Archive for April, 2011

Royal Honeymoon Destinations

Friday, April 29th, 2011

It’s official! An estimated 1/3 of the world’s population, or 2 billion people, watched Prince William and Kate announce their love for one another this morning. From the high fashion that went on with her gown design by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen to her choice of the Cartier “Halo” tiara, one thing remains the same: “being in love never goes out of style.” And after planning a wedding, the one thing that we still have to look forward to is a relaxing honeymoon. While most couples choose their honeymoon based on location, for the royal couple, Prince William and Kate, privacy is far more important. We have put together our picks of the top five royal honeymoon locations that Prince William and Kate Middleton should venture off to.

Turtle Island: Known for its seclusion and privacy, Turtle Island Resort in Fiji is the absolute getaway for the royal couple. A tropical paradise, it includes your very own private beach. Plan on enjoying an exotic dinner on a raft over clear blue waters. And after a long day of sun and adventure take pleasure in a four-handed “Lomi-Lomi” massage that will make you feel fresh and rejuvenated.
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The Water Villa, One and Only Reethi Rah, Maldives: Situated above the crystalline waters of the lagoon, this is a true honeymoon getaway that will even blow away Prince William and Kate. The water villas are so unique and each has an outdoor terrace and veranda where netting is suspended like hammocks from its edge; perfect for the romantic and intimate royal newlyweds.
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Necker Island: The private island of another Britain, Sir Richard Branson. This island is over 74 acres and is surrounded by coral reefs. Prince William and Kate can enjoy spending time together doing various activities — this island has it all. From kite-surfing, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, kayaking, power boating, tennis, and if that is not enough, the royal couple can take part in an underwater submarine adventure.
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Governors Camp, Kenya, Africa: William proposed to Kate at Mount Kenya, a location with views that can’t be beat. Similarly, Governors Camp it is a stunning African safari with the world’s highest concentration of game. By day the royal couple can take a non-traditional tour of the safari in a hot air balloon and by night they can relax in the luxury canvas tent.
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Six Senses, Zighy Bay, Oman: A Beautiful indigenous village-style oasis and private marina. The Six Senses, Zighy Bay has dramatic sweeping views with mountains on one side and sandy beaches on the other. William and Kate can spend their days in a private plunge pool overlooking the ocean and take in the breathtaking vistas.
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Editor’s Daily Pick

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Wonder what Kate Middleton may have gifted her new husband on the morning of their wedding day? Perhaps she opted for a Panerai watch for her beloved. xoxo

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Sabine & Peter Get Married

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Mike Colon Photographers

Here is a teaser for Monday’s wedding of the week on www.weddingstylemagazine.com.

Sabine and Peter get married at The Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California. This couple has such a wonderful story. They met in Santa Barbara while Sabine was enjoying a day at the beach with her two children and Peter was visiting from out of town and was there with two of his four children. Divine intervention left Sabine with no babysitter and the twosome, plus their combined six children and Peter’s mom enjoyed dinner later that night. An instant spark led to a long-distance romance and well, you’ll just have to check out their story on Monday to read the rest.

Things I love about this wedding: the fact that they kept it intimate and included those that matter most: their children. While I am not a huge feather person, this shot above makes me swoon. I also like that they kept the decor simple, but elegant. Just because it is your second marriage or you are getting married later in life, doesn’t mean that you can’t have a traditional wedding.

Thank you so much to Mike Colón for sharing this wedding with us and be sure to look out for the full feature on Monday. Have a great weekend!

In case you missed the feature click here.

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Thoughts on The Royal Wedding

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The Royal Wedding
This week marks the culmination of the preparations for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. In less than 24 hours, the anticipation that has been building since the announcement of their engagement will be rewarded with what will certainly be a milestone event that will influence weddings for years to come.

For the past several weeks, every media outlet has provided some sort of coverage of The Royal Wedding event. Reports range from facts to speculation and predictions. To say that this much-anticipated wedding has created a media frenzy would be an understatement. My office has been inundated with press releases, article submissions and everything imaginable and unimaginable that has some take, twist or twirl on The Royal Wedding. Even some of my editors couldn’t resist partaking in the predictions and suggestions.

In addition to the media coverage, there are a number of parties hosted to celebrate this wedding. It was at one such party last week, hosted at The Pierre (a Taj hotel) in New York by friend and lifestyle aficionado, Colin Cowie, where he predicted a return to Royal Elegance for weddings. I chatted with him about all that has been unfolding around The Royal Wedding.

“The world is fascinated by celebrity,” noted Colin, adding: “and there is no greater celebrity than her royal majesty the Queen and the royal family at large.” He conjured that Kate’s choices for her wedding gown, the flowers, the cake and every single other element of this event will have an enormous impact on the wedding industry. In a recent interview, David Reiss, of the Reiss fashion chain noted that after Kate appeared in that blue dress for the engagement announcement, they were selling about one dress every minute for the next two days. And that was only the engagement dress.

The marketing opportunities and the merchandising value of this event will continue to be enormous. But setting all that aside, this wedding shares a common thread with every other wedding. At its core, it is the manifestation of love between the couple and a celebration of that love. Prince William and Kate share the same excitement, enthusiasm, anticipation and exhilaration as any other couple getting married. Their wedding has certainly drawn more attention and the magnitude of its impact is substantially more significant, but fundamentally it remains a celebration of that ancient ritual of hope and promise bringing two people together for a lifetime of creating and sharing experiences and enriching each other through the power of love.

Each of us, for our own reasons, will watch or not watch The Royal Wedding unfold. However, everyone will relate to the feeling of love that made it possible. Personally, I wish the royal couple harmony and happiness in their journey through life. And in case you are wondering, rest assured, I’ll be up watching at 4 a.m. … with coffee in hand and possibly wearing a hat as a nod to the bride-to-be. — Grace Ormonde

Tiara: Cartier, Paris, 1905, platinum, seven pear-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 17 carats in total, old and rose-cut diamonds, millegrain setting. Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection, © Cartier 30/03/10

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Royal Wedding Decor

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The one question we are still all waiting for is what will the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton look like? So instead we have put together three different options of what we think they might be.

Blue and White: Inspired by her non-traditional engagement ring. We took the blue and white hues and made it sparkle.
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[First Row] Hat: Justine M. Couture; Cake: Cake Opera Co., Toronto, Canada; Photography: 5ive15ifteen, Toronto, Canada; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Photography: The Hudsons, Fayetteville, AR

[Second Row] Bridesmaid: Photography: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography, Los Angeles, CA; Stationery: Union Street Papery, San Francisco, CA; Photography: Julie Mikos Photography, Berkley, CA; Reception Location: Portofino Bay Hotel, Orlando, FL; Floral Design: Greenery Productions, Orlando, FL; Event Planner: E-Events; Lighting: American Audio Visual, Orlando, FL; Photography: Damon Tucci Photography, Orlando, FL

[Third Row Left] Lounge with Piano: Location: Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, CA; Floral Design: Luna Gardens, Los Angeles, CA; Photography: Susan Bordelon Photography, Agoura Hills, CA; Boutonniere: Florabella, Menlo Park, CA; Photography: Zoom Photography, San Francisco, CA; Bouquet: Boum Savy, New York, NY; Photography: Brian Dorsey Studios, New York, NY

[Fourth Row] Reception Location: The Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach, FL; Table Design: Design Studio at The Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach, FL; Linen: Nuage Deigns, Miami, FL; Chairs: Panache Party Rentals, West Palm Beach, FL; Lighting: Palm Beach Staging and Productions, Palm Beach, FL; Photography: Amy Hill Photography, FL; Head Piece: Grazyna Mercado, Jacksonville, FL; Photography: Agnes Lopez Photography, Jacksonville, FL

Crystals and Jewels: Every wedding has its beauty and glamour and for the future princess, Kate Middleton, nothing less will do. For her lucky day the princess has more than 80 different tiaras to choose from. This inspiration board is inspired by the crystals and jewels of the soon to be princess Kate’s tiara.
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[First Row] Ceremony: Floral and Event Design: Jeff Leatham, Paris, France, and New York, NY; Event Planner: Mindy Weiss Party Consultants, Beverly Hills, CA; Photography: Bob & Dawn Davis Photography and Design, Chicago, IL;

[Second Row] Bridesmaid: Photography: Visio Photography, Marion, NC; Boutonniere: Floral Designs Maui, Makawao, HI; Photography: Mike Colon Photographers, Newport Coast, CA; Bouquet: Nisie’s Enchanted Florist, Los Angeles, CA; Photography: Barnet Photography, Costa Mesa, CA; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Photography: Elizabeth Messina Photography, Ventura, CA;

[Third Row] Cake: Cake Opera Co., Toronto, Canada; Photography: 5ive15ifteen, Toronto, Canada; Tabletop Location: Aldrich Mansion, Warwick, RI; Table and Floral Design: Frank Alexander NYC, New York, NY; Linen and Table Setting: Party Rental Ltd., Teterboro, NJ; Chairs: Taylor Creative, New York, NY; Menu Cards: Robin K Design, Trenton, NJ; Photography: M. Benedicte Verley Photography, Providence, RI

Africa: After William proposed to Kate in Kenya, Africa it was just suiting that we have an interpretation of what the wedding would be with an African safari theme.
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[Top Left Clockwise] Tabletop Location: Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara, CA; Event Design, Linen and Table Setting: Scott Corridan, Santa Barbara, CA; Photography: Elizabeth Messina Photography, Santa Barbara, CA; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Photography: Daniela Degrassi Photography, San Mateo, CA; Cake: Fleur de Lisa Wedding Cake, Napa County, CA; Photography: Tibidabo Photography, Santa Rosa, CA; Bouquet: Fleur de Lisa, Nashville, TN; Event Planner: Jerri Woolworth Weddings & Events, Nashville, TN; Photography: M. Benedicte Verley Photography, Providence, RI; Lounge: Furniture, Designs, Conception and Producer: Nico Cervantes, Santa Barbara, CA; Table Setting, Flatware, and Stemware: Pottery Barn, Santa Barbara, CA; Photography: Tim Halberg Photographers, Santa Barbara, CA

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Bespoke Bridal Package at The St. Regis San Francisco

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

St. Regis San Francisco

It seems like every day, multiple times a day at that, I am getting a press release on The Royal Wedding this, celebrity wedding that. Few catch my attention, but this one from The St. Regis San Francisco stood out. It brought me back to thinking about when I went wedding gown shopping and what an arduous process it can be, not to mention The St. Regis San Francisco is one of my favorite properties in Northern California.

So why not take your bridesmaids, sister or mom and make a trip out of it? Add a little pampering, a consultation with one of the top properties in the country, the hunt for the perfect gown and some inspiration, and you have the Bespoke Bridal Package at The St. Regis San Francisco.

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Rates for the Bespoke Bridal Package at The St. Regis San Francisco begin at $800, based on double occupancy, and include the following lavish services and amenities:

• One night stay in a luxurious Deluxe Guestroom
• In-room champagne
• Personal bridal consultation with St. Regis’ wedding specialist
• Remède Manicure and Pedicure for two
• Personal skin consultation with a Remède Spa esthetician
• Private appointments at San Francisco’s top bridal salons
• Offered for two people with an added per person charge for additional guests
• The hard cover book: Grace Ormonde Weddings – “being in love never goes out of style.”

Ideal for brides-to-be treating their mothers and bridal parties, or as an engagement gift, Bespoke Bridal captures and celebrates the joy of this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

The Bespoke Bridal Package is offered throughout 2011 and must be booked with two weeks advance notice. For reservations, please contact Nicole Holland, 415.284.4070 or nicole.holland@stregis.com.

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Look of the Day: Monique Lhuillier’s Vision for Kate Middleton

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

At the most recent couture bridal market in NYC a few weeks back, the overall trend floating through the air was “romance.” Many designers found inspiration through the upcoming royal wedding and almost everyone had their “Kate Middleton” gown. This stunning gown below came from the Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012 collection and is Monique’s interpretation of what Kate Middleton would wear if she was asked to design her gown. This stunning gown is ivory re-embroidered and Chantilly lace with long sleeves and a bateau neckline. Monique designed an extremely long cathedral veil to finish off this royal look. This look is regal yet fashion forward for the young trendsetting bride-to-be.

Photography: Mike Colon Photographers

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Editor’s Daily Pick: Kate Middleton Accessories Part II

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Every woman (even the future bride-to-be of Prince William) is going to need a clutch to accessorize her wedding day ensemble. The rumor on the street right now is that Kate Middleton is going to be doing her own makeup for her wedding day. This is a very bold statement for the future bride-to-be who has the world’s best makeup artists at her fingertips. If these reports are true, she is going to need something to carry her lip gloss and powder in for touch ups, right?? For today’s editor’s picks, here are our most “royal” inspired clutches perfect for any princess courtesy of Net-a-Porter.com.

Clutches Top to Bottom: Valentino; Alexander McQueen; Chloe; Oscar de la Renta; Bottega Veneta

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Settling Down Together: Minh-Han & Reff Get Married

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Hiring a videographer (and a photographer for that matter) for more events than just your wedding, is key. It gives you a chance to work together; to get used to being the focus; to become friendly with the vendors you have chosen to work with, but to also become so comfortable with them and their presence that you almost forget they are there. The fact that Minh-Han and Reff hired Kolby Akamu of ARIA Studios for their rehearsal dinner was one of the smartest things they could have done. Not to mention, now they have footage of an event that most people might walk away from with some pictures, if that.

Things I love: the side by side footage of Minh-Han and Reff. I think it is human nature to wonder what your partner is doing and it’s not often that you can witness it simultaneously to what you are doing. The family photos on the cake table are a wonderful touch, the way Minh-Han added a sash to her dress at the reception. Although this trend has been around for some time now, it adds a casualness and also a bit of color that you may not want to have during the ceremony or in your pictures.

PS – a great trick for all of those buttons on the back of a wedding gown is crochet hook. Don’t ask me how I know, but it works.

Minh-Han Phan and Reff Cheng
Married in Rutherford, California on August 21, 2010

Reff and Minh-Han are successful, intelligent and incredibly fashionable people. Minh-Han studied design, and Reff, well, did you see his custom suit? But, they are also two of the most adorable, thoughtful and genuine people you’ll ever meet. They met at UCLA and over the last decade have traveled the world together and overcome years of doing the long-distance relationship thing, and endured the demands of law school and business school. They are excited to settle down together. And, in only just a few months their family has already grown with the welcome addition of Patch, their new beagle puppy.

Cinematography: ARIA Studios, Honolulu, HI; Location: Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, CA; Event Planner: Andrea Lee, Coquette Events, Palo Alto, CA; Florist: Nancy Liu Chin Floral & Event Design, San Francisco, CA; Officiant: Weddings of the Heart; Guitarist: Montara Music by Mike McCall; DJ: Ryan Li; Shoes: Pelle Moda; Wedding Gown: Marisa; Photography: Augie Chang Photography, San Francisco, CA

We wish you countless years of happiness Minh-Han and Reff and a big thank you to Kolby Akamu of ARIA Studios for letting us share this video with our viewers!

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Editor’s Daily Pick: Kate Middleton Accessories Part I

Monday, April 25th, 2011

In honor of the upcoming royal nuptials happening this Friday, we will be featuring our Kate Middleton inspired Editor’s Daily Picks this week. The bride-to-be has impeccable taste and is known for her fashion forward, savvy sense of style. She is a true trendsetter when it comes to wearing hats, and I’m sure everyone is questioning her wedding day look and whether she will be sporting a veil, hat, headpiece, headband, etc. The pieces below by Jennifer Behr are all amazing looks to give you a “royal” inspired feel for your wedding day. Cheers and Happy Monday!


Above: Jennifer Behr

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