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Giveaway Loot – Berenice Bejo’s earrings from The Oscars! (well…close).

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While many of the fashion pundits did not approve of Bérénice Bejo‘s Oscar gown (she’s the gorgeous gal from “The Artist“), she got high marks for her beautiful diamond and emerald dangly drop earrings.

Emitations (I just love this company) has a gorgeous pair of earrings that look like those very earrings and we’re giving away a pair to a lucky reader.  Tell your friends.  *Disclaimer – these were not given to us, but purchased, but we are happy advocates of Emitations jewelry – the quality is undeniable.  And if you have expensive baubles, chances are you can find a copy on their website to wear while traveling – leave your engagement ring home!

To enter, you must a) subscribe to this blog, b) make a comment here on this post, c) make a wish!  It’s that simple. You can Tweet it, Facebook it, Pin it, Tumblr it – whatever you want, if you have a friend who’d look great in these drops.   Here are some photos of Ms. Bejo and a photo of the actual prize!  Contest ends on March 15, 2012.  Good luck!

 

 

Ahhh..the wedding planner’s wedding – We’re gonna party like it’s 1999.

Ever wonder what a wedding planner’s wedding in 1999 may have looked like?  Well, I am opening the vault with some candid photos from my own wedding to Mr. F4 in November of 1999 in Atlanta.  These were shot mostly in black and white and let me just say, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Vendor List

Photographer:  Paula Gould – she was and is, awesome.  I had interviewed Priscilla Wanamaker and Denis Reggie as well.  Paula won.

Wedding Gown: Couture Melissa Sweet (fitted by Melissa herself!) Note: Melissa sold her company to Priscilla of Boston, which recently closed its doors, but you can find her new gowns in most upscale bridal ateliers.

Venue:  Burge Plantation, Social Circle, Georgia (used to be you could bring in your own caterer, but I am sure their new in-house service is lovely!)

Caterer: Affairs to Remember, seriously, the best off-premise caterer in the Southeast Region.  I loved loved the food at my wedding which included, get this (late 90s excess), a “tree” of lobsters, shrimp the size of my fist and cases of pink and Brut Veuve Cliquot.  Call them.

Tenting:  Classic Tents and Events.  We had a gorgeous, draped white tent and fantastic black and white dance floor.

Hair and Makeup: OMG, extensions and lashes and over the top beauty for all.  Richie Arpino (still a dear friend) not only did the hair and makeup, but sang a set with the band and blew the room away with his rendition of “My Girl”.  He still has the best salon in Buckhead – Atlanta, Georgia.  He’s also a renowned photographer.  Tell him I sent you!

Music:  had a gorgeous string quartet for the outdoor ceremony.  We also had a great soul band, but I cannot remember the name to save myself.  Probably because Richie (see above) brought the house down and was the most memorable, soulful singer of the night.  Except for me and the bridesmaids.  Mess.  Also see above re: Champagne.

Rehearsal Dinner: Antica Posta, Buckhead.  Marco and Alessandro Betti don’t mess around with their authentic Tuscan cuisine, a nod to our Italian roots. We had the most amazing,  family-style feast.  Imagine our shock, when, in Tuscany on our honeymoon, our luxe farmhouse was unstaffed and, hungry, Mr. F4 drove into town to fetch his new bride something to eat.  He came upon a restaurant of the same name – Antica Posta.  Guess what?  It was their parents and other two brothers, who promptly loaded up the car with grilled meats and fish, pastas, cheeses, olive oil and a case of wine.  Wow. Brava, Betti family!  What are the odds?

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon, Guest Rooms, Honeymoon Suite, After Party:  The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.  Really, there are no words to describe my love for that hotel.  Yes, there’s a Four Seasons in Midtown, but the RCB is home to us and treated us like royalty.

Floral Design and Cake: again, cannot find her name.  She was very well known in the wedding community.  I need to break out the wedding binder.  I chose a silver, purple, pale green and fuschia color scheme and the cake was simply stunning.  If any Atlantans recall a sweet older lady with a huge cotton candy bouffant with a very skilled way with flowers and cakes, let me know.  The cake was devil’s food, square, covered in fondant with a gift box look.

Shoes:  Giuseppe Zanotti silver and diamante stilettos – still have and wear them.

Bridesmaids’ Gifts:  Prada cosmetics bags

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: platinum column gowns by Nicole Miller

Secret: We actually eloped 4 months earlier at the DeKalb County Courthouse since the wedding madness was getting to us.  We were properly married in Christ the King Church in Buckhead at 2:30 PM on 11/13, then did a “renewal” and party at the Burge.  So, basically, I got married three times.  Hope it sticks!  And now, for the hilarity….(please keep in mind – 1999, people).

Jenner, Patti and I before the ceremony. Lawd.

Patti says, "Pete, would you get us more crabcakes?"

Paula, Patti, me and Meghan - how demure!

I may have forgotten my vows.

Is that a kiss or is he giving me my lines?

Yay, we are married, huh?

Richie Arpino gives a big kiss!

Check out the Italian hand motions!

Tabatha also had extensions. Guido and Pam look on.

Scott, one of my gay husbands, describing his Brioni tie. Seriously.

I still believe in a proper receiving line - if it's brief!

Sadly, I do not yet have the photos of the food, of the guests in lampshades, of the luxury buses playing “Steel Magnolias” and “Father of the Bride”, but I will.

Foodie Friday/Vendor Spotlight – Creative Edge Parties

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Every now and again, we like to spotlight our favorite vendors.  CEP, founded by my friend Carla Ruben, is, quite simply, in my top 5 of fabulous caterers in this country.  Rocco DiSpirito used to work there.  Rachael Ray’s been in their kitchen.  They cater events for Martha Stewart.  See where I’m going?  They catered pretty much every star-studded event in New York, the Hamptons and beyond.  They play nicely in the sandbox.  I love to hire them.  If you are looking for a caterer, look no further than Creative Edge Parties and tell them I sent you.  And look up my friends George and Libby, as well as Carla.   I cannot WAIT to use them again.

Some gorgeous video of my friends (including George and Carla) at their holiday Frosting Fling:

http://vimeo.com/33810876

And some more video of the CEP folks on hors d’oeuvres with Mo Rocca on The Cooking Channel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8TYMPaquqs

One sweet giveaway – YOUR wedding, planned by Dolce Parties.

The time has come!  We are giving away one of our highly coveted “E-Consultation” ($500) value to a lucky bride.  You can read about it here and here.  It’s insanely popular and we gals at dolce parties are really happy we added it to our services about a year ago.  After 10 years of full-service only, we branched out into this market as it was totally necessary, extraordinarily rewarding and fun to do.  Most of all, it gave brides all over the country the chance to experience full-service without the hefty price tag.

To qualify:  you must be a subscriber to this blog, must be engaged, must use the service by December 31, 2012 and can be located anywhere in the United States OR be planning a destination wedding, since we service all areas.  We work everywhere and have relationships with vendors the world over, so you needn’t be local (because we really aren’t!).

If you know someone who fits this description, send them this link, have them subscribe and tell them how to enter.

How to enter?  In the comments, tell us why you need a celebrity wedding planner.  We’ll choose one winner at random and then, you get to choose your 3-month e-consultation time period.  It’s that simple.  Value:  $500.  Again, go to the website to read every delicious detail of what the offer entails and decide if it’s something you need/want/MUST have.  A couture wedding planner – gratis – in the palm of your hand.

We are extending the giveaway.  Just comment by 8 PM Sunday, December 18, EST and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.  We cannot wait to welcome another fantastic couple into the Dolce family.

Cyber Monday readers – start your engines!

In addition to pretty much every site having great flash sales – Rue La La, One Kings Lane, Gilt Group, StyleMint, JewelMint, ShoeMint, BeautyMint, Zulily, etc., we found this for our brides, bridesmaids and partygoers!

There’s another special Cyber Monday sale going on at BHLDN–an additional 30% off all sale items! Just enter THANKS at checkout until Wednesday at 12 AM EST! We can’t wait to check it out!
http://www.bhldn.com/

Love Love BHLDN.  Good luck.

P.S. – did I also mention that we shop at The Foundary, Refinery 29, PureWow, OpenSky and The Row?  Try them all for great deals and beautifully edited collections.

Magic Monday. Breathless – the Lauren Lauren Wedding.

Yes, some images from the Lauren Bush/David Lauren wedding.  Feast your eyes.  Rustic.  Chic.  Ranch.  Vogue.  I’ll follow up with Dylan Lauren‘s wedding, after this discussion (Dylan, of Dylan’s Candy Bar is David’s sister and Ralph’s daughter).  Lauren Bush-Lauren is the niece of former President George W. Bush and daughter of Sharon Bush, his former sister-in-law.

For now, let’s feast our eyes on this magic.  Word has it that Ralph designed the gown with the help of his friend Vera Wang.  Gotta love that.  What I love about it is that the dress, as demure as it looks, is completely backless.  And only Lauren could pull off the jeweled headband look the correct way that a certain reality TV bride ended up making look like a Disney character.  Her bridal party all wore cowboy boots and the groom wore blue socks.  I love the touches.  The wedding was held at Ralph and Ricki Lauren’s immense and beautiful ranch in Colorado.  I cannot wait to see the menu and I am willing to bet each guest got one of Lauren’s “FEED” bags as a favor – what wonderful work the former model has done on behalf of hunger.  Brava!

Photo Credits: Norman Jean Roy

Marvelous Monday – Chair Lust.

We at F4 are huge fans of mid-century modern, Arts & Crafts and Hollywood Regency interior design aesthetics, among others and we are always looking for Barcelona Chairs for the office, interesting lighting fixtures (I recently aquired an old ceramic, bamboo-patterned lamp from the estate of Eva Gabor (!) that still needs the right DIY shade to restore its former glory) and all manner of a sort of Los Angeles meets Palm Springs meets Palm Beach in the mid-century aesthetic – think wood, leather, mirrors, etc.  eBay proves to be a great source, as are flea markets, but we don’t have terrific flea markets in the D.C. area.  Sigh.

Imagine my excitement when I saw THIS CHAIR on the CB2 website this morning.  It’s got it all – the classic 1938 “Butterfly” shape, vegetable-tanned leather and a gorgeous colour.  I can see it in a reading nook piled with Mongolian lamb pillows. The point is, for under $400, it’s a steal for your interior – and, psst..brides and grooms, something to add to your CB2 registry.  Enjoy.

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