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A Brilliant Wedding: Lauren and Colin

Lauren and Colin are such a sweet couple and coordinating their wedding day was an absolute thrill.  The happy couple was married on a day in early February at the beautiful Pleasantdale Château in New Jersey.  Lauren, dressed in her gorgeous wedding gown complete with a dazzling sash, walked down the aisle to “Ave Maria”.  Following their ceremony, guests headed to the reception and were seated at tables adorned with sequined table cloths and ornate and lush floral arrangements.  Family and friends watched Lauren and Colin share their first dance to “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding and danced all night long.  Congratulations, Lauren and Colin!

Bridal Details

Happy Couple

Cocktail Hour

Wedding Reception Details

Wedding Favors

Thanks to Francesco Mastalia for the amazing photos.

A Brilliant Wedding Stephanie and Joe

Classical elegance touched every aspect of Stephanie and Joe’s wedding.  The day started at St. James church where the couple had a beautiful traditional ceremony.   A vintage London cab car then whisked the newly weds of to central park where they posed for the first time as husband and wife.  The celebration continued at the ballroom of the Yale Club where old world charm added to the ambiance of the night.  The reception was decorated with touches of silver and gold, with displays of amber, cream and coral roses on every table. Congratulations Stephanie and Joe!

Thank you to Julia Newman Photography for the amazing pictures!

Brilliant Event Planning In Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

I’m so excited to be featured in the May June 2014 issue of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons where I talk about the latest trend in destination bachelorette parties.  Check out Destination Weddings & Honeymoons online and don’t forget to pick up your print and digital copies of the May June 2014 issue!

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The Proposal Planner: Clayton and Amy

Clayton proposed to Amy with a starry night she will never forget.  Thinking they were just going out for a nice dinner, Clayton and Amy arrived at the Asisate where they were ushered to a private room overlooking Columbus Circle.  Displayed in the middle of the room was a tree instillation covered with Swarovski crystal stars and garland.  On each star was a message and significant date from the couple’s relationship.  After reading each of the messages to Amy, Clayton proposed and she said yes!  The couple celebrated their engagement with a romantic dinner for two in the private room.  When they returned back to their hotel room Amy found the book “The Stars” placed on the bed.  Inside was a personal inscription from Clayton.  Congratulations Amy and Clayton!

Proposal Details

Will You Marry Me?

Engagement Ring

Private Proposal Dinner

Thanks to Mikkel Paige for the beautiful photos!

The Perfect Place for a Wedding in the South of France

I was lucky enough to experience a press trip to the South of France. And, believe me, it truly is the quiet paradise that you see in postcards.  As one of the most picturesque regions in the world, it’s also a beautiful backdrop for the ultimate romantic destination wedding. If you’re in love with Napa, California you’ll be head over heels for the South of France.

Many of my clients dream of getting married in a villa, but why rent a villa in France when you can rent an entire village?  When you escape to the Hotel Crillon Le Brave you truly have an entire town to yourself.  A small village of its own, this resort encompasses more than six stone-crafted villas – ranging from an ancient stable to a local winemaker’s home – with a total of 34 suites. The gorgeous hotel steps from a century old church that is ideal for Catholic ceremonies, boasts a wine cave where their sommelier hosts a private wine tasting experience (perhaps a great way for your parents to get to know each other?) and a bistro where everything on the menu has been sourced within 40 kilometers from the restaurant.

Dinner and dancing for up to 90 guests takes place on the hotel’s outdoor patio as the sun disappears behind the French countryside and nearby snow-capped Mount Ventoux.  The experience and service is top-notch in every way – even relaxing enough for a stressed-out wedding planner to take a load off and enjoy from the moment I was greeted by the friendly Julian at the front step of reception to the directions to one of France’s best cheese shops two towns away as we departed.  The world class team offer a refined yet friendly approach without feeling stuffy.  The best part?  Hotel Crillon Le Brave is an easy ride from Paris on the TGV, so you and your guests can spend a few nights in Paris before or after the wedding.

Do you dream of a wedding like this?  Contact us at sarah@brillianteventplanning.com or 347.201.2496.

A Brilliant Wedding: Kate and Garrett

Working with Kate and Garrett was a joy because of the infectious happiness they bring to the table.  The couple had their wedding on the ideal summer day in July at the Brooklyn Museum.  The two were beaming from the moment they saw each other and seemed to relax into the day in each others company.  Making their introduction as husband and wife the couple danced to “Happy People”, a fitting song for the bubbly couple. The surprise of the evening was seeing one of Brilliant Event Planning’s proposal clients in attendance at the wedding.  It’s a small world after all. Congratulations Kate and Garrett.

Thank you to Dave Robbins Photography for the amazing pictures!

The Proposal Planner in Metro Newspaper

I am so excited to be featured in Metro Newspaper today, March 20th in honor of National Proposal Day!  Check out the article here for my top 5 tips to planning your perfect marriage proposal.

The Proposal Planner: Bo and Kelcie

Kelcie’s love of fashion was the centerpiece for her one of a kind marriage proposal in New York City. This amazing day all started with a shopping tour of New York City’s famous SoHo neighborhood.  The couple then took a private car across the river to the Brooklyn Museum where they enjoyed a private tour of the Gaultier fashion exhibit.  Little did Kelcie know that’s as they were making their way through the exhibit, our proposal team was transforming the foyer into a completely custom proposal spot.  As they came to the end of the exhibit a table was now displayed with 8 pairs of shoes, one pair for each year of their relationship. Bo led Kelcie down the line of shoes, revealing the highlights of their relationship on the inside of each shoebox. A final pair of shoes displayed the message “Marry Me” on the bottom.  Bo proposed and Kelcie said yes! We are thrilled to have our couples wonderful proposal featured on How He Asked! Check out the post here. Congratulations Bo and Kelcie!

Memory Shoes

 

Memory Shoes

Proposal Details

Proposal Shoes

NY Museum Proposal

Thanks to Craig Warga for the great photos!

The Proposal Planner: Chris and Petra

Chris put his total heart and soul into this amazing proposal. He wanted to make it clear to Petra how much he adored her and how lucky he was to be with her. Thus Lucky in Love was born and became the title to this one of kind engagement. From the very beginning, a plan was set up to completely catch Petra off guard. She thought that she and Chris would be meeting with some friends from overseas for a birthday, but instead she was lead into an empty Penthouse suite with a spectacular view overlooking the city. It was flawlessly decorated and just for her. When they entered the room a huge wall mural displayed pictures of the couple. A guitarist sat in the corner and played Journey’s “When A Man Loves A Woman”, and the lyrics were also printed on the beautiful white runner that was laid on the floor. As the two of them walked the runner they found themselves standing under a floral arch where miniature horseshoes hung from, and all had a reason written up by Chris of why he knows he is lucky to have her. After reading every single one, Chris got down on one knee and pulled out the ring which he perfectly disguised in a Happy Birthday gift bag. The night was far from over at that point. Just as Petra was calling her friends and family to share the good news, they all appeared after waiting so patiently in the lobby, and everyone enjoyed a wonderful evening complete with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres! Congratulations Chris and Petra!

NYC Penthouse Proposal

Lucky in Love

Surprise Proposal

Down on One Knee

Engagement Ring

Penthouse Proposal

Thanks to Daniel J Photography for the amazing photos!

Brilliant Event Planning on CNN

I was so excited to be interviewed for CNN where I discussed the 10 faux pas every wedding guest should avoid.  The article posted today Friday, March 7th, so if you’re attending an upcoming wedding check it our here for some helpful tips!