Monday, October 1, 2018

Wedding at The Peninusla Hotel in New York City

This amazing New York City couple had an intimate and equally stunning wedding at The Peninsula Hotel in New York City. They got married on the hotel's rooftop in front of their immediate families and enjoyed the views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan during cocktail hour until the sun started to set.  Then the newlyweds were escorted downstairs and enjoyed a decadent dinner in a private dining room.  The gorgeous invites and couture paper items were designed by Ana Dolan. The flowers were created by Blossom and Branch. The delicious cake a Ron Ben Israel original. Erik Ekroth was behind the lense capturing all this beauty. 

Wedding at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor

This wonderful couple came to me at the most perfet time and Erica and I connected immediately on a deep level. Her trust in me early in the planning process made the journey and the end result extrodinary. 

Erica is Jewish and Brian is Catholic and I've never seen a couple honor each other's religions in more thoughtful or beautiful ways. A dear friend of the groom, a priest, performed the ceremony and shared so many personal sentiments and lovingly acknowleded the couple's beliefs and their parents who they lost earlier in the year.

 The couple created a beautiful ketuba -- that focused on their love, marriage and commitment to each other.

Thrilled we could honor Erica and Brian's wishes for a waterfront venue, the below zero temperatures did not stop this amazing duo from taking in the city skyline and posing for a few pictures.

The bride's mom's favorite flowers were lilacs and thinking it was imposible to find lilacs in late December, Gabrielle from G! Designs did the impossible and these beuatiful blooms were incorporated into the bride's bouquet and were the only pop of color in this white winter wedding. This was such a special way to honor Erica's deep love for her mother who she lost only a few month before the wedding.

 The groom was all about his cake and the bride was excited about this festive gold linen.

The fireworks were a bonus and sealed the deal when Erica and Brian were deciding on a venue. They were almost compromised by the cold temperatures, and this photos was not easy to get, but Catherine's commitment to her craft and her couples is excellent and we were all determined.

Enormous gratitude to the amazing team who made this wedding happen. I am so grateful and honored to have collaborated with this crew:

Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor
Catherine Threlkeld Photography
Elevated Pulse Productions 

Wedding at Manhattan Penthouse

"Tammy is, in one word, amazing. She was our wedding coordinator for our wedding on June 10, 2018 in New York City, and she was absolutely phenomenal. From the moment we spoke on the phone, to meeting in person for the first time, to the day of the wedding, Tammy exuded support, positivity, kindness, and impeccable organization. I remember in the middle of a snowstorm, Tammy met with the Catering Executive for a walkthrough of our venue. Throughout the planning process, Tammy had brilliant ideas for the structure of our reception, including a set of music before dinner began to get the crowd on their feet, which all of our guests loved, and it set an amazing tone for the wedding. Tammy was always there when we needed her, was incredibly communicative via email and phone, created an organized schedule for the weekend, coordinated day-of details with all of our vendors, and on the day of the wedding, was a STAR. When I felt sick, she offered to get me orange juice and Tums. When it started to rain, Tammy was there with umbrellas for the bridal party. During the ceremony, she worked tirelessly to make sure the timing was perfect and everything went off without a hitch (except ours, of course :). I absolutely loved working with her. If you have a lot of moving parts, you can trust Tammy to take care of it all. She is a wonderfully talented wedding coordinator, and a lovely and kind human being. Hire her to coordinate your wedding. You will be so grateful you did."

Friday, February 2, 2018

Restaurants in Stoneham

Happy Friday! 
I was resently asked for my restaurant recommendations in my sweet Stoneham. I compiled the list and thought I'd share it here so you can all benefit from my culinary endeavours.
This is my list of favorite eats in Stoneham. They are simple, solid, but really good. 

Stoneham Pizza- The Greek Salad with Grilled chicken is amazing, I always get the tazikki and as a coninsour of it I can say it’s the best I’ve had in MA.  Great for take out.

Taste of Siam— Delicious Thai Food—he loves the Cashew Chicken, Mango Curry is my jam. This restaurant is cozy for dine in or easy for take out, too.

Three Amigos Fish Tacos and BYOB

Sports Bar 
Local 438 has extensive beer selection, lots of TVs  and Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Taj has a great Indian lunch buffet 

Anthony's- I'd recommend taking them to the Commons and eating half there and then enjoy the second half later or when you get home, if you can't wait.

Chinese/Japanese— I strongly recommend going to Malden for All Seasons. Totally worth the extra drive. They often have live music and do take out very well.

And we are eagerly awaiting the opening of The Stones Commonhouse— the chef is local but has worked at some very nice restaurants in Boston! More info here:
If you have Pho, Korean or Mediterranean recommendations, do share, please!!

Happy Eating!! 


Need buffalo wing or boneless wings- for the Super Bowl?  Liberty Bell's are good! and if you're a salmon lover, I can't recommend the salmon at the Liberty Bell in Melrose enough. It's deliicous!!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Planners Dining Club Catered by Creative Edge

Looking forward to dinner tomorrow night. When Jove invites,  Creative Edge is cooking and your flight to Florida is canceled, this is the gold lining.

I am excited to dine with some of my favorite event planning colleagues at Jove's Planners Dining Club.

Big thanks and cheers in advance to all those who are treating us to what will no doubt be a decadent evening.

Planning + Design - Jove Meyer Events

Catering - Creative Edge Parties

Venue - West Edge

Flowers - A.P Bio Designs

Rentals - Party Rental LTD

Specialty Rentals - Patina Rentals

Stationery - Foxy & Winston

Music - Lux Artists

Artist - A.E. Kieren
Curious about the dinner, design or decor? Follow along via my instragram here. Or get everyone's insight on this special night by following #plannersdiningclub 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Seasons Greetings from our home to yours! Wishing you a wonderful season of lights and love!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Love Union in Brooklyn

Last week started with a speaking engagement at The Love Union, a collaborative networking event and creative gathering, at 501 Union in Brooklyn, New York. I moderated a panel of six other industry professional. The topic was: Clarifying our Roles in the Wedding Industry. 

How our talk was described, "One of the fun things about The Love Union is that we get to explore the intersections between our roles in the industry. And though our goal is common (happy clients!), there can sometimes be overlap, conflict, and confusion that can be minimized with a better understanding of each other's roles and responsibilities. We are all in this together! "

I was joined by florist and dear friend Gabrielle Aronas (G! Designs), venue coordinators Claire Mahler (501 Union) and Susan Liang (The Green Building), photographer Amber Gress, Founder & Director of MG Hair & Makeup Megan Garmers, and Holly Sheppard, owner of Fig & Pig Catering as they revealed some of the biggest misconceptions about their role, pet peeves when working with other vendors, and the one thing they wish their colleagues knew about their job!

It was an animated, entertaining and informational session. We got honest without getting ugly!

Here are 5 take aways plus a bonus one!

1.) Bring your own scissors. They don't grow on trees and while the venue loves  you-- they don't have unlimited office supplies to lend each weekend. 

 2.) Discuss the often dreaded vendor meal situation in advance. Encourage each vendor to bring their own snack to sustain themselves through set up, ceremony, cocktail hour. Ask if the caterer could possible provide something pre-made earlier in the day--for example: a pasta salad so vendors are nourished and able to function well and then AFTER the guests are fed if the caterer or chef could invite the hardworking vendors into the kitchen to get the good stuff, grattitude will be returned. 

We were pretty much all in agreement that this had solved this often the universal problem of feeding vendors, but obviously this is just one small sampling's opinion, but perhaps our conversation will inspire you to find a solutiuon that works well for you and your team.

3.) Vendors like more invformation vs. less. When in doubt include it and if it's not relevent, they'll skip over it. Let them decide.

4.) Don't use text messages for professional communication until the day of the wedding or event. Texting on the wedding day is acceptable.

5.) Communicaiton is KEY. Talking is good, email and paper trails are better. Read the contracts and information provided and communicate expectations, challenges, questions, answers, and problems. 

*BONUS: Photographers are people too. Infact, they are creative people who's job doesn't end after the cake is cut.They don't just have the hundred of pictures to edit from "your" wedding, they are wrapping up a busy season-- they are editing THOUSANDS of pictures and getting requests for photos from grandma, brides, grooms, etc so when random vendor 101 reaches out without a warm hello, a kind word, or any personal pleantry. Oh no you didn't! Know that doesn't feel good and how could the photographer possibly be motivated to priortize your request. 

We know all to well that wedding days are stressful, long, exhausting and draining but in work and in life we could all make an effort to be kinder, more sincere, patient, attentive and appreciative our bonds will be stronger, our successes sweeter, our teams more effective and our clients happiner. 

Thanks ladies for making it a great talk. We appreciate those who were in the audience -  thank you for listening and sharing your afternoon with us. 

What was your favorite take away? Any follow up questions? Keep in touch! 

If you'd like to follow us on Istagram-- you can find us all here:

G! Designs 

501 Union

The Green Building

Amber Gress Photography 

M G Hair and Makeup

Fig & Pig Catering

Tammy Golson Events 

Special thanks to Brooke, Megan, Emily and the genius team behind the brilliance of The Love Union. I'll be recapping more soon, but I am a huge fan and was so grateful for this very unqiue speaking opportunity. 

Have a great week!