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TIPS & SECRETS FROM A NEW YORK CITY PROPOSAL, WEDDING & EVENT PLANNER

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.

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.

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!

The Proposal Planner in JCK Magazine

I was delighted to talk with the jewelry industry authorities at JCK Magazine to discuss our shared love of marriage proposals and the breakthrough industry of proposal planning. The article posted yesterday, February 13th, so if you missed it be sure to check it our here!

The Proposal Planner on CBS News

I was so honored to be interviewed for CBS News where I got to share some of my favorite tips and tricks for creating a unique Valentines Day date. The article posted today, February 13th, so if you’ve been putting off your Valentines day planning check it our here for a little inspiration!

The Proposal Planner in Elle

I was so honored to be interviewed for Elle where I was able to discuss a little bit about the behind the scenes of marriage proposal planning. The article posted last Thursday, December 5th, so if you missed it make sure to read it here!

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Wish Upon a Wedding Bridal Market Kickoff Party

Wish Upon a Wedding Hosted its Fall 2013 Bridal Market Kickoff Party at the beautiful Prince George Ballroom. As a proud board member of the New York Chapter, it was amazing to see the night come together as top professionals from all areas of the wedding industry gathered to support this wonderful cause. The night included great treats such as fresh hand shucked oysters, delicious whoopie pies, and amazing macarons in a whole assortment of flavors. The night concluded with a short film honoring the couple of the second wish the New York Chapter had granted. If you like to donate for couples in need please visit the Wish Upon a Wedding website or please contact newyorkvolunteer@wishuponawedding.org.

Check out the photo below of me and fellow Event Planner Sarah G. as we walked the teal carpet at the party!

WUW Bridal Market Party

Thanks to Roberto Falck for the photo!!

Wish Upon a Wedding New York

With Central Park as the backdrop, Le Parker Meridien Hotel provided the perfect location for a beautiful breakfast that joined together wedding industry pros with media experts.   I’m proud to be a Board Member of Wish Upon a Wedding New York.  Wish Upon a Wedding is an organization that makes it possible for couples facing terminal illness or other serious circumstances to have a dream weddings or vow renewal through the generosity of donations from local wedding professionals. With 60 wishes already being granted nationwide, we hosted a breakfast to share our successes and forge new partnerships.  We were especially honored to have famed designer Nicole Miller speak about how terminal illness has touched her life and her support for Wish Upon a Wedding.  If you’d like to donate to couples in need, please contact newyorkvolunteer@wishuponawedding.org.

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Charity Brunch

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New York Charity Brunch

Photos courtesy of Alicia Swedenborg

Brilliant Event Planning Featured on New York Daily News

I was delighted to be quoted in a New York Daily News article on August 12th about the perils of being a bridesmaid.  Read the full article here to find out my input!

 

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The Proposal Planner on ABC’s 20/20

I was absolutely thrilled to be interviewed by Elizabeth Vargas on ABC’s 20/20 to talk about marriage proposal planning.  The segment aired this past Saturday, August 10th, so no link yet but we will post it as soon as it’s available.

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