Archive for June, 2011
We are so happy that summer is finally here! We will be closed on Saturday, July 2nd and will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, July 5th.
We hope that this fabulous inspiration board by our talented style mavens, Jill and Melanie evokes visions of all things nautical, beachy and fun this holiday weekend!
Have a Happy 4th of July!
We love smart and creative women! As part of our ongoing “Ask the experts series”, we recently interviewed the charming Sarah Pease, owner and creative director of New York’s Brilliant Event Planning. Sarah’s niche is planning engagements! We found this such to be such an intriguing concept, we needed to find out more! Below is our conversation with Sarah.
Proposal Image By Zlatko Batistich
When clients contact you to plan their proposal, do they generally have a specific scenario in mind or do they need a lot guidance from you?
My clients usually come as blank slates – they aren’t quite sure how to create the perfect moment to propose but they know their fiancée-to-be extremely well. I’ll sit down with him and try to get a sense of the girl so that we can figure out what the most creative, unique, and memorable way to pop the question for his future bride is!
Those who come in with an idea usually have a piece of the puzzle – maybe they know the location they want to propose, the theme they want to utilize, or the music in the background. My job then is to help them expand their vision so that the entire moment is brilliant.
Tell us more about your proposal planning tool?
I came up with this tool to give guys who weren’t sure where to start in planning their proposal a nudge in the right direction. By visiting http://www.brillianteventplanning.com/nyc-proposal/nyc-proposal-ideas-tool.html, guys will answer a few short questions about their girl (things like, what is her dream vacation?) to generate the perfect idea for an amazing proposal. This gives guys a taste of what would be done in a proposal consultation. We are currently working on Proposal Ideas Tool 2.0, which will be tailored to same sex couples as well!
What is the latest trend that you are seeing in proposals?
With YouTube videos of amazing engagements being tremendously popular, guys everywhere feel the need to raise the bar and think of something beyond a ring in dessert at a restaurant or a proposal on the jumbotron. Girls are also starting to dream a little bigger after seeing what is possible! With expectations of proposals at an all time high, hiring a proposal planner has become a natural trend. Hiring us means that not only is the guy assured his moment will go off perfectly, but the girl will also get a proposal beyond any of her wildest dreams.
What is the most romantic proposal that you have planned?
Gosh, there are so many romantic proposals and I think each proposal I’ve planned is romantic in its own way, no matter what happens or how the guy pops the question. I once had a guy that, in his nervousness, forgot to get down on one knee when he popped the question. Conversely, I’ve had guy that are cool as cucumbers – one memorable guy was perfectly calm and composed during his proposal, despite not one, but TWO snowpocalypses that pushed back his plans! The thing that makes the proposal romantic is how the guy had gone above and beyond to make his proposal something his girl can talk about forever. But, I have to say that the most romantic proposal for me was when my own guy popped the question!
What is the most extravagant proposal that you have planned?
We recently did one for a girl whose two biggest loves (besides her fiancée) were fashion and reality tv. After convincing her that her sister had entered her for a “new” TV show called Fashion Scavenger Hunt, we shut down a boutique in SoHo and had her answer questions to win a new outfit. The show then rewarded her with a makeover at one of the country’s top salons and a hair styling by Project Runway’s featured stylist. The day culminated in a photo shoot on a yacht sailing around New York Harbor. As she was voguing for our photographer, we sailed past Brooklyn Bridge Park and a huge sign that read, “Will You Marry Me?.” At that very moment, her soon-to-be fiancée in full tuxedo, with a dozen roses, appeared on another boat, boarded the yacht, and proposed. She said yes!
Do most of the clients that hire you to plan their proposal also hire you plan their wedding?
Many of them do! The success of the proposal shows the couple that we are organized enough to handle the logistics and creative enough to ensure that whatever they dream of will come to life!
It was shot by Carla Ten Eyck in the Costa Rican rain forest. We shot this image last November at a glorious Horse Farm called Finca Caballo Loco , surrounded by lush rolling hills of tobacco fields. The shoot was a collaboration between ourselves, Carla, Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events, Datura: a modern garden, DD Nickel, Vintage Cinema and Stay in Costa Rica. The gown featured is “Ebony” by Modern Trousseau and the earrings are by Tejani.
The ad shot was staged at the bottom of a gully in the middle of the rain forest. The bride was laying on an enormous vine that was suspended over a stream. It was quite a feat getting her in place. Here are a few behind the scene image of us styling this shot! Footnote: these are not professional pics, they are taken by my loving husband.
On the left Carla’s assistant Dodi and I try to keep the model’s gown from getting muddy. On the right, Beth is trying to assist the model onto the vine. Even the ‘groom’ was helping!
This photo shows the behind the scenes of how many people it takes to get one great shot!
The rest of the images from this shoot are absolutely break-taking! They are currently being considered for publication, so you will have to stay tuned until they are published! How is that for a tease?!
On April 9th, the talented Robert Norman captured these stunning images of our bride, Cindy Joe at the Old State House in Hartford, Connecticut. The wedding was perfectly planned by Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events.
Cindy accessorized her vintage inspired “Dietrich” gown by Amy Kuschel with a gorgeous headband by Haute Bride and a show-stopping clutch and bracelet from Maria Elena. Cindy’s stunning bouquet was created by Blush Floral Design.
Cindy’s wedding signified the joining of not just herself and her fiance, Anthony, but of their childen as well. They did a beautiful job of incorporating their children into the ceremony. To see more images of this wedding and to read Cindy’s love story, visit Robert’s blog.
Congratulations Cindy! Thank you for letting us be a part of your day!
This is a sale not to be missed! Sample gowns to include 2011 styles from Judd Waddell and The Priscilla of Boston Group (Priscilla of Boston, Melissa Sweet, Vineyard Collection, Reverie and Jewel)- many of which not yet featured on our sample sale page!
The sale is July 16th from 9-3. It is first come, first serve. We will not be accepting any appointments that day! Mark your calendars~ if ever there is a day to shop for your gown…this is it!
New Arrival! We recently received this show-stopping “Raleigh” necklace from Anne Barge! It is constructed of mother of pearl, shells and swarovski crystals and is priced at $990 . It is a stunning compliment to all of Anne’s gowns and is also available as a belt.