Archive for July, 2012

Editor’s Daily Pick – Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum

Monday, July 30th, 2012

A fragrance to lust over by Tom Ford. The Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum is a beautiful combination of citrus oils and floral notes with amber undertones. Wear this and you are sure to leave a lasting impression!

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Timeless Antique: Jessica & Ryan Get Married

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Jessa Kurzman and Ryan Francis
Married in New Marlborough, Massachusetts on November 5, 2011

It was a festive time of year when Jessa Kurzman and Ryan Francis first met — a Christmas party — and they sensed from that moment on that life was going to be a bit different. Circumstances didn’t allow them to meet again until the spring where they were able to rekindle what they felt months before. And three years later, they found themselves buying their first home moving in just before Christmas setting the scene for a perfect proposal.

On their rooted Christmas tree, Ryan hung a one-of-a- kind ring that he designed and with Train’s “Marry Me” playing in the background, he asked Jessica that timeless question: “Will you marry me today and every day?” The tree is now planted in their yard, and the ribbon from which the ring was hung still remains as a reminder of that gifted moment.

The wedding was elegant, yet comfortable, down to earth, natural, organic and simply unforgettable. The couple vowed to only do only what was important to them and what could be done well. They wanted to make sure it would be a day filled with surprises and that both they and all of their guests could enjoy themselves.

It wasn’t long before Ryan and Jessa found the perfect venue: Gedney Farm in the midst of the Berkshires. A rustic, yet classic barn with 40-foot ceilings and multiple levels, they felt that the location expressed their kinship with nature, flora and fauna. Jessa and Ryan were married in the third floor loft under the spreading branches of live trees, still replete with yellow, red and orange leaves reaching above the rafters.

Cocktail hour was on the first floor and the reception on the second, all tied together with cold, crisp fall birch trees, while the inside was kept warm with stone fireplaces on each level. The tables and mantels mirrored a fall harvest with centerpieces of herbs, turnips, artichokes and other decorative vegetables.

Five food stations were located around the perameters of the barn encouraging movement during dinner keeping the energy high. Dessert consisted of a variety of individual, miniature pies instead of a traditional wedding cake and, as a surprise to their guests, midnight snacks of grilled cheese, pulled pork sandwiches and French fries filled the tables one last time.

Jessa’s dress was created especially for her by New York haute couture designer Angelo Lambrou. It was graceful, elegant and comfortable. The groom and groomsmen wore black suits, thin ties and copper wire boutonnieres that were inspired by the copper in the wood floors.

A surprise for all the guests was a sky of glimmering splashes of color in a fireworks display, highlighted by one shaped like a heart symbolic of a perfect day and a perfect love.

Cinematography: Fairytale Studio Wedding Films, Milford, CT; Rehearsal Dinner: Mepal Manor, New Marlborough, MA; Wedding Location: Gedney Farm, New Marlborough, MA; Florist: Crocus Hale Flowers, Lenox, MA; Band: The Soul Sensations; Wedding Gown: Angelo Lambrou; Photography: Art Image by Sam Chingo, Preston, CT

We wish you countless years of happiness Jessa and Ryan and a big thank you to David Ruzicka of Fairytale Studio Wedding Films for letting us share this with our viewers!

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Editor’s Daily Pick – Borgioni Earrings

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Borgioni is known for creating “expressive, exotic and inspired” jewelry. Wouldn’t you agree that these stunning drop earrings express a level of luxury?

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Weekend Destination Wedding at The Taj Boston

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The Crown Jewel of Boston Hotels, Taj Boston occupies the city’s most prestigious address at Arlington and Newbury Streets. Renowned for their classic style and award-winning service, Taj Hotels can handle any wedding function with flawless execution.

Taj BostonGO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
TB: Elegant, Timeless and Location!

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
TB: Authentic Cuisine, European, America Continental and South Asian.

GO: What do you do for couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?
TB: Personal and luxury service reflective in our high-end restaurants. We also gift a 6-night honeymoon stay to a Taj property for couples having their reception here at Taj Boston. (*restrictions apply)

GO: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to take images?
TB: Couples have their selection of  everything from the grand staircases to private turn-of-the-century architecture venues to the botanical garden. Couples also have access to The Boston Public Gardens, which is located right outside our front doors!

GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding?
TB: We feature Chanel makeup consultants, high tea overlooking Newbury Street with violinists (ideal for bridesmaids gatherings or time with your mother). We also have a stately mahogany bar featuring premier selections of scotch, whisky, etc. for the groomsman. A Sunday rooftop brunch with views of the Boston skyline is another highlight along with some of the premier spas and hair salons that Newbury Street has to offer.

GO: Do you have unique guest spaces, where out of town guests can feel like they’re also on vacation?
TB: We have working fireplace suites with a menu of select woods to create the right blend of desired scents. There is also a decadent bubble bath menu.

GO:  What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a destination wedding at your property?
TB: Contact the Catering Sales Department.

Taj Boston
15 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
T: 617.536.5700
TajHotels.com/Boston

Photography: Eric Barry Photography

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Editor’s Daily Pick – H. Stern Cuff

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Isn’t this the perfect floral-inspired cuff for any summertime wedding or event? I love H. Stern!

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Photographer of the Week: Welson Sarkis

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Grace Ormonde picks Welson Sarkis of Forty10 Studio in Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, Michigan and San Diego, California as Photographer of the Week.

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For more of Welson’s work click here.

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Editor’s Daily Pick: Jack Kelege Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Friday, July 20th, 2012

This sapphire and diamond ring by Jack Kelege is blindingly beautiful! Wouldn’t you agree?

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Weekend Destination Wedding at Villa One Twenty

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Villa One Twenty is a boutique inn which has been luxuriously decorated in an eclectic, yet relaxed European style. Villa One Twenty offers an atmosphere which is ideal for romance, relaxation, comfort or a unique escape, situated in beautiful Rhode Island. Enjoy this weekend wedding that took place at Villa One Twenty.

Villa 120GO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
VOT: Newport’s Hidden Gem!

GO: What do you do for couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?
VOT: Anything from planning to organizing vendor meetings at the Villa saving the couple from running around Newport, not to mention personal service.

GO: Do you have selected areas where a couple can elect to take images?
VOT: The gardens alone are breathtaking, but we also have beautiful interiors for that grand old world feel.

GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding?
VOT: A glass of champagne and a small chocolate fountain is served to overnight guests upon arrival setting the mood for the weekend. We can organize anything, but have on-site rehearsal dinners, hair and make-up in natural day light, and massages on site.

GO: Do you have unique guest spaces, where out of town guests can feel like they’re also on vacation?
VOT: Absolutely, our grand ball room makes everyone feel special, but we also have a wonderful front porch for rest and relaxation. We also have a library for cocktails and a beautiful secluded garden with croquet and other grass games.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a destination wedding at your property?
VOT: Call to see if we have availability on their chosen date and ensure their guest list does not exceed 60.

Villa One Twenty
120 Miantonomi Avenue
Middletown, Rhode Island 02842
T: 401.619.5993
VillaOneTwenty.com

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Editor’s Daily Pick: David Webb Necklace

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

This emerald and diamond necklace by David Webb is sure to make me green with envy towards the lucky recipient who wears it!

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Photographer of the Week: Brian K. Crain

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Grace Ormonde picks Brian K. Crain of Brian K. Crain | Lifestyle Weddings in New York and New Orleans, Louisiana as Photographer of the Week.

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For more of Brian’s work click here.

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