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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More Than Just a Haircut -- Meet LA-based non-profit, ProjectQ

More Than Just a Haircut -- Meet LA-based non-profit, ProjectQ

Everyone deserves a good hair day. Hairstyle is an expression of personal identity—but for homeless youth, especially those in the LGBTQIA community, care and styling can be challenging, confusing, and even inaccessible at times. An LA-based non-profit, ProjectQ, is working to change that. With a mission to “use hair as a form of social justice and create a safe space for LGBTQIA homeless youth to find their identity,” ProjectQ provides this underserved community with over 700 haircuts every year, free of charge. This non-profit organization is 100% inclusive, so everyone is welcome—free of judgement and regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, size, ability, and income. Founded six years ago by Madin Ray Lopez, ProjectQ is comprised of a salon-on-wheels and a brand-new brick and mortar salon and community center in Los Angeles. Lopez, a genderqueer hair stylist, parks the salon-on-wheels (a refurbished 1977 Airstream) and sets up shop every other Monday at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center - Homeless Youth Shelter to trim, buzz, braid, or take a little off the top. At the salon, free haircuts are offered Tuesday through Saturday. The service isn’t completely free, though: currency comes in the form of questions. Lopez asks clients a thought-provoking question around identity, conformity, self-love, etc.—and asks for a thoughtful answer in return. 

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Three Marketing Musts for Promoting Your Event

Three Marketing Musts for Promoting Your Event

You made your to-do and invite lists, you’ve checked them twice. Vendors are locked in, the venue is booked. You’ve planned this amazing event. Now, it’s time to promote it. Whether your event is open to the public, or something more intimate (like a wedding), you want to create buzz and get guests excited. Today I'm sharing with you some of event management powerhouse Eventbrite's tips and tricks for making sure you pack a full house. The average American spends about 24 hours online each week, according to a recent study. Eventbrite says creating an online event page to keep guests informed and excited is super beneficial. It’s a great way to let them know about the event schedule, attire, hotel accommodations, local restaurants and nightlife, etc. For weddings, it’s all about the wedding website. In my opinion, Zola reigns supreme in wedding planning platforms. It’s a one-stop-shop for planning, registering, and beyond—and is a way to share big-day details with your guests, manage RSVPs, and collect song requests. Oh, and it’s completely free! Eventbrite also notes the importance of visibility on social platforms, both professional and private. Make sure to cast a wide net and encourage your friends and followers to share the event information on their pages as well.

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Decoding the Dress Code - Suits and Tuxes

Decoding the Dress Code - Suits and Tuxes

As wedding season is quickly approaching, the question for every big event is always “what do I wear?” While women’s clothing tends to be the focus of most fashion conversations, we’d be remiss to forget about the gentlemen. Contrary to popular belief, men often have just as many wardrobe choices as women do - especially when it comes to formal events. I had the opportunity to speak with the experts over at The Black Tux, namely Fashion Director Brice Pattison, to give you the lowdown on wedding attire for men. The first step to making a decision on your wedding attire is knowing what the dress code is for the event. While you may not always be a suit and tie kind of guy, a black tie wedding may call for just that. Pattison warns not to let a dress code stipulation be an imposition. Instead, see it as a way to express “nonverbal respect for the hosts.” The couple is likely spending a large amount of money on hosting their reception, so following their dress code wish is almost like saying “thank you.” Dress codes can range from casual all the way up to white tie, which is typically reserved for diplomatic galas or events like the royal wedding. Pattison and The Black Tux team have been kind enough to put together an all encompassing style guide detailing just what each level of dress code requires. If you’ve never been sure what the difference between black-tie and black-tie optional is, The Black Tux has broken it all down for you. Now you have no excuse for looking like the odd person out at the next wedding that you attend.

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Tiffany and Graham’s Quirky, California-Inspired Wedding at 501 Union in Brooklyn

Tiffany and Graham’s Quirky, California-Inspired Wedding at 501 Union in Brooklyn

Tiffany and Graham’s love story has taken them from coast to coast across the U.S and even as far as Florence, Italy. So picking a city for their wedding (much less a specific venue) proved to be a little tricky. But finding themselves in New York City while Tiffany was in grad school, the pair decided to tie the knot in Brooklyn, with 501 Union as their backdrop. The couple’s personality was shining through every element of their celebration, and they really made the day their own. Not only was their venue beautiful, but their attention to the small details helped to make this wedding such a fun one to plan and fortunately Pat Furey was there to capture every moment. The celebration started with the couple’s first look and family photos - allowing them time to enjoy their cocktail hour later in the day. The bride’s classic Michelle Roth wedding dress was accented with a soft pink velvet heeled shoe, simple gold jewelry passed down from family - something old, and a Frida Kahlo-inspired flower headpiece (by Wyld). Tiffany’s look was completed with the final touch of a Veda cropped leather jacket, which became the core part of the ensemble. The groom’s look was simple, yet chic. Graham was outfitted in a bright blue suit, crisp white shirt, bow tie, and navy coat jacket - all by Ted Baker.

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Where to Splurge and Where to Save for Your Wedding

Where to Splurge and Where to Save for Your Wedding

Before I dive into the details here, I want to let you know what this post is NOT going to be. It’s not going to be your solution to having the wedding of your dreams on a budget. It’s not going to give you clever hacks on how to save money on your wedding in random ways. What it IS going to do is help you and your partner approach the budgeting process of your wedding in a more logical way so that you’re ultimately spending money on what’s important to you and saving money on what matters less. Every couple has different tastes, different styles, different priorities, so it’s impossible for me to say spend money on “x” but not spend money on “y.” Plus, I have respect and love for every single type of wedding vendor out there, so I can’t make blanket statements about who is and is not critical for a wedding. In short, this is going to be about what matters to YOU. I recommend that all newly-engaged couples sit down before doing any planning and discuss (a) how much total money they can/want to spend on the wedding, and (b) of the wedding vendors they are going to hire, what’s the most important so that they can prioritize how they are going to spend their money.

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Still We Rise: Women’s March Asbury Park Anniversary Party

Still We Rise: Women’s March Asbury Park Anniversary Party

2017 may have marked the first of Women’s Marches nationwide, but that certainly wasn’t the end of things - especially in Asbury Park, New Jersey.Amidst talk of sister marches to the primary Women’s March in Washington, D.C. last January, four women joined forces to take a stand in Asbury Park. Daniele Fiori, Amanda Kane, Dallas Hlatky and Jennifer Lampert all wished to attend the Women’s March in Washington, but decided to plan a march of their own in New Jersey instead. What started as an idea for a walk to follow outgoing-President Barack Obama’s farewell address, soon morphed into a full blown solidarity march with over 6,000 participants. Across the nation people united like never before, creating an energy and momentum to get important conversations and movements started. Despite requests for another march in January 2018, the Asbury Park organizers didn’t want to attempt to recreate the unique energy behind last year’s march, but they knew they needed to hold some kind of event to keep the momentum from last year going. From there, the idea for a gallery show to commemorate the march was born. And that's where I came in. Hosted at the Asbury Hotel, Still We Rise was a commemorative gallery show and party in honor of the 2017 Asbury Park Women’s March that I helped plan alongside Daniele Fiori of Sweet Dani B and Elizabeth Garcia of Asbury Park Daily.

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The Sweetest Tutti Frutti-Themed Birthday Party

The Sweetest Tutti Frutti-Themed Birthday Party

Despite the dismal winter we've had here in NYC (how many Nor'easters have come through this month?), these last few days of sunshine have reminded me that spring is just around the corner. To kick off the season, I had the opportunity to team up with a few other creatives to produce a very sweet tutti frutti-themed birthday party for Martha Stewart. The bright, vibrant colors of the decor gave a light-hearted, fun feel to the shoot and left me ready to throw a fruit-filled party of my own. I’m thrilled to share the details with you!The first step to a successful party is the invite - after all, you can’t have a party without any guests. The bold, colorful custom invites by Sweet Dani B helped set the stage for a sweet celebration. The fruity, googly-eyed cartoon characters give guests a glimpse of what’s to come at the main event. These invites can be sent out digitally or as a good old-fashioned paper invite. Either way, these will get your cutie-patooties ready to get the party started! An abstract geometric centerpiece designed and crafted by Michelle Bablo took center stage on the table. The centerpiece was an interlocking puzzle with fruit slices and wedges, tying all of the other elements on the table together. Small bowls of fruity candy, bold party hats, and bright mid-century modern dinnerware stood out against the background of a solid white table cloth from Nuage Designs.

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Not Your Ordinary Valentine's Day Inspiration

Not Your Ordinary Valentine's Day Inspiration

When I approached one of my design heroes, Michelle Edgemont, about doing a small Valentine’s Day inspiration shoot together, I knew going in what our shoot would NOT be: pink and girly. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love all things pink but I felt like Valentine’s Day was in need of some edgier, more sophisticated inspiration. Fortunately, Michelle was on the exact same page, with visions of a moodier, more editorial shoot on her mind. And I knew the perfect photographer to bring on board, Chi-Chi Ari. We knew we wanted to shy away from the classic Valentine’s Day color palette, so for our first tablescape, we chose a turquoise and gold sequin linen from Nuage Designs (it’s actually their koi linen which switches between colors with a swipe of your hand) as our foundation. We then set the table with neutral plates and glasses plus a pale pink napkin from Broadway Party Rentals, topped off with West Elm’s “Love Is Love” plates. I stumbled upon the plates in a West Elm over Christmas and when plans for this Valentine’s Day shoot started to materialize, I knew they would be the perfect addition. Not to mention that a portion of the proceeds from West Elm’s sale of all of their “Love Is Love” products goes to the Human Rights Campaign.

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