Sunday, November 30, 2008

Carey and Jason - Wolffer Estate Vineyard, Hamptons

All my clients are in love but I have to say Carey and Jason, their connection is one to envy. Jason looks at Carey like Nicolas Cage did at Meg Ryan in City of Angels, silly reference but if you've seen the movie you know what I mean.

The beautiful Wolffer Estate Vineyards

French Blue shutters that inspired their color story

I loved the detail on her dress. There was a certain fragile and vintage feel to it that just added to the sweetness of their wedding.

Ketubah signing in the wine cellar

BORROW THIS IDEA: We wanted to tie in the vineyard theme without being too kitchy so for the guestbook, I suggested they create wine labels that read "Happy Anniversary" and put them in a Kolo album. Guests were encouraged to sign directly onto each label and then we transferred the labels onto bottles of Wolffer Estate Wine. Now for every anniversary, Carey and Jason can open up one of their very special wedding wines and read the warm wishes their friends and family wrote to them on their wedding day.

Love when cherry blossoms are in bloom!

French blue napkins custom dyed to match the estate shutters.

Long tables complimented the long rows of vines (though still barren)

BORROW THIS IDEA: Save yourselves a seat! It doesn't have to necessarily be an elaborate chair sign but just something to make sure you save the best seat in the house for the bride and groom.

HELPFUL TIP: When selecting your seat, please keep a few things in mind: 1) Make sure you have the best view of the room 2) Try to keep your backs to as few of your guests as possible 3) Try to be central so that none of your guests feel too isolated 4) Look behind you and make sure your backdrop is a pretty one - think of your photos!

candles, candles, candles

....and they lived happily ever after.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bowery Hotel - preferred vendor list!

I'm excited to announce that Daughter of Design has been added to the Bowery Hotel recommended vendor list! I look forward to planning many amazing events there in the future. It is truly one of my favorite event spaces in New York City and I'm honored that they included me in their list.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The New Newlywed Gameshow - looking for contestants

Hello my newlywed and almost newlywed couples,

I was contacted today by Embassy Row Productions about casting newlywed couples of all ages in the North East for the revived The Newlywed Game on the Game Show Network. Anyone about to get married or who has just gotten married within the last 2 years is eligible. The show tapes in Manhattan and contestants will compete for cash prizes! If you never watched the original show, basically you compete against other newlywed couples to see which couple knows his/her spouse better. Fun!

If you are interested in being a contestant on the show, go to and click on casting and apply online. If chosen you will be called in for an audition.

Embassy Row Productions also produces shows like Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Ellen's Really Big Show and Power of 10.

Good luck!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Chetna and Matt - Gotham Hall, NYC

You are invited to view the pictures from Chetna and Matt's NYC wedding at Gotham Hall!

Beautiful red draping and amber lighting helped create a dramatic reception

Guest book with a NICE pen
(My biggest pet peeve is BIC, Papermate, Sharpies or other office pens for the guest book, ketubah...Please get something that looks nice, doesn't have to be pricey. Think of your photos!)

the Indian wedding ceremony

BORROW THIS IDEA: For the two escort card tables in the entry way, I brought in pounds and pounds of lentils, beans, basmati rice and other grains and poured it directly onto the table in neat colorful rows. We then stuck the escort cards directly into the grains and they were great for holding the cards in place. Guests loved the tables and especially the Indian guests were very amused to see everyday food items turned into couture decor. (I'm still looking for the bandit who messed up my beautiful rows I worked so hard to protect all night)

tablecloths were custom made from sari dress fabric in India
large james story orchid and curly willow branches centerpiece with hanging votives
gold charger plates with gold napkin tassels

long rectangular tables with ornate gold candelabras
square gold vases with red peonies and roses + eggplant calla lilies (recognize it from the guest book table? Reuse, recycle, reduce...your budget)
hurricane and votive candles wrapped in decorative Indian trim

Dinner tables accented with Indian artifacts