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Today’s inspiration – the aptly named Grace.

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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.

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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.

Goodness, we now return to our regularly scheduled programming.

It’s a long story.  Back tonight and tomorrow.  Some retro fun, a mind-blowing giveaway worth thousands to the lucky winner (psst – it has to do with that new ring you sport so chicly!) and some thoughts on trends.

We didn’t mean to be away so long, we hope our lovely readers won’t make us feel wrong.  So sit right back, have a glass of Champagne – we promise we’re back in the style game.

Cheers, F4 Fam of Femmes.

Sigh....

 

Hooray for all of you with new hardware. Remember this post?

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I’m talking about this one.  The advice still holds true.  Don’t freak out, look at the trends, study the blogs, call a wedding planner.  Recent celebrity engagements include:

(Rumoured)  Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez – she has always sworn off marrying again, but maybe he can change her mind.  I remember when he was with Kylie Minogue all those years, through her bout with breast cancer.  He’s just gorgeous.  Halle definitely has a thing for the beautiful Frenchmen!  (Side note:  all I can think of is “Unfaithful” when I look at him.  Rent it.  Now.)

(Rumoured)  Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake – well, it’s about time, I suppose.  Remember his geeky denim tuxedo days with Britney?  Oh, Lawd.

Brings us to:  Britney Spears and Jason Trawick.  Anyone who stood by her and saw all the crazy of a few years ago is definitely a keeper.  He seems solid and lovely.  Again, third time’s a charm.

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman.  Love that she’s settling down with this dashing art dealer and heir to the Chanel fortune.  The dress will be epic and her 4-carat Graff stunner is a testament to his good taste.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen – possibly the prettiest couple since Robin Thicke and Paula Patton.  I adore these two together, despite the musician/supermodel cliché.

Matthew McConaughey and Camilla Alves – alright, alright, alright.

Send us a photo of your ring or proposal story to info@dolceparties.com and we’re happy to post it.  Cheers.

Reese Witherspoon Toth's ring, courtesy of Brides.com

 

Happy, healthy 2012 to you all! We are back with stylish vengeance.

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So, who got a shiny new bauble over the holidays?  Keep admiring it and give us a “ring” if you are so inclined.  ♠

We still have to catch up on those promised posts from before the holiday, but it seemed our party schedule kept us away.  We vow that it won’t happen again.  We have a great year in store for all of you planning weddings, parties, dinners and drinks.  Hang with us here or on our other media and we have a new year of deliciousness, gorgeousness, humor, practicality and sparkles planned for you.

So far, we’ve got consultations for 3 D.C. area weddings, 2 Hamptons, 2 Connecticut and one Caribbean destination, so we are busy and happy planners.  We cannot wait to meet all of these stylish girls and their betrotheds.

Before our first post, though, we wanted to let you know that Gilt Groupe is having a sale RIGHT NOW of Thread Social – our favorite bridesmaids’, engagement party and special event dresses.  Please accept our invitation to enjoy this fantastic sale – GO!  Click here: http://www.gilt.com/invite/lseccuro

See you in a few – and on Wedding Wednesday, we’ll review the best and worst of 2011 celebrity wedding details – cannot wait.

 

Lovely Linkage – Holiday fun to tide you over.

Liz's own J. Crew pave link bracelet.

So, apparently book clubs and wine clubs are passé – it’s time to put on your heels and lipstick and play bridge!  My neighbors and I are starting in January.  Here is Ina Garten’s recipe for insane truffled roast beef sandwiches – perfect for bridge.  Again, I stalk that house in East Hampton (23 Buell Lane, people!)  Oh, and if you, too, want to “fix” Ina’s show, read this blogger’s take.

Refinery 29 (an F4 favorite) taking the arm candy story and blowing it up.

What’s more luxurious than a Snuggie?  Why, a Nuddle of course.  That Kelly Rutherford of “Gossip Girl” made me buy a few on Open Sky.  All kidding aside, The Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization near and dear to me,  has a shop.  Buy your Nuddle here and one will go to a sexual assault or domestic violence survivor.

Even a trip to Whole Foods is glamorous for my fashion/art girl crush, Jenne Lombardo.

What do YOU think of the Kardashian’s Khristmas Kard?  Here’s Michael K’s hilarious take.

Swoon – check out this fabulous wedding at San Ysidro Ranch.  One of our favorite venues to plan weddings – you should check it out.  The cake! The bride’s chunky jewelry!  All of it.  Courtesy of Style Me Pretty.

Happy Hanukkah from all of us and Mrs. Lilien.

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.

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