Desert Chic: WeddingPro’s Palm Springs-Themed Vendor Social

Desert Chic: WeddingPro’s Palm Springs-Themed Vendor Social

Last month I had the privilege of partnering with WeddingPro to plan their New York City vendor social – made extra special since it was WeddingPro’s debut event here. (For those of you that missed the news, WeddingPro is the new baby of The Knot Pro and Wedding Wire Edu.) In addition to making sure our venue Union Park Events was dressed to impress, I wanted to throw one heck of a fun party for my fellow wedding vendors. We were in the midst of the wedding season so the mid-September event was the perfect occasion to have some fun and mingle!

Because of the timing of the party, just before the official start of Fall, I wanted the party’s style to be inspired by the idea of hanging onto Summer just a little bit longer. And what better aesthetic for that than a Palms Spring-inspired vibe? With the color palette, we used various shades of red, pink, and yellow and were careful not to introduce any greenery when it came to the florals. The colors translated well into all of the event signage by icandothat design, which was centered around a simple, geometric theme.

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A Colorful Conversation with Jane Mosbacher Morris of To the Market

A Colorful Conversation with Jane Mosbacher Morris of To the Market

Jane Mosbacher Morris is on a mission to help people use their purchasing power to change the world. During her time working for the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Counterterrorism, Jane saw first hand how the “power of the purse” impacted women in developing countries. She saw women transformed and empowered by their ability to earn their own wages. Wanting to get involved and help connect these women with ethically-minded consumers, she started TO THE MARKET to offer a resource for ethical purchases and to educate and raise awareness about social and environmental justice issues around the world. .  

In this interview, Leah and Jane discuss how you don’t have to be a “Green Warrior” to harness your purchasing power for good, and Jane offers helpful tips for 

  • Harnessing the “power of your purse” to make ethically-minded purchases,

  • Reducing the environmental footprint at your wedding, and 

  • Using your wedding to make your guests more ethically aware.

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A Colorful Conversation with Kirsten Palladino of Equally Wed

A Colorful Conversation with Kirsten Palladino of Equally Wed

When Kirsten Palladino sat down to start planning her own wedding she did not see her or her partner in any of the mainstream wedding resources available to her. So, they decided to do something about it and co-founded Equally Wed to combat the heteronormative bias in the wedding industry all while offering inclusive planning guides, vendor lists, and a place where couples can get real inspiration from real LBGTQ+ weddings.

Even though marriage equality is now legal in the US, the LGBTQ+ community still deals with homophobia, transphobia and hetero-normative standards on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this can become especially prominent and stressful when planning a wedding that should fundamentally celebrate their union as a couple. 

In this interview, Leah and Kirsten discuss how to deal with what Kirsten calls “the mental gymnastics of planning a wedding.” 

She advocates throwing out the stereotypes of what a wedding should be and making it your own. She also encourages friends, family and marriage equality advocates everywhere to be allies to the LGBTQ+ community, whether you’re a wedding guest or not.

Here are some of our favorite takeaways from Kirsten’s Interview. 

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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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