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Style Me Pretty features our lovely couple!

Posted by SarahApr 20, 2016

When Jes and Jack decide to have their wedding at the Riviera Maya in Mexico, we knew it would be a special day.  With smiling faces from ear to ear, the couple said their I-do’s on the beach, and danced the night away under the stars. Check out their fairytale wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!

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Thank you to all the *brilliant* vendors who made their wedding possible!

Daniel J Photography; Cinematography: Pure Love Films; Event Planning: Brilliant Event Planning; Stationary: It’s My Party; Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio; DJ: Big Band Productions; Band: Elan Artists; Officiant: Spirituality Riviera Maya; Transportation: Mayan Hospitality; Venue: Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa;  Floral Designs + Rentals: Planner 1 Events.

4 Reasons Why Newport is the Perfect Place for your New England Destination Wedding

Posted by SarahApr 06, 2016

For all our brides who dream of having a New England wedding right in their backyard, Newport, Rhode Island is the perfect place to say ‘I do’! With all the feels of laid back life mixed with beachside charm, here are 4 reasons why Newport is your go-to getaway.

 

 1. Beautiful Venues

This coastal beach town nestling on the fringes of NYC and Boston offers the perfect coastal backdrop. Whether you imagine being wed in a regal castle, or a quaint beachfront property, Newport has it all! We at Brilliant Event Planning especially love the Castle Hill and 41 North, but there are tons of venues to choose from, each more breathtaking than the last! Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 2.00.11 PM

 

2. Talented Florists

Some of the best and freshest florist ship out of Newport, why not head straight to the source? For rustic and vibrant bouquets, check out Robin Hollow Farm, or Laurie Marshall Flowers, both based right in Newport.  For a floral shop with a unique business model, check out BloomItOn, based right in Boston, MA. allows you to buy and sell your floral centerpieces for a fraction of the price, making this option both environment and budget-friendly. Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 2.09.51 PM

 

3. Exquisite Cuisine

Whether you’re looking for family-friendly or quaint and trendy, Newport is in no shortage of delicious places to eat. THE place for all seafood lovers, this Rhode Island town offers the freshest catch-of-the-day, and you can bet the catering for your wedding will be equally are wonderful.  For a special historic treat while you’re strolling through town, be sure to check out White Horse Tavern, the oldest tavern in America! Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 2.24.24 PM

 

4. Beachside Fun

Surrounded by the sweeping Atlantic Ocean, Newport, RI boasts 8 different beaches where guests can tan, play games, or even fly a kite. Whether you plan on getting married on the shores of Newport’s beaches, or are in it for the ocean-side views, you can’t go wrong with any one–or several–of these locations. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask the natives about making a short stop at Purgatory Chasm, a giant rock cavern located on the west end of 2nd Beach!

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5. Talk of the Town!

Whether taking a stroll down Bannister’s Wharf, or biking along Ocean Drive, you and your guests will be enthralled and delighted by Newport’s quaint little towns. There’s so much to see and shop, your guests might want to book an extra night! Thinking about hosting an afterparty for your wedding? Newport’s nightlife is classy and plentiful, with popular spots like The Fifth Element or Sky Bar at the Clarke Cook House.

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Photo Credits: Castle Hill Inn, 41 North, Robin Hollow Farm, BloomItOn, Katie Kaizer, Discover Newport, & Summer in Newport.

Summer Wedding Inspiration

Posted by SarahAug 06, 2015

Guess what? Paperless Post asked us to share some of our favorite summer wedding inspiration with you to potentially inspire future designs!

As simple as it may sound, there is no better inspiration for a summer wedding than summer itself. Summer – or l’ete as the French call it – means picnic baskets and lemonade and days by the pool. It means fresh fruit at the farmer’s market and this summer we’re all about taking inspiration from our citrus cravings. From half-orange sorbets and lemon-filled vases to watermelon canvas totes to fit welcome gifts for guests, we can’t get enough of all that juicy Vitamin C. It’s fresh, fruity, fun, and can be spun anyway you want. And the fact of the matter is? No one does color better than nature herself.

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It’s a midsummer night’s dream and we’re looking toward the fragrant bohemian notes of Scandinavia. Think lush flower crowns of dark blooms and milky leaves, and exquisite white gowns of hand-embroidered lace and tiny beads. Envision flower walls of white chrysanthemum and pink peonies and layered cakes topped with strawberries as red as the rose. There is something magical and mesmerizing about this ethereal contrast of dark and light – and we can’t get enough!

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We love the idea of old-school romance, but it doesn’t hurt to take a few ideas from our times. It is the twenty-first century after all! We’re talking about wedding sites for your guests (go green on the RSVP?), and cell phone charging stations (those electronics need some fuel too!). We mean Fujifilm instant cameras for a guestbook and #hashtags for the big day.

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These are just a few of our 2015 summer favorites! What are yours?

 

Image sources, from top left:

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Destination Weddings: Spotlight on Maine

Posted by SarahMay 21, 2015

Our amazing planner, Sarah Glick, recently took a trip to Maine hosted by the The Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau. While there, she got to check out a number of charming wedding venues. All the highlights of her trip are detailed below!

The first stop on the trip was the Nonantum Resort, a gorgeous resort that sits right on the coast of Kennebunkport, ME. Along with a number of beautiful options for wedding spaces, the resort offers an adorable trolley to take guests to and from the after party bar down the street!

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The next stop on the tour was the Westin Portland Harborview. This hotel is a fantastic option for the couple who wants to get married in Maine but still wants a modern feel. The rooms are sleek and urban but still have waterfront views. One of the highlights of being in Portland was getting to go on a Land and Sea Tour. Getting an up close view of a lighthouse was fun! While in Portland, the group also stopped at the Regency Hotel. If you are looking for a more central location in Portland for your venue, this hotel is the perfect choice!

Next, the group stopped to enjoy the view at Point Lookout Resort. This waterfront venue overlooks Penobscot Bay. Guests stay in quaint, rustic cabins and the view from their most popular ceremony space is unparalleled.

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Following a full day of venue scouting, the group made a stop at Café Miranda in Rockville, ME. They work with nearby farms to make sure everything they serve is local and fresh. Their dedication to quality definitely shines through – the food was absolutely delicious and they have an extensive menu with over 150 options so everyone can find something they love!

The next day, we headed to French’s Point. This gorgeous estate is located in Stockton Springs, ME and it’s the perfect spot for couples looking for the full wedding weekend experience. When you book a wedding here, the estate is exclusively yours for the weekend, giving it the true destination feel. You can bring in your own caterer and there are several outdoor ceremony sites including a permanent tent for ceremony or reception. They also have the cutest farmhouse right next door for your guests to stay in!

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The final venue of the trip was the Black Point Inn. This venue is located on Prout’s Neck, right outside of Portland. This venue truly has it all. From stunning views of Mt. Washington to a nearby beach and cliff walk, the hotel has a true New England vibe. They even keep their fireplace burning year round for an extra cozy element!

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Finally, one of the most fun parts of the trip was getting to partake in one of Art Night Out’s art parties. Their jewelry class would definitely be a perfect event for a bachelorette party!

The best part? Making new friends while getting to see some of the most spectacular parts of Maine!

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Destination Weddings: Spotlight on the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica

Posted by SarahMar 19, 2015

Sarah Glick, our wedding planner, recently had the pleasure of visiting the tropical Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica. The resort is brand new and it definitely shows! Guests can choose to relax in the sun at one of the two gorgeous infinity pools (one of which is adults only) or at the hotel’s black sand beach. One of the most impressive services the resort offers is a sunset shuttle. As the resort is East-facing allowing only for sunrise views, they offer a complimentary shuttle to a nearby hotel for guests who would also like to enjoy the sunset. This service shows how meticulously every detail of the resort’s guests’ stays has been through through.

For the active traveler, the resort has an array of watersports, all of which are complimentary. Feeling more adventurous? There is everything from zip lining to horseback riding all within 20 minutes of the resort. The Andaz also features three restaurants the highlight being Chao Pescao, Small Plates & Bar. The menu features Latin-inspired fare, a cocktail list written by the in-house mixologist and live music on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The mixologist is also available for private or group classes!

With such fabulous attention to detail, the Andaz Papagayo would play host to an absolutely stunning wedding. The resort features an array of venues including a private garden and three open-air restaurants overlooking the water. In the case of a buyout of the resort, you can even have the ceremony in the lobby, which features a runway-style aisle! This resort is a truly spectacular venue for anyone considering a destination wedding. To read more about their venues, services, and menus click here.

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Guest Suite, Private Balcony, Luxury Spa Relaxing Pool, Beach Sand Writing

Thank you to the Andaz Papagayo for the beautiful pictures and wonderful experience!

 

Brilliant Event Planning in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

Posted by SarahFeb 17, 2015

We are honored and absolutely overjoyed to be featured in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons as one of the BEST DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS in the country! Pick up a copy of the magazine on newsstands now!

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Brilliant Event Planning on Condé Nast Traveler

Posted by SarahJan 08, 2015

We are super excited to have our advice on planning the perfect destination wedding featured on Condé Nast Traveler!

Read the full article here!

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Destination Weddings: Spotlight on The Westin Grand Cayman

Posted by SarahJan 07, 2015

I recently got to experience a press trip to the stunning Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. The resort’s prime location, on the widest part of 7 Mile Beach, and recent major renovation, make it a serious contender for the best resort on the island. Upgrades to the resort included the creation of a killer pool and hot tub and chic cabanas on the beach that stay light throughout the night. If you enjoy a more active vacation, the resort also has an array of watersport rentals available. Essentially, the Westin Grand Cayman has all the amenities of a high-end luxury resort with a much more laid back vibe. The best news? There are non-stop (3.5 hour) flights from New York City available every day of the week! Whether you are looking for the perfect destination wedding location or a luxurious honeymoon spot, the only question is, what are you waiting for?

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A Brilliant Wedding: Alena & Andrew

Posted by SarahNov 17, 2014

Alena & Andrew were such a relaxed couple to work with – they made planning their wedding a breeze! The couple chose the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico for their destination wedding. Picking this resort for their big day was a no-brainer as they had vacationed there with their families many times in the past. The couple was very laid-back and wanted this to be reflected throughout their wedding weekend. Alena picked a bright, coral color for her touchpoint and we went from there with decor. Their guests’ names and table numbers were written on drink flags placed in festive watermelon-habanero margaritas to get the night off to a spicy start! The reception tables were decorated with lanterns and the floral arrangements were meant to look “undone”, again reflecting the relaxed theme. Guests dined on locally-inspired fare all weekend and danced the night away under the stars.

We are super excited to have Alena & Andrew’s wedding featured on Jet Fete, an amazing destination wedding blog.

Check out the post here!

Congratulations Alena & Andrew

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Thanks to Elizabeth Medina for the amazing photographs!

 

Why In-house Destination Venue Coordinators Love Us

Posted by SarahSep 12, 2014

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A big question we receive from prospective clients is “My venue offers an on-site wedding coordinator, so do I really need a wedding planner, too?” The short answer, which most on-site venue coordinators would agree with, is “Yes!”. Why? The long answer is twofold:

1) A planner from NYC knows what your expectations are from all standpoints – a service perspective (example: a full open bar is standard in Manhattan and so is having table-side entree choice, whereas these things won’t be standard at hotels outside NYC), a formalities perspective (the different cultural or religious requirements, or what is traditional for speeches, etc.), and even down to a granular perspective like the general style of music that you’d expect. Having someone who understands 100% what you expect from the get-go is key to pulling off a successful destination wedding. In-house venue coordinators are typically grateful to have a liaison to communicate these needs and wants clearly, resulting in less stress and frustration for both parties.
2) the venue’s expertise lies in running stellar food and beverage service, not necessarily running all of the specifics of a wedding. Having a wedding planner from outside the resort allows them to focus on what they do best — food and beverage — whereas we focus on the rest…design, decor and all of the other details means that we have our “aces in their places” and you get the wedding you dream of with less stress and more fun.
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