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Sneak Peak: Boston Tea Party

We all want our loved ones invited and incorporated into the most special day of our lives! This Tuesday, we are teaming up with a couple of lovely vendors to show you how to style up your doggie for your wedding day or for any special occasion. Be prepared for some serious cuteness later this week, including bow ties, bright pops of color, and Boston terriers!


Photo credit: Emily Steffin via emilysteffin.com

How have you guys included your pets into your wedding day or if you’re planning on doing so?

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The Stylish Soiree’s Scholarship Entry – woot!

No matter how many events I plan, I’ve promised myself to never become complacent. I’m dedicated to continually learning more to improve my own skills and boost the repertoire of The Stylish Soiree, which is why Wedding360’s Academy for Designers & Planners peaked my interest so much. The seminar features some of the best and brightest in the wedding industry, both design-wise and business-wise…and it kicks off on my birthday, to boot. The chance to hear some of these amazing people speak and impart their knowledge had me SO excited, although the price tag gave me pause. I was torn between investing in my business and my other big goal, saving for a future down payment on a home.

As luck would have it, Wedding360 was generous enough to host a design concept contest for the Academy, with the winner enjoying a full ‘scholarship’ for the seminar! Venti green tea in hand, I sat down with a notepad and my laptop yesterday and hashed out ideas, searched for pictures, and (much to his dismay) bounced ideas off of Mike all day.  Finally, after nearly 10 hours of editing my ideas, pictures and design concept, I submitted the below. It was not a minute too soon, because my eyes were seriously about to go cross on me from staring at the screen all day, hehe. The description is a bit lengthy (what can I say, I’m a former writer!) but I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 Happy Friday!

Here is the gist of the application prompt, but the uber creative & talented Gloria Wong Design: “A farm-owner proposes to his glamorous socialite girlfriend. They are commplete opposites. He likes the simple rural country life. She likes the lavish uptown city life. They wish to blend their personalities and styles for their wedding. How do you meld these two lifestyles into a tasteful event?”

Written Portion of my Application:

The Concept

The design concept for this wedding is best described with the phrase “simple luxury.” Since his lifestyle is all about the simple pleasures of the country and hers is all about style, glamour and luxury, I felt that ‘simple luxury’ encompasses both of their passions while still giving me a cohesive design framework for their wedding. For the venue, I chose a spot that would appeal to both a luxury-loving socialite and a nature-loving farmer: the gorgeous Napa Valley. Since the socialite bride has undoubtedly spent years attending events in New York’s best venues, I thought that creating a luxury destination wedding in a region renowned for its farm-fresh food and world-class wines would be a unique, perfect setting for the couple to entertain guests of all backgrounds.

The Venue

The venue pictured is the romantic Beltane Ranch in Sonoma, which is an ideal canvas for the ‘simple luxury’ design concept. The Beltane Ranch was awarded the Travel & Leisure World’s Best Award for ‘Best Kept Secret’, boasting tennis courts, gardens and vineyards for the socialite set as well as a working ranch that keeps horses, cattle, dogs and hens – just the kind of setting to make a farmer feel at home. For the color palette I used granite, mocha, and cream. I picked these hues because they give the design a muted, sophisticated feel but are all earthy colors commonly found in nature as well.

The Bride & Groom’s Styling

Being a socialite, the bride naturally would want a spectacular gown that hasn’t been seen on other brides. Since The Stylish Soiree specializes in bridal styling as well, I would help the bride choose the gorgeous ivory and gray/blue J. Mendel couture gown that is pictured, crafted from airy silk tulle. Dove gray Guiseppe Zanotti peep toe pumps adorned with an architectural bow (almost inspired by the Chrysler building, a nod to the bride’s New York roots) and an ethereal silk tulle garter handcrafted by Florrie Mitton (we added a sterling silver horseshoe charm to the center as a special surprise for the horse-crazy groom). The groom is outfitted in a pinstripe gray suit (which he would feel more comfortable in than an ultra-formal tux), with a boutonnière fashioned from wild-picked thistle – much better suited to his style than a calla lily or rose.

The Design Elements

The design elements for the event include a mixture of upscale items, textures and designs with those that are more rustic and homey. I would incorporate wood, crystal, silk, metal and burlap elements into the design to create a richly textured feel to the wedding that is as warm and inviting as it is sophisticated. In the cocktail hour and reception area, ample candlelight would bathe the entire evening in a warm happy glow.

The Ceremony

Distressed wooden pews strewn with the numbered silk pillows (shown in the design board) would be set up in rows facing a large, gnarled oak tree where the couple would exchange their vows. Hanging from the tree’s branches behind the couple and officiant would be a row of three antique window panes with select words from their vows calligraphied onto the glass panes as a backdrop, with views of the rolling vineyards and hills behind the window panes. Large cream dinner plate dahlias are attached to the tree’s branches so it looks as if it is flowering the dahlias, creating a soft, romantic feel for the ceremony.

The Cocktail Hour

A specialty cocktail catering staff would be hired (like Cuff & Buttons), who will mix up all-organic, natural cocktails from scratch for guests and garnish them with fresh fruit from Beltane Ranch. The food catering is by none other than Thomas Keller’s Bouchon restaurant, which focuses on the gourmet simplicity of French bistro style food. For cocktail hour the waiters tray pass mini truffled croque monsieur sandwiches and farm fresh vegetable soup (two of the groom‘s favorites), alongside oysters on the half shell with mignonette and caviar with crème fraiche on mini toasted brioche (two of the bride‘s favorites).

While sipping organic, freshly made cocktails and nibbling on appetizers next to the paddocks, guests lounge on country French style loveseats and chairs strewn with burlap pillows that have farm product names stamped across them (as in the design board). Deep gray cashmere throws are draped over the arms of the furniture so guests can cozy up if they begin to get chilly. Each cocktail table contains a rustic basket filled with Beltane Ranch carrots, each tied with a hand-dyed silk bow and a calligraphied card inviting guests to give the horses a little treat – integrating the farm life into the guest’s experience of the event.

The Reception

While moving from the cocktail hour to the reception area, guests come across a low-hanging, massive branch of an oak tree. From the branch hangs over a hundred mini crystal bottles filled with olive oil from Beltane Ranch that serve both as place cards for dinner as well as a unique favor specific to the venue. Each olive oil bottle has an antique looking label calligraphied with the guest’s name, table number and a thank you message from the bride and groom.

Guests would be seated at three long rows of gray linen-covered long tables to enjoy a menu of white wine and Dijon mussels followed by a succulent roast chicken paired with green beans and crispy French fries perfect for mopping up the juices. The long tables are decorated with a wide, distressed wooden plank that runs down the middle to bring a rustic, natural element to the décor and to serve as a unique table runner. On top of the distressed wood are beautiful mix and match sizes of clear crystal antique perfume bottles filled with a few anemone blooms, gray berries, thistle and dusty miller. Larger arrangements in organic silhouettes are interspersed down the tables as well (in the style of the one in the design board) for bigger visual impact.

To light the evening, tall, ornate candelabras cast a warm glow on the guests as they enjoy their meal and catch up with friends old and new. The final element of design that makes the dinner table décor unique is a collection of mismatched French country style chairs all painted an antiqued mocha to add visual interest to the table while still keeping the look cohesive.

After dinner, the couple invites all the guests back to the cocktail area where a dance floor has been set up, along with a gourmet s’mores bar. Guests can choose from tiered, elegantly patterned dessert plates stacked high and labeled with the bride’s favorite chocolates from around the world, and melt them over open fire spits that have been brought in, along with custom cut-out marshmallows in the shape of lucky horseshoes. The guests then mingle and dance the night away to a mix of music (everything from classic standards to rousing country) played by a live band.

The Photo Credits:

Top row: Wedding cake and windows, Jason McGrew; Numbered Silk
Pillows, The Beautiful Life, Champagne and fruit-topped cocktails,
dolcissima events
Second row: Mocha and gray invitation suite, Hammersmith Press; The
Beltane Ranch
via their website
Third row: Vintage perfume bottles, Fine Art America; silk tulle
garter, Florrie Mitton; floral arrangement, Dandelion Ranch; Dress &
model from J. Mendel Spring 2010 show
Fourth row: Groom’s gray suit and thistle boutonniere, Adrienne Page;
French country style sofa and burlap pillows, unknown; shoes, Guiseppe
(not sure of photographer, I’ve had this one in my files for a
loooong time!)
Fifth row: Candlelit outdoor area, Josh McMurtrie; S’more, Anna
; Stable wall, country living; Candlelit long tables, Fete NY Posted by Wedding 360 at 10:18 PM 8 comments


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Elegant New York Wedding Inspiration Board

Audrey Hepburn has always been one of my favorite fashion icons. To me, she embodies effortless style, grace and elegance – everything I hope to help brides weave into their weddings with The Stylish Soiree’s services!  I came across a picture of her in the stunning Givenchy dress from the movie Sabrina, and decided to craft a “Sophisticated New York Wedding” inspiration board around the picture.

Ceremony: Dramatic rooftop setting with sweeping New York views.

Reception: Swanky ballroom dripping in crystal chandeliers, white flowers and an Old World elegance.

Details: Seafood raw bar & martini bar, anenome bridal bouquet and matching cake, letterpress invitation suite that exudes sophistication.

NY Elegant Wedding Inspiration Board 2

photo credits (l to r): Shoot for Sabrina promo, Martini & Seafood Bar – Wedding Style Guide, Venue – 620 Fifth Avenue, Bridal Shoes & Perfume – Sharon Pappas, Couple in Car – Punam Bean, NY Invites – Minna Designs, Anenome Cake – Cake Girls.

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Romantic Vintage Wedding Inspiration Board

In lieu of a boring introductory post, I thought it might be nice for The Stylish Soiree to enter the blog world with a bang. Though there are previous posts, those were just transfers from my personal blog, Shopaholica, not new blogs for The Stylish Soiree.  {Insert shameless plug here: If you too are fashion and food-obsessed, check it Shopaholica sometime.} Aaaand we’re back:

The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite novels thanks to the glitz, romance and decadence of the 20s. I originally envisioned a Great Gatsby theme for my own wedding, but once we chose the venue it no longer seemed appropriate. After creating this pretty inspiration board though, in hindsight perhaps I should have just found another venue, hehe.



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Romantic Winter Inspiration Board

Ah, winter, how I love thee. You bring with you chilly weather, allowing me to finally wear my favorite trench coats, scarves and boots. You bring the holidays, and with it the joys of presents, hot cocoa, eggnog, and Hallmark Christmas specials. And of course, with the holidays you bring the best of the year’s cookies, cakes, feasts and parties. What’s not to love?

Inspired by the rich reds and berry tones of the fall/winter season, I created an inspiration board to represent a few of my favorite things in the holiday season. So, while this post is fairly useless, at least it provides you, dear reader, with some fabulous eye candy.

Dress: Louis Vuitton

Three Diamond Ring: Sarah Perlis Jewelry

Wedding Invitation: Tulipa, by Dauphine Press

Cake: Charlotte Cake, image via Martha Stewart

Pears: Wedding Favor, image via Martha Stewart

Dinner Table: image via Preston Bailey

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