Thursday, November 20

Tegani Bridal Jewelry Featured on Cover of OPRAH

I just read about this fabulous news on The Wedding Style Report , published by Luxurious Wedding. Many congratulations to Tejani Bridal Jewelry ! These earrings are amazing and look stunning on Oprah.

Wednesday, November 19

Cheers to Cindy and Colin

Congratulations to Cindy and Colin who were married in Old Lyme, Connecticut

Gorgeous Detailing on the Men's Boutonnières . All Floral Design by KD+J Botanica

Katherine designed these Cones out of Luxurious Silk Dupioni to line the church walls - amazing!

The Bride and Groom say I DO!

What better way to Travel ?

The Bride and Bridal party , who looked stunning, were dressed by Allison at
The Plumed Serpent

This is why every Bride should wear a Veil.

Sand and Sky were the predominate colors of our design concept . I love the intertwined C's [ for Cindy and Colin] adorning the top of this menu. We styled the menu and table numbers with the talented ladies at Wiley Valentine

Sky Blue Cushions pop on the White Washed Reception Chairs

Billowy White and Blue Hydrangea complete the Styling of the Room

The Reception featured Indoor and Outdoor Dining.
I love these inlaid Mother of Pearl Chargers.

Any Senior TRE Blog Readers recognize these guests? We assisted them with their wedding last summer in Old Lyme . As a matter of fact, KD+J Botanica and
M Benedicte Verley also were part of the team at their wedding.
Looking fabulous are Emily and Matt [ still newlyweds]. It was great to work with Katherine and Benedicte again. Benedicte shot all of the amazing photographs above.

Sunday, November 16

Design Inspriation

Want to know an odd source of inspiration for me? Tom + Jerry. Stay with me .... If you think about it, Tom + Jerry provide scene after scene of physical comedy without ever saying a word, yet there is a full storyline [ though some would argue this point ]. With the help of musical accompaniment and sound effects there is a production.

In a reception atmosphere - we can not stand on a table and say " this is connecticut chic " the ambiance and decor selections must speak for themselves . The surrounding must project our concept for us, which is why it is so important that each design element speak in harmony. Out of place design items, musical selections or poor attire choices provide a visual interruption that block our message.

Have you ever heard someone come home from a reception and say it was so beautiful but " the flowers blocked my view " or " the band was to loud" or " we waited to long to eat". These are interruptions that could have easily been avoided.

Great design is not about individual elements it is about creating an environment for entertaining.

Tom will always chase Jerry that is expected , as much as a bride and groom will always marry and then host a reception - but the true excitement lies in how it happens.

Watch a great movie, read a page turning book, see a broadway show - as each chapter unfolds it tells more of the story and leaves you wanting more! Isn't that also what you want in a fabulous party?

Wednesday, November 12

The Business of Being in Business

As small business owners it can be easy to overlook the importance of consistently educating ourselves and our team. Seminars, classes and conferences are extremely important to our success. Business owners should look to industry specific education opportunities as well as key business tool classes and coaching sessions often offered by local SCORE chapters.

In October I blogged about attending a dynamic symposium offered by Industry greats Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce from Engaging Concepts. Rebecca also writes a wedding business blog/journal for industry professionals that you can find here.

Engage! 08 the encore which is the second in what I hope is a very long series of interactive seminars was probably the most beneficial thing I have done for my company since opening our new studio. I found it fascinating , motivating ,thought provoking and very rewarding. I loved hearing about how the Knot started , struggles they overcame and about the success they now enjoy.

I appreciated every speakers honesty about their business and was especially grateful to Preston Bailey who exercised no restriction on Sean Low's ability to share his obstacles and financial challenges in his business .

The symposium was attended by more than 80 people from across the globe who were there to recommit to their business vision if not refine that vision even more. I got to meet so many people who I have either read about , blogged about or only heard about.

I left with much clarity about my own personal and professional future which was redefined even more yesterday with a coaching session from Simon T. Bailey. Simon not only spoke at Engage! 08 but also gave everyone a copy of his book " Release your Brilliance" which is a MUST read.

Thank you to Rebecca and Katherine for creating a learning , " no-judgment here" environment that allowed participants to charge past their fears and reach for excellence!

Monday, November 10

Cheers to the ladies @ Southern Weddings Magazine

The ladies over at the divine Southern Wedding Magazine just updated their online presence with an amazing blogsite !

The blog envy goes without saying -- but I am most impressed with their "voice" the way they are able to tell their personal and professional stories while educating us on all things weddings. I love the Real Weddings and Details -- this is an amazing resource for brides and wedding industry professionals alike.

Many Congratulations and I can't wait for the next post!

Thursday, November 6

Studio Construction!

We are under a bit of construction --- which means I have been a very bad blogger on our new "Style our Window "Feature.... The Construction should be complete for our Big Trunk Show this weekend. I am told the wall will be done - dressing rooms are another story :)

I want to thank everyone who voted on the blog and who also sent in emails - I loved the feedback. I will post the winning dress and window photo next week and then resume the weekly feature!

Stay Tuned....

Wednesday, November 5

Badgley Mischka Bridesmaid Trunk Show

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