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Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Perfect Aisle Runner: Petal Happy Aisle Runners & Carpets

You know I love a wonderful story that inspired a bride to start her own business. This one is no exception. At her own wedding, Camille Hugh-Wallace, owner of Petal Happy (, had a vision of floating down the aisle on a bed of rose petals. It was almost thwarted by the time consumption of placing and cleaning the petals up, so she came up with a better solution. Together with her fiancé and family, she created a pre-petaled aisle runner that is easily transportable and simply unravels in one piece.

Petal Happy was born. Camille creates gorgeous and unusual aisle runners and gazebo carpets made completely out of high quality faux rose petals. The runners and carpets make a quick transition, won’t stain a bride’s priceless white dress and completely transform any event space.

After tremendous feedback, Petal Happy now creates custom petal aisle runners, gazebo petal carpets, petal carpet cutouts and patterned printed runners for a variety of special events. They are perfect for wedding ceremonies, fashion runways, anniversary parties, sweet sixteens and themed events. Petal Happy offers 12 colors and a variety of designs and patterns that create a polished, streamlined look.

See more images and order your aisle runner on her web site.

PROMO: New SoCal Wedding Venue, Park Ave.

Looking for a unique place to tie the knot—someplace groovy, perhaps a little out of the ordinary, not a generic hotel ballroom, but a special spot that truly has its own style? Or maybe you’ve always dreamed of declaring your love outdoors, under the boughs of a tree, knowing your guests are about to dine on the bounty of an organic garden that is literally just steps away? What if you could have both?

The restaurant’s Googie architecture is a favorite of brides and grooms looking for a mid-century modern vibe to set their wedding setting apart from the norm. Park Ave. also boasts its own private park and garden, offering plenty of perfect spots on which to place a chuppah, and an abundance of space where energetic flower girls and ring-bearer boys can run free.

Executive chef David Slay, acclaimed for his modern interpretations of classic American cuisine, works closely with each couple to design a menu—buffet or sit-down meal—to meet any budget.

Slay and the staff of Park Ave. have accommodated wedding parties of 200 people, but are also happy to host more intimate gatherings of only 45. Indoors, Park Ave.’s main dining room seats 70 and its garden room seats 80. Outdoors, the restaurant can provide seating for an additional 50 people in its garden.

Brides and grooms get ready for the big day amid the old-Hollywood glamour of one of the restaurant’s powder rooms, or the staff can easily convert one of the garden buildings to a more ample dressing room for bridal preparations.

Indeed, the excellent customer service that Park Ave. provides on a daily basis carries over seamlessly to its wedding hosting. The executive chef, sous chefs, and wait staff work together as a team to provide full-service wedding coordination; they help with everything from music and flowers to photographers, equipment rentals and more.

The restaurant schedules weddings up to one year in advance. For more information about Park Ave. weddings, to read more client testimonials, and to view photos from past ceremonies, visit Park Ave. Dining.

Behind the Scenes @ The Marchesa by Lenox Cocktail Party

Watch an exclusive interview with Georgina and Keren and the special Champaigne toast at the exclusive launch party for the Marchesa by Lenox collection.

NY - Long Island Bridal Event: Join Darcy Miller and Bloomindale's

Long Island brides, join Join Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings, for a “Pre-Wedding” Wedding Party at Bloomingdales TONIGHT.

Darcy will show you how to create a registry that reflects your unique lifestyle!
Scan your registry, sip cocktails courtesy of Fragoli Liqueur and sample savory hors d’oeuvres from Allegria Hotel & Spa and enjoy the music of Craig Scott Entertainment.

Get great tips for creating your dream registry and take home a fabulous gift bag. When you begin a Registry during the event, you’ll be entered to win a luxurious overnight hotel stay courtesy of The Leading Hotels of the World.*

*No purchase necessary. Alternate means of entry available. See Registry Consultant for details.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

GIVEAWAY: Planet Wedding: A Nuptial-Pedia

The Bridal Wishlist and the writers of Planet Wedding, Sandra and Harry Choron are giving away a copy of their fab book, Planet Wedding: A Nuptial-Pedia. If you are just starting to plan your wedding, then you must have this book. The book is chocked full of tips on things like "Reasons not to go on a diet before your wedding," the origin of "Something Old, Something New," "20 Unusual Wedding Registries," "Doing it Celebrity Style," as well as the all important "11 Ways to Save Your Sanity While Planning Your Wedding."

To win, simply reply "I Want It" to this post. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on the blog on Monday, May 3rd. Good Luck.

B-List Sponsor Spotlight: Williams-Sonoma

One of my favorite events during the B-List weekend was attending a wedding registry informational session and cooking demonstration at Williams-Sonoma. I adore Williams-Sonoma. I had to put myself on a restraining order over the past few years because I love shopping there.

If you haven't considered creating a wedding registry with Williams-Sonoma, you should totally re-think your decision. Williams-Sonoma takes your registry very seriously. When you arrive for your appointment, there is a registry specialist who is extremely knowledgeable and will carefully work with you to identify items for your registry to totally suit your lifestyle.

Williams-Sonoma has just about everything that you could imagine for your home. They have cookware, china, glassware, flatware, table linens, cutlery, juicers, coffee makers, bakeware, and the best gadgets imaginable.

These croissants were waiting for us along with a cup of delicious cappuccino. Beyond mouth-watering. I had to have two. You couldn't just eat one. Pair these delectable delights with their amazing jams and you have the perfect Sunday breakfast.

Our delicious frittatas were prepared in one of the amazing pans by All Clad. Food just tastes better when you are using top-notch cookware for your dishes. I totally wanted a set. But that would require that I cook more. Hmmmmm, not such a good idea.

There was a waffle iron demonstration and one of their newest registry items, which made me smile, is their Wine Club. Who doesn't love a Wine Club?

But I have to say that my favorite item that I would add to my registry was the Delonghi Perfecta Fully-Automatic Cappuccino Maker It is fully automatic. The milk is steamed in the container on your right and the espresso is released into the cup in the middle. Once that happens, the milk is released into the cup. Voilà! Cappuccino. This is a must have if you love coffee the way that I love coffee.

So head on over to your local Williams-Sonoma to start your wedding registry. You will find everything that a newly married couple will need.

The B-List Weekend

What a fabulous weekend. It was so great to see the original B-List members along with meeting the newbies. Thanks so much to Anne Chertoff, Vané Broussard, Maria Cooke and Kelly Seizert for working so hard to pull off such an amazing weekend for the group. For a complete wrap-up of the weekend, visit our blog, The B-List.

L.A. BRIDAL EVENT: The Wedding Salon

The Wedding Salon in L.A. is having a fab event on Monday, May 3rd, at The London West Hollywood. This show will feature the latest trends in bridal for Summer 2010 including glamorous gowns from R-Mine Bridal’s boutique featuring the latest designs by Marchesa, top cake-makers including Hansen’s Cakes, Famous Cupcakes and more! Some other highlights include top Destination Wedding & Honeymoon resorts such as The Resort at Pelican Hill, Kona Village, The Leading Hotels of the World and Palace Resorts. Our brides will additionally enjoy fabulous table décor by Celebrity Event Designer, Edgar Zamora, of Revelry Event Designers and The Registry at Bloomingdale’s amongst others! For more details, visit The Wedding Salon.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Crème de la Crème:'s Black Label

If you don't know about's fabulous headpieces, then you have been living under a rock. I was so excited to discover that has taken it up a notch and unveiled their new Black Label Couture Collection. I am so impressed and in love with the entire collection. If you need a little something to add impact to your wedding day attire, one of these gorgeous headpieces will surely do the trick. See their entire collection of wedding headpieces at

The B-List Weekend Recap

The fab wedding bloggers of The B-List, for which I am a proud member, were in town a few weeks ago. My full recap of this amazing weekend and vendor spotlights are coming up tomorrow. So stay tuned.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Quick Change: A Lovely Reception Dress @ Dakota Collective

The "Sammy" dress at Dakota Collective is so cute. It would make a great reception dress for an outdoor summer reception.

Beautiful Adornment: Prismera Launches PD Couture

Beautiful adornment indeed! This jaw-dropping collection of necklaces employs fabrics such as variety of materials such as Japanese chiffon, pleated velvet, or heavy cotton twill, which designer Laura Su has manipulated to develop characteristics that are unique to each individual piece.

The designer named the collection "PD Couture" due to the handcrafted nature of each necklace. Each necklace is "carefully cut and layered, sewn, draped on a mannequin and secured. The result is a custom design that lays on the body as though it was created for the wearer." (Please note the Aubrey, Elodie, Jenesis and Tierra necklaces are limited edition.) Prices range from $45 - $330.

Perfect for your strapless bridal gown or a gown that doesn't have any embellishments. See the entire collection at Prismera Design.

DC BRIDAL EVENT: The Pre-Wedding Party @ Bloomingdale's

DC-area brides, join Bloomingdales at a very intimate event where brides and grooms can discover all the answers to their bridal registry questions. To R.S.V.P, call 703-556-4640.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

BRIDAL MARKET SPOTLIGHT: Nicole Miller Bridal & Jewelry

I stopped by Nicole Miller to see new dresses she was bringing to market for Spring 2011. I was not disappointed. She has several new designs including this drop dead gorgeous dress (closeup above) with this amazing beading and crystals covered with the most perfect piece of tulle across the top. To my surprise, Nicole Miller is also launching a bridal jewelry line full of all the sparkle and glitz that you can handle. Her special occasion dresses may be more familiar to you. You have surely seen these dresses on celebrities are all of the major events this season. But it was fab getting the chance to see these dresses up close to see all of the craftsmanship that went into the designs.

Bridal Collection

Nicole Miller Jewelry

Special Occasion Collection


I really loved the hair accessories by Erica Koesler. Her pieces have that modern vintage feel. There was plenty of bling and baubles and feathers but not overdone. Just enough to truly be glamorous. If you are looking for something to adorn your hair, you are sure to find something at Erica Koesler.