Monthly Archives: November 2011
Keeping up with the jewel tones this week, don’t you just adore these MIU MIU Aviator-style acetate and metal sunglasses? They are so uber chic and I can just picture wearing these with a classic Burberry trench for a real statement look. Cheers and Happy Wednesday!
I love pieces of jewelry that play on different color combinations and these earrings by Tom Binns are just a rainbow of fun. These are the Fauve Electro Hand-Painted Swarovski Crystal Drop Earrings and are the perfect accessory for your Fall/Winter collections with the combination of the jewel tones. Tom Binns is probably one of my favorite jewelry designers with his over the top and ahead of the masses pieces. Cheers and Happy Tuesday!
Thanksgiving sadly has come and gone, but now it’s time to prepare for a holiday season filled with the three F’s. Family, food and FASHION! With all those holiday parties and New Year’s celebrations to dress up for, the season of shopping has begun. The first item on my list is the Jimmy Choo Tippi Snake-Effect Leather Pumps that are sure to tear up the dance floor after sipping on some eggnog. Happy Friday and Happy Holidays to you all! xoxo
For those of you that saw Sandra’s butterfly bridal shower on the blog last week, it should be no surprise that her Los Angeles wedding was just as a-ma-zing! With a theme of vintage floral fantasy this for her wedding, Sandra and Rodrigo’s planner, Lilit Khatchaturian of Sky Events & Production, pulled out all the stops. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they had the amazing backdrop of the stunning Taglyan Cultural Complex. Here at GOWS, we love this property! Enjoy!
Sandra Thomasian and Rodrigo Bozoghlian
Married in Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2011
Sandra Thomasian and Rodrigo Bozoghlian had an elaborate wedding in Los Angeles, California at the Taglyan Cultural Center. The theme was vintage floral fantasy and every element from the décor to the cake, lighting, furniture and attire followed suit. After their incredible celebration, Sandra and Rodrigo honeymooned in the French Riviera, Paris and Prague.
Location: Taglyan Cultural Complex, Los Angeles, CA; Cake: Rafi’s Cakes, Glendale, CA; Caterer: Divine Food and Catering, Los Angeles, CA; Event Planner and Design, Rentals: Lilit Khatchaturian, Sky Events & Production, Los Angeles, CA; Invitations: Invitations by Nilz; Entertainment: Heartbeat DJ; Favors: Mirelli Chocolatier; Tuxedo: Dannielli Fine Mens Wear, Studio City, CA; Hair: Donna Mendoza; Hair Accessories: Royal Accessories; Makeup: Fiore Beauty; Mothers’ Dresses: Brides by Liza; Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay; Shoes: Badgley Mischka; Jewelry: Leon’s Fine Jewelry, Beverly Hills, CA; Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier; Videographer: BGS Productions, Woodland Hills, CA; Photography: Couture Foto, Los Angeles, CA
For those of you that missed Sandra’s over-the-top butterfly bridal shower, click here.
Thanksgiving is by far my most favorite holiday. I love absolutely everything about it. Spending time with my family, eating lots of scrumptious food and most importantly feeling thankful for how fortunate I am. I make a really amazing pumpkin bisque (that I will be serving this Thursday!) and when I saw these bowls by Williams-Somona I just knew that my bisque had to be served in them. These are the Woodland Turkey Soup Bowls and I love how traditional and timeless they are and will give me joy for many holidays to come. Cheers and Happy Monday!.
Jaclyne Kirkorian worked under the supervision of her father for 11 years at New York-based Jupiter Jewelry. Started in 1977, Jaclyne had to unexpectedly take over the business in January of this year when her father, 58, lost his short battle to lung cancer. In loving memory of Leonard Kirkorian and in homage to November being National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Jaclyne has designed a special collection of Wishbone Jewelry representing the lungs…
Lingerie can act as a second skin so it’s important that you look and feel comfortable in the undergarments you wear. This sassy Rene Lace Balconette Bra by Agent Provocateur will definitely get your special someones heart racing! So be prepared to be pick up his jaw off the ground while wearing this. Cheers and Happy Thursday!
When it comes to bridal showers, I love it when they are executed with style and elegance and this butterfly bridal shower was right on target. I like to pick a theme and run with it — showing taste and restraint, of course. Something I like in particular about this shower was the absence of hokey games replaced by more contemporary ideas like “Guess the Spice?” and the Make a Bouquet Contest.
I hope you enjoy these ideas as much as I did and be sure to stay tuned next week to see Sandra’s over-the-top wedding!
Sandra Thomasian has had an obsession with butterflies since she was a little girl, so when she got engaged and the time came for her shower it only made sense to have a butterfly-themed bridal shower. Sandra’s sister (the girl in the fabulous lavender dress) threw it for her and from the butterfly arch to the table décor, cake, the floating installation in the pool, the wrapping on the presents, the butterfly place cards that perched on the mimosas, and more, everything had to follow the butterfly theme. “What made my event so special was the attention to detail and the vibrant colors,” says Sandra.
Location: Private Residence; Event Planning and Design, Linen and Rentals: Sky Events & Production, Los Angeles, CA; Cake: Rafi’s Cakes, Glendale, CA; Catering: La Fogata Catering, Sherman Oaks, CA; Entertainment: DJ Melcon; Hair: Phillip Arellano, Carlton Hair Salon; Makeup: Fiore Beauty; Bride’s Dress: Badgley Mischka; Maid of Honor Dress: Marchesa; Photography: Reel Light Pictures, Burbank, CA
Thank you so much for letting us share your bridal shower Sandra and a big thank you to Lilit Khatchaturian of Sky Events & Production for your amazing work and Reel Light Pictures for letting us share these images with our viewers.
There’s no happier time in your life than your wedding day. From the minute you arrive to the final dance. With friends and family by your side, a glorious celebration should mark the start to your new life together. And what better way than to have you’re wedding then in Boston, Massachusetts. A located step away from the Boston Harbor, The Boston Marriott Long Wharf is a beautiful hotel that has gorgeous sunset views. I had the opportunity to chat with Andrea Murphy who is the certified wedding planner for the Boston Marriott Long Wharf and she answered a few question and gave me all the details of what it was like planning a wedding at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf.
GO: What is your unique role when it comes to a couple’s wedding day and how does your property distinguish a couple’s experience as opposed to getting married somewhere else?
AM: As a Marriott Wedding Planner, it’s my job to plan each event from start to finish. I work closely with each couple to understand their unique personalities, likes and dislikes in order to create a special experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Choosing the location of your wedding is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. While there are several elements of the Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel that make it special, the spectacular view from our Harbor View Ballroom is truly a one-of-a-kind feature and fantastic backdrop for any event.
GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
AM: Couples should expect stunning waterfront views, flexible event options and incredible care every step of the way. We offer unparalleled services that wedding guests will appreciate, from valet parking and spacious guestrooms to private pre-reception areas, breathtaking indoor and outdoor venues and specialty linens and chairs, customized lighting options as well as many other wedding extras such as distinctively designed place cards, cake boxes and guest books.
GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
AM: Elegant. Memorable. Scenic.
GO: What are the unique locations that a couple can host their ceremony and reception at in your venue?
AM: Our new Harbor View ballroom offers floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Boston Harbor along with a private spacious outdoor patio for a breath-taking cocktail reception.
The Palm Garden Room is a spectacular, unique atrium room that creates an intimate atmosphere for elegant cocktail receptions and memorable ceremonies.
Our Grand Ballrooms is 8,200 sq ft and is richly appointed with lush carpeting, beautiful chandeliers, and dramatic sconces. Our Grand Ballroom features private foyer space for a private cocktail reception.
Commonwealth Ballroom has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the wharf with a great view of the Boston skyline. This space is perfect for a cocktail reception, rehearsal dinner or wedding brunch.
Additionally, we offer an intimate dining room right in our restaurant, Waterline, which is perfect for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, or wedding brunches.
Our Waterfront location is within close proximity to so many attractions such as Faneuil hall/Quincy Market, North End, TD Garden, Christopher Columbus Park, New England Aquarium, Harbor boats, and city tours. Brides, grooms and guests can enjoy a wedding in an area that has so much to do while enjoying all the historical attractions that our city location has to offer.
GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property?
AM: Absolutely! There are so many options. The outdoor patio that’s attached to the Harbor View Ballroom is always a top choice. Several suites at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf include large outdoor terraces overlooking the Boston Harbor, which can also work well for bridal party photos.
Outside of the hotel, Christopher Columbus Park and the Long Wharf Pier offer panoramic views of historic Boston Harbor. Also, the Rose Kennedy Greenway can be fun location if you’d like to incorporate Boston city life into wedding pictures.
We are surrounded by many historic points of interest, including Faneuil Hall and Old North Church, which can also provide unique settings for wedding photos.
GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
AM: While we do offer a variety of wedding packages, they are really just a jumping off point for creating a custom wedding. We work with dozens of local vendors to offer creative and flexible options for every wedding. From late-night snack bars created by Chef Chaves at Waterline restaurant to distinctly designed place cards and untraditional centerpieces, we want to make every element a reflection of that special couple.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
AM: Our Culinary Team, led by Chef Joseph Chaves of adjacent Waterline restaurant, uses only the freshest ingredients and enjoys highlighting local, New England ingredients at each event. The food and beverage possibilities are endless. Chef Chaves works with each couple to incorporate their favorite flavors and foods into the wedding menu. That may mean replacing a wedding cake with an interactive waffle bar station, or recreating a first date dinner to become the wedding menu.
We can create a wide range of exciting menu themes. Our location-overlooking Boston Harbor is perfect for New England clambakes, for instance.
Waterline restaurant has a talented beverage team led by Restaurant Manager Mark Minerd, who can work with brides and grooms to create custom cocktails, themed drinks, DIY beverage stations and more.
GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
AM: Call me! Couples can browse our website to get a sense of the hotel’s event space and feel for the type of options that are available.
Thank you Andrea for your sweet hospitality and showing us the beautiful Boston Marriott Long Wharf!
Boston Marriott Long Wharf
296 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
617.227.0800 ext 6592
For me, Morgan and Nick’s wedding is the perfect example of how you can keep things simple and add big impact just by deciding how to spend your budget. What am I talking about you ask? Lighting. This is one of the biggest ways to add that wow factor to your wedding day: it creates a mood and sets the stage for the entire night. Of course, I might be biased growing up around my uber talented brother Tony of Ormonde Productions, but I think it is a category that is often overlooked and never should be.
Other things I love about this Philadelphia wedding are Morgan’s elegantly simple Romona Keveza gown, those watercolor-esque invitations by Wedding Paper Divas and those small little details like the horseshoe on Morgan’s bouquet.
PS – I also love that they opted to donate money to charity (PAWS) in lieu of traditional favors. Such a smart decision.
Morgan and Nicholas
Married in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 5, 2010
Morgan and Nicholas met at Loyola University. Nick told her she was “the most beautiful girl in the world” as he saw her coming out of a bar late one night, then tried hailing her a cab. She laughed him off, but then asked around about him. He did the same and mutual friends hooked them up.
Elegant, chic, sophisticated, fun and full of great moments are just a few words that describe what Morgan and Nick wanted for their wedding. Their ceremony was held at Old St. Joseph’s Church right near Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It is a beautiful old church with a cobblestone courtyard, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Old City/Society Hill. After the ceremony, Morgan and Nick ventured into the gardens behind the First Bank Building where “really pretty grass and trees with old buildings peak through.” It is “a nice little nature hideaway,” says Morgan, adding: “Just make sure you get a photo permit if you are doing wedding photos there.”
Morgan looked stunning in her Romona Keveza wedding gown and Nick looked handsome in Roberto Cavalli. The reception was held at The Franklin Institute, which boasts an elegant marble foyer with large pillars, archways and Benjamin Franklin himself presiding. Guests had cocktails in the adjoining exhibits, which included a huge walkthrough heart, skeletons on bicycles and homemade electricity. The couple chose flowers in pinks and jewel tones. “I especially loved the three different centerpieces,” says Morgan. They also used tables of varying sizes, which helped add to the visual interest.
Ceremony Location: Old St. Joseph’s Church, Philadelphia, PA; Reception Location: The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA; Caterer: Frog Commissary, Philadelphia, PA; Floral Design: Beautiful Blooms Events, Philadelphia, PA; Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas; Band: City Rhythm Orchestra; Suit: Roberto Cavalli; Makeup: Face The Occasion, Philadelphia, PA; Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew; Shoes: Manolo Blahnik; Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza Collection; Photography: Sofia Negron Photography, New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA
We wish you countless years of happiness Morgan and Nick and a big thank you to Sofia Negron of Sofia Negron Photography for letting us share this with our viewers!