A Colorful Conversation with Pooja Kothari of Boundless Awareness

A Colorful Conversation with Pooja Kothari of Boundless Awareness

Different worldviews can affect how different people feel about and experience different situations. During wedding planning, everything from food selections to whether or not to follow certain religious traditions can become a minefield of microaggressions.  

Every couple deserves to be treated with compassion, respect and dignity throughout the wedding planning process. I invited Pooja Kothari of Boundless Awareness to have a Colorful Conversation about unconscious bias and the dynamics of planning a wedding. 

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A Colorful Conversation with Holly Gray of Anything But Gray Events

A Colorful Conversation with Holly Gray of Anything But Gray Events

Holly Gray wouldn’t describe herself as a typical wedding planner. She’s bright and bubbly but she also she tells it like it is. And Holly isn’t looking for couples who would describe themselves as typical. Through her wedding planning company in Los Angeles, Anything But Gray Events, Holly works with couples on their unique ideas for their wedding… even when their loved ones don’t share their vision.

Maybe you’re planning an atypical wedding and your family and friends aren’t exactly on the same page. Maybe they’re really vocal and pushy about getting their opinions heard. Maybe they’re bankrolling certain parts of your wedding, which can make things even more complicated.

In this interview, Leah and Holly discuss how to navigate family dynamics and difficult conversations when you’re planning a creative and highly personalized wedding. Here are some of Holly’s best tips for navigating the wedding planning process.

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A Colorful Conversation with Shirin Eskandani of Wholehearted Coaching

A Colorful Conversation with Shirin Eskandani of Wholehearted Coaching

Wedding planning doesn't have to be stressful. It should be a fun time to reconnect with all of your loved ones in anticipation of tying the knot.

But to make sure the process stays manageable, there are a few easy things you can do. In this interview, we discussed how meditation, digging in to your beliefs, and working on your communication skills can make your wedding planning process go smoothly.

This Colorful Conversation features Shirin Eskandani, former opera singer and founder of Wholehearted Coaching.

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A Colorful Conversation with Jesse Kahn of the Gender & Sexuality Therapy Collective

A Colorful Conversation with Jesse Kahn of the Gender & Sexuality Therapy Collective

You’re planning a wedding and you’re so excited to bring so many of your friends and family into one place to celebrate with one hell of a party. It should be fun, right? Yet somehow you find yourself constantly stressed out. To make matters worse, everyone around you is acting weird. Once you start considering your friends’ and family’s opinions, things can quickly get even more stressful and complicated.

The problem actually isn’t you. The problem is what marriage represents. Not just to you and your friends and family, but also to the world.

Jesse Kahn, founder and director of the Gender & Sexuality Therapy Collective in New York City, is a therapist who likes to get to the root of things. “Marriage and wedding planning both have long legacies of what they’re supposed to look like,” Jesse says. “Ask yourself what are the stories you have about relationships, long term relationships, weddings and marriage.”

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A Colorful Conversation with Callie Exas of Callie Exas Nutrition & Wellness

A Colorful Conversation with Callie Exas of Callie Exas Nutrition & Wellness

Wedding planning is stressful enough. It’s a big event with lots of people and a seemingly impossible number of details to manage. Throw in the expectation that you’ll look your best on your wedding day (and feel great throughout the entire wedding planning process) and you can be left feeling overwhelmed at best and full of shame at worst. In this interview, Leah and Callie discuss why nutrition and physical activity are so important in managing stress throughout the wedding planning process, and Callie shares ways to incorporate both into your daily life.

Did you know that what you eat actually affects your brain? According to Callie, your gut contains a microbiome, which is its own ecosystem and essentially functions as a nervous system that communicates with your brain. An imbalanced microbiome can affect your mental health. If you’re planning on shedding for the wedding, it’s important to realize that depriving yourself can actually make your body resist losing weight. And after the wedding is over and you’ve returned from the honeymoon, don’t be surprised if your body needs a lot of rest. “If you’ve been in a stressed state for a year planning the wedding, your body is going to crash,” says Callie. “You need to recover, and it’s okay to do that.” Plus your wedding day should be enjoyed fully -- and it’s hard to do that if you’re too focused on depriving yourself.

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Beyond the Basics: Wedding Planning for Smart & Thoughtful Couples

Beyond the Basics: Wedding Planning for Smart & Thoughtful Couples

Over the years (and through the process of planning many weddings), I’ve come to know that planning a wedding is much more than budgets, details, and guest lists. It’s also about families, relationships, and, oftentimes, a few inner struggles. Wedding planning is amplified in so many ways. In a literal sense, a wedding is an amplified party. But nuances in relationships can also become amplified. Emotions can become amplified. And inner struggles and insecurities can also become amplified, all under the intense pressure of planning a wedding. So, as Oprah would say, here’s what I know to be true. If you don’t pay attention to the emotional details, if you don’t bother with self care, and if you don’t understand the dynamics of your most important relationships, planning a wedding can be the most stressful time of your life rather than one of the most delightful. To help you sort through all of the emotional and relationship stuff that comes up during wedding planning, I’m launching a new Facebook Live Series called Colorful Conversations. I’ve selected some of the best minds in psychology, fitness and wellness, and even personal development to offer you a guide to planning a stress-free wedding with heart.

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A Cereal-ously Stunning Brunch Wedding at Kellogg's NYC

A Cereal-ously Stunning Brunch Wedding at Kellogg's NYC

In case you missed the news, last week I was FINALLY (after close to a year!) able to reveal a styled shoot I produced with Kellogg’s NYC that was featured in ALL SIXTEEN regional issues of The Knot magazine. Talk about life goals! I was able to share a sneak peek of the shoot last week but wanted to give you all the full scoop and share a ton more photos from this absolutely amazing day. The moment I walked into Kellogg's NYC in Union Square, I just felt happy. From all of the color to the fun cereal-themed knick knacks to the self-serve cereal bar, it really is such a magical place. When I found out that they rented out the space for private events, I immediately wanted to book a wedding there. Since they hadn't done one there before, I figured why not plan a styled shoot so that we could show what it would look like? Of course, it had to be a brunch wedding! I planned a brunch wedding a couple of years ago and I LOVED it. It was so much fun. There's a different energy to the day when a wedding is happening earlier in the day, plus you get to serve brunch food. I was a big supporter of the brunch wedding well before Meghan and Harry made it popular. I wanted the color palette for the shoot to be mostly primary in order to complement the existing colors of the Kellogg's space. I knew that red, yellow, pink and turquoise would interact really nicely with the existing decor. I also wanted to keep things pretty clean and simple, again so that it didn't look too busy in comparison with the space.

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Admire and Be Inspired - A Modern Holiday Party for Engaged Couples in New York City

Admire and Be Inspired - A Modern Holiday Party for Engaged Couples in New York City

The holidays might be over, but I’m not ready to give up the festivities just yet. So today I’m recapping a holiday party I had the privilege of planning for The Knot and Allure Bridals back in late November. Geared towards engaged couples, “Admire and Be Inspired” was equal parts cocktail party and wedding design inspiration, and every detail was beautifully captured by Petronella Photography. Not to steer too far off course at the start, but couples frequently ask me how I incorporate event design into my services, if at all. The way I’ve come to describe my role in terms of design is that I’m the creative director of a couple’s wedding. I help couples determine their vision, narrow their focus, identify the relevant design elements they crave, and then pair them with the florist or maker who can bring that vision to life. I’m not in charge of making or creating anything myself, but I do assist in setting color palettes, determining overall style/vibe/feel and incorporating details personal to the couple. Not to pat myself on the back, but I’ve been told I have a great eye and unique style, but I don’t actually get down and dirty in the making process, as my recent failed attempt at getting cast on NBC’s “Making It” confirms.

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An Ultra-Colorful Brooklyn Wedding at 501 Union

An Ultra-Colorful Brooklyn Wedding at 501 Union

Roses are red, violets are blue. On June 15, 2018, Hannah and Michael said “I do.” This wow-worthy wedding at Brooklyn’s 501 Union had a vibe centered around color (it’s no wonder why I absolutely adore these two!), and the vibrant palette matched the happy couple’s personalities. The day started with Hannah and her bridesmaids having hair and makeup done at an Airbnb nearby, while Michael and his groomsmen got ready at Nu Hotel, opting for lunch and drinks before heading to the venue. Following the first look, where Michael got his first peek at Hannah’s show-stopping pink floral gown by Monique Lhuillier, the couple met up with their wedding party for some group photos. They took advantage of the stunning New York skyline and various brick backdrops for picture-perfect photo ops. The bridesmaids donned stunning mixed-style dresses in a range of cool hues, from kelly green and deep teal to orchid purple for the maid of honor. Each tone was thoughtfully chosen to play off the Lhuillier gown. Michael sported a dapper suit from Bonobos, and the groomsmen wore warm-toned boutonnieres, which created a subtle ROYGBIV effect with the bridesmaids’ dresses.

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Love in Color - An 80's-Themed Celebration of Pride in Brooklyn, New York

Love in Color - An 80's-Themed Celebration of Pride in Brooklyn, New York

The neon colors, the upbeat music, that hair. The 80s were a booming decade for music, pop culture, fashion, and expressing one’s authentic self. For Brooklyn Pride 2018 (back in June), I decided to embrace all the colors and crimped hair the era had to offer in an 80s-themed Pride party. Donations were taken at the door in support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, which was established in New York City in 1983. All bartender tips were donated as well. It wouldn’t be a Pride celebration (and one put on by Color Pop Events, nonetheless) without the iconic rainbow, the most widely recognized symbol of the LGBTQIA+ community. When it was first created in 1978, it was comprised of eight representative colors: pink for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic, blue for peace, and violet for spirit. Eventually, it was reimagined in six colors for the current flag design. I teamed up with a handful of amazing vendors to bring this party to life, and we let the rainbow palette lead the way. For the styled shoot component of the party, I designed a tablescape to photograph before the party started, and for guests to take photos of throughout the event. Mimosa Floral Design outfit the table with taper candles and various flowers across the color spectrum, iridescent silverware, and plates with a touch of shimmer.

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