Monthly Archives: April 2012

Editors Daily Pick – Brian Atwood ‘Claudia’ Embroidered Suede Pumps

Brian Atwood sure knows how to design great heels! Aren’t these “Claudia” embroidered suede pumps perfect for Spring/Summer?

What They Enjoyed Most: Jenny & Pat Get Married

As we approach the end of the week and the start of the next, our editors will be at large from San Francisco to Los Angeles and Washington, DC shooting tabletops, our fashion and cover shoot and exploring everything the cities have to offer. So, I thought to myself, what could be more appropriate today than to share a fabulous Washington, DC wedding at the esteemed Four Seasons Hotel?

I hope you enjoy this video by Blue Sky Films as much as I did and beware of the toasts — they are pretty darn good and you might need a tissue or two.

Jenny Clark and Pat Castle
Married in Washington, DC on May 14, 2011

What Jenny and Pat remember most about their wedding is that they were thrilled to be surrounded by all of their family and friends. “It was so meaningful to know they were all there to celebrate our special day,” says Jenny. “Our favorite part was dancing and letting loose after such a formal day; it was nice to step out of the spotlight and let everyone join us on the dance floor.”

Cinematography: Blue Sky Films, Washington, DC; Ceremony Location: Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Reception Location, Cake and Caterer: Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC; Event Planner: Kate Harlen, Simply Chic Events, Washington, DC; Florist: Heavenly Hydrangeas, McLean, VA; Entertainment: Mr. Greengenes; Hair: Andre Chreky, The Salon Spa, Washington, DC; Makeup: Jennifer Lee, Phenomenal Faces, Washington, DC; Wedding Gown: Modern Trousseau at Hitched Bridal Couture, Washington, DC; Photography: Meredith Montague Photography, Charlottesville, VA

We wish you countless years of happiness Jenny and Pat and a big thank you to Martin Andrews of Blue Sky Films for letting us share this with our viewers!

Editor’s Daily Pick – Graziela Green Tourmaline Earrings

Green is such a hot color right now and these tourmaline earrings by Graziela are the perfect accessory to spice up an evening ensemble. Set in 14K White Gold with .54cts of White Diamonds, these “Forever Tourmaline” earrings are sexy yet sophisticated!

Editor’s Daily Pick – Miu Miu Applique Leather Bag

The perfect tote for Spring by Miu Miu! Loving the applique detail!

Editor’s Daily Pick – Yves Saint Laurent Obsession Satin and Suede Pumps

“Obsession” is the perfect style name for these delicious pumps by Yves Saint Laurent. I am completely obsessed with them! The sorbet colors, the gold-tone gold-tone metal-capped toe and the 6.5″ heel, what’s not to love? xoxo

Inside Scoop on Planning A Wedding at Wequassett, Massachusetts

Nestled on the elbow of Cape Cod, this meticulously landscaped hideaway features 120 lavish guest rooms and suites, four acclaimed restaurants, two magnificent pools, two extraordinary beaches, boating and water sports, four Har Tru tennis courts and eighteen holes of exclusive championship golf. I had the pleasure of speaking with Amy Farrell who is the Director of Catering Sales. Amy told me that she feel in love with the property when she herself got married at Wequassett 10 years before working there. Amy gave us a sneak peek into what its like for a bride getting married at Wequassett.

WequassettGO: 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?
AF: My role in a couple’s wedding is to create the event of their dreams and often this involves an entire weekend. I spend a lot of time with couples and their families during the planning process and I feel it’s important to establish a friendship with them so that they are very comfortable working with my colleagues and I.

We strive to customize each wedding whether it is a casual clambake for 25 or a formal affair for 200. We hope to create long-term relationship with them as they usually have ties to the Cape and typically enjoy the resort for years to come.

GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
AF: From start to finish, the couple can expect warm, friendly service and precise execution. All of the members of the catering team have from 10 to 15 years with the resort and know it intimately. They strive to make each wedding a very personal experience. We are also very comfortable working with wedding planners.

GO: If you had to describe your property in few words, what would they be?
AF: Quintessential Cape Code, Warm and Refined!

GO: What are the unique locations that a couple can host their ceremony and reception at in your venue?
AF: All of the locations at Wequassett for both ceremonies and wedding receptions have spectacular water views and are complemented by lush seasonal gardens. Ceremonies may be held on our Croquet Lawn, which sits on the edge of Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic beyond, on our private beach, or on the Pleasant Bay Terrace, which is adjacent to our spectacular waterfront pool.

Receptions can take place on the Garden Terrace which is an alfresco setting covered by a canopy and overlooks the bay. Our ballroom is called the Pavilion and was designed to reflect the charm of Cape Cod and offers magnificent water views. During the spring and fall months, our restaurants may be available for weddings. Our signature restaurant, twenty-eight Atlantic is distinguished as the only Four Star, Four Diamond restaurant on the Cape. It is housed in an 18th century sea captain’s home overlooking Pleasant Bay. The Outer Bar & Grille is a perfect venue for smaller weddings or rehearsal dinners. This setting offers panoramic views of Pleasant Bay and Round Cove. A canopy-covered deck is lovely for cocktail receptions and dancing.

GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take wedding pictures?
AF: There are wonderful settings for many different looks for pictures and all are in close proximity, whether it be our beach, colorful gardens, or the backdrop of Pleasant Bay. These areas are also close to the reception venue so that both the wedding party and guests are close to each other.

GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
AF: We do offer three packages, and we are very willing to customize them based upon the couple’s desires and budget. The packages featured are called Grand, Premier and Platinum and feature such offerings as open bar, raw bars, passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres, champagne toasts, wine service, a station-style or plated dinner, ice carvings, desserts and wedding cake.

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
AF: Both Forbes and AAA have recognized our culinary reputation as we have the only Four Star, Four Diamond restaurant on Cape Cod. Our Executive Chef James Hackney spent ten years at Boston’s legendary L’Espalier before joining our team. His menus have an emphasis on local seafood and a natural influence. The Chef is very willing to meet with couples to tailor wedding menus. Our Food and Beverage Director, Jason Brauer came to us from Ritz Carlton hotels where he held management posts around the world; Jason is present at all weddings. Wequassett has dedicated kitchens for each of its wedding venues. We receive compliments about our food consistently!

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
AF: Call us! We accommodate appointments seven days a week. My direct line is 508-430-3025.

WequassettWequassett Resort & Golf Club
2173 Route 28
Harwich, MA 02645
T: 508.430.3025
Wequassett.com

Editor’s Daily Pick – David Yurman Cocktail Rings

I’m absolutely head over heels, madly in love with this foursome of cocktail rings by David Yurman. Sporting jewel tones and intricate details, these are ALL a must have for Spring! xoxo

Inspire Smart Success: Dominican Republic

ISS: DRWho wants to spend time with me in the beautiful Cap Cana, Dominican Republic and not to mention you will be getting tips & techniques for growing your successful business!

Join me May 6-9, I will be speaking at the Inspire Smart Success: Dominican Republic event about how to get your business published. There will also be a VIP private session where I will be signing my book, “Being In Love Never Goes Out of Style.”

If you’re in the wedding industry, this experience is for you! Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned professional, design invitations or decorate wedding cakes, you’ll learn actionable and useful items for growing your business and create business-building relationships, all while enjoying a rejuvenating vacation! You’ll go home educated, inspired, motivated and sun-kissed.

And did I mention I have 2 half-price tickets to give away! All you have to do is write on our Facebook wall why we should pick you! On your post be sure to mention the event, Inspire Smart Success: Dominican Republic. The winner will be picked April 10, 2012.

For more information, visit www.inspiresmartsuccess.com

Pack your bags, I am looking forward to seeing you there!

ISS: DR

Editor’s Daily Pick – Solange Azagury-Partridge Fringe Bracelet

A unique statement piece by Solange Azagury-Partridge! This 18K gold and diamond fringe bracelet will give any simple look a strong impact.