Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

The Power of Light for Events

Monday, January 16th, 2012

As I sit down to start the visual journey with a couple, light or lighting is always on my mind. There is no theater without lighting; no diamond was ever bought without great lighting. This is far from my Bride and Groom’s mind but never far from mine.

There is behind the scene lighting – spots, up lighting, template lighting. But then there is the design lighting – a great chandelier, an abundance of candles or an amusing bar that draws a crowd. Both are needed and both have a voice in my head.

Ahhh, let there be light…

Great design by Flowers in Season and Dark Star Lighting.  Everyone working as a team.

This was accomplished by the incomparable Dark Star Lighting. The midnight sky was magical and everything was perfectly lighted. The ugly ceiling is now beautiful.

This is one of my very favorite couples, and lighting only enhanced their love.

This is an excellent example of focused pin spotting on the table and great lighting for the backdrop.

Spectacular use of mood and style lighting. The ribbon tree provided a perfect focus for the center of the bar.

More is better!

I love the ceiling becoming the atmospheric design.

With Flowers in Season we created these chandeliers of whimsy.  Nighttime was magical!

Just a great detail having the pillar candles on the rafters.

The Tux

Friday, January 13th, 2012

I love everything about my Ralph Lauren Tux from the cut, to the feel of the velvet, to the beautiful ruby red lining. The play of male/female has intrigued many women and I get it!  Here are some of my favorites over the years.

I had to start with Fred because he always inspires me.

He is always perfect but never more so than in his top hat,white tie and tails!

Anne Hathaway at the 2010 Oscars in a Lanvin .   Brian Atwood FIONA pumps with hand applied Swarovski crystals. Oh my…….

Rihanna in her Dolce & Gabbana Tuxedo in 2008

Jean Paul Gaultier 2011

The ever line crosser Marlena Deutrch

And the amazing Diane Keaton looking particularly well put together.

The Greenbrier too

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Dearest B,

I never cease to be amazed when I open a Belinda letter and out pours the most wonderful lessons in art, fashion, architecture, the list goes on and on.  Your recent note about The Greenbrier, West Virginia’s stunning 19th century estate turned resort, set my heart aflutter!  I simply must hear more about your event.  What were you and the crew doing in White Sulphur Springs?  Which rooms were you able to play in?  Do you have a favorite?  Most impressive chair?  Best gilded lamp?  I’d would just love to hear every detail.  I went photo hunting for inspiration myself and came across these . . . I do hope you enjoy them.

Can’t wait to hear about it,


Has a marriage of modernity and antiquity ever looked so inviting?

The aptly named, rightly admired Crystal Room

The Greenbrier's indoor pool

One of many ballrooms

The Victorian Writing Room (a personal favorite)

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

Shaking it Up

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Dear Belinda,

Inspired by Waylande Gregory’s irresistible salt and pepper shakers I found a host of precious sets.  What better pairing than these for wedding favors?

Much love,


Waylande Gregory salt and pepper shakers

Aren't they divine?


Vintage Seahorses

Paperdoll Woodshop hand crafted set

Jonathan Adler Shoe set

Dear Stationery, I miss you

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Dearest Belinda,

With the National Stationery Show having just passed, I can’t help but think on the days when that paper paradise was an annual staple.   Thank goodness I still have you to coo with.  Perhaps there’s a bride in your future that may be perfect for one of my favorite studios?

Much love,


Noveau Peonies from Hello!Lucky

Custom Set from Rifle Paper Co.

Custom Set from Hammerpress

Custom Set from Yellow Owl Workshop

Whale & Innards Print by Evan B. Harris

Art Begetting Art

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Dearest B,

Recently you sent a few stunning photographs my way, pairing creator and muse.   Do you like?



Degas Dancer, Chanel Spring 2011

Le Bar des Folies-Bergère (1881-1882) by Edouard Manet, Carolina Herrera Spring Bridal 2010

Christo and Jean-Claude's "The Gates", 2005; Spiderman on Broadway, 2011