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Autumn is right around the corner!  I know what you are thinking, it’s just the middle of the summer, but soon enough, the kids will be trading shorts and t-shirts for school uniforms and sidewalk chalk for pencils and notebook paper.  But I love autumn, it’s my favorite time of year.  I love crisp days, with all the different colored leaves on the trees, and potted mums everywhere.  I enjoy high school football games, apple and pumpkin picking, and other events of the season. 

Autumn is when I think Mother Nature does her best work, with such a rich pallet of colors to choose from:  red, burgundy, gold, apricot, orange, hunter green, and chocolate brown.  Some of the most visually striking events can also be created with these colors.  Weddings, rehearsal dinners, harvest celebrations, and of course, bridal and baby showers.  A good friend of mine is expecting later this year, so we are planning her shower for the middle of the fall, using a theme of Rustic Elegance.  We ideally want to hold the shower in an old barn, with lots of textural details: pumpkins, apples, candles, cozy fabrics, rich foods, and lots of fragrant flowers and leaves.  I hope this serves as inspiration for your own celebration.  Enjoy!!

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“Everything old is new again”, “vintage”, “retro”, or even “what goes around comes around”.  These are phrases you may hear or think of when it comes to planning a vintage or victorian inspired wedding.  With a simple, yet striking and sophisticated, black and white or ivory color scheme, it goes to show that basic is not boring, and neutrals are never out of style.  In this inspiration board, I have used several accessories, such as the feather fascinator, and the detailed ring pillow, to demonstrate that the smallest details can make a stylish impact.  You could add a pop of bright color to break up the black and white, such as lime green, taxicab yellow, or fushia.  Or you could soften this pallete with the palest shades of pink, blue, or lavender.  The results will be visually arresting, and highly memorable.  Enjoy!!

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Monkeying Around Inspiration Board

Ooo!! Ooo!!  Ahhhh!!  We’re monkeying around today!!  Seriously though, I love  the idea of a monkey-themed party!  This works well for a baby shower or a child’s birthday party.  So well, in fact, I found lots of great ideas online for party games, decorations, and food.  So I put a few of my favorites together in this inspiration board, to serve as a springboard for the baby shower I am planning for the end of this month.  Should be a fun affair!!  Details to follow soon.  Enjoy!!

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Rah! Rah! Rah!  Sis Boom Bah!  Go Team!! 

It’s football season once again!  I love this time of year, with the cooler temps and leaves changing colors.  High school football is in full swing, and that means tailgates, hot dogs, and cold drinks.  I have often thought about having clients that would like a sports themed wedding.  Since I live in Massillon, Ohio, home of the famous Tigers, it’s kind of hard not to imagine the possibilities.  Canton is also nearby, as well as being close to Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and several great colleges and universities with football programs. 

Therefore, I would like to post an open discussion, where you, the reader, can add your thoughts and ideas to this theme.  What kind of decorations would you use?  What kinds of food would you serve?  What would you wear?  What favors would you give your guests, and what kind of entertainment would you have?  All ideas and comments are welcome!  Have fun with this!  Enjoy!

 

Picture credit:  (http://www.magicalday.com/Cake_Toppers/Football/football_small.jpg)

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I found this little gem on Bridalwave this morning!  These would be a great addition to a summer garden party or wedding, or even as ambience in a darkened restaurant.  Enjoy!

Miniature table-top wine glass lamps

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Isn’t this just a wonderful idea? The tiny lampshades sit on your wine glasses, transforming them into nightlights to give a gentle and romantic glow. If you’re planning on a spring and summer wedding with an outdoor element, I can see these working particularly well – but they can be used indoors, too. Why not use them to create mood lighting during your ceremony, then remove the candles to return the glasses to their usual function once the celebrations begin?

You can buy an assorted pack of three shades for €12 at Charles & Marie, but if you want a large number, making your own may be more cost-effective. There’s a pattern available here that shows you how.

[Via Casa Sugar]

Related: Light up your evening reception with Fairwind’s colourful tea lights

Source:  (http://www.bridalwave.tv/2009/02/table-top_wine.html)

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I found this little gem on BizBash Washington D. C..  This is a totally cute idea for shower and bachelorette party invitations and favors, and for those of us who are collectors of all things bridal and fabulous!!  Enjoy!!

 

 

For Useful Gifts, Brides Goes Postal
 
Brides magazine's gift bags included a sheet of customized photo stamps.
Brides magazine’s gift bags included a sheet of customized photo stamps.
Photo: BizBash

Customized photo stamps aren’t new, and postage might sound like a common enough item, but how often do you receive a gift bag with something truly useful? Carolyn Chauncey, executive director of creative services at Brides magazine, chose to include stamps adorned with an assortment of past covers for the publication’s 75th anniversary celebration last Wednesday. Guests departed with a bag that included a sheet of 10 authentic U.S. Postal Service stamps (each with a value of 62 cents, a nod to the higher cost of postage for wedding invites). How’s that for an inexpensive, thoughtful, and effective way for attendees to remember your event? 

  —Mark Mavrigian

RELATED TOPICS Brides magazine, United States Postal Service Source:  (http://www.bizbash.com/washington/content/editorial/e14259.php)
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Chemistry of Love Inspiration Board

 

Scientists are an underrepresented group, in my opinion.  They provide the most up to date advances in technology, medicine, environmental sciences, and other fields.  Our quality of life would not be the same without them.  That being said, I was moved to create an inspiration board with subtle science influences, without being too over the top.   I wanted the mood to be modern and crisp, but not stuffy.   The look is softened with lots of fresh flowers and floaty fabrics.  I have titled it “The Chemistry of Love.” 

No matter what scientific field a couple may work in, there are many ways to incorporate their passion into their wedding celebration.  For example, a wedding could be held at a museum of science or natural history.  The building pictured in the board is the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum in Akron, Ohio.  This awesome venue is located in downtown Akron, right alongside the campus of the University of Akron, which is known world wide for its program of Polymer Science.  The wedding ring is engraved with binary numbers, ones and zeros.  This would be especially meaningful for those couples marrying in 2010 or 2011.  The cufflinks for the groom and the male members of the wedding party, if you look closely, are made from computer keyboard keys.  And, yes, the groom is wearing a lab coat!  However, you can keep the look more traditional by having the gentlemen wear white or ivory dinner jackets with black bow ties.  Centerpieces and individual buds of flowers can be placed in test tubes and beakers, which can also be grouped together for a unique look.  I have also seen pictures of “curtain walls” of flowers hung in test tubes on individual ropes of crystals or invisible threads. Standing alone, or with fabric and lighting behind them, the overall effect is stunning.

Stationery is another element of the wedding celebrations that can incorporate a couple’s passions.  Your guest book can be sheets on a clip board, complete with statistics.   You could place a microscope next to it with slides of your engagement pictures for your guests to enjoy.  What a conversation starter that would be!   The “save the dates” and invitations can reflect official scientific documents that include graphs, charts, anything you can think of.  You could send your invites in test tubes, and give out imprinted slide rules or calculators for favors.  Don’t forget to add little bundles of # 2 pencils with your names and wedding date.  The options are endless!

These are just some ideas off the top of my head.  I hope you will share some of your own creative ideas as well.  Enjoy!

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Photo credit:  Corey Ann Photography

I had the pleasure of working with Meghan and Drue on their wedding.  They are such a outgoing, sophisticated couple!  I really enjoyed seeing all of their plans come together, and sharing a great evening with their family and friends.  It was truly a stylish affair, with many personalized details.

Meghan & Drue were married Saturday, August 23rd, 2008 at Atrium on the Square in the BP Tower in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.  They had a perfect sunny day, with temperatures in the 80′s.  Pastor Henry Wallace officiated the ceremony.  The wonderful music was provided by DJ Adam Majette.  Corey Ann Photography provided coverage of the day’s events.

The ceremony and reception were held at the banquet facilities inside the Atrium, catered by Frank and Pauly’s.  This venue was divided into 2 distinct rooms for this event, each elegant and spacious.  Meghan and Drue’s ceremony was held in one area of the venue, with guests facing the walkway near the Atrium’s outer window wall, overlooking Public Square.  Meghan, hidden away from view from Drue and the guests, entered dramatically to Diana Krall’s “The Look of Love”.  The aisle was lined lavishly with 3 colors of rose petals, and several sizes of pillar candles in glass containers.  The altar was covered with a silver satin cloth, and several sizes of pillar candles.  To either side of the altar, were two tall arrangements of manzanita branches and vibrantly colored carnations.  The effect was very striking, and was repeated in the reception area, around the head table, and in tall centerpieces on half of the guest tables.  The other half of the tables were set with stems of orchids floating in tall vases.  The guest tables were set with silver linens from BBJ Linen, lots of candles in various sizes from small votives to tall creamy pillars, and stylish menu cards that Meghan designed herself.  Meghan also designed the easels on each table, that held cards nameing a location or date that was special to Meghan and Drue, during the course of their courtship.  Guests were directed to their tables after the cocktail hour, with the aid of Meghan’s beautifully made escort cards.  The large area beyond the guest tables was set for the group activities, such as the beautiful serenade to Meghan by Drue and his fellow fraternity brothers.  Amber uplighting was splashed onto the walls, giving the space an exclusive dance club feel. The upbeat, popular club music was provided by the talented DJ Adam Majette.  The Frank and Pauly’s staff were fantastic, providing all of the guests with exceptional service.  During the cocktail hour, guests were provided with a bountiful open bar, as well as being finely entertained by the Ray Porello and Fine Jazz Group, of Jerry Bruno Productions.  During the seated dinner, the guests had their meal served family style, featuring some of Frank & Pauly’s tasty signature dishes.  Flowers for the bride, parents, and gentlemen in the wedding party, as well as the stunning table centerpieces were created by the very talented Helene Piller and her staff of Hosanna Designs.  The bridesmaids carried lovely bouquets of roses that were assembled by Meghan and her ladies.    The real showstopper of the wedding was the spectacular 5-tier wedding cake.  The cake table was covered in sparkling silver lame’, decorated with lots of creamy rose petals and blazing votive candles.  The cake was a delicious confection with buttercream frosting, satin ribbon and sparkling diamond accents.  The cake topper was yet another of Meghan’s lovely projects:  the letters “M” and “D” entwined and covered in Swarovski crystals.

All evening long, I heard wonderful comments about Meghan’s hand created projects, and how beautiful everything looked.  While the guests were certainly right about the decor, I paid more attention to Meghan and Drue, how much in love they looked, and how they enjoyed each other.  They were positively glowing!  I could not be happier for this wonderful couple.  Congratulations and Best Wishes, Meghan and Drue!

 

 

Vendors:    Kimberly Lehman, Wedding Coordinator

                  Venue and Catering:  Frank and Pauly’s Banquet & Conference Center (www.frankandpaulys.com)

                  Linens:  BBJ Linen (www.bbjlinen.com)

                  Rental Items:  Lasting Impressions Event Rentals (www.lirentscleveland.com)

                  Florist:  Hosanna Designs (www.hosannadesigns.com)

                  DJ:  Adam Majette (please feel free to email me for contact information)

                  Jazz trio:  Ray Porello and Fine Jazz, courtesy of Jerry Bruno Productions (www.jerrybruno.com)

                  Photography:  Corey Ann Photography (www.coreyann.com)

 

Photo credit:  (All pictures posted below were taken by me, and are copyright protected. Please click the thumbnail to view the larger picture.)

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I subscribe daily to Bridalwave, a blog from the United Kingdom.  They posted a gown today, that I just love.  Since my own daughter is named Annika, I thought this might be an appropriate gown for her wedding, someday (far, far away!!).  Check it out!

Two dresses in one with ‘Anika’ at Selia Yang

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Simply stylish dresses only need simple accessories to give them a new look. This dress dates from 2007 – Yang’s website doesn’t seem to have been updated in a while – but it’s still a popular look now. Take one slim sheath dress with an elegant illusion trim and duster train then give it an evening look with a thick ribbon sash tied in a trailing knot. Check haberdashery stores for ribbons to recreate the look with your own gown.

‘Anika’ at Selia Yang.

Source:  (http://www.bridalwave.tv/2008/06/selia_yang.html)

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I have fallen completely in love with Diffa, and Dining by Design!  BizBash New York recently published a series of articles about this company and their innovative tabletop designs.  I hope you will be as inspired as I am.  Enjoy!!

 

News Archive for Diffa Dining By Design
 
FROM THE EDITORS   04.07.08 5:31 PM
Looking at Diffa’s Trove of Tabletop Design Ideas
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A cardboard and plywood dining room designed by Pratt students

Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Each year when the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS Dining by Design benefit hits New York—recruiting designers to dream up elaborate tabletop looks—we record the myriad inspirational ideas the event offers. This year was no exception, and our style editors were on the prowl last week, spotting new place setting concepts, identifying color trends, and (lucky you) highlighting the event’s 10 most steal-able ideas. You can find an archive of our coverage of the event here.    

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design

THE SCOUT   04.04.08 10:15 AM
Diffa’s 10 Most-Steal-Able Ideas <!– –>
Kravet Inc.’s collection of inspirational items
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Designers at Diffa’s Dining by Design showcase always offers a multitude of concepts to adapt to other events. This year’s most-likely-to-reappear concepts included patterned seat cushions, veggies as centerpiece fodder, and napkin rings made from colored paper swatches. Here’s a list of ideas that made an impression. READ MORE

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Domino, Pratt Institute, Parsons the New School for Design, James Coviello, Michael Tavano, New York Design Center, Architectural Digest, Vicente Wolf, The New York Times

TREND SPOTTED   04.04.08 9:45 AM
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A rich goldenrod-colored linen covered Ralph Lauren Home’s table.
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Perhaps as a nod to spring, many designers at Diffa’s Dining by Design event incorporated yellow accents into their tables this year, with shades of the color popping up as table linens, vases, statuary, and flowers. Here’s a look at an array of the warm settings. READ MORE

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Gourmet, J.C. Penney, Ralph Lauren Home, Michael Tavano

 
TREND SPOTTED   04.03.08 4:25 PM
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Stolichnaya Elit’s illuminated ceiling featured suspended prisms.
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Crystal-studded orbs, vintage-looking fixtures, traditional cut-crystal chandeliers, dangling pendants dressed up with fabrics, and mod prisms embellished lighting at many of the tables at Diffa’s Dining by Design event at Skylight. Here’s a selection of the glittering installations. READ MORE

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Baccarat, Architectural Digest, Stolichnaya Elit

THE SCOUT   04.02.08 4:20 PM
Diffa’s Place Settings That Popped <!– –>
Kravet Inc. used Lucite-topped books as place settings.
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Books, picnic baskets, film reels, logs, and fabric encased in plexiglass were among the unusual props and decorative devices that topped tables at Diffa’s Dining by Design event at Skylight. Here’s a look at some of the most striking settings.   —Lisa Cericola & Mark Mavrigian

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Allsteel, Apherea, Fashion Institute of Technology, HOK, Kravet Inc., The New York Times

EVENT REPORT   04.02.08 3:44 PM
Diffa Showcases Big Tabletop Designs in Smaller Venue
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David Stark’s dining environment for Benjamin Moore was made mostly out of paint swatches and paper.
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

This year, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS’s annual Dining by Design fund-raiser moved from its most recent home at the Waterfront to the downtown venue Skylight. The new location had a strong impact on the experience of walking through the showcase, which recruits a slate of designers and sponsors to build imaginative dining environments.

Compared with the Waterfront, with its exposed brick and steel beams (and the benefit’s previous homes at the Hammerstein Ballroom and Roseland) Skylight’s big white box provided a brighter, less distracting background for the designers’ intensely layered creations. And the new site’s smaller size necessitated a tighter collection of tables (cut down from more than 50 to 39) that made for a more focused—and more easily navigable—forum for locating trends and gathering ideas.

“It’s always a challenge to find a venue here, and for us, [Skylight is] a very user-friendly venue, with two load-in points—plus it’s a blank canvas for us; it’s a gallery,” said Diffa’s special events manager, Steven Williams. “It’s a little more exclusive because it’s smaller, and we have more sponsors this year.”

So, speaking of trends and ideas, how did the designers fill the new location? READ MORE

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Architectural Digest, Benjamin Moore, Beringer, Domino, Gourmet, Hewlett-Packard, Kravet Inc., Nautica, New York Design Center, The New York Times, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Stolichnaya Elit, Vivienne Tam

Source:  (http://www.bizbash.com/newyork/archive.php?t=Diffa+Dining+by+Design)

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