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I had the exciting privilege to attend Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party on Sunday, January 27th. This luxury bridal showcase was held at Gotham Hall in New York City.  Brides had the opportunity to listen to an expert wedding industry panel consisting of – Darcy Miller, Sylvia WeinstockAbby LarsonPeter SomClaudia Hanlin, and Peter Callahan.  Intermingled in the sea of talented vendors, brides could find a plethora of talent including Matthew Robbins and his Inspired Weddings book. Honeymoon exhibitors were abundant and the giveaways were amazing.  What more could a girl ask for?  To top off the experience, I had the opportunity to meet Martha Stewart of Martha Stewart Weddings!Screen-shot-2013-02-06-at-9.57.44-PM

 

This GORGEOUS “LOVE” ice sculpture by Okamoto Studio greeted brides as they filled Gotham Hall.
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Elan Artists Bands entertained brides as they perused the vendor exhibits.
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What a yummy and cool wedding cake! From New York Cake Pops
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Oh, my what beautiful dresses I spy!Screen-shot-2013-02-06-at-10.14.26-PM-698x470

 

How cute is this place setting! Available at NewlyWish.
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Food New York Style – Of course it was food trucks: Frites N’ Meats + Mexicue lined the street.
Photo Credit – Allan Zepeda

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I had the pleasure of helping Sasha and Frank plan their wedding, which took place in Brisbane, Australia at Moda Restaurant.  Sasha and Frank wanted an intimate setting with just close family to feel like Thanksgiving dinner at home.

Their wedding colors were pink and grey.  Sasha sashayed down the aisle in a pink saffron tea length dress.  No traditional wedding cakes for this couple.  Instead, the couple surprised their guests with little French tarts from a local bakery.  Daisy Days florist provided complimentary floral décor to the already stylish Moda Restaurant. Jonas Peterson, who has been named one of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the world by American Photo Magazine, captured this intimate affair.  Congrats Sasha and Frank!

Sasha’s inspiration board via weddingbycolor.comScreen-shot-2013-01-16-at-7.50.55-PM

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Happy 2013! Originally my first blog post for 2013 was going to be a recap of 2012.  However, I changed my mind and decided to not look back at the past; but rather look forward.  2012 was a great first year for Park Avenue Events.  2013 will be even better.  I look forward to showcasing my weddings and events while providing inspiring eye candy and tips on how to personalize your wedding.  Let’s go!

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So you are engaged and you finally have the date picked….now what? It’s time to send out your save the dates! Save the dates were originally conceived to inform out of town guests about your wedding so they could set aside the travel time.  They were also used for destination weddings so guests could build a vacation around it…neither of which could be done with only 6 to 8 weeks’ notice, which is the time when you send out the actual invitation.  Today, save the dates can be sent to all guests (if desired) and it doesn’t matter where your wedding is happening.

Save the dates have come a long way since they started…they aren’t just stationery and magnets!  You now have the ability to be super creative and have fun! One of the hottest trends right now….video! Enlist one of your friends to hold the camera and get creative.  Once done, attach it to your wedding email list and hit send! Your guests instantly have a fun email waiting for them in their inbox!

Other new trends include, custom comic books, newspaper format, fingerprints on postcards, a picture of the couple holding a fun sign…the possibilities are endless! One idea that we absolutely loved came from one of our favorite couples, Alex and Abena. Their mountain top announcement is so cute! (Please see picture below)

With all the options that are out there for today’s couples, the only rule is there are no rules! Let your personality out and have fun letting your friends and family know of the upcoming big day!

 

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