Friday, 25 December 2009


Dear all Stellina Events blog readers,

I just want to take the time to wish you a very happy holidays.

Enjoy this time with your friends and family.

Love them, cherish them and have a great time planning your upcoming wedding!

Best wishes this holiday season,

ASK THE EXPERT: Kissable Holiday Lips

So you want to try red for the first time at the next holiday soiree?

Or perhaps you're already a red lipstick junkie but want to prevent it from bleeding and smudging to keep it looking fresh...

VIVA GLAM 1 and Russian Red by M-A-C are so versatile that they can work on skin tones from fair to deep.

If you desire a retro matte look reminiscent of Jackie O, Marilyn, or Gwen Stefani: try Ruby Woo or Lady Danger lipstick with Cherry lip pencil by M-A-C Cosmetics.

A classic red lip that stops traffic, like a starlet in a classic movie is well worth the extra steps. Layering products helps your lipstick from wearing off unevenly without worrying about touch ups all night.

How to apply:
  • Start by moisturizing with Kheils lip balm and then blot to remove excess emollients
  • Using a sponge, gently apply a thin layer of M-A-C blot powder all over your lips, above and outside the lip line
  • Apply a few coats of your favorite color, then finish with a lip brush (the retractable kind is super handy - you can throw it in a clutch or your pocket with your lip product).


  • For a more dramatic defined look, choose a pencil that contrasts a bit with the focus color. Blend with your brush, blot and dab lipstick one last time.
  • To prevent bleeding use concealer around the edges of your lip all around the lip line.
If you need a touch up from kissing your guests or sipping on martinis, all you have to do is pucker, and dab the color in the center.

Happy Holidays,

P.S. Don't forget to drink though a straw all night!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

How to offset the environmental impact of your wedding: ZERO CARBON WEDDINGS

Today, while doing my daily search on the web for news and anything interesting that might inspire me, I happened upon an organization called

At they have a trademarked tool called ZeroCarbon Weddings that they developed in partnership with WeddingWire.

It is a calculator that is easy-to-use and allows you to calculate the approximate carbon footprint of your wedding and then find out what it will take to offset it. How great is that?

For more information on this tool or to try it for yourself, go to:

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

In honor of COP15: Green Guides to Planning Your Wedding

In honor of the UN Climate Change Conference currently underway in Copenhagen, Denmark, I thought I would share with you a list of books that you can read to inspire you to go green (or a bit greener) for your big day.

All of the books are available at so you are just a few clicks away from finding out how you and your fiance can do something great for the environment whilst planning your perfect day.


Here is the list (not in any specific order):

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Bridal gown sale at SAKS in NYC!

Attention all brides looking for a gown in New York City. Saks Fifth Avenue is having an amazing sale on gowns for this week only.

Gowns from Vera Wang, Reem Acra and Monique Lhuillier as well as other desginers will be on sale for as much as 70% off!

Here are the details...

Dates: Today - Saturday, December 5th
Times: 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Where: 611 Fifth Ave. (between 49th & 50th Streets), 9th floor

Have fun and good luck finding your perfect gown!

For all your single girlfriends out there: CITY GIRLS WORLD

Today's article is for all of your single girlfriends out there in the tough dating world and for all you married girls who love a good date story.

I would like to introduce you to City Girls World, a website that is dedicated to all city girls in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, though the guidance is out there for all girls to share no matter what the city.

The City Girls World blog was created by my very best friend Christie (the beauty on the right in the pic above) who currently resides in DC but keeps her passport and car keys on her at all times for the random adventure or date.

Christie created the site with her friend Jess to share their dating stories, advice, and interesting info about their local cities like the best place to go on a first date versus a third date, and bars with the hottest bartenders and prettiest bathrooms.

I am also very excited to share with you an interview with Christie and Jess in the Washingtonian today that is all about City Girls World.
Take a look:

So if you are heading to the alter but want to take care of your bridesmaids and other girlfriends, let them know about City Girls World. It's a fun site with great info and is highly entertaining.

You can find City Girls World at the following link:

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Designer and couture bridal gown sample sale : Exquisite Bride in NJ

Attention all brides in the New Jersey area, Exquisite Bride is having an incredible sample sale on bridal gowns this week only!

Exquisite Bride is a specialist in designer and couture gowns and the sale will include gowns from Vera Wang, Jim Hjelm, Ulla Maija, Liancarlo, Modern Trousea, Junko Yoshioka and many others. Veils will also be on sale so that you can complete your bridal look.

Here are the details for the event...

When: Tuesday, December 1st - Sunday, December 6th 2009

Where: Exquisite Bride, 110 Essex Street, Millburn, NJ 07041

Call 1.973.376.2770 to make your appointment.

For more information on Exquisite Bride, go to their website:

Check out the Exquisite Bride blog for more information:

Monday, 30 November 2009

MAX – An intimate Italian to celebrate your engagement

Back in 2001 before I moved to Europe, a friend took me to a cozy little Italian restaurant in the East Village that was absolutely charming with scrumptious homemade dishes. I never knew the name so I wasn’t able to return to the restaurant until a serendipitous moment last night.

Wandering around downtown New York yesterday evening, my husband, Michal, and I had the pleasure of happening upon Max, a warm, candlelit, rustic Italian restaurant in Tribeca, New York City. The environment was so inviting and the menu had loads of classic Italian pasta and meat dishes that we adore - we just had to walk in.

With a great, affordable menu and a wonderful wine list with servers who really know their wines, this restaurant seemed to be a transplant straight from the cobblestoned streets of the Trastevere district in Rome.

After taking a bite of my Lasagna Fatta in Casa (homemade lasagna) with delicious béchamel sauce, I knew that I had been there before. It wasn’t déjà vu, it was the simple fact that Max was the Italian resto that I had adored so many years before. Not only do they have a restaurant in Tribeca, but there is one in the East Village as well.

Max is a wonderful, warm Italian restaurant that would be great for an engagement party if you are looking to have a sit down dinner to celebrate your upcoming nuptials with your nearest and dearest. The restaurants are rather small so they would be perfect for an engagement party of about 20 or more people.

So if you and your groom love great homemade Italian food, exposed brick walls, candlelight and amazing wines, definitely take a look at Max for your upcoming engagement party. Max is the perfect spot for long suppers filled with romance and good conversation.

Buon appetito!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

A must for your bridal kit: SUPERGEL

This is one super duper gel for all of your bridal cleaning needs whether you get a grass stain on your shoe or a drop of red wine on your dress.*

It won't fade colors but definitely try it out on something before using it on your big day!

It can be used diluted at a ratio of 1 to 10 for delicate needs. Just rub a small amount into the stain and rinse with cold water.

To buy Supergel, go to:

* Please note - Girls, don't drink red wine on your wedding day. Better to be safe than sorry!!!

Giving back after your wedding: PLANT A TREE

Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your wedding guests the day after your wedding?

Maybe you are thinking low key, fun BBQ with music followed by a group activity. If you tend to be green or just want to do something good for the environment and continue your group bonding, why not give all of your guests a tree sapling that you can all plant together at the nearest nature conservancy?

It’s a great way to give back to nature and celebrate with your nearest and dearest in a fun, hands-on way.

To order saplings for you and your wedding guests, go to the Green World Project website. They have a ton of saplings to choose from. Some are specific to weddings but there are a lot of other great options as well.

Check out their website:

To find out where to plant your saplings, contact your local nature conservancy or protected forest land.

Happy planting!


Monday, 23 November 2009

HATTINI – a great gift or accessory for the uber-chic bride and bridal party

My friend Maddy just passed on one of her fashion secrets to me. Her friend Marga is the creator of Hattini, a company devoted to designing headpieces (similar to fascinators) for “well-furnished heads.” Marga custom makes each individual hat so there is love and attention in each unique piece.

I have just had a look at the designs and they are pretty spectacular and would make great gifts for your fashionable bridesmaids. Plus, they are pretty wedding-budget friendly.

Whether you like the blue butterfly, a flower made of netting, or an exotic white orchid, there are styles to suite all different tastes. If you are going for a vintage inspired wedding, why not pair a satin cocktail dress for your bridesmaids with one of these outstanding headpieces?

Or if you are going for a short dress yourself or a beach wedding, there are definitely a few choices that are bridal worthy and could be a cute alternative to a traditional veil…but then I would recommend giving the headpieces as a gift to your bridesmaids so that your style stands out.

For more information on Hattini and to see all of the designs go to:

You can buy Hattini headpieces online at Etsy:

You can also go to the following shops to check out the headpieces in person:


The Hat Shop
120 Thomspon Street #A
New York, NY 10012-3722
(212) 219-1445

Kit 228
228 Elizabeth Street (between Houston St. & Prince St.)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-8110


Les Lucioles
Unit 112, Building No 1
No 10 Shajing Road (near Jiulong Road and Jiulong Hotel)
Shanghai 200080

The perfect setting for a beautiful beach wedding: EL DORADO ROYALE, RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

I just returned from a trip to Mexico (my lovely hubby surprised me for my 30th birthday) and just had to tell all of you about the hotel I stayed in because it would be the perfect place for a beautiful, fun and relaxing beach wedding.

Are you looking for a wedding with sun, sea and sand with not so much travel time? If you are based in or around New York then do take a look at the Riviera Maya. It is just a 4-hour direct flight from JFK to Cancun. There are also direct flights from Miami and other cities, so do check to see if there is a direct flight from your city. After you arrive, you are only a 40-minute shuttle ride away from the luxurious El Dorado Royale, an all-inclusive, adults only hotel.

Envision yourself in your flowing white gown walking down an aisle of sand and flower petals to your groom surrounded by your close friends and family. Your nuptials could take place either outside or inside the pretty church, which is just across from the reception site that overlooks the crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.

With a flower in your hair you can relax, treasure your naturally beautiful surroundings and dance the evening away with your loved ones all around.

The El Dorado has some incredible amenities. From the moment you walk into the resort, you are greeted with a smile, a cool and refreshing towel followed by a glass of chilled champagne. There are seven restaurants, thirteen bars (including a beach bar and numerous swim up pool bars), and a spa where they give delicious, not to be missed, deep tissue massages in huts on the beach (ask for your massage to be on the 2nd floor so you get the amazing view of the sea and don't forget to bring your camera!).

There are activities during the evening in the Gravitas bar followed by a DJ and dancing. I tend to be skeptical of all-inclusives but the activities weren’t too cheesy, just super fun, and the food was good (especially at Jo Jo’s, Kampai and D’Italia). Plus the DJ is open to requests so you can party all night to your favorite tunes!

If you want to keep active in the days leading up to your nuptials, head to the gym or the tennis courts. Or if you want a bit of adventure following your wedding day, rent the jet skis or try paragliding.

The crowds at the El Dorado are wedding-friendly, mostly couples and groups of friends/family in their late 20's, 30's and 40's.

Finally, last but certainly not least, the El Dorado has a very unique feature – the entire hotel is made of up canals so it is almost as if there is one big lazy river going throughout the resort premises. Pick up an inner tube at one of the gift shops and spend your days leading up to and following your wedding day in a tube swimming in the canals with a cocktail in your hand. I promise you that your stress will be relieved and fun will be had all around!

For more information on the El Dorado Royale in Riviera Maya, Mexico, go to:

Monday, 9 November 2009

Calling all wedding guests...RENT THE RUNWAY

This post is for all fashion-conscious women and girls who have upcoming weddings to attend but nothing to wear (not really nothing but nothing in our minds that we aren't bored with or is not exciting or fabulous enough for this specific event).

I would like to introduce you to Rent the Runway. It is a new service quite similar to Netflix that allows you to rent clothing straight from the runway and then mail it back after you wear it. It is an ingenious idea making runway fashion accessible to a much larger audience especially during this uniquely trying time where our purse strings are a bit tighter than usual.

The service is in high demand so if you are looking for the perfect runway gown to strut your stuff at your next party or wedding, then get your fingers typing in the following address and get yourself on the wait list!

Check out today's article on Rent the Runway in the New York Times.

Happy shopping!


Monday, 2 November 2009

ASK THE EXPERT: Fresh, flushed cheeks

Hi ladies,

With the cold wind blowing and winter coming, why not add some color to your cheeks for your big day?

For flushed, rosy cheeks try Tarte cheek stain in "Flush," a sheer berry color.

For a sheer, deep plum shade, use "Blushing Bride."

This product from Tarte is a water-based gel cheek stain, which will give you that natural flushed look. Just like you stepped in from the brisk cold. It is oil free, so it won't clog pores and does not contain parabens, sulfates or synthetic fragrances.

Here is a great process in which to apply the stain:

First, prep your skin with Precleanse by Dermalogica, following up with your favorite cleanser and moisturizer. Makeup wears better on clean, prepped skin.

Apply a sheer layer of foundation, and for a natural glowing look use either Armani luminous silk or Face and Body by Makeup Forever. This will even out your skin tone and help the blush stay in tact, since it has a product to adhere to.

Then apply a sheer layer of translucent power, like HD Powder by Makeup Forever, all over your face to set the foundation.

Finally, add Tarte cheek color with your finger and/or a foundation brush, applying until you the desired look.

Until next time,

Friday, 23 October 2009

Lion in the Sun: A treasure to behold

Beautiful invitations, wonderful personalized service and environmentally friendly – what more could you want from a stationer?

A Lion in the Sun is based in Park Slope, Brooklyn – the same neighborhood as Stellina Events – and is only two stops off the train from downtown Manhattan. Owners Melinda and David Morris consider A Lion in the Sun to be a family business.

Melinda manages the store and has a passion and pride for creating important keepsakes for the memorable occasions of life, as well as imparting importance and elegance to everyday occasions. She is grateful every day to be able to help her clients navigate the events that might seem overwhelming at the time, but that will undoubtedly become part of their most cherished memories.

At Lion in the Sun, Melinda and her team of experts design invitations based on your style and desires whether you are looking for a simple, classic invitation or a Save the Date with an illustration of the Brooklyn Bridge. They listen to your ideas and provide you with a range of options as to how they could be implemented. They will find ways to work within your budget, no matter how large or small. There are a wealth of options available and with their knowledge and expertise you will be steered in the right direction to make the invitation of your dreams a reality.

While the store reflects a deep appreciation for fine paper products, Lion in the Sun is also respectful of their place on the planet and actively seeks out quality recycled paper goods and companies that participate in programs to keep our planet green.

With an inviting storefront and a warm reception, it is always a pleasure to walk into Lion in the Sun. If you are looking for gorgeous designs and friendly & talented stationery experts then look no further.

For more information, please go to:

Lion in the Sun is located at:

232 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone (718) 369-4006
Fax (718) 369-9438

Store Hours:

Monday – Friday 11AM – 7PM
Saturday – Sunday 11AM – 6PM

From NYC – Take the F train to the 7th Avenue stop in Park Slope. Walk north on 7th.

Other nearby subways:The M or R trains to 9th St and 4th AvenueThe 2 or 3 trains to Grand Army PlazaThe B or Q trains to 7th Avenue

Or visit their sister store on Long Island:
Lion in the Sun of Huntington
314 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743

Phone (631) 423-5757
Fax (631) 423-5324

A special note from Amanda

Dear all brides- and grooms-to-be, maids of honor, bridesmaids, MOBs, MOGs, and all other followers of my Stellina Events blog,

I just wanted to write all of you a little note apologizing for the delay of my blog postings. As you may already know, Stellina Events just opened in New York and with my new location also came a transatlantic move for me from London to New York after seven years of living in Europe. I am back at home in NY now (Park Slope, Brooklyn to be exact) and ready to get back to writing giving you your weekly bit of inspiration for all of your wedding planning needs.

Have a great weekend and stay tuned for my next post on a local Park Slope invitation company called Lion in the Sun that creates beautiful, unique stationery for all of your wedding and party needs!


Thursday, 1 October 2009

ELEGANT BRIDE Fall 2009 - A feature on my wedding in Italy

Pick up the latest copy of Elegant Bride magazine (one of my favorite wedding publications) and check out page 28. There is an article on my bridal look from my wedding on July 3, 2008 at Castello di Modanella in southern Tuscany.

To discover your own bridal look to suit your personality and style, have a look at my previous blog article: How Your Street Style can inspire your Wedding Style.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

ASK THE EXPERT: How to get Perfect, Luscious Lashes

Hi ladies,

My current favorite mascara at the moment is MAX Factor volume couture. It comes in waterproof (just in case) for your very special day. The brush is flexible and has very small teeth to comb into each individual lash while keeping the curl, and adding a thick luscious coat of product without looking clumpy.

First, curl your lashes with a lash curler by Shu Uemura. Then use your index finger to lift the eyelid, applying the product starting on the root of the lash, next to the skin under the eye. Brush the mascara all the way through to the end. This creates a fuller and thicker lash line, and distributes the product evenly throughout each lash.

If you want a really full, thick lash angle the wand vertically and use the tip of the brush on the ends of the lashes to add extra volume. If you feel that you added too much product or want to tone it down, use a clean mascara wand (sold at most drugstores) to comb through the lash.

For the ultimate lash that will open up the eye and make them pop in photos, have your makeup artist apply individual fake lashes using waterproof glue by DUO, (sold at Ricky's in New York and other beauty supply stores).


Friday, 25 September 2009


I am thrilled to announce that the website for STELLINA EVENTS, my wedding design and special events consultancy is now up and running for all of you to see. Please go to the site, wander around, and let me know your thoughts.

On the website, there is a Contact Us page if you are interested in speaking with me about planning your upcoming nuptials or special event.

We offer free consultations for anyone planning a wedding or event, so do go ahead and contact me. I would be happy to help!

Or you could always just drop me an email at:

I look forward to speaking with you. :)

Happy Planning!!!


Tuesday, 22 September 2009

A beautiful bridal bouquet for winter: Black & white gerbera daisies

Last week I was at Claridge's, a hotel in London, enjoying afternoon tea with a friend to say goodbye before I relocate from London to New York next week. When exiting the foyer, I saw the most beautiful flower arrangement that would make for an outstanding bouquet or centerpiece for a black and white themed wedding.

The bouquet was a tight bunch of white gerbera daisies similar to the photo above. It might sound simple but it was beguiling - just gorgeous and made me stop in my tracks to take note.

Whilst winter is still months away, this bouquet had me picturing snowfall and a winter wedding. Maybe it was the stark contrast between the winter white petals and the dark insides. Or maybe it was just the essence of the gerberas, which usually tend to look modern to me but these had a look all their own - one that could work in many locations from a modern loft setting to a country estate covered in snow.

So for all you winter brides out there, here is a bit of inspiration…

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

How to welcome autumn? With a new color palette of course…

While many of us are sad to see summer go, why not embrace the crisp air, the clear sunny skies and the cooler breezes? When I think of autumn, I think of a tradition we have here in the US northeast called Fall Foliage where we drive to the countryside to see the changing of the colors of leaves on the trees from the vivid summer greens to the warmer shades of red, orange and yellow. The colors are so beautiful and during those trips we also throw in some apple picking to make fresh home baked apple pies when we arrive back home.

On that note, a color scheme that I love for the autumn is based on neutral tones with accents of bright apple red. The shade of red I am referring to is like a ripe, juicy Macintosh apple. It has zest and pops against the neutrals.

The key to this color palette is to keep it simple. Keep it earthy. Whether you get married inside an old barn, transform a loft into an earthy space, or your reception is in the middle of a field - keep the linens neutral (light beige or crème tones) and add natural wooden chairs (in a darker brown or a country honey tone).

For centerpieces you could use red gerbera daisies like you see in the gorgeous wedding photos above taken by Nashan Photographers at the 320 Guest Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. Another option is to embrace the season and go au natural with an assortment of apples in glass bowls either with leaves (if you want some green accents) or with trees branches (to stick with the neutral palette).

While you wear your beautiful white wedding gown, your bridesmaids could wear neutral crème or tan tones, maybe even with a hint of a gold or bronze shimmer. If you want to add some color to your gown, then go ahead and carry a bouquet of bright red gerberas or another red flower that you love. Or if you want to be a bit more classic, while you carry your white bouquet, your bridesmaids could carry bright red flowers and your groomsmen could wear the matching boutonnières.

Feel free to sprinkle red around your wedding. Why not add your red flowers or petals to a simple white tiered cake? Or tie a red string around each napkin to act as a napkin ring. The possibilities are endless. Just be sure to not overdo it – keep the red as an accent so that it is unique and surprises guests whenever they see it appear in the details.

This is a color palette that is a bit modern, a bit country, and definitely says “Hello autumn! We are happy to see you.”
So for all of you getting married in autumn 2010 or 2011, take a moment to consider whether this color palette could be a good match for your wedding vision.

And for all brides getting married in the spring or summertime, feel free to play around with this color palette to make it more appropriate for those seasons. For example, rather than going with a bright apple red, for summer I recommend heading more towards a hot tomato red or an orangey red (see Essie’s Clam Bake nail polish for the perfect shade) or for spring, try a red poppy color or the color of a fresh red chili. These colors will definitely add some spice to your wedding (pun attended!).

If you like the photos above then go to Nashan Photographers for more information:

If you like the wedding venue seen in the photographs, then check out:

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Jenny Yoo 2010 Collection Fashion Show: Tribeca Rooftop, September 29, 2009 6-9pm

Attention all brides-to-be looking for gorgeous bridesmaid dresses and gowns, now is your chance to reserve your ticket to the upcoming fashion shows for Jenny Yoo’s 2010 Collection.

As you know, I am a big fan of Jenny Yoo’s bridal party dresses – there are so many different designs to choose from and beautiful colors that deciding which dress is the right one with your bridesmaids will be hard just because there are loads of great options!

I love the sophisticated and stylish green dresses in the photo above so if you, like me, would consider buying one just because you want it (even though you aren’t a bridesmaid) then definitely book your spot on the runway now for this event.

The event will also have other wedding vendors for you to take a look at and meet. In fact, the list of contributors includes Jo Malone and Neuhaus – brilliant bath products and scrumptious Belgian chocolates will definitely make your time at the event that much more enjoyable! After all, what girl could resist watching a fashion show whilst nibbling on gourmet chocolates?

Here is the info you need to buy your ticket, which includes a ticket for your BFF or best family member to join you in your search for the perfect bridesmaid dress:

Event name: Unveiled - A Bridal Soirée

Date: September 29, 2009 from 6-9pm

Location: Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Debrosses Street, New York

Admission: $20 (Bride and 1 guest)

RSVP by September 25th by calling: 212-645-0823

There is also a form to fill out that you can find at the following link:

If you are based in CHICAGO and wish you could go to the event, don’t fret. There will be a Jenny Yoo Fashion Show and a Champagne Cocktail Reception in Chicago. Here are the details:

Event name: Unveiled - A Bridal Soirée

Date: October 8th, 2009 from 6-8pm

Location: Lumen, 839 West Fulton Market, Chicago

Admission: complimentary (Bride and 1 guest)

RSVP to the Chicago event by October 2nd by calling: 312-642-2327.

The RSVP form and additional information on the reception can be found at:

For more info on both of the events, please go to:

Please note: Space is limited so do give them a call sooner rather than later to book your place at the event.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

The Kleinfeld’s September Sample Sale is coming! - Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ladies, one of the famous Kleinfeld’s sample sales is upon us. During the sale you can save up to a whopping 70% off select sample gowns. This is an event that is so well known, it was even featured on an episode of Friends where Monica fought with a woman over her wedding gown, though this event is not as frightening since brides-to-be each have their own appointment. Definitely not to be missed if you are in the NYC area and are in the market for a gorgeous designer gown (for a much friendlier price). Happy hunting!!!

Here are some sample sale highlights:
  • Save up to 70% on select sample gowns from top bridal designers

  • Designers include: Alvina Valenta, Amalia Carrara, Amarilidine, Amsale, Amy Michelson, Anne Barge, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Christos, Claire Pettibone, Danielle Caprese, Edgardo Bonilla, Eve of Milady, Henry Roth, Ian Stuart, Jim Hjelm, Judd Waddell, Justina McCaffrey, Kenneth Pool, Lazaro, Liancarlo, Marisa, Melissa Sweet, Michelle Roth, Monique Lhuillier, Peter Langner, Pnina Tornai, Priscilla of Boston, Reem Acra, Rivini, Romona Keveza, Stephen Yearick, Tara Keeley, and many other famous Kleinfeld exclusive European designers!

  • Plus, receive up to 50% off a select group of accessories!

To make an appointment for the event (one is needed to attend), please call 1-646-633-4300.

For more information on Kleinfeld’s go to:

Sunday, 23 August 2009

A Brooklyn venue to love: Bubby’s DUMBO

Whether you are looking for a venue for your reception or the perfect spot to hold your engagement party or day after brunch, you should take a look at Bubby’s DUMBO. For those of you who don’t know, DUMBO is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, a unique NY location that will have guests admiring the beautiful view and a great opportunity to take photos on the water with the NY skyline in the background.

Nestled on the shore of the East river, next to Brooklyn Bridge Park, Bubby’s DUMBO is one of my favorite brunch spots. Their food is to die for (I have never met a more yummy eggs benedict) and their drinks are delectable (try the Bloody Mary with jalapeño-infused vodka). While they are typically known as one of New York’s famed breakfast and brunch spots, Bubby’s DUMBO has a space that is perfect for a celebration.

With a beautiful bar reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour, glossy brown hardwood floors and space for a band and dance floor, Bubby’s DUMBO just might be the place you have been searching for. It is a great venue if you are planning a wedding in the New York but want something a bit more unique or if you just want to grab your closest family members and wedding party the day after your wedding for a proper debrief!

Go to for more information or call 1-718-222-0666 to make reservations and see what the fuss is all about! Just make sure to arrive hungry…

Monday, 17 August 2009


For the past few years, I have been admiring the work of Melanie Nashan and her expert team of photographers. Based in Montana, Florida and California, but willing to travel the world for their clients, Nashan Photographers specialize in capturing candid, artistic moments of a bride and groom’s big day.

Whenever I look at their beautiful photos, all I can think is that I would love to be at the events that they are photographing. With a knack for capturing emotion and the details, their photos reveal the unique character of each wedding.

In fact, Nashan Photographers was chosen by PDN, photography's most respected trade publication, as one of America's top wedding photographers.

The work of both Melanie and her associates can be seen in tons of bridal magazines including Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Elegant Bride, Modern Bride, and The Knot, amongst others.

If you love their work and have other events or celebrations coming up, do keep them in mind as well since Nashan Photographers also photograph family gatherings, holiday photos, senior portraits, maternity shoots and baby portraits.

For more information on Nashan Photographers, please go to:

Also, check out Melanie’s blog at:

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

How your street style can inspire your wedding style

Whether you think of your personal style as modern, trendy, classic, funky or just unique to you – we all have different styles and tastes. While flipping through most bridal magazines we see images of brides with a beautiful full white gown, a nice up do, and soft makeup…so where does our style go when we become a bride?

Just because we all wear white doesn’t mean that our gown, hair, makeup, accessories and the entire wedding cannot be distinct to us (and our groom, of course).

My friend Jill has a great street style blog called Pics by Polka Dot - - where she captures people walking down the street to inspire others and open a dialogue about fashion today in London and everywhere she happens to travel to (She is in NY right now). The photos above are all from her website. All of these girls have a distinctly different style and that style should be reflected in their wedding.

Here are some tips to turn your street style into your wedding style:


Work with your groom to design your wedding vision. Your wedding vision should be based on your street style, your groom’s style, your style icons (if you have one or many), where you live, what your backgrounds are, where you love to visit, your music tastes, your favorite foods, colors and places. At the end of the day your wedding vision is all about creating an event that is unique to the two of you. It is a combination of your styles and who you are as a couple together. It is a puzzle and every piece counts in making your vision of the perfect day a reality and your street style is a big piece of the puzzle.


Decide on how each of the elements below will be selected to create your wedding vision.

The Gown:
In order to find your perfect wedding dress or gown, start with bridal magazines. Don’t just buy one, buy a bunch. All magazines have different styles and identities so Elegant Bride, Town & Country Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Modern Bride are all quite different publications.

Also, check out dresses online from past years at since you may love a designer’s previous bridal line. If you don’t see what you are looking for, then why not find a seamstress to create your own unique wedding dress. You could pull out different elements of gowns you found that you like, such as the neckline or the train and show the seamstress different types of dresses and gowns that you own, which are your favorites. That way you can create a dress or gown that is unique to you and suits your style and figure.

The key is to find a dress or gown that works with your street style, in a more formal embodiment. If you tend to feel more comfortable is suits, then a more classic, fitted dress could work. If you want a more youthful, fun look go for a short white dress. If you are more of a romantic try a flowing chiffon gown. Go with what you feel comfortable in - the gown that when you put it on, feels like you.

Something I don’t understand with weddings is why so many people who normally wear their hair down or in beautiful styles, just decide for that one day to put their hair up in a tight up do. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. If you never wear your hair up, I wouldn’t advise starting to do this style for your wedding. Your wedding You should be the most naturally beautiful You, so stick with what you know looks good on you. A helmet head of hairspray is not attractive on anyone so try and keep it soft and natural, whether up or down. Pull out photos of your favorite hair styles and bring them to your hair stylist to see which looks suit your own personal style the best.

Accessories are your time to have some fun (in addition to all of the other fun elements of planning your wedding!). If you are a bit funky, you could add a tiny veil that covers only part of your face. If you want something a bit more glamorous and stylish, try a veil that goes to just beneath your shoulders and is cut straight across to complement a fitted trumpet gown. If you like more classic styles, go for a chapel or cathedral length veil.

Then there is jewelry – From diamond or pearl earrings to a statement ring or chandelier earrings. There are tons of ways to use jewelry to bring across your personal style. To add some spice, don’t be afraid to bring in some color. If you love turquoise, why not add a turquoise ring or bracelet? Then you can check your “something blue” off your list as well!

Location, Location, Location. Your ceremony and reception venues set the scene for the entire day. Finding the right venue should begin with you. Where do you enjoy spending your time and vacations most? The beach? A lounge bar? The countryside? By a lake in the forest? Or a big city? In addition to your street style, figuring out your vacation style and the places that make you feel the most comfortable, happy and stress free is a great start to selecting your venue. Also, take into consideration where you and your fiancé come from: a small town or big city?

Despite being a big city girl, the places where I feel the most relaxed are Tuscany and outside in nature so we had our wedding at a villa in the Tuscan countryside followed by another event at Tavern on the Green in New York in the middle of Central Park.

Even if you don’t plan on a destination wedding, you can create your perfect wedding anywhere you choose. If you live in a big city but want a countryside wedding, look into your city parks and gardens and add some rustic décor to your table settings like lavender, baby’s breath and tree branches. If you live in the countryside but want a city feel for your wedding, then find a loft space or an industrial building and focus all of your efforts on the décor. Keep the tablecloths and flowers white or ivory, add mirrored disks to the table underneath the centerpieces, then add some white candles and silver bowls for the flowers. White and silver glam up any event but just make sure to keep it classy and sophisticated.

Gorgeous hydrangea, brightly colored gerbera daisies, wild tropical orchids, soft sweet peas, classic roses, distinctive poppies or wild flowers…the list goes on and on. Choose your favorite flower or a flower that embodies you. Also, speak with your florist to find the right type of bouquet and centerpieces for you based on your gown and the overall wedding look and feel you are creating.

Do you love jazz? Hip hop? Caribbean beats and reggae? Or are you more old school and adore big band hits and swing music? While you want to incorporate music that everyone at your wedding of all ages can enjoy, music can really set the scene at your reception. Look into bands and DJs that specialize in the music you love. Another option is to have more classical, fun for everyone music at the start of the night followed by your faves once it gets a bit later. If you have a favorite local band or DJ, start your search with them. You never know – they might be honored to play at your wedding…

Many people don’t realize the importance of invitations. They are the very first thing that your guests receive. They are important because your guests will interpret what type of event you are having based on not only the text of your invitation but the style.

If you are having a low key, relaxed, yet elegant beach wedding then a simple invitation made of nice ivory card stock with a flowing pale blue script could work well. If you want to have a bit more fun, you could add a design of a shell at the top in the same pale blue.

Or if you are having a city wedding and you want to be bold, like your style, use a brighter color like red and select a stronger typeface in all capital letters.

There are so many things you can do with invitations from the card stock to the typeface and the designs you can add to personalize it – the options are limitless. Check out East Six in New York - - they do an amazing job at creating personalized invitations to suit your style.

Just make sure you have your wedding vision decided upon before selecting invitations so that they tell the story of your wedding.

Food and Drink:
Are you foodies? Are you a wine connoisseur? Do you prefer a certain type of food or have a favorite cocktail? All of these elements should be taken into consideration when creating your wedding menu so that the menu reflects you and your groom’s preferences and styles.

Favors and wedding baskets:
The little things count. Why not make your gifts personal so that your guests can remember and enjoy them? If you love wine, give a bottle of your favorite wine. If you love cupcakes, give your guests cupcakes at the end of the night. One bride that I know adores Christmas and she and her groom gave away silver Christmas ornaments with their names and their wedding date on one side with room for a photo of their guests at the wedding on the other side. Think about your hobbies and what you love and pass on the love to your guests so that they can enjoy it too.