Category Archives: New York

Planning: 50 Shades of Marise – A Beautiful Birthday Party In Brooklyn

The first day I met Marise I was immediately attracted to her spirit and that infectious laugh of hers. So I was very excited to sit and chat with her one evening so she can tell me all about how she wanted to celebrate her 50th Birthday. She loves travel, Girl Scouts and designer bags…EMPHASIS on the designer bags. She wanted a black, white and blush black tie party that was fun and festive and showcased her love of… you guessed it, designer bags.

In lieu of having cut outs of purses all over the room we, with the help of LeTrice from LePenn Designs, incorporated some luxury paper with a designer finish, named her tables after her favorite designers and designed a logo so we can create stationary reminiscent of a designer logo bag (think Louis Vuitton with the LV all over the purse – if that makes any sense). Based on her wants, needs and desires we decided to host her Birthday party at Giando on the Water. She was sold on the view alone and the parking. If you know anything about Brooklyn, New York you know good parking and venues are unicorns in the hood. We spent over a year fine tuning the details and partnered with a vendor collective that worked beautifully together. I can’t wait to get the pictures back form Amy Anaiz Photography but for now take a peek at a few of my un-professionalphone photos:










Stay tuned for more…

Parties: Marsha + Adetunji’s Jamaican and Nigerian Wedding

Last year (yes I said last year…don’t you DARE judge me) I watched a fabulous couple exchange I Do’s at NYC’s Landmark on the Park. A beautiful venue with superb architecture and a very helpful staff. Marsha (a Jamaican Bride) and Adetunji  (A Nigerian Groom – and I didn’t even have to look up the spelling of his name) wanted a fun, culturally rich event where guests can eat well, drink well and party WELL. With clothing changes and lots of culture in the room I think we were able to accomplish exactly what they were looking for.

Look at some of my favorite shots captured by Rick Messina Photography… LOVE THEM):

My favorite part of the wedding was definitely the culture. I love when couples embrace what is true and unique about their individual and couple selves. I learned a bit of Nigerian lingo as well as had fun infusing Jamaican patois in some of the signage for the reception.

As far as JunePlumm couples go, these two are my kinda peeps and I was so happy to be a partner in creating such a splendid night.

Shout out to these Fab vendors that helped to make it all worth it!

Event Planner: JunePlumm Events
Cinematography: Majestic Creative Films
DJ: Wale (groomsman) & Assistant
Cake: Fancy n Sweet
Florist: Marina Florist
Officiant: Pam Randaleman
Make-up: Vee Diddy

Parties: The Wedding Salon – Novemeber 2010

I had to pleasure of attending The Wedding Salon yesterday ( 11-15-10) held at The Manhattan Center Studios on 34th street in Manhattan. I have attended many other Wedding Salons in the past because I just love to meet all the vendors, sample the goodies and see the gorgeous tablescapes. now this year it seemed a bit smaller and not as many vendors as before BUT I did have a great time especially experiencing it with a newbie ( my 2011 bride).
Some of my stand out faves were the violinist/aerialist (amazing) , the Tequila Avion (delish) and Shawn Rabideau (uber sweet)
In case you missed it, here are a few of the sights you would have seen:


The room

Bloomingdale’s Registry display

Shawn Rabideau & 2011 bride-to-be

Photos courtesy of my BBerry, hope you enjoyed:)

Planning: Marriage in New York Minute

What’s a wedding without a marriage license…INVALID. So for all you newly engaged and almost married boys and girls ( in NYC), here are a few items you should consider when going for your marriage license:

  • Other than military personnel, your marriage license is ONLY valid for 60 days. So plan ahead, just not too far ahead
  • It’ll cost you $35 (credit card or money order) to obtain a marriage license. Affordable right
  • Your license is ONLY valid in NY State.
  • You MUST complete an application (available online)
  • You MUST appear in person together to obtain your marriage license (no stand ins)
  • You and your spouse must provide the city clerk’s office with sufficient identification in order to obtain a marriage license. Some of which include: a valid US Driver’s License, Passport, Alien Registration Card, Military ID…to name a few
  • Upon receipt of your marriage license, it becomes valid after a FULL 24 hours (unless you receive a judicial waiver)
  • If you have were previously married, bring proof of your divorce or be ready to provide the full name and date of death of your deceased spouse
Hopefully you will find this is a helpful quick tips in getting you started on getting your marriage license. For additional details please check the Office of The City Clerk Online HERE or in person at the following locations:
Brooklyn Municipal Building
210 Joralemon Street, Room 205
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
141 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013
Hours: 8:30 am to 3:45 pm, Monday through Friday

Borough Hall Building
120-55 Queens Boulevard, Ground Floor, Room X001
Kew Gardens, NY 11424
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Supreme Court Building
851 Grand Concourse, Room B131
Bronx, NY 10451
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Staten Island
Borough Hall Building
10 Richmond Terrace, Room 311
Staten Island, NY 10301
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday