Before I move ahead and celebrate a new year I like to have a quiet, little closing ceremony for the year that has just past. I admit I am a little late with this due to traveling and a massive 7 day head cold but here I am. Better late than never:) I reflect on all the highs and lows of my life…work, home, relationships, health, family, friends & fun. I give thanks for all the many blessings my family and I were fortunate enough to receive as well forgiveness for things that were less than fortunate to have to deal with. And then….I release it to make room for the wonderful new year ahead.
As the event industry works 6 months to a year in advance I am very much entrenched in 2014 already. 2013 quickly became a distant memory in November with our last wedding of the year as it’s easy to get caught up in all the hoopla of the upcoming events and keep moving. But lately I have been pouring over that old box of pictures in my head. We’ll call this box “2013′s Wonderful Weddings”.The one that once opened transports me instantly to a place & time of joy and happiness. I think about all of the good times that have been shared and great memories that were made with clients and colleagues in 2013. I see the snapshots of these moments so vividly in my head. They are momentary polaroid’s, snippets & images that I will always cherish.
As we head into 2014 I would like to take a moment to personally thank all of the wonderful clients and esteemed colleagues who have put their trust in us this past year and helped make 2013 such a success.
It has been an honor and a privilege to not only execute your vision and help plan your special event but to truly be a part of your lives. No two parties or weddings are ever the same but the heart of what is important always is. Our celebrations always center around L O V E. That universal life force that is at the epicenter of all that we feel, aspire and hope for in our everyday lives. Our events are always about the L O V E of family, L O V E of friends &
L O V E of life. What a gift.
THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO BE ON SUCH A VERY SPECIAL JOURNEY WITH YOU AND FOR BEING A PART OF YOUR CELEBRATION.
Thanks to the ever so clever, creative & imaginative, goddess of the gown, Ms. Vera Wang, we have a trend for 2014 I am most happy to share. It is officially the year of PINK and tickled we are to highlight it here. Vera has asked us all to experience “pink as sensual, pink as seductive, pink as dreamy, pink as sophisticated, pink as strong, & pink as cool”. Her call to action is simple,”Think Pink!” and we couldn’t agree more.
As you can see we are not talking about blush or even baby pink. It’s not the sort of pink you would find on an adolescent girl skipping giddily off to a birthday party. We are talking about seductive, saturated hues that evoke emotion, scent, & whimsy in the most sophisticated of fashion.
I challenge you this! Think of someone ….anyone that doesn’t look good in some hue of pink. Go ahead. Keep thinking. Ok stop… because you can’t! It’s universally flattering for just about any skin tone and coloring.
Now I would like to say this. There are many brides around the world…especially in the NY metro area who are not 20 something. They are 30 something confidant, professional, chic trend setters that are less than virginal. Yup… I went there. And I went there for a reason. This trend spans that gap. If you are young and innocent…pink can work. If you are more mature and confident pink can work. If you want something that is as timeless as Grace Kelly but as bold as Gwen Stephanie pink can work. Whether it’s your first marriage , or your third pink can work. If you are having a casual beach wedding or a grand gala affair pink can work. Whether it’s petal pink, rose pink, peony pink, or coral pink.
Pagano & Zangrilli Wedding by Ali Barone Events
You can always tell when two people are truly in love. It’s often in the way they can glance, smile and laugh with one another like no one else is in the room. Our couple, Matt and Marisa Zangrilli, did just that many times throughout their wedding day, giving us all a glimpse of their true love and friendship at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club.
The day began with an exciting and fabulous hair and makeup session from Jody Iacovelli and his assistant Michael along with Lindsey and Holly from Face Time Beauty. Marisa’s look finally came together as her veil was placed and her last layer of lipstick was reapplied before the ceremony—a stunning image. With Matt patiently waiting at the Church of Immaculate Conception down the road from the club, Marisa entered a classic Rolls Royce with her father and away they went.
As the ceremony came to an end, the ABE staff meticulously prepared for the cocktail hour and the evening festivities back at the club before the guests’ arrival. With Ali Barone’s luxurious vision, design and artful direction the rooms were filled with lush, muted flowers and opulent touches of crystal, satin and glimmering mercury glass throughout. Marisa and Matt’s dream wedding truly came to life. But, the party really started as the couple made their entrance for the first time as husband and wife!
The evening took off as the music, provided by Hank Lane (the Howard Taylor Band), filled the halls and dance floor of the Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Thankfully, Robert Wagner, the talented photographer of the night, caught every minute!
production process. It was a combination of the gorgeous location, the party atmosphere and the sheer, honest love of family and friends that was echoing throughout the rooms of the club that night that made this wedding most endearing and unforgettable. The theme was romantic and luxurious but, there was clearly something more to it—lots and lots of LOVE.
Event Planning and Design: Ali Barone Events www.nyweddingmaven.com
Photography: Robert Wagner www.rwagnerphotography.com
Flowers: Regina LaVecchia for Diana Gould ltd. www.dianagouldltd.com
Band: Hank Lane (Howard Taylor Band) www.hanklane.com
Catering/Venue: Sleepy Hollow Country Club www.sleepyhollowcc.org
Hair: Jody Iacovelli and assistant Michael www.lcwrsalonandspa.com
Makeup: Face Time Beauty (Lindsey and Holly) www.facetimebeauty.com
Miller & Bloomgarden Wedding by Ali Barone Events
The sun was out with not a cloud in the sky, a perfect day for a wedding. Our wonderful couple, Lauren and Zach, stood side by side all day through their photographs, to the chuppah and even as they shared their delicious treat at the end of the night—a true sign of their love and devotion.
The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens served as a beautiful background for their ceremony in “the meadows,” giving a secret garden feel. It was a magical moment when it all came together, from Pedestals floral décor to Laurens graceful walk down the aisle. It truly was a sight to see and photographer, Shari of Brett Matthews photography and her brilliant team, captured every moment.
We also loved how Lacey, the family dog, got to walk down the aisle as flower girl, too cute!As the heartfelt ceremony came to an end, the ABE team dried their eyes and prepared for the rest of the evening’s festivities. Luckily, as the sun went down so did the temperature and everyone was finally able to cool off with a refreshing drink from cocktail hour by the serene reflecting pool and fountain.
Finally, for the first time, Lauren and Zach were introduced as man and wife and the Dylan Mathews Band of Hank Lane kicked off the night with a bang! The transition from cocktail hour to the reception blew the guests away with the gorgeous floral centerpieces, the romantic glow from all the candles and the blend of light pinks and ivories even tied into the 5 tiered cake!
The crowd was lively and by the end of the night they weren’t ready to end the celebration. Fortunately, Zach and Lauren knew their guests well and set up a surprise treat outside for everyone on their way out. They all loved the Wafels & Dinges truck! It was a delicious, personal touch that everyone enjoyed and a memorable conclusion to an extraordinary evening.
Another flawless day with a beautiful couple and their families.
Event Planning: Ali Barone Eventswww.nyweddingmaven.com
Photography:Shari of Brett Matthews Photography www.brettmatthews.com
Flowers: Robert of Pedestals Floral Decorations www.pedestalsflorist.com
Band: Hank Lane (Dylan Mathews Band) www.hanklane.com
Catering/Venue: The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens www.palmhouse.com
Specialty: Wafels & Dinges www.wafelsanddinges.com
Looking for a intimate setting for your wedding day? A backyard can be the perfect location! It offers a special place for the bride and groom to say “I do” and allows flexibility in an environment you control.
Keep in mind that the amount of people on your guest list will depend on the size of your backyard space as well. You don’t want your guests to feel confined or restricted.
If you have the room, we suggest you rent an elegant tent so that there is somewhere to go if it begins to rain. You don’t want your guests running to your house for shelter!
Long tables work perfectly for a larger guest list and they really bring everyone together for a traditional, “family style” celebration. We also recommend using the outdoors to your advantage. Use the trees to string up bistro lights to set a romantic ambiance for your guests.
Have a swimming pool? Dress it up with floating candles or flower petals.
Since you saved your money by using your backyard as the wedding venue, consider spending on a fantastic live band and delicious catering. A great party should always have excellent music to dance to and food good enough to ask for seconds.
Image from rootweddings.com and weddingelation.com
When it comes time to consider where your wedding will take place, remember that a backyard wedding doesn’t always have to be casual or rustic. Depending on the decor, any theme can be pulled off. With the flexibility of a backyard wedding, you don’t have to add too much because nature serves as a beautiful backdrop.
Want to go for that vintage feel on your wedding day? A bird cage veil would be the perfect touch. Instead of spending your money on a custom made veil, we suggest you make it! Its a simple, inexpensive project that has a stunning finished look.
- A metal hair comb
- Needle and white thread
- Measuring tape
- Fine mesh tulle cut 1×28″ (or lace ribbon)
- French netting 9×25″ or more to be safe!
Once you’ve gathered all your supplies, it’s time to get started.
To measure how much french netting you’ll need, simply wrap it around your head and pinch where the two sides meet and cut. Then, lay the netting flat and fold over so both sides meet. Measure up 5 inches and cut inward on a diagonal.
Open the netting up and lay it flat. Thread your needle (make sure you give yourself enough thread) and make a nice knot at the end. Starting from the bottom corner and thread the needle through each “diamond” shaped dot on the netting all the way to the other side.
Once you get to the end, pull all the netting down to the end where you started. All the netting should be gathered and you should have the extra thread off to the side.
Put the netting to the side for now. Take the 1×28′ tulle and make a knot around the top part of the metal hair comb. Begin to wrap the tulle around the top between each comb “tooth.” At the end, make a knot.
Almost done! Now, take the needle and start a simple stitch (over and under) through the tulle you attached to the comb. Make sure when you begin stitching, the comb is facing the correct way (netting on the bottom and the comb placed on top, lined up with the gathered part and curved side down). Go back and forth with the stitching as many times as you want to make it secure.
Make another knot when you’re done sewing, cut off all the loose threads and you’re finished!
With six easy steps, you have yourself a vintage inspired bird cage veil! To make it more unique, we suggest clipping in a beautiful white flower by the comb.
*Note: If you choose a fancy, detailed hair comb it will become more difficult when wrapping the tulle, but it’s still doable.
As soon as they find their perfect dress, most brides are on the hunt for their veil. Will it be a bird cage or a bouffant style? Will you add a blusher to your veil? Or maybe you’re looking for something more dramatic, like a chapel or cathedral veil. Sometimes brides go with no veil and choose a stunning headpiece instead. Which style will you choose?
To make the hunt easier, we suggest you pick your head-ware based off of the theme or style of your wedding!
For the trendy vintage style wedding, a birdcage veil would be perfect. Immerse yourself in this theme by wearing your hair in pin curls and applying your favorite shade of red to your lips!
For the hippy-chic wedding, forget the veil and wear a beautiful floral crown. Have the flowers match your wedding colors or to keep it simple, wear a daisy chain crown.
Images from chicvintagebrides.com and ruffledblog.com
If you’re looking for elegance and romance, then the long, dramatic cathedral veil is for you! Of course, if you find the cathedral veil to be too long, the chapel style veil will still provide the drama you’re looking for but feel more manageable with a shorter length.
Image from madireid.com
Feeling retro? The bouffant style veil was quite popular in the eighties but it’s making a comeback! With it’s multiple layers, this veil gives volume and can work for a fun, playful bride.
Image from bridalmusings.com
And finally, if you’re looking to simply show off your amazing hairstyle, we recommend the fashion forward look of a headband.
Whichever you choose, you want it to be comfortable and feel “right” so try on several styles . But most importantly, your veil or headpiece is like “the icing on the cake”, and the ultimate finishing touch to your perfect bridal look so don’t be afraid to try on as many styles as possible WHILE trying on your dress of choice. Chances are the right one will be an obvious choice!
So you’ve found your perfect dress, booked all the vendors and the bridal party has everything they need to look great by your side. But what about the guest favors? If your wedding day is creeping up and you still have no idea how to thank your guests here are some simple favor ideas we thought you might like!
The key is to pick something that wont just collect dust. Choose something that can be reusable or practical, but is still memorable. Still lost? Start thinking about how many people are on your guest list and what they might enjoy or appreciate. Trust us…they do not need nor want a 2″x2″ mini picture frame!
Edibles are always a good choice but think outside of the box…of traditional sweet treats that is! Why not local jars of honey accompanied by a sampling of your favorite tea or fresh roasted coffee beans for guests? They will think of you every time they pour a cup!
Photos from Wedding Clan and bellethemagazine.blogspot.com
For the eco-friendly bride, small succulent plants potted in recycled tins or jars with your guests seating assignments creatively displayed can double as favors and place cards!
For the crafty DIY bride who is inclined to do it herself we found these sweet little “seed bombs.”
For easy directions and ingredients, visit offbeatbride.com/2012/07/diy-seed-bomb-favors. Or if you don’t have as much time as you thought, Etsy.com can provide them for you (the seed bombs above are from www.etsy.com/au/listing/123723835/elegant-plantable-paper-seed-bomb).
Be creative and always remember that whichever favor you choose, its a gesture of thanks and a memento of your beautiful day!
Planning for a late summer wedding? Looking for a fun, fresh theme? Well, August 3rd was National Watermelon Day and to stay in the spirit, why not keep cool with a few of our refreshing “melon” ideas! Pink is a universally flattering color for most to wear so why not have your ladies decked out in subtle pink dresses with funky complimentary green accents or shoes. Does your MOH really want to stand out? If the color works with her skin tone put her in a crisp green dress and remember, a textured dress is unique and trendy this season. Once the girls are all set it’s time to carry it through to the guys! You could dress the boys up with some polka dot bow ties or pocket squares, or pink socks for just a touch of fun.
Mix and match these thirst quenching colors throughout your event & for an added personalized touch we suggest creating a signature watermelon themed cocktail.
Photo by Because Im Addicted blog
It’s summer after all and a perfect time to keep it cool, calm and crisp!