Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Green Weddings- Every thing old is new again!

Green weddings can start off with a family heirloom or an antique find. You may want to ask family members from both sides if they have any old jewelry they are not wearing. Have it melted down and refurbish in to wedding rings, it makes a sentimental merger and acquisition!

Diamonds mined in peaceful Canada or Australia, like those from Brilliant Earth, Cred Jewellery, or Leber Jewelry's Earthwise line
diamonds certified as "conflict-free" under the Kimberley Process, an ongoing effort to reform diamond mining in Africa .
Ask your jeweler questions in Amnesty International's buyer's guide.

Irish - English familys may want to skip the diamond altogether and use a colored stone instead!
Graciously Green Nancy

Graciously Green Weddings

Im Jumping on the Green Wedding Band Wagon
with monthly updates at Newport Weddings.
It seams to be everywhere and it’s a good thing.

As a wedding planner I have worked on all kinds of wedding budgets
from struggling actors in New York City
to the Socity FAmilys in Newport RI.

I was fortunate to be brought up to be green by two thrifty parents that taught me the value of a dollar by doing it your self or simple having trust that I would eventually get my "wants" met .
The some of tools I have to share with you are buying the best quality you can afford on sale, off-season.
Do go to tag sales, antique shows and thrift shops, its like treasure hunting. My sister was able to buy a hand made couture-wedding dress for $75.00 in a hospital thrift shop. Its was a Win Win. For the donating bride, the hopital and my sister.

It’s not where you shop, but the quality you buy.
So think before you buy.
Don’t buy any thing for your wedding you can’t return.
Do think twice about silly wedding industry add ones or a plastic favors that will end up in a landfill.

Take your wedding budget and spend it on what will have the most impact for you, your guests and the environment.
Think Graciously Green

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Question...How to Get a Marriage License in Newport R.I.

Answer: Marriage licenses are issued by the Newport City Clerk’s office to

1) when Newport is the official residence of the bride and the
wedding is to take place in Rhode Island;

2) when Newport is the official residence of the groom, the bride
is from out of state and the marriage is to take place in Rhode

3) when both the bride and groom are from out of state and the
marriage is to take place in the City of Newport.

The licensing process takes approximately thirty (30) minutes. The bride
and groom must appear together in the City Clerk’s office between the
hours of 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday and complete an
official license application. Each is to present a certified copy of his/her
birth record from the city, town or state of birth as well as an official picture
ID (such as a driver’s license or military ID). Persons born out of the
country who do not have birth certificates may present passports.
If either party has been married before, a certified copy of a death
certificate or certified copy of a final divorce decree must be presented.
A decree that states the divorce is granted “Nisi”, that is, that the divorce
will become final or absolute after a certain number of days has elapsed,
cannot be accepted. The document must have a court entry date of the
final/absolute decree of divorce.

The fee for a marriage license is $24.00 and is valid for 90 days.
Note: City Clerks in Rhode Island cannot officiate at marriages. Couples
must make arrangements with a person in Rhode Island who, by Rhode
Island State Law, qualifies to join couples in marriage in a civil ceremony.
(Ordained clergy and elders in good standing need not be Rhode Island
residents, nor are they required to register in order to unite couples in
marriage.) In addition to the officiant, two witnesses age 18 or over must be
present at the marriage.

Newport City Hall 43 Broadway, Newport RI 02840 401- 846 - 9600

Lilly Pulitzer

It all started with a juice stand in Palm Beach. Lilly, a young, sassy New York socialite had eloped with Peter Pulitzer, grandson of thePulitzer Prize's Joseph Pulitzer and settled in Palm Beach to live the life of the rich and famous. Peter owned several Florida citrus groves, but Lilly needed a project of her own. So in the late 1950's, with Peter's produce, she opened a juice stand on Via Mizner, just off Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.
Lilly Pulitzer's business was a hit, but squeezing oranges, lemons, limes, and pink grapefruit made a mess of her clothes. Realizing that she needed a juice stand uniform, Lilly asked her dressmaker to design a dress that would camouflage the stains. The result? A comfortable sleeveless shift made of bright, colorful printed cotton - pink, green, yellow and orange. The dress even had custom dressmaker details like lining and lace seam bindings. It was perfect for the job and became Lilly's first Classic Shift.
Although her customers liked Lilly's juice, they loved her dress. When people began to ask if they could buy the dress, Lilly had a few more made up to sell in the stand. Soon Lilly was selling more dresses than juice, so she decided to stop squeezing and to focus on designing and selling her "Lillys." Before long, Jackie Kennedy, an old school chum, began wearing Lillys and, as First Lady, was featured in Life Magazine wearing a Classic Shift. Then, of course, everyone wanted one and Lilly Pulitzer® became a fashion sensation.

Through the sixties and seventies, the Lilly Pulitzer line was the unofficial uniform of the affluent at play. Lilly Pulitzer stores sprang up in the favorite resorts of the jet set and Lilly's pink and green colors became the banner of the preppy lifestyle.

Lilly is still a staple of the "Newportiant'" life style.

Content from www.lillypulitzer.com
The Jackie Dress from the spring 2008 collection Full length dress with seaming details. Silk oxford. 0 - 14 $398

Friday, January 25, 2008

Something Newport Blue

Need we say more!
From http://www.blushevents.blogspot.com
Photo by By http://www.fireflyphotostudio.ca

A Lobster in his Proper Place

This are the most darling place cards for a clam bake...

Don't you think?

Pier Gustafson's folded lobster name card is $2.00 a card
For his hand calligraphy add a additional $1.50 per card

A Invitation for Rosecliff

My Friend Adrienne Meredith from Luxurious Wedding has been talking about Trisha at Embellishments for a year now,
and now I know why!
She is a premium, full service design studio highly specialized in one of a kind designs and box invitations. Her custom designed, one of a kind invitations set the tone for your event and are just a preamble to any coordinating items you may require in your paperie suite: Programs, Escort Cards, Seating Cards, Table Numbers, Seating Charts, Menus, Gobo Designs Favors. Whatever your vision or budget ~ please let her know that “Our inspiration. . . . begins with you!"
Email: trc@embellishsp.com
Website: www.embellishsp.com
Contact: Trisha Caal

Real Shelter Island Wedding Rams Head Inn John And Kelly

I went out to do the flowers and "Day of" for Kelley and John!
They were a very happy couple!

Shelter Island

Bubbles any one?

I love champagne. But with the rising cost of French champagne getting out of hand,
here is a Californian option for you to try.

Barefoot Bubbly Chardonnay Premium Extra Dry Champagne and Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée are delicious and both a exceptional great value for under $10.00 a bottle.
They will help you stay on track with your budget, as well as keep that "City by the Sea" theme going!

Did you know most catering company's in Newport will let you BYOW (bring your own wine) to your wedding ?

Ask for it at your local liquor store Or It can be ordered on line at:

At Ralf Lauren, lady's are requested to wear a hat

No one influences what people wear in Newport more than Ralf Lauren,
Or is it the other way around?
I meet the Laurens at their book signing party at Bergdorf Goodman this winter and thanked them for keeping historic American costume alive.
Ricky said to me " that’s what were all about!"

Here is the link to the 2008 spring fashion show, I hope it your influences wedding choices this year!

A few years ago my friend Marilyn had a English Afternoon Wedding on Cape Cod and at the bottom on the invitation it said;
Lady’s requested to wear a hat.
So I wore the largest one I could find!
Will you do the same?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Pig In a Blanket

New York's Callahan Catering's pigs in a blanket—a piggy-shaped bite of black bread topped with dill butter and smoked salmon, with a "blanket" of wasabi-flavored caviar. I went to the launch party for Veuve Clicquot Rose and Paul did the most darling pink champaine bottles for that event. They were very tasty.

Anne this one's for you!


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Jack and Pearls

I meet Jessica Lauber last year at the gift show.
She has a amazing colection of hand made candles prefect for a modern wedding setting.

Get Me To My Newport R.I. Church On Time

Here is a list of some of the churches in Newport proper.
Please be aware that not all of the churches will marry non members.
So check with the church secretary for the protocol.

Emmanuel Church - Newport, RI
Address: Spring & Dearborn Streets, Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-847-0675

Saint John's Church - Newport, RI
Address: Washington & Willow Streets, Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-848-2561

Trinity Church - Newport, RI
Address: Queen Anne Square, Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-846-0660

Saint Spyridon - Newport, RI
Address: Thames & Brewer Streets, Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-846-0555

First Presbyterian Church - Newport, RI
Address: 6 Everett Street, Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-847-1749

Saint Augustin's Church - Newport, RI
Address: 2 Eastnor Road, Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-847-0518

Saint Mary's Church - Newport, RI
Address: Spring Street & Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-847-0475

Channing Memorial Church - Newport, RI
Address: 138 Pelham Street, Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-846-0643

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Preston Bailey Blogs

I have to tell you that working on a Preston Bailey Wedding with Marcy Blum was a great highlight in my career! Memorial Day 2006 in Newport, I worked with them on local logistics for a wedding weekend held at Rosecliff. He is a amazing artist and I envy the volume of flowers he gets to paint with.

When I was with Bizbash Media, we honored him in to The Event Style Hall of Fame.
Chris Giftos the Floral Designer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art said to me looking at one of Prestons live florial murals,
“I workied at the MET for over 40 years , Why didn’t I think of that! “
I am so exited to share with you his blog, that houses some of his inspiration and even a little insite to his technique.
Kudos to a master of design.
I am honored to have him as my first Florial Desiger of the Month at my Newport Weddings Blog


Monday, January 21, 2008

Did you say Pique?

Yes! Pique is one of my favorite summer textiles. It was popular in the 1960’s worn by the preppy crowd. Pique is a tightly woven cotton fabric with various raised patterns, produced especially by a double warp that holds its shape very well.
When I saw this Carmela Sutera gown come down the runway, I thought this would make the perfect beach side/garden wedding gown!

It's simple and elegant in an Audrey Heburn sort of way.

Can’t you see her with a fellow in a navy blazer and Khakis?


Claddagh Ring March

An bpósfaidh tú mé?
Will you marry me?

There are also a variety of legends about the origins of the ring

One tale is about Margaret Joyce, a woman of the Joyce clan. She married a Spanish merchant named Domingo de Rona. She went with him to Spain, but he died and left her a large sum of money. She returned to Ireland and, in 1596, married Oliver Ogffrench, the mayor of Galway. With the money she inherited from her first marriage, she funded the construction of bridges in Connacht. All this out of charity, so one day an eagle dropped the Claddagh ring into her lap, as a reward.

Another story tells of a Prince who fell in love with a common maid. To convince her father his feelings were genuine and he had no intentions of "using" the girl, he designed a ring with hands representing friendship, a crown representing loyalty, and a heart representing love. He proposed to the maid with this ring, and after the father heard the explanation of the symbolism of the ring, he gave his blessing.

One legend that may be closer to historical truth is of a man named Richard Joyce, another member of the Joyce clan and a native of Galway. He left his town to work in the West Indies, intending to marry his love when he returned. However, his ship was captured and he was sold as a slave to a Moorish goldsmith. In Algiers, with his new master, he was trained in his craft. When William III became king, he demanded the Moors release all British prisoners. As a result, Richard Joyce was set free. The goldsmith had such a great amount of respect for Richard Joyce that he offered Joyce his daughter and half his wealth if Joyce stayed, but he denied his offer and returned home to marry his love who awaited his return. During his time with the Moors, he forged a ring as a symbol of his love for her. Upon his return, he presented her with the ring and they were married.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

She Sells Sea Shells by Invite

I found these Sea Side Invitations at Lela New York. They are perfect for that Newport Sea Side Wedding.

Most of Maria Cerff's work is designed custom for the cient and is one-of-a-kind.
This Lux Boxed Invitation set includes a hand made silk box, printed Invitation in two colors, backing papers, RSVP in two colors with printed return address,starfish accessories and mailing boxes. Price: $3650.00 for 100

e: maria@lelanewyork.com
p: (718) 767-2717

Newport Weddings

Saturday, January 19, 2008

My Bermuda Bag

I adore my Bermuda bag. I use it all summer in Newport.Its vintage and came with 7 covers! “Very Old School” a fellow said to me at Asterisks one night. If you cant find a vintage one...

Check out The Jesse B. Collection http://www.thejessebcollection.com

Her classic Bermuda bag style is completely handmade in the U.S.A of excellent quality and workmanship. They are exclusively made for The Jesse B. Collection in limited quantities. The handles are sold separately from the reversible covers, so you can collect and interchange them as often as you change your outfit or change your mood!
The Foundation with handle is $60.00
My favorite cover is the Navy with a reversible cover with a Americas cup print for $34.00

It makes the most darling Bridesmaids gift.

Newport Weddings

Rhode Island Bride

Rhode Island Bride published my article called
Trend Watch! What's IN and OUT for the 2008 RI Brides.
Do pick up a copy It's on Page 17.


Newport Weddings

What should I wear to a Newport Wedding?

Newport has a great history of protocol and proper attire. So if you want to fit in at all the right places, here is a guideline on what to wear and when.

Formal Evening
After 6 pm Men white tie and tails, Ladies ball gown.
State Dinners and Balls have this dress code.

Formal Day
Before 6 pm Men morning suit, Ladies business dress, suit and a hat is always welcome.
Think of the movie Four weddings and a Funeral . White dinner jackets may be worn as well in the summer months.

PM Men black tie tux, and in the summer white dinner jacket may be worn and Ladies gowns or fancy cocktail dress.
For most Americans this is formal attire.
AM Men dress suit, Ladies "Sunday Best"

Black Tie Optional
I never under stood this; it’s a mix of Semi- Formal and Formal

Cocktail Attire
also known as Dress Casual or Smart casual
Men Suites, Ladies short cocktail dress

Yacht Club Attire
Men navy blazers and khakis,or bright green or red pants, Ladies summer tea dresses or summer suites
Lilly Pulitezer dresses and red white and blue is always a good choice

Sporting Attire
Appropriate to the sport
Please note that some clubs mandate" white only" on a playing field

White Dinner Jacket from www.brooksbrothers.com

Newport Weddings

Go Go A Gobo!

I love Gobos.
It must be my theatre background.

They can Customize dance floor,
make a ballroom look like a forest
or inscribe in light, your brand new monogram.

They are quite inexpensive, and are very easy to install.
But do check with your lighting designer before you order.
They come in different sizes as well in glass or die cut metal.

Recently I worked with a New York bride that had her Scottish Crest created for the wedding.
I suggested we have a custom gobo made for the dance floor.

It added that extra special Bling to her Highland Fling!

You can see the rest of the wedding at www.anewyorkaffaire.com

Jackie Kennedy's wedding gown designer, Ann Lowe

The wedding gown on the right was worn by Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953, the day she married John F Kennedy. It is a part of African-American History. Why? This dress was designed by African-American fashion designer Ann Lowe.

Ann Lowe was born in Alabama in 1899, the daughter and granddaughter of dressmakers who designed for Alabama's first ladies. When Ann was 16 her mother passed away, and Ann completed the projects her mother had been working on. She then went on to design school in New York, where she was shunned by her white classmates. She didn't let them get to her. Instead, she concentrated on her studies. It paid off. Her customers included the DuPonts, Roosevelts, Posts, Biddles, Rockefellers, Auchinclosses, and other families that were listed in the Social Register. They loved her work. She was known as "society's best kept scecret," because, of course, no one would admit their clothing was being designed by a black woman. I can't help but wonder how different her life and career would have been today. Perhaps she would have been as well known and has wealthy as Vera Wang.

Things were, indeed, difficult for Ms Lowe. She never gave up, however, especially when a ruptured water line flooded her store 10 days before the future First Lady's wedding, destroying the dress and all others that had been made for the occasion. But Ms Lowe managed to remake all the dresses in time for the wedding. Later, in 1962 she lost her store due to back taxes, and lost her eye due to glaucoma. After the glaucoma surgery, when she was released from the hospital, she found that an annonymous benefactor had paid her all her debts. (The Kennedys, perhaps?) However, she developed cataracts in her other eye. Luckily, surgery saved the eye and she went ahead with plans to open a store on Madision Avenue. She retired in the '70s and passed away in the early '80s.

I have seen pictures of the wedding dress before, but they were always side views. I had thought there was only one circle detail on the side, but they seem to be all around the dress. To be honest, I don't really care for the dress. (Neither did Jackie, I've read. Her mother insisted that she wear it.) However, none of that matters today. What matters is that Ann Lowe be recognized for who she is: an African-American Fashion Pioneer.
With Thanks from
Bernadette Pasley
(In Honor and Thanks to Martin Luther King)

Is it a Clambake Or Clamboil ?

When the Pilgrims landed they were not aware that lobsters, which were plentiful in the 1600's, were delicious to eat. The Native Americans dug a large hole in the sand. Placed in the pit were smoldering rocks. They boiled a length of rawhide to use as a cover then placed in it lobsters, clams, mussels, fish and corn draped with seaweed on top to steam.

Since most venues cant dig a hole for a fire pit, catering companys and resturants cook this dish as a New England Clam Boil in a large pots instead.

Friday, January 18, 2008

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Should I wear a Tiara?

Tiaras are for Royalty, Beauty Queens and Brides.

But when is it bad form to wear a Tiara?

If you have the opportunity to socialize or work with with Heads of State and Royalty,

"We"don’t think this is really a good idea.

So if Bling is your thing,

take the lead form a fashion Icon and wear adornment in the form of a headband or pin.

Jackie’s Camrose and Kross Pin
can be purchase at
A Newport Affaire

917 355 0689

Mamie Eisenhower's Million Dollar Fudge

If I was to having a wedding at The Eisenhower' House i would considering making or having my caterer makeing this Fudge as a parting gift or placed in my wellcome bag . Once severed at the Summer White House, I think this is a wonderful way to incorporiate tradition and history in to your wedding day, Do included the recipy as well!

Mamie Eisenhower's Million Dollar Fudge

12 ounces semisweet chocolate bits
12 ounces German sweet chocolate, broken into bits
1 pint marshmallow cream
pinch of salt
1 can (13 ounces) evaporated milk
4.5 cups sugar
2 cups chopped walnuts (or pecans)
2 tablespoons butter

In a large bowl, combine both types of chocolate, marshmallow cream and salt. Put milk and sugar in a large pot. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook, stirring mixture over the chocolate. Add nuts and butter and beat until the chocolate is melted and the fudge is creamy. Pour into buttered 9"x9" pan and let cool at room temperature for a few hours before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 5 pounds of fudge.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Luxurious Wedding

Is Simply Luxurious

I have known Adrienne Meredith the Publisher of Luxurious Wedding for over a year now. She has been my advocate, web mentor and friend.

Her vision to create a luxury wedding media site and blog, has separated her self from most on line wedding media company’s.

I personal have found great vendors and products at her site and am proud to be part of her editorial a listing.

Do Visit

Thanks Adrienne

A Seaside Greeter

Instead of having your wait staff greet your guests at your clam bake …

How about a mermaid?

TEN31 Productions does costumed performers like no other company on the East Coast.
I think it would make a great icebreaker on your raw bar as well!

(clipboard with guest list simply optional!)

TEN31 Productions

Friday, January 11, 2008

Mrs. John L. Strong

Mrs. John L. Strong was founded in New York City in 1929 and immediately set the standard for exquisite hand-engraved stationery. For decades, its charismatic founder Flora Strong built a loyal following of patrons for her special formula papers and beautiful hand engraved dies. World leaders, American presidents, royal families and society's prominent personalities and celebrities have all used Mrs. Strong's distinctive papers. They have made paper for every presidential family since the Roosevelts, and were responsible for Mrs. Kennedy’s personal papers while she was in the White House.

Mrs. John L. Strong is the only American firm that offers hand-engraving exclusively. they use no computers, and specialize in line engraving (for text), banknote engraving ( a flat image composed of hundreds of crosshatched lines as on banknotes, hence the name), and sunk die engraving.The workmanship is breathtaking so be prepared to spend $60 and up per invitation.

The company can produce any image for brides and grooms, from a custom coats of arms, Buddhist symbols , topographical, images of flowers, monograms, burgee flags, or even a replica of your home.

This is some of the finest traditional stationery I have ever seen.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Wedding Styles Magazine establishes A Newport Affaire as a Platinum Wedding Resource

Grace Ormond presents A Newport Affaire as the leading event planning company for Newport RI. Wedding Style, http://www.weddingstylemagazine.com launched in 1998 is know as the Vogue for the wedding industry.

“We are very proud to be part of this couture wedding media company. It is quite an accomplishment says Nancy Swiezy.”

I look forward to seeing my brides editorially in Real Weddings.
As well as supporting Grace and her media efforts, showcasing the “best of the best” of the US wedding market sector.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Yellow ... Its every where

I was in the shops at Time Warner yesterday and YELLOW was everywhere!

J. Crew, Bebe, Bloomingdales, even Pottery Barn, is featuring this color.

We heard a lot about it last year at The Special Event trade show, but only the couture linen Company Resource One was showing yellow last year.

Will you be using this color way at your wedding?

Saturday, January 5, 2008


Perhaps you want to speak in front of your groom and 200 of your nearest and dearest.
Public Speaking does not come easy to every one. Some grown men have even been known to even faint!

That’s why for over 80 years, Toastmasters International has been helping people with their public speaking needs. The site offers practical tips to guide you through almost any event involving an audience. Even a wedding! I once worked on a wedding were we lost over an hour of dancing because of rambling speeches.
So create and practice your speech that will be remembered forever with

Baby it's cold out side!

Januuary is one of the quietest and coldest time of year in Newport.
But I still adore coming up to my New England home by the sea.

Many of the restaurants close for the month to take well-deserved vacations.
So do call and make sure they are open.

These two restaurants are my favorite to cozy up by a fireplace place and have a warming glass of port.

The Clarke Cooke House

The White Horse Tavern

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Plan your Newport Wedding using our Newport Wedding Planning Blog

I hope you enjoy this Newport Wedding Planning Blog.
It has been a great joy for me!
Nancy Swiezy
A Newport Affaire

Wedding Style Magazine

Thanks Grace

It’s Bridal Season In Newport!


As a Wedding Planner I do the due diligence for my clients,so that they don’t have too.

If you have the time and not the money, then these two shows could be right for you.

January 6, 2008 11am-5:30pm
We bring you a unique, exquisite event of inspiration and possibilities...Newport is one of the most popular destinations in the country.
Belle Mer
Hotel Viking


The Newport Wedding Bridal Show
February 9th, 2008 11:30 to 4:30
Rhode Island's biggest and best bridal event of the year at two of Newport's glamorous mansions

See you on the Dance Floor!

Happy New Year

And Happy Anniversary to me!

After being in the industry for 20 years, A New York -Newport Affaire has officially celebrated its first Anniversary.

I launch the company last January and secured the opportunity to be the wedding planner for A New York Society Bride It’s was a blast! I produce 3 events in 6 world wind months.I look forward to meeting my next group of brides this January.

I hope you will be one of them!

Above cutting my beautiful cake made by the most delicious April Reed Is:
Anne Marie Huste my hostess, venue owner,of Annemarie’s Dinningroom,Cook book author and Jackies first personal chef when she left the White House.Me and Shelly Branch, writer for the Wall Street Journal and Author of What would Jackie do?

The Roses were gift by the very talented Jerry Sibal of Design Fusion.
Look for His book next year.
My handsome party staff by Dan Taylor Inc.
My prep staff and some times second in command on my events the most woderful Mari O’Conner.

It was a Who’s Who of New York and Newport’s top event talent,
We had such a great time.

Maybe you can join us next year?

Happy New Year,