Friday, November 27, 2009

A Newport Affaire Gives Thanks.... 7 Brides and 8 Grooms

It was a wonderful year this year ending with the New England Society's Gala.

The opening of The Newport Wedding Gallery was one of my most proudest moments,
so having to close the project was extremely disappointing and saddening.

It was a great creative center for Newport brides and for the special event artisans that embraced it.

A new year will be starting soon,,, New brides, new budgets, new experiences, new friends to be made.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Trend Setting Place Settings from The White House!

From the Washington AP Photos Yahoo
Guests at President Barack Obama's first state dinner were being treated to an eye-catching scheme of green and purple, from the green curry surrounding the prawns to the purple floral arrangements paying homage to the peacock, India's national bird.

Pumpkin was on the menu, too, with Tuesday's dinner coming just two days before Thanksgiving.

Hours before guests arrived and in keeping with tradition, first lady Michelle Obama previewed the glamorous table settings in the State Dining Room. That's often the venue for such dinners, but not for Tuesday's honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Instead, in an effort to show Singh how much the U.S. values relations with his country, the Obamas decided to serve dinner for 339 people in a huge white tent on the South Lawn, with views of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial through clear panels. Magnolia branches native to both India and the U.S. adorn the inside walls, along with ivy and nandina foliage.

Guests, including some Hollywood A-listers, were to sit 10 apiece at tables draped in green apple-colored cloths and napkins, offset by the sparkle of gold-colored flatware and china, including service and dinner plates from the Eisenhower, Clinton and George W. Bush settings.

Floral arrangements of hydrangeas, roses and sweet peas in plum, purple and fuschia were meant to evoke India's state bird.

Mrs. Obama brought in award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit, a Scandinavian restaurant in New York City, to help White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford and her staff prepare the largely vegetarian meal. Singh is a vegetarian.

Samuelsson said being chosen to help whip up dinner was both "overwhelming and humbling." The culinary offerings included potato and eggplant salad, arugula from the White House garden, red lentil soup and roasted potato dumplings or green curry prawns. Pumpkin pie tart and pear tatin were for dessert; the pears were poached in honey from the White House beehive.

The entertainment lineup promised to be as stellar.

Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson and jazz vocalist and composer Kurt Elling, both Grammy Award winners from the Obamas' hometown of Chicago, were performing. Hudson also won an Academy Award for her role in "Dreamgirls." Indian musician and singer A.R. Rahman, who won two Academy Awards for the music in "Slumdog Millionaire," also was in the lineup.

The guest list, which the White House released a few hours before dinner was to begin, was a mix of Washington insiders, celebrities, prominent figures from the Indian community in the U.S., and Obama friends, family and campaign donors.

Among them were actors Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood, and Hollywood moguls Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Guests with ties to India included spiritual adviser Deepak Chopra, director M. Night Shyamalan and PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. Katie Couric of CBS News, Brian Williams of NBC News, Robin Roberts of ABC News and CNN Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta were among the media representatives invited. Oprah Winfrey was not on the list, but her best friend, Gayle King, was among the guests. Also expected were Obama friends Eric Whitaker and Martin Nesbitt, along with Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and her husband, Konrad; and Marian Robinson, the first lady's mother.

Every aspect of Tuesday's events was fraught with meaning and symbolism, from the flower colors to Mrs. Obama's clothing designers. For the dinner, Mrs. Obama wore a sleeveless, gold and cream colored sheath dress with an overlay of silver and matching shawl, by Indian-born designer Naeem Khan.

The president wore at tuxedo. At the State Dining Room event earlier in the day, the first lady wore a skirt by Rachel Roy, who is Indian. The biggest social event of the Obama White House also was a debut of sorts for florist Laura Dowling, who's been on the job less than a month.

Mrs. Obama also used the traditional preview event as a "teachable moment" for high schools girls participating in a White House mentoring program. They sat at two prepared tables as White House and State Department officials explained what state dinners are all about.

Afterward, Mrs. Obama sat at one of the tables and everyone dived in to dessert - the same fare being served guests at the state dinner.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

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I found This product at Bloomies yesterday. What a fun what to do a interactive, Save The Date, Proposal or Wedding Video Here's all About it...

With Yoostar, you can do more than just sit and watch your favorite movies, TV shows and other video. You can star in them alongside your favorite actors, play the role however you want, and share your performance with the world.
When you buy a Yoostar system, you'll get the tools you need to turn your home into a movie studio: a specially-designed web cam, green screen and stand, remote control, and Yoostar software that makes it easy to step into the role of your favorite actors. Simply plug it in to the USB port of your home computer (PC or Mac), and you're ready to roll.
The Yoostar system comes with an initial set of scenes, and hundreds more of the most iconic, well-known scenes in video history are available for purchase and download from Yoostar's vast library.

Got LOBSTER...bib?

I found this darling Lobster Bib They are $7.50 a bib So Cute for a Clam Bake Wedding Call 917 355 0689 email

HOT SHOT by Alexandria Mauch

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The New England Society Annual Dinner Dance St. Regis New York

It was a wonderful night!

The flowers I designed and created for the event were a hit!

The baby pineapples in hot pink was the inspiration for the floral design.
Leasle Stahl was our honoree and the New England color guard is one of our traditions that makes this event quite special.

I'm so proud to be part of it.

Thanks to Mari O'Connor for her millinery help with the May Flower Madam!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Today at Nancy Swiezy Events I'm Lost for Words

The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive tool that allows you to discover the connections between words in a visually captivating display. Word maps let you search for just the right word and then explore related concepts, revealing the way words and meanings relate to each other. It's a word-lover's delight, with more than 145,000 words and 115,000 meanings organized in an innovative and intuitive design.

This is a reprint from GINA DEDOMINICI GRAPHIC DESIGN Blog
She a wonderful Graphic Invitation designer

A Harvest Wedding BY BRIAN PHILLIPS Photography

This was a creative twist on fall foliage colors using champagne as the base line color for the wedding!
Much thanks to Marie for sending this to us this wedding.

BRIAN PHILLIPS photography
tel 617 216 8844 | fax 617 744 0244

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dear Color Purple

"I was all set to rent our linens, without actually seeing them of friend saw a picture and said they were the right color (very dark eggplant).

I went to check them out today and the color is bright purple!!
Ive been all over the place today looking for linens, even attempted to buy fabric from Joannes but its not wide enough! "


Dear Ms Jones,


R.I. Rentals
Party Rental
Rental Unlimited

P.S. May I say one Word... Pantone It is a color matching system used by all industry's.
So when asking for a color ask for the Pantone # of the product so you can make sure your getting what your looking for.

Will you serve Champagne at your Wedding or a Sparkling Aperitif?

Perseco Unlike champagne is fermented in its own bottle,
Prosecco is produced using the Charmat method, in which the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, making the wine less expensive to produce. Starting at $10.00 a Bottle

I found a pink Perseco called Riondo Pink Prosecco Raboso.
It's been a big hit with all my friends

The Local Vineyard Westport Rivers just over the R.I. Mass Border offers wonderful American Sparklers produced in the champagne method under $30 a bottle.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Watch Out Ace of Cake.... Here's A Newport Wedding Cake Designer

...the Creative Cake Company is here in Newport!
Karen Benjamin brings her love of food and design in to her very special cakes. Schooled in England, she can create that "Out-of-the-Box" Wedding or Grooms cake.

And the Basket.... Just too cute girlfriend!

A Boston Tea Party?

I just love this tea company ! The Teas not only beautiful but delicious as well!
A Charming favor for the perfect day.

Two tea infusers, Always and Forever, come in each sophisticated ribboned presentation.
Always: green tea with spring flowers and lemon infusions.
Forever: white tea and pear balanced with a note of ginger.
Four favors per $20 box ($5 per favor).
Favor Labels: packet contains 5 sheets, 75 labels. Labels measure 1.85 inches x 2.44 inches
Special Offer Orders of 100 or more favors (25 boxes) will receive a 20% discount ($4 per favor).
Just use promotion code FAVORS

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Save the Date and Play BALL!

Topps will create your own custom Baseball card for you. Its a fun way to "Save the Date" and host A base ball game during the wedding week end. Or you can take in a game and support the R.I. Gulls

Here is the list of public playing fields


Hunter Field - located on Van Zandt Avenue - near bridge overpass
Murphy Field - located on the corner of Carroll Avenue and Ruggles
Robert Douglas Field - located on Wellington Avenue near King Park
Toppa Field (In Freebody Park) - located on Middleton Avenue or Freebody Street (Off Memorial Boulevard)


Cardines Field - located on America's Cup Avenue at Marlborough Street across from the Fire Station
Goldberg Little League Field - located on Maple Avenue near Coddington Highway
Hogan Field - (Little League) located on Wellington Avenue
Murphy Field - located on the corner of Carroll Avenue and Ruggles
Vernon Field - located on Vernon Avenue off Broadway by Sheffield School

Cool New Nautical Wedding Ideas

I found the cutest gifts for next seasons Nautical Weddings .
Ribbon Napkin Rings, Gift Boxes, Welcome Lunch Bags and Ribbon Belts (not shown)
Call A Newport Affaire for pricing
917 355 0689

The Martha Stewart Weddings PARTY

It was a great time!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Molly and Gabe's Last Dance

I just got the link to the wedding weekend photos.
I don't know how they are going to build a their book!
So many !!!!
Here is one that I didn't capture. L'Chiam!

The New England Society Gala

Im so excited about doing the flowers this year. This is my 4th year!

2009 Annual Dinner Dance

The New England Society in the City of New York (NES) will host its 204th Annual Dinner Dance at the St. Regis Hotel on Friday, November 13, 2009. Lesley Stahl, correspondent on the CBS investigative news television show 60 MINUTES will be honored at this year’s Dinner Dance and awarded the Society's highest honor, the Reginald T. Townsend Award. The Townsend Award recognizes outstanding achievement representing the finest attributes of the New England character.

Lesley Stahl has been a 60 MINUTES correspondent since March 1991. Her distinguished career is marked by memorable interviews such as the first interview with American hostage Roy Hallums who was held captive by Iraqis for 10 months and former Bush administration officials Paul O’Neill and Richard. She was the first to report that Al Gore would not run for president in 2002 and served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter, Reagan and George H. W. Bush Presidencies. Her reports appeared on the CBS EVENING NEWS, first with Walter Cronkite, then with Dan Rather, and on other CBS News broadcasts. She has a collection of Emmy Awards for her interviews on FACE THE NATION and her 60 MINUTES reporting, including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy given in September 2003. "Punishing Saddam" won Stahl an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award. Her profile of search engine giant Google earned her a 2005 Business and Financial Emmy award.

Founded in 1805, NES is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides significant, merit-based scholarships to financially-challenged New York City students attending New England colleges and universities. NES has over 500 members, and conducts an active program of social and fundraising events, culminating in the annual Dinner Dance. NES member Alex Donner and his orchestra will provide music for the evening and there will be a silent auction.

Dinner Dance tickets are $500 (Benefactor), $400 (Patron) and $300 (Sponsor).

For further information, contact Executive Director Valerie Bickel at the New England Society in the City of New York.

I hope you can come!

Pnina Tornai Show at Kleinfelds The BLING Factor!


Who's Who at Bridal Market Week 2009

Photo 1
Robert Allen of the wedding Pod Cast Network and Newport's own Photographer Sara Zellar, shooting for LaBella Bride

Photo 2
Mrs And Mrs Kleinfeild !
Mara Urshel & Ronnie Rothstein At the Pnina Tornai Show.

Photo 3
Editor Katina LaFazia Editor of LaBella Bride.

Photo 4
Darcy Miller Editorial Director.of Martha Stewart Weddings at the Plaza Hotels Market Party.

Photo 5
Brittany Swann and her colleague from Get Married

Photo 6
Editor in Chief Carley Roney Of The Knot and Cake Diva Sylvia Weinstock
Did You Know that Carley hails from Providence R.I.?

Photo 7
Robert Allen From Wedding Pod cast network and Editor Anne Chertoff