bridal Party

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Recently, I worked with Kristie, a bride who knew just what she wanted — from the décor to the dress to the menu, she had it all figured out. However, the one thing she just could not decide on was what to get her bridesmaids. I find this to be a common problem with many of my brides; they search high and low for a gift that would make all of their bridesmaids happy, while also sufficiently conveying their gratitude. Well, to solve this conundrum, I suggest gifting your girls with an iPod! Who doesn’t love music? And with various models at price points ranging from $49 to $249, this gift can suit any bride’s budget. My personal favorite is the newly redesigned iPod nano. It features a touch screen and comes in an array of colors — for those wondering, Kristie chose the light blue to match her wedding color scheme. The best part is that you can even custom engrave the back with a special message, like your wedding date, a simple “Thank You” or even the bride and groom’s name, for that added personal touch. Speaking of the groom, Kristie’s husband Thom decided to purchase the iPod for his groomsmen as well!

To check out the specs on the iPod nano (along with Apple’s many other offerings), click here!

Lollycakes Love

I must confess, I have a new obsession…Lollycakes! These mini treats are out of this world! Think cupcake meets lollypop. The cake is at the top of a lollypop stick and then dipped in chocolate (Mmmmmm..). With choices like red velvet, angel food cake, sugar-free and cheesecake, the possibilities are endless. Justine, the Creative Director of Lollycakes, designs these mini cakes to match any occasion.

 

 

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As favors, part of a dessert tray or planted in a ceramic pot or bowl as a centerpiece, these treats are perfect for bridal showers, baby showers, and even weddings. I recently ordered these delicious treats for my client Lauren’s bridal shower. Justine custom designed the Lollycakes to match the bride’s wedding color scheme. She even made the cake flavor in pistachio – the same flavor of Lauren’s wedding cake! Needless to say, they were a hit! I cannot wait to sample Justine’s latest creations.

For more information about Lollycakes, click here!

New York Bridal Week Wrap-Up

Earlier this month, I attended New York Bridal Week — think Fashion Week for wedding planners! I was so excited to check out the latest bridal gown collections; there truly was something for every bride-to-be. As usual, my iPhone was on hand to help me document some of the highlights of the week. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite looks from the runway!

Kenneth Pool
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new york bridal week 2011 kenneth pool runway wedding strapless dress gown
new york bridal week 2011 kenneth pool runway wedding dress gown
new york bridal week 2011 kenneth pool runway wedding strapless dress gown sweetheart neckline

Rivini (love the drama of the backs and trains of these gowns!)
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new york bridal week 2011 rivini runway wedding strapless dress gown train silk

new york bridal week 2011 rivini runway wedding dress gown train

Amsale

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new york bridal week 2011 amsale runway wedding strapless dress gown train

new york bridal week 2011 amsale runway wedding strapless dress gown bow

So, which looks do you like best? Do you favor the classic glamour that Kenneth Pool expertly crafted, or are you a sucker for the show-stopping theatrics of the gowns at Rivini and Amsale? Do tell!

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!

Gorgeous Gowns Galore!

Ask any bride about the most important aspect of her special day — odds are, she’ll tell you, without hesitation, “It’s all about the dress!” While I can create, concoct and coordinate most of the elements that allow for a truly magical wedding day, dress selection is a task that is entirely at the discretion of the bride-to-be. Furthermore, the wedding gown is one of those iconic pieces that are inextricably bound with the idea of marriage; the vision of a beautiful bride in an immaculate white gown, whether it’s simple and understated or sweeping and dramatic, is ingrained in the minds of most girls from early on. Of course, when it comes to choosing a dress, personal style is a key factor. I recently came across this couture bridal gown by Romona Keveza and was blown away by its showstopping glamour. From its fitted bodice to its full skirt, embellished by rose petal-like adornments, this dress is decidedly not for a bride who’s afraid to make a grand entrance (Images via Romona Keveza):

Romona Keveza is a designer whose body of work is quite remarkable; she has an amazing eye for detail, and perfectly balances tradition with modernity, while sometimes adding a hint of frivolity. Within each collection, there is truly something for every bride.

And, while we’re on the topic of glam “gowns,” here is something just a tad less wearable (ha ha!) but stunning nevertheless:

Granted, I took this photo at an event that I attended for The Knot a few months ago, but it goes without saying that this installation, constructed entirely of various flowers, commanded the attention of the room. As you can see, it also towers several feet above the rest of the guests! Talk about making a grand entrance…

Wedding Inspiration: Vieques, Puerto Rico

A few weeks ago, I took a long weekend trip to the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico. The beautiful yet secluded island, which lies just a few miles outside the Puerto Rican mainland, provided me with a wealth of inspiration in a relatively short period of time! I stayed at the W Hotel, where the sand and surf (not to mention the spa) were the perfect remedy for the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. However, since I love what I do so much, I can’t help but think of work, even when relaxing on a remote island! As it just so happened, a couple was getting married at the hotel that weekend, and the wedding arrangements were stunning. Inspired by the lovely waterfront venue, the programs for the procession, and the tropical-tinged table setting, I snapped a few shots of the setting. Although I have yet to work on a destination wedding on an island like Vieques, I think these pictures make it evident why I’d love to try my hand at it!

Wedding Inspiration: Ravello, Italy

Here is another wedding that I planned, for actress Beverley Mitchell and her husband, Michael Cameron; this time, the backdrop was provided by the positively stunning town of Ravello, Italy, situated right along the Amalfi Coast. More specifically, the wedding was held at the spectacular Hotel Villa Cimbrone. The luxury of being able to work in new and exciting places is one of the things that truly invigorates and inspires me. I get a real thrill out of accepting challenges and operating outside of my comfort zone, so I jumped at the opportunity to take this wedding across the Atlantic! The only word that sufficiently describes the experience? Bellissima!

Wedding Inspiration: Shannon and Richard

Here are some photos from a wedding that I planned for a couple named Shannon and Richard. The wedding took place on the rooftop at the prestigious and exclusive New York Athletic Club — an absolutely magnificent venue! For this wedding, I went with a color palette consisting of variegated shades of pinks, purples, and greens. Violet and lavender spheres of various sizes hung from the ceilings, and large spherical floral centerpieces were the focal point of each table. As a finishing touch, each place setting was adorned with a vibrant green flower.

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.