Archive for the ‘B’s Letters’ Category


Sunday, December 16th, 2012

I am off to NYC to look in windows and be inspired after a long season.  I spent some of my childhood in the city and love walking the streets, soaking up the this great town.  But I have chosen the country as my home-base and nothing is more inspirational than nature.


Spring is really the most exciting month for me.  This beautiful garden in Japan is just magical.

Summer in Vermont is full of happy Sunflowers.  MW and I  grow many varieties with help from the Chipmunks.

I would miss Fall but then I would miss stick season too.

And then the monochromatic beauty of winter.  It is snowing right now so I am going to enjoy the moment.  XXX

Elegant Bride

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Dearest Alexis,

I was so excited by your letter.  You posted gorgeous images!  How fun to hear your voice on B’ blog.  You are my newest bride and someone I admire for your style, taste and lovely person.

You know all about the consturuction of the dress don’t you!  Here you are looking beautiful and with very few tugs!  The dress must fit!

Photo by Barrie Fisher Photographers

Ballet and the Wedding Dress

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

I love ballet especially George Balanchine.  Ballet and wedding dress designers are connected through style and function.  Each dress/costume tells a story which includes hair and make-up.  Additionally,  they must work!


A ballet has all the ingredients of a wedding!  So my brides are the ballerinas of the day.  Even their posture and movement becomes a beautiful dance.

Oscar de la Renta’s lace treatment this year is magical.  I think this dress would be as beautiful in all white.  I just love the textures.  Clearly these two masters, Balanchine and de la Renta,  see eye to eye.

I am sure Elie Saab took inspiration from the Ballet Master.  Look at the hair and make-up.

Marchesa’s dresses are so feminine and bold.  This is a tutu!  J’adore.

So Degas……….and so Vera.

Lovely, edgy.  Ralph Lauren.

This is my favorite Balanchine look, simple, powerful, clean.  Ralph Lauren has the perfect long version.

When I saw this Gaultier dress at the de Young Museum in SF I immediately thought of ballet and how we always had layers of wool on our bodies.  I love the idea of a knitted jacket over a wedding dress.


So, let the dancer come through when planning your wedding…the designers do!


Jorie and Hal

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Dearest Millie,

It has been ages since I’ve written you;  I know work should not be an excuse, but it has been a busy time.  That being said, I just had to share a highlight from my packed summer . . . Jorie!

a perfect place to start, no?

She is truly a force of nature, throwing herself so fully into planning each and every gorgeous detail I’m so excited to share, bursting with happiness over marrying the man she loves (Hal, who is also divine).  I always like working a concept, which is a great term to keep couples and vendors on the same page.  Our word: Bohemian.


an ode to Raul Avila

I became enthralled and inspired by this year’s Raul Avila’s entrance to the Met’s Costume Gala so we built this bar as a homage.

program from Courtney at swiss cottage designs

Courtney’s handrawn stationery suite (check out our artists own blog post on these two . . . ).  She really captured Jorie and Hal’s quirky style.

isn't this perfect?

Lighting is everything in my book, for there is no theatre without lighting. Certainly no diamond is purchased without its illuminating glow and we were fortunate to have such supple natural lighting from afternoon to evening.  Combined with the inviting, whimsical balls hung by a favorite florist of mine, Flowers in Season, the tent was alive with light as Dark Star Lighting did their magic.

what color . . .

by the light of night

Glass reflecting soft light feels so Bohemian, don't you think?

And then of course, there were the flowers . . .

Bouquet of balanced freedom

Transition to late night

Here are some of the concepts that amused us all, buttons for table assignments and a canvas silhouette guest book.  It all tied together so beautifully!

i know how much you love when pragmatism meets clever . . .

Clever guest book

Of course you know that this beautiful output is the product of so much hard work and I have to thank Stina Booth Photography, Vermont Tent, Flowers in Season, Cloud 9 Catering, Dark Star Lighting, Fluid Bar Service, and Madmotion Video but mostly a great Bride and Groom.

With love,


Style and Inspiration

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Dear Jenn,

I think what initially drew you to me was your unique style.  I often ponder where style comes from and running across this photo of my Mother continues this train of thought.

As an event planner, I have to be a chameleon because I never want my style to be featured but that of my Bride and Grooms.  I often say, they are my inspiration and I get to guide it.

So when I saw this long forgotten photo of my Mother, which screams natural style, it made me think about all my influences and yours.  Clearly my love of Grace Kelly has maternal roots!

Write me soon!

Charlotte in Chanel

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Dear Millie and Jenn,

How perfect is this?  Charlotte Casiraghi gets it so right in vintage Chanel.  Just had to share!

Talk soon,


Charlotte Casiraghi

The Greenbrier

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Dear Jenn,

Have you been to the Greenbrier?  We did a very interesting event there using so many of the rooms.  Wait until you see the photos!  The fabulous Dorothy Draper had no boundaries.  For our beige “spa like” sensibilities, well, our minds were simply blown.  So take a deep breath and look.  I know you will love it.



The Greenbrier

A Summer Wedding

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Dearest Millie and Jenn,

Loved our time the other day, talking about all the beautiful things we love.  It made me think of my wedding season this year, which I couldn’t be more excited for!  It’s been great fun reminiscing and I wanted to share one favorite in particular.  This couple met on the streets of Manhattan and knew instantly they had found true love.   For their gorgeous wedding, not only was I able to work with Cloud 9, a truly wonderful Vermont caterer, but also the miraculous Michael Ereshena from Palm Beach.  Her Narciso Rodriguez dress, adorned with a family brooch, looked simply stunning.  As did the flowers that she and Lindsay worked closely together on.  I especially loved the carving the cornfield where all the guests walked from the barn ceremony to the reception, Manholo Blahniks and all!  Of all the places I work, Vermont truly has endless possibilities.  See for yourselves with Baranby Draper’s inspired photographs.

See you for next weekend’s wedding,


setting our scene

the ceremony

such a well adorned bridal party

quite a pair, right?

oh vermont