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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
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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
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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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Happy Valentine’s Day!  There will be tons of dinners taking place all over the world tonight, most over candlelight and great food.  Some will end with sweet desserts, some will end with a serenade or a dance, some will even end with a marriage proposal.

(Be sure to call me when that happens, I’d love to hear all about it!!)

 

Here are some great inspirations and resources for your Romantic Meal.

Bon Appetit!!

http://www.recipelink.com/cupid.html

http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/valentines/dinner.htm

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/et_hd_valentines_day/article/0,1972,FOOD_9846_1743341,00.html

http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Holidays-and-Events/Valentines-Day/Main.aspx

Photo credit: (http://media.canada.com/a1b51a79-8ee0-46df-9172-e2c14489c21f/valdinner2_375.jpg)

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I found this post on BizBash Toronto.  These invitations are fabulous!!  I can’t wait to explore their whole line!  Enjoy!!

A Special Touch
            Invitations with silk backing by Bella Invites.
Invitations with silk backing by Bella Invites.
Photo: Courtesy of Bella Invites

Looking for an upscale and tactile invitation? Bella Invites recently introduced a range of cards with silk backings to its collection. In the Truffle and Blush Champagne designs, Italian shimmer card stock is mounted on a silk square, with a back pocket for directions and R.S.V.P. cards. Invitations can be customized in more than 200 colours, and include reply cards, return address labels, and padded envelopes for mailing. Prices start at $42.95 per invite, with a minimum order of 50. Allow eight weeks for production and delivery.   —Erin Letson

Source:  (http://www.bizbash.com/toronto/content/editorial/e9727.php)

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I found this article on Biz Bash NY.  Sounds totally decadent!!  Enjoy!!

Suite Chocolate
To unveil this year’s Valentine’s Day promotion, Godiva brought press to the East Village for ataste—and photo op—of a room made almost entirely of chocolate.
Last January, Godiva created a chocolate-walled lounge for In Style‘s Golden Globes after-party,but for its yearly Valentine’s Day competition this year, the chocolate brand is going one step further,

with an experiential marketing stunt that offers a weekend stay at a hotel suite made almost entirely

of chocolate. At Divine Studio on Tuesday afternoon, 30 members of the press gathered for a first

glimpse of the grand prize, which will ultimately be enjoyed only once, at the Bryant Park Hotel.

Erica Lapidus, head of public relations and promotions for the Belgian-based chocolatier, worked

with public relations firm Alison Brod and Los Angeles-based designer Larry Abel to produce a

wall-to-wall Godiva-loaded room that doesn’t melt at room temperature.

“I had to imagine the perfect chocolate-lover’s fantasy,” Abel said about the suite, soon to be

rebuilt at the hotel for the sweepstakes winner. Abel, who has worked with Godiva for four years,

said this was the biggest and most extravagant project yet. “It took a team of 14 to bring the brand

to life, beginning in L.A. and continuing with the two-day installment in New York,” he said. Godiva

reps wouldn’t comment on the cost of the products used, and Abel admitted there was too much for

him to even estimate the number of pounds of chocolate.

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For Larry Abel’s art mosaic, one of his most challenging pieces, he used bonbons from every Godiva collection.
Photo: Sara Jaye Weiss
From the initial concept to the finished design, Abel says he put more than 1,000 hours of work into the piece, which, to him, is more than a simple showcase of colorful chocolates. “I considered the art elements, how I would invent a really cool, unusual space with rich browns, varied textures, and mixtures of classic and contemporary designs,” he said. For Lapidus, the goal of the suite was to create a “unique culinary experience,” which, despite being edible, will hopefully be “more admired than nibbled on.”Playing with interactive components, Abel included a crystal ice bucket filled with white chocolate truffles, books that open to pieces of chocolate in place of pages, and even edible flowers. He also created interpretations of two paintings: a Jackson Pollock-inspired canvas splattered with multicolored chocolate and a re-creation of Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss.” “The Kiss” in particular was a challenge for Abel, who describes the piece as an explosion of gold, ribbons, foils, and mint cherry cordials. The Pucci-inspired chocolate upholstery on the armchairs and the chocolate mosaic on the dining room table are also deeply detailed designs that pushed Abel to come up with something visually appealing while using chocolates from every Godiva collection.

To add a little life to the suite, Godiva tapped Heroes star Ali Larter to help promote the competition (which anyone can enter by purchasing a $23 heart-marked gift box) for reasons beyond her pretty celebrity face. The recently engaged actress claims to carry tins of Godiva chocolates, and last year requested a Godiva cake for her birthday. “This year, Ali Larter, a huge Godiva fan and bride-to-be, best embodied the brand,” said Randi Peck, vice president of lifestyle at Alison Brod. Larter, the only non-press guest at the event, participated as the roving centerpiece and a draw for the photographers.

The Decadence Suite is only part of Godiva’s promotional package; other sinful goodies include a year’s supply of Godiva chocolates and a private chocolate tasting led by Godiva’s executive chef and chocolatier, Thierry Muret. “This is our most extraordinary prize to date,” Lapidus said of the suite, “which is why we’ve already started brainstorming ways to top it next year.”   —Lauren Matison

Godiva Chocolatier’s Valentine’s Day Promotion Press Conference
Design, Production Larry Abel / De-signs
Lighting, Sound XL5 Productions
PR Alison Brod Public Relations
Printing Five Boro Flag Banner & Sign
Rentals Broadway Party Rentals
Staffing T and L Events Inc. / ThePartyCrew.net
Venue Divine Studio
RELATED TOPICS Godiva, Valentine’s Day

Source:  (http://www.bizbash.com/newyork/content/editorial/e9766.php)

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This is a story that was posted on the WKYC.com website:

Cultured Diamonds Save You Money

 Cultured Diamond Necklace

Created: 1/31/2008 12:55:11 PM
Updated:1/31/2008 7:03:22 PM

Jewelry is always a big seller for Valentine’s Day, but for many “diamonds” are not in the budget.
Now there is a new ‘type’ of colored diamond not found in a mine but grown in a lab.

It’s got all the brilliance of a ‘natural’ stone, but costs a whole lot less!

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, a discounted diamond could earn them a spot in the family.

So, for those looking for a fancy colored diamond, cultured diamonds may get you more bang for your bling.

“A cultured diamond has the same characteristics as a natural diamond. Same hardness, same refractive index, same brilliance.”

But cost about two-thirds less.

Why?

Gary Kleinhenz, who is the president of Kleinhenz Jewelers in Westlake says, these diamonds don’t come from the ground

They are grown in a lab.

“It’s created under the same conditions that diamonds are underneath the ground.”

The Gemesis cultured diamond making laboratory in Sarasota, Florida are where the diamonds are made.

The process starts with a tiny diamond seed that is placed in a growth chamber.

The chamber is capable of generating the 850,000 pounds per square inch of pressure and 2,700 degrees of heat necessary to make one diamond every four days.

“It is just crystals that grow upon crystals to create a larger piece of rough. The rough diamond is sent to the cutter to be polished into what you see in finished jewelry.”

When you put a cultured diamond on a diamond tester- it registers as a diamond.

And when we held it under a blue light, you could see the the seed the diamond grew from, right in the center.

“The nucleus of a Gemesis diamond is a piece of diamond.”

Right now you can only get them in yellow and orange.

Other colors will be available soon.

Industry leaders don’t expect them to replace the white diamonds everybody loves.

“I think most people want the whitest diamond they can find and fancy colored diamonds are almost for a right handed ring or a cocktail ring, moreso than the engagement ring.”

The Gemesis diamonds are certified by the Gemological Institute of America.

The key here is to know when you are buying one.

Make sure you are dealing with a knowledgeable jeweler who offers full-disclosure about where the diamond came from.

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Source:  http://www.wkyc.com/news/rss_article.aspx?ref=RSS&storyid=82428

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