Monthly Archives: January 2012

Editor’s Daily Pick – Rosanna Parisian Fashion Decoupage Glass Trays

Have you hosted a Red Carpet Award Show party yet this season? Whether hosting friends to watch the Academy Awards, SAG awards, etc. you must purchase these decoupage glass trays by Rosanna to serve your most glamourous hors d’oeuvres on! Each fashion tray is inspired by Parisian couture from the 1950’s. Aren’t they fabulously chic? Cheers and Happy Monday!

Mariachi Love: Analee & Brian Get Married

It’s a rainy Friday and I thought that this Costa Mesa wedding filmed by the fabulous John Goolsby of Godfather Films was such an appropriate video to share to uplift my spirit a bit. This couple has so much energy and clearly shares so much love for one another. I love the vibe of their wedding, the masks at the reception and both of Analee’s gowns are beautiful. I hope you like it as much as I did. Enjoy!

Brian Gomez & Analee Almeida-Gomez
Married in Costa Mesa, California on November 26, 2011

Both being from Hispanic decent, we always dreamed of having a big wedding to be able to share with our entire family and friends. Celebrations by Turnip Rose was the perfect venue for us, we were going for more of a modern look with an elegant touch, Celebrations had all of this and more! The bride knew exactly how she wanted the venue decorated, she looked to her mother that has had many years of experience servicing luxury weddings in Mexico through her own independent business. A traditional Catholic wedding, we had a mariachi band at the ceremony and the reception which gave it an authentic touch, the white glove catering company put on a little show while they brought out the main entrée. We even had “The crazy hour” which consisted of providing our guests with masquerade themed masks while dancing to upbeat salsa and reggae songs for about an hour. Until this day, we get Facebook messages from friends of friends that have seen the video online and want to incorporate some of the ideas that we had in our wedding for their upcoming weddings. We feel very blessed that we were able to work with such amazing vendors that not only provided quality work but made you cherish every moment of that special day!

Videography: Godfather Films, Riverside, CA; Ceremony Location: San Joachim Catholic Church, Costa Mesa, CA; Reception Location and Caterer: Celebrations By Turnip Rose, Costa Mesa, CA; Decor: Francisca Almeida, Analee Almeida-Gomez; Photography: True Photography, Costa Mesa, CA

We wish you countless years of happiness Analee and Brian and a big thank you to John Goolsby of Godfather Films for letting us share this video with our viewers!

Editor’s Daily Pick – Jupiter Jewelry Sting Ray Cuff

I must say I am a HUGE fan of New York City based Jupiter Jewelry. They are a beloved advertiser of our magazine and are a phenomenal company with a mission to produce personalized and custom-designed jewelry. Jacklyne Kirkorian has followed in her family’s legacy by offering clients a “new generation of designs that are fresh, new, contemporary, fashionable and absolutely unique!” This family owned business prides on its customer service and impeccable attention to detail. When Jacklyne sent me an image of this Sting Ray cuff I immediately started “ooo-ing and ahhh’ing.” I even secretly sent this picture to my husband as a hint for a Valentine’s Day gift, so let’s hope he follows through! Be sure to visit Jupiter Jewelry and be prepared to be wowed! Cheers and Happy Friday!

Inside Scoop on Planning a Wedding at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas,Texas

The world-class facilities, unique, personalized services, native warmth and convenient location of the finest hotel in Texas, make The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas ideal for conducting a magical fairytale wedding. In the heart of trendy uptown cultural filled city, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas luxury hotel offers an unforgettable experience of shopping, arts, and entertainment, in an unforgettable city.

Angela Morgan has been working in the hospitality industry for over 25 years and she has been working with the Ritz-Carlton Dallas since 2009. Angela is the Director of Catering at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas and she was gracious to answer a few questions on what its like planning a wedding.

The Ritz-Carlton DallasGO: 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 Director of Catering, my roll is to translate how a client’s dream wedding can be achieved through the legendary service and offering of The Ritz-Carlton. By presenting an award-winning professional team at the only Ritz-Carlton hotel in Texas, one of the region’s top-rated spas, and the very popular Fearing’s Restaurant we are able to provide an unparalleled experience. Once initial proposals are in place and the bride and groom feel confident with their decision, I have the privilege of introducing them to our dedicated Meetings & Special Events team who work directly with the couple’s wedding planner to ensure a flawless experience and provide on-site support.

GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
AM: First and foremost, couple’s can feel confident due to the level of personal attention and commitment from the hotel’s senior leadership team throughout the entire wedding process. The Ritz-Carlton allows for a seamless, one-stop experience from bridal teas, bachelorette celebrations, spa pampering, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, lavish receptions, afterglow festivities and beyond, completed by a world-renowned Culinary Team, on-site Audio Visual team and professional Meetings & Special Events team.

GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
AM: World-Class, Unmatched and Memorable!

GO: What are the unique locations that a couple can host their ceremony and reception at in your venue?
AM: The hotel is an ideal setting for a variety of wedding festivities. Some of my favorite locations for various events are as follows:
– Progressive engagement parties in the hotel’s three connecting Arboretum Rooms.
– Rehearsal dinners in the Cypress Room and the Sendero, a glass enclosed pavilion located within Fearing’s Restaurant.
– Ceremonies and receptions in The Ritz-Carlton, Ballroom. Due to the space being the largest luxury ballroom in Texas, we are able to divide the room and setup for a variety of celebrations. I also love hosting intimate outdoor receptions in the Live Oak Bar at Fearing’s.

GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property?
AM: Couples who are hosting their festivities at the hotel are welcome to take wedding pictures within the hotels meeting space and reserved guest rooms.

GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
AM: The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is delighted to offer three customizable packages designed around the varying needs of a bride & groom.

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
AM: All weddings begin with a menu consultation with the hotel’s world-renowned culinary team, led by Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage, Chef John Coleman. The Culinary Team then creates a customized menu to fit not only the exceptional standards of The Ritz-Carlton, but also your own specialized needs, preferences, and budget. Whether your reception is an intimate dinner or a lavish gathering, we offer a range of cuisines. From hors d’oeuvres and champagne cocktails to optional stations and gourmet buffets or formal dinners with plated selections and synchronized service, all options are catered. The Culinary team is also well versed in creating a selection of vegetarian, vegan, Kosher style, ethnic and international specialties. The hotel’s pastry team will cater to your sweet craving with imaginative wedding cakes, candy buffets and patisseries for both the bride and groom.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
AM: I invite couples to call me personally (214.922.0200) to arrange a time to visit our hotel and view the space.

Thank you Angela for giving us a look into the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Dallas.

The Ritz-Carlton DallasThe Ritz-Carlton Dallas
2121 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75021

Editor’s Daily Pick – Munna “Cutie” Armchair

When I saw this armchair by Munna , I immediately felt like going back home to bed because it looks so comfy and cozy! This is the kind of chair I would like to snuggle up in with a hot cup of cocoa and my Women’s Wear Daily. It is the “Cutie” armchair from the Munna Fetiche Collection and boy the name certainly does do it justice! The chair is upholstered in fantasy fur and sustained by gold leaf feet. It has a very 70’s, vintage flair (with a modern twist of course) that I absolutely adore! Munna has many amazing furniture collections so definitely be sure to check out this fashion-forward company!


The Ultimate Designer Hosiery Collection: Philippe Matignon

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Editor’s Daily Pick – Lanvin Cuffs

Behold the perfect accessory for the uber stylish bride looking for a real splash of style with her look on her wedding day! This pair of cuffs by Lanvin will make for a real WOW statement when paired with a simple silhouette. Perfect for a destination wedding or a reception look, these are guaranteed to give you a memorable look. Pair with either of these Lanvin gowns below and be the belle of the ball!

Editor’s Daily Pick – Chad Allison Bracelet

I’m a big fan of Chad Allison jewels. I absolutely adore the antique influence of all his creations that appeal to many taste levels and personalities. This rose gold bracelet really struck my interest because of its intricate design combined with that perfect amount of sparkle! Hope you enjoy and today’s Chad Allison pick and Happy Monday!

Inside Scoop on Planning a Wedding at The Roosevelt, New York

For your New York City wedding, The Roosevelt Hotel offers a storybook setting in one of the city’s few remaining traditional ballrooms. Spacious enough to host cocktail receptions of up to 1,000 guests, the spectacular Grand Ballroom’s magnificent and original Swarovski chandeliers and the gold-gilded 27-foot-tall ceiling, iron-laced balconies and enormous arched windows create an unforgettable backdrop on your wedding day. The Ballroom Foyer is perfect for your Cocktail Reception providing ample space and privacy from the rest of the hotel.

Fernioosh Khosravi is the senior manager for weddings and special events at The Rooselvelt Hotel. With 10 years of experience, each of Ferinoosh’s projects, whether for a private party or corporate event, a lavish wedding or a charity ball, is a distinctive work of art. Ferinoosh’s expertise has brought a lot of celebrity attention to the hotel. Fernioosh was able to give us an exclusive peek into planning a wedding at the The Roosevelt Hotel and the unique services they offer for brides to be.

The Roosevelt HotelGO: What is your unique role when it comes to a couple’s wedding day?
FK: If I can sum it up in one word, it will be “Peace of Mind”! That is my most important role on the day of the wedding. I am here to ensure all the things we discuss during the planning stages are executed the right way and to coordinate all the details.

GO: How does your property distinguish a couple’s experience as opposed to getting married somewhere else?
FK: I would say “Personal Touch”, “Flexibility” and “Thinking outside the box” are some of the most important key factors. We show them we care and this is not just another piece of business for us. With “One on One sessions”, “Bridal Camps”, Blogs and Twitter advices I make them feel confident about our services, what to expect and what they need to know. We educate them good by educating them about new trends and ideas. Most of my weddings will be twitted live the same night, this way couples can see the room every week with different arrangements and get ideas about their own.

GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
FK: “Dedication” is what I would say they could expect from our team from the beginning to the end. As I mentioned we do not look at our weddings as another piece of business rather we look at it as what it is: A very special day and because of our point of view, we give them comfort and peace of mind. From the time they sign contract, they will receive a “wedding timeline” and “a list of recommendations.”  This will be their guide throughout the planning stages. We always recommend joining my twitter account to get up-dates and special offers to help with their planning.

Once they hire most of their vendors, we ask them to come in for a food tasting, table presentation and review of the timeline.

With the food choice in hand and all the planning details and time line full of information, we will put a formal plan together preparing what we call “Wedding (Banquet) Event Order”. BEO is normally about four to five page long and it contains all the details starting with the time of the contract. Details entails of rooms set ups, colors, decorations, stage and dance floor sizes, vendors information, emergency contact numbers, decorating details and other important information such as coat check, car reservations, valet services, piano tuning, room reservations and diagrams.

GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
FK: Classic, Grand and Timeless!

GO: What are the unique locations that a couple can host their ceremony and reception at in your venue?
FK: We are home to two of the few remaining classic ballrooms in New York City. The Grand Ballroom and The famous Terrace Ballroom.

The Grand Ballroom is located on the mezzanine level, featuring original Swarovski chandeliers designed exclusively for the Roosevelt Hotel. Encircling the ballroom is our balcony framed by gold and black railing.

The Terrace Ballroom; which is connected by a few steps to the Palm Court is the smaller and more intimate one. Graced by authentic Tiffany chandeliers, crystal scones, and floor to ceiling windows dressed with brown and gold silk drapes.

GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property?
FK: Yes, we have our rooftop lounge Mad46 with spectacular views. Vander bar, which is unique in location and has been called a “Local corner cosmopolitan New York.” Our mezzanine floor balcony overlooking the lobby is another fantastic location for pictures, which in most of the pictures can capture our antique lobby chandelier. Another very interesting location will be our famous “Palm Court” with 20th century antique mirror, marbles, wallpapers and murals.

GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
FK: Yes, due to our “Outside the Box” thinking and vision, we are very open to mix and match packages. We provide one basic package, and then, we offer changes into that package. For example, couples are allowed to cut things out of their package and use the money elsewhere within the same package. They can change or add some of the options from our banquet menus. If they are of any specific ethnicity we offer either “ethnic station or passed hors d’oeuvres.” Some clients have special drinks such as special wine or whisky from their country of origin and we will allow that to be added to their package. Other special customized ideas are for example in our Greek wedding we had Rack of Lamb on each table, in our Russian wedding we had a bottle of Vodka and special Caspian Sea Caviar on each table, Persian wedding; a tray of Saffron rice and Italian of course we have local special recipe and recently we had Irish station set up for our Irish couple.

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
FK: Our executive Chef, Rupert Leitner has more than 25 years of experience in the culinary field. As Executive Chef at The Roosevelt Hotel, Chef Rupert has elevated the level of fine dining at the historic 84-year-old landmark. With early inspiration from his grandmother and mother, he graduated from culinary school in Villach, Austria and began his culinary career in Europe traveling to Switzerland, France and Sweden. In 1982, Leitner moved to the U.S.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
FK: Putting the space on hold is the first step. The next step will be scheduling a time to visit us one more time to go over preliminary details in order to originate the first draft of their wedding contract.

The Roosevelt Hotel

The Roosevelt Hotel
45 East 45th Street
At Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
T: 212.661.9600

The Key to My Heart

J’adore Paris! Lately, I have been seeing so many engagement shoots in Paris, but somehow they all seem to capture something different about this amazing city: the Louvre, river Seine, the Eiffel Tower and so many other remarkable locations. When I received this shoot from Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight, based in Paris, France, I loved seeing the padlocks on the bridge. I thought they added a unique textural element to these images and when I found out the story behind them, I am in love with this idea even more.

I hope you like Dean and Rachel’s e-session images taken at the place where their love story began: Pont des Arts. Enjoy!

Paris Engagement Shoot
Paris Engagement Shoot
Paris Engagement Shoot

Paris … one of the most romantic cities in the world. Dean proposed to his girlfriend Rachel, of three years, overlooking the river Seine. They met at the Pont des Arts, which is said to be the most romantic pedestrian bridge that crosses the Seine River. With its wooden walkway it connects the Institute de France to the Louvre. Lovers stick cadenas d’amour (love padlocks) to the railings of the bridge to symbolically seal their eternal love. The growing trend continues with the throwing of the key over the bridge into the river Seine.

Thank you so much Dean and Rachel for letting us share this with our readers and a huge thank you to Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight for letting us share your incredible images!