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The Special Event 2019 Gala Award Winners

At Rayce PR and Marketing, The Special Event is one of our favorite weeks of the year. Thousands of event industry professionals and creatives gather from all across the globe for four consecutive days of learning, fellowshipping, networking, and of course, a little partying! Rayce PR and Marketing had the honor of being one of the many incredible sponsors, and we promoted the entire event from start to finish through strategic social media marketing. While we loved every second of the week, we were particularly fond of the Gala Awards, which were held on Thursday, January 10th on the closing night of the event. We all gathered as hundreds of talented, hard-working artists and professionals were honored as nominees, including several Rayce PR Clients.

Among the spectacular talent, a select few were chosen as winners in each category, and we were thrilled to see them claim their title in their moment to shine! Below, we have listed the winners of each category for you to see. You can find the original comprehensive list on The Special Event Website! Congratulations to the winners!

BEST FAIR/FESTIVAL

“Surrey Fusion Festival”

City of Surrey, Surrey, British Columbia, and John Donnelly and Associates, Vancouver, British Columbia

BEST INVITATION

“A Great Impression is Key: Aurora’s Secret Garden Bat Mitzvah”

Dragonfly Custom Design, Orlando, Fla.

Related: The Special Event 2019 Makes a Splash in San Diego

BEST DINING TABLE DESIGN

“Farm to Fork VIP Dinner”

BeEvents, Minneapolis

BEST OFF-PREMISE CATERED EVENT

“The Silver Anniversary Daffodil Ball”

Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, and Marc Lintanf, Montreal

BEST ON-SITE CATERED EVENT BY A HOTEL BANQUET DEPARTMENT

“New Year’s Eve in Floating City”

The Venetian | The Palazzo, Las Vegas

BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT

“Who Cares Backyard Concert”

Someone’s in the Kitchen, Tarzana, Calif.

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

“Wallis Annenberg PetSpace AnniFURsary”

Zynger Events, Los Angeles

BEST WEDDING: BUDGET UNDER $1,000 PER GUEST

“Viva Maselyn!”

Wilkinson Rhodes, San Antonio

BEST WEDDING: BUDGET $1,000 AND ABOVE PER GUEST

”The Kat Von D and Leafar Seyer Wedding”

Center of Attention Events, Burbank, Calif.

BEST MULTIPLE-DAY INCENTIVE EVENT

“Sentimental Journey: A Step Back in Time”

Hello! Arizona Destination Management, Scottsdale, Ariz.

BEST MULTIPLE-DAY EVENT PROGRAM FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION

“Global AYA Cancer Congress”

The Special Event Co., Cary, N.C.

BEST EVENT STAGED IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

“Big Bash 2018”

Atlassian, Austin, Texas

BEST FLORAL DESIGN

“Sublime Boudoir–Egyptian Art Deco”

Fiore Dorato, Singapore and Austin, Texas

BEST TENT INSTALLATION

“Museum of Modern Art’s Party in the Garden”

Arena Americas, Oak Creek, Wis.

BEST USE OF LIGHTING

“SFJazz Gala”

Got Light, San Francisco

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN TECHNICAL SUPPORT

“USC Village Gala”

Images by Lighting, Los Angeles

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN LOGISTICS

“Mega Relief”

Keller Williams Realty, Austin, Texas

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN EVENT RENTAL SUPPORT

“KC2 Wedding”

Town and Country Event Rentals, Van Nuys, Calif.

BEST NEW EVENT PRODUCT/TECHNOLOGY

“VR Technology for Oculus Go”

AllSeated, New York

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT AND EXECUTION: BUDGET UNDER $100,000

“Bollywood Ball”

Imprint Events Group, Denver

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT AND EXECUTION: BUDGET $100,000 AND ABOVE

“Tamarack Music Festival”

Silhouette Group, New York

MOST OUTSTANDING SPECTACLE

“Walmart Associates and Shareholders Week”

LEO Events, Memphis, Tenn.

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL–BUDGET UNDER $1,000 PER GUEST

“Gwen Stefani’s Opening Night VIP After-Party”

White Hot Events, Las Vegas

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL: BUDGET $1,000 AND ABOVE PER GUEST

“The Jewel that is Quebec”

Alison Silcoff Events, Montreal

BEST EVENT MARKETING CAMPAIGN

“Arcadia: The Dark Series”

MASN, Dubai, UAE

BEST EVENT VENUE

“City Market Social House”

Los Angeles

BEST DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET UNDER $50,000

“Andy Warhol Launch for the Art Gallery of Ontario”

Fifth Element Group, North York, Ontario

BEST DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET $50,000 TO $99,999

“Teen Choice Awards”

Russell Harris Event Group, North Hollywood, Calif.

BEST DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET $100,000 TO $250,000

“Under the Cosmic Sea”

Kehoe Designs, Chicago

BEST DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET ABOVE $250,000

“Hermès Palo Alto Store Opening Event”

Gallagher, Los Angeles

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET UNDER $100,000

“Live From Chicago–It’s Saturday Night!”

CTC Destination Management, A DMC Network Co., Chicago, and Brass Tacks Events, Portland, Ore.

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: BUDGET $100,000 TO $249,999

“‘Experience Amazing’: Lexus On-Demand Press Conference”

VOK DAMS Events and Live-Marketing, Wuppertal, Germany

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: BUDGET $250,000 TO $500,000

“The Wild West”

Koncept Events, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: BUDGET ABOVE $500,000

“Shaping the Future: Volkswagen”

Insglueck, Berlin, and Volkswagen Group, Wolfsburg, Germany

2019-01-14T09:17:32+00:000 Comments

A Hint of Disney in Chic Cabo Wedding

Rayce PR Client, Bliss Events by Bonnie Chase is featured on Wedding Chicks for their gorgeous Chic Cabo Wedding with a hint of Disney magic.

“We kept the flowers all white with greenery because Acre’s landscape is so stunning on its own I didn’t want to take away from it at all. I had one long family-style table, I wanted it to feel like one large family dinner, for the decor I kept it simple in shades of grey with touches of gold and white.” Katie on Wedding Chicks.

Simple and Chic was definitely the vibe that was incorporated into this one-of-a-kind theme. Read the full article on Wedding Chicks.

Event Coordination & Design: Bliss Events | Photography: EHM Fotografia | Venue: Acre Baja | Flowers: Flowers and Events Los Cabos | DJ: Alex DJ Cabo Events | Media Partner: Wedding Chicks | Media Placement: Rayce PR & Marketing

2019-01-11T11:30:28+00:000 Comments

The Estate Featured in Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago

Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago released their newest print issue in December and it is nothing short of stunning, as always! The Estate team are both admirers and proud supporters of this beautiful publication who’s pages are filled with inspiring real weddings, vendors we love, and a focus on all things Chicago and the event industry that they love being part of.

We are excited to see The Estate featured twice in this latest issue of Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago, on stands now and available to view online HERE!

“The Turnkey Hospitality Group hosted 90 Chicago wedding planners and event industry influencers for an exclusive luncheon at The Estate by Gene & Georgetti’s gorgeous ballroom. Guests first boarded a “Spritz Shuttle” at Gene & Georgetti Chicago where they enjoyed refreshing spritz drinks while en route to the venue. Upon arriving, guests were welcomed into the ballroom where tabletops were filled with rich greenery, gorgeous decor, and lemons infused into the designs in true Capri style.” – via Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago

Find more details about the event on page 110!

Also featured in the magazine are newlyweds Mike & Heidi who were married at The Estate last summer. Find their beautiful portrait by Brittany Bekas Photography on page 379.

2018-12-28T09:53:08+00:000 Comments

Wedding Masterclass Featuring Michelle Durpetti

This January, brides, couples, and wedding pros are invited to attend the virtual Wedding Masterclass summit where the best industry professionals from across the world will be speaking including wedding pro and Turnkey Hospitality Group Managing Partner, Michelle Durpetti of Michelle Durpetti Events.

“Wedding Masterclass is everything you need to know about weddings, all in one beautiful place online. Celebrating the trends of the season, and allowing you to rub virtual shoulders with the world’s best wedding professionals, our signature event, Wedding Masterclass 2019, gives couples and wedding professionals around the world access to everything that the most stylish couples are wanting right now as well as the predictions for trends in 2019 – all delivered online in a virtual event with 33 video interviews, available free of charge for couples, brides and wedding professionals globally.” – Read more about Wedding Masterclass here.

The online summit will take place January 14-20th, 2019 and will feature wedding planners, cake artists, photographers, fashion stylists, and more. Couples will hear first-hand insight on the latest trends to incorporate into their 2019/2020 weddings and how to make their planning process a breeze. Industry professionals will gain access to trend and business insight from pros with years of experience in the events industry. With over 300 weddings and events executed by Michelle Durpetti Events since it’s inception in 2008, Michelle will be sharing invaluable insight advice through her years of experience and success.

Be sure to secure your tickets and catch Michelle’s interview on January 16th, 2019!

For brides and couples, reserve your Wedding Masterclass tickets HERE.
For industry pros, reserve your tickets HERE.

2018-12-27T09:18:34+00:000 Comments

Anomalie featured on Trend Hunter for their Semi-Custom Wedding Veils

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Anomalie, a direct-to-consumer custom wedding dress company, launched a line of semi-custom wedding veils that help the modern-day bride find stylish solutions that are tailored to her needs at an affordable price. The new line includes more than 30 different styles, which can be found online and ordered within a matter of minutes. 

While customized wedding veils can cost hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars, Anomalie offers one-of-a-kind styles that begin at just $50. These semi-custom wedding day accessories are sourced from the same workshops that produce dresses for high-end designers, which means that value-conscious brides are truly getting a high-quality product for a fair price. 

Anomalie’s semi-custom wedding veils are offered in a range of lengths, styles and trims to suit the needs of all brides.

2018-12-27T08:39:03+00:000 Comments

Anomalie announces their newest venture: Semi-Custom Veils

(San Francisco, CA) – Anomalie, the fastest growing direct-to-consumer custom wedding dress company in the United States, is excited to announce the launch of their new line of semi-custom veils.

Set to launch on December 10, 2018, just days after Anomalie’s second anniversary, the 30+ ready-to-wear handmade veils will be made available in their online store to be delivered directly to the bride.

With prices starting at just $50, these semi-custom wedding-day accessories will make veils easily accessible to brides of all budgets. Anomalie veils are available through an easy online ordering process, with or without a wedding dress, at dressanomalie.com/veils.

“Here at Anomalie, we value what the modern-day bride is interested in which is affordability and customization. Through a new process, we are able to provide our customers exactly what they are wanting in terms of their veil needs at an unbeatable price through our new veil product launch. ”  – Leslie Voorhees, CEO of Anomalie

Utilizing their resources and abilities to provide luxury veils at a fraction of the costs of their competitors, Anomalie is slashing boutique overhead and designer markups to deliver handcrafted veils in a smarter way.

Within the new collection Anomalie is catering to the style of all brides, offering veils with a choice of 6 different trims, including beading, lace, and a raw edge, 3 different lengths (fingertip, court and cathedral), and the option to add a blusher to any style.

The veil collection offers 6 unique trim options;

  • Oopsie Daisy inspired by Meghan Markle, showcases modern and bold florals with a delicate edge,
  • Vintage Vines that incorporates guipure cotton lace for the classic boho bride,
  • Royal Treatment offers a wide chantilly trim,
  • Simply Scalloped has a scalloped lace edge overlaid with a delicate floral pattern,
  • Hint of Sparkle which is a 1/2″ beaded trim with a glittery combination of hand-sewn sequins, pearls, and beads.
  • Tulle Have and To Hold  which is a classic tulle veil with a raw cut edge.

Brides can order veils quickly and easily through the Anomalie online store.

About Anomalie:

Anomalie is the fastest-growing direct-to-consumer custom wedding dress company. Their mission is to bring more value to the wedding dress shopping experience for any body type and wedding style at an affordable price point, starting at $1,000. Anomalie arrived on the wedding scene in 2016 and within in the last year, eight percent of US brides have contact Anomalie about creating a wedding dress.  Anomalie caters to the ‘Smart Savvy Bride’ who can’t find the perfect dress.

The company was founded by Leslie Voorhees and Calley Means, two Harvard Business School classmates. While in the midst of planning their own wedding, Leslie became disheartened with the entire wedding dress shopping experience from the lack of options to the insane designer markups, she knew there had to be a better solution. When she couldn’t find one, she created her own and Anomalie was born. With a team consisting of former executives from David’s Bridal, Vera Wang, Stitch Fix, Airbnb, Google and Apple, Anomalie’s new line has been funded by the early backers of Warby Parker, Stitch Fix, Allbirds, and Glossier.

2018-12-11T10:09:49+00:000 Comments

Naama & Anat’s Fierce Lady Collection is Featured on Adriana Weddings

Rayce PR client, Naama & Anat Haute Couture‘s new all-inclusive gowns for women of color, Fierce Lady Collection, is featured again! This time, on Adriana Weddings!

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“Happy Friday darlings! International couture wedding gown designers Naama & Anat Haute Couture have released their newest collection, and it’s fresh and fashion-forward as ever! We’re thrilled to introduce the Fierce Lady Collection, Naama & Anat’s new bridal line, created to empower women of all color by including new illusion mesh that can accommodate a wide range of skin tones, promoting diversity and inclusivity throughout their designs.

Naama & Anat Haute Couture already guarantee their bride’s perfect size matching for their gowns as each gown is custom made to the individual bride’s measurements, but now they are also able to guarantee illusion necklines that match women of all skin tones. These gowns are customized to color match and to ensure inclusivity, making sure every bride feels represented and beautiful in her one of a kind gown.

The Fierce Lady Collection will be available through any of the thirteen retailers across the globe that currently carry Naama & Anat Haute Couture. To ensure that any bride can purchase a Naama & Anat gown, the Israeli designers have also recently launched the option for brides to work with the designers directly via their website if they do not have access to a local retail location.” – via Adriana Weddings

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Location and Jewelry: Margaret Rowe Luxury Jewelry  | Photography: Sarkis Studios – Loreen Sarkis | Shoot Productions and Art Direction: Briannah Jayde | Model:Tolu Lawal | Videography: Shutter Doug | Makeup: Rodney Jon | Hair: Derrith Mitchell | Dress Designer: Naama and Anat Haute Couture | Media Placement: Rayce PR

By Rayce Public Relations and Social Media Marketing

A Luxury Wedding and Special Events PR and Marketing Firm. We believe in creative marketing and new business development with a foundation deeply rooted in consistency. Great ideas mean little without organized implementation and follow through. At Rayce PR and Marketing we create, implement and succeed!#LuxuryWeddingPR

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2018-12-05T12:36:24+00:000 Comments

Naama & Anat’s Fierce Lady Collection Featured on Wedding Chicks

Rayce PR Client, Naama & Anat Haute Couture is featured on Wedding Chicks for their new all-inclusive line of gowns for women of color and we are thrilled!

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“The talented mother-daughter design duo of Naama & Anat Haute Couture have released their newest couture bridal line, The Fierce Lady Collection, and brides, it’s to die for! This latest collection is all about empowering women of all colors with their new illusion lace mesh that can accommodate a wide range of skin tones for a flawless look that will leave your grooms head spinning.

We’re talking plunging necklines, glittering skirts, and flattering silhouettes that showcase every last curve. Not only is your gown is guaranteed to fit, but it’s also guaranteed to match your skin tone with customized color matching for women of all skin tones, making sure every bride feels represented and beautiful in her one of a kind gown. Shop their latest collection now.” – via Wedding Chicks

See the full feature HERE.

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Location and Jewelry: Margaret Rowe Luxury Jewelry  | Photography: Sarkis Studios – Loreen Sarkis | Shoot Productions and Art Direction: Briannah Jayde | Model:Tolu Lawal | Videography: Shutter Doug | Makeup: Rodney Jon | Hair: Derrith Mitchell | Dress Designer: Naama and Anat Haute Couture | Media Placement: Rayce PR

By Rayce Public Relations and Social Media Marketing

A Luxury Wedding and Special Events PR and Marketing Firm. We believe in creative marketing and new business development with a foundation deeply rooted in consistency. Great ideas mean little without organized implementation and follow through. At Rayce PR and Marketing we create, implement and succeed!#LuxuryWeddingPR

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2018-12-05T12:10:28+00:000 Comments

Welcome to Rayce PR, Bogdan Condor Photography

New Rayce PR Client, Bogdan Condor Photography

It is our pleasure to share with you one of our newest clients, Bogdan Condor Photography. Bogdan, CEO and Head Photographer at Bogdan Condor Photography, is a wedding and portrait photographer based in the Bay Area, California. His work is not about Photoshop manipulation. His belief is that images are not defined by some fading trend. He brings an expert’s understanding of lighting and composition to his work. One of Bogdan’s qualities, that helps him stand out amongst his competition is his ability of putting his subjects at ease in front of the camera. He likes to keep his photography as close to reality as possible with a goal to capture the essence of who his subject is naturally. As a wedding photographer today, Bogdan does a magnificent job of creating beautiful imagery with an organic setting within his shots. The energy he gives for each and every event is spent on anticipating and reacting to real moments in time. He has found that it is best to wait for the moment and capture the essence of what is happening in current time than to make the moment as it doesn’t reflect an organic or natural aesthetic. His clients are connected by a love of great photography and an understanding of its importance in their lives. The words that best describe Bogdan’s images are light, texture, dimension, mood, composition, anticipation, passion, emotion, energy and romance. Check out some of his images below…

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You can see a full portfolio on his website. Lastly, he’d love to connect with you and discuss the opportunity of being your photographer for your wedding and/or upcoming event. You can contact him by clicking here.

Bogdan Condor Photography
Bogdan Condor Photography is wedding and portrait photographer based in the Bay Area, California.

By Rayce Public Relations and Social Media Marketing

A Luxury Wedding and Special Events PR and Marketing Firm. We believe in creative marketing and new business development with a foundation deeply rooted in consistency. Great ideas mean little without organized implementation and follow through. At Rayce PR and Marketing we create, implement and succeed!#LuxuryWeddingPR

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2018-11-30T17:11:23+00:000 Comments

Naama & Anat Haute Couture to announce The Fierce Lady Collection

We are beyond excited for our client Naama & Anat Haute Couture to announce their  newest collection of designs inspired by women of color, The Fierce Lady Collection.

Naama & Anat have worked  to create new silhouettes and design features that will empower women of color by offering a revolutionary illusion mesh, allowing them to extend the diversity of their  designs to even more brides across the world. Naama & Anat already guarantee brides perfect size matching for their gowns as each gown is custom made to the individual bride’s measurements, but now they are also able to guarantee illusion necklines that match women of all skin tones. These gowns are customized to color match and to ensure inclusivity, making sure every bride feels represented and beautiful in her one of a kind gown.

The Fierce Lady Collection will be available through any of their  thirteen retailers across the globe that currently carry Naama & Anat Haute Couture. To ensure that any bride can purchase a Naama & Anat gown, they have also recently launched the option for brides to work with them directly through on their  website if you do not have access to a local retail location.  

“Women of color have been ignored but things are beginning to change. We get so neglected and it’s so refreshing to know that someone from Israel is doing something for us darker girls. A lot of girls get lost buying gowns because we don’t have mesh options to match our skin tones. Naama and Anat have now empowered a lot of darker skinned girls, latin girls and all. It’s amazing!”- Briannah Jayde

“We saw a hole in the market for women of color. We wanted to make a change and bring about equality for every bride. We strive to design gowns that represent every bride and by providing this new collection that gives us the ability to match the illusion mesh for darker skin tones we are able to connect with a larger audience. We are so proud to bring to you the new Fierce Lady Collection so every bride can feel represented and beautiful! ” – Naama and Anat

“With this new line I feel confident saying; “YES!, this represents me!” This collection is the start of a trend that we’ve never seen before. To have an Israeli designer design something for our culture that no one has ever done before is wonderful!” – Tolu

Naama and Anat are thrilled to share this exciting launch with you!

Behind the scenes of the photoshoot: Get to know the creative team!

Photography – Loreen Sarkis: (BIO)

A photographer at heart since the age of fourteen, Loreen started out working for her father Sam Sarkis as just an assistant. Sam has lived out his dream capturing the special moments of people from all walks of life for almost 30 years.  Throughout the years, Loreen had the chance to learn from both sides of the lens from one of her most influential mentors about what photography was all about. Lessons in lighting, composition, and the professional business side were trades that Loreen was immersed within both a collegiate setting and a family setting. Under Sam’s guidance, she grew up to become his second shooter and since then has been shooting weddings throughout the United States and has become an immense part of her father’s brand, Sam Sarkis Photography. Loreen decided to expand the family’s notable Michigan based brand across the country to launch their international brand, Sarkis Studios in Los Angeles.

What was your vision for the shoot?

Loreen’s vision for the shoot was to create something simple, editorial and fashion forward.

Goal:

Loreen states, the father-daughter team has recently expanded to the west coast and would love to begin shooting weddings internationally.

Videography- Shutter Doug Photos- Doug: (BIO)

Doug took photography in high school and a video production workshop at the local community access television with a cable company. He didn’t really begin to dive into photography until 10 years after studying it.  His business started by taking family portraits of family and friends. It wasn’t until they began to ask how much he would charge did he realize he can turn his hobby into a business. Before launching his business, he decided that he needed to learn the photography business inside and out. Doug reached out to all the photographers whose work he admired for a potential internship and who was willing to teach him their trade. Luckily, Roneil Chavez was kind enough to take him under his wings by showing him the business and photography side and also brought him into his network of photographer peers. Two years later Doug launched his own wedding photography business. Soon after that couples were inquiring about videography. He has always shot video as a hobby as a way to document. Due to the amount of video request, Doug decided to switch his focus to videography. He started out small, beginning with shooting birthday parties then built his way up to weddings. His goal for every wedding is to capture all the raw motions where the viewers feel like they are there in the moment with the couple, every time they watch the video.

Goals:

Doug’s goals for the future is to build a production team and put out amazing cinematic wedding videos with a worldwide following. Also, to produce creative and amazing bridal design videos to build a name for himself in the bridal fashion industry.

Show Productions and Art Direction- Briannah Jayde: (BIO)

Briannah fell in love with the bridal world from the moment she first walked into a bridal shop after managing fashion stores her entire career. The best piece of advice she received was from the woman that hired her, “You have passion and that’s all you need. Stay in it.” A woman who was getting married the next day came into the salon upset because her dress wasn’t pressed. Briannah without hesitation, pressed the dress herself and drove the dress 4 hours away to get it to the bride on time. In her mind, Briannah wasn’t going above and beyond, she was doing what she needed to do for this bride. Briannah worked in the bridal industry for 5 years and opened 3 bridal shops. She was then diagnosed with Stage 3 lymphoma and had to undergo brain surgery and chemotherapy. One day while alone at home, she suffered a stroke and was unable to walk or talk. When she came out of the stroke a day or so later, she walked down the hallway and saw someone walking towards her. It was the bride and father of the bride whom she drove 4 hours to get her gown to her. It was at that moment that she knew she was in the right industry. Briannah made it her mission to give back to the people who were giving to her. She becomes so involved with her brides that they more often than not, she becomes every bride’s best friend by relating herself and building up their self-esteem. “For you to give a human being their wings, you’re woven into that garment for the rest of your life.” From start to finish, she delicately handles every bride. Briannah lives vicariously through her brides: “I’ve been a tall Samoan woman and I’ve been a short Mexican woman.” She calls herself the one-hit wonder, bringing brides their gowns on the first try. She has helped generations of families their wedding dresses. Briannah is also a runway coach, cheerleading coach, and a director of fashion shoots. Briannah stated, “This is a meeting of my team and a preview of what my future is. My future in the bridal industry is to be the gateway. A gateway to all the designers. To give them more than just a dress. I take the most difficult bride. I am not afraid of anything. When your mind and your head is straight, you can go in for the kill.”

What was your vision for the shoot?

Briannah’s vision for the shoot was luxury-rich girl, but with a sense of urban. She wanted the shoot to be different than every other one that is typically shot in a meadow or luxury mansion, she wanted a more intimate setting. Once you see the model is comfortable, it transcends in the photos. Briannah made the model look  like a million dollars in an urban setting with the stunning gown and jewelry. Briannah stated, “If we do a line for a demographic of girl, we need to do it for the girl at the end of that spectrum as well.”

Location & Jewelry- Maragaret Rowe: (BIO)

After decades of developing a passion for estate and vintage accessories, Margaret launched Margaret Rowe Couture in 2003. Rowe is known internationally for her artistic, luminous jewelry designs and a refined collector following that spans the globe from celebrities to bridal to red carpets.  

Captivated by the glamour of old Hollywood’s artistry and the allure of contemporary Hollywood’s red carpet pageantry, Margaret executes her designs with the belief that ‘Every Woman Is A Star’, deserving of the accoutrements that glamorize life.  “I have always been enthralled with the provenance and design excellence of estate jewelry. My passion is styling with accessories that merge fashion, beauty and timeless elegance. I believe that every woman is a star. I strive to create style that contributes to the sparkle of romance that illuminates the star in each of us,” comments Rowe.

What was your vision for the shoot?

Margaret’s vision for the shoot was to portray the Bride as a Star on the most important day of her life. We styled  the model as a Luxury Bride with all the accoutrements to glamorize her as as the Modern, Stylized Bride of today.”

Goals:

Margaret’s goal for the future is to accessorize brides in Margaret Rowe Luxury Jewelry. She will continue to collaborate with great bridal industry teams to bring to life today’s Modern Luxury Bride

Model- Tolu Lawal : (BIO)

Tolu is from Nigeria and moved here only 7 years ago who hit a growth spurt at age 13. Tolu often stood out in class. Teachers would often make comments like: “Take a photo of the girl of the class, girl of the year”. Her instructors then began encouraging her to compete for inter school competitions. Tolu’s parents didn’t really agree with her choice to pursue a career in modeling, they advised her to be either a banker or a doctor. She felt lucky enough to able to model while in school. One day her parents saw a Nokia ad with her in it while she was school. They furiously drove down to the school and confronted her. After a long discussion they agreed to let her purse both goals. Tolu then made the big leap to move to the states just to be told she was “too chunky” to be a model. But that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her dreams, she made a conscious decision to model for portrait photography, Sue Brice, etc.

What was your vision for the shoot?

Tolu’s goal was to make every woman of color be excited to find a gown. As a fashion designer herself she strives to make a difference. Most brides are scared and just say, “I’ll wear it” and settle for a dress. She wants them to say, “YES!, this represents me!”

Goals:

Tolu would love to have her own line of ready to wear dresses that celebrate black women. Red carpet gowns/dresses/special occasions, etc.

Makeup- Rodney Jon: (BIO)

Rodney Jon was initially an auto mechanic with a degree in fashion. He chose to pursue a career at Aveda as a sales associate and eventually became their store manager. If he would not have gotten that position, he would have never been inspired to work in New York Fashion Week with Mac and Bobby Brown. Rodney later became working freelance in order to be able to work for film, tv and of course fashion.

What was your vision for the shoot?

Rodney wanted to go for a timeless look yet glamorous and high fashion. He focused on  pulling out her cheek bones and playing up her chocolate tones. His favorite feature was the golden highlights in comparison to her skin. He wanted her skin to pop as soon as the light touched it.

Goals:

He would love to own his own agency for makeup artists and possibly start a school. Rodney would teach them aspects of the business they don’t normally teach in a school setting. He also has a hat line and would love to combine his hat line with his makeup collection.

Hair- Derrith Mitchell: (BIO)

Derrith Mitchell began as a dancer. He would often go to the barber shop yet hated the way barbers would cut his hair. He learned to do hair by simply watching the barbers cut his own hair and would then go home to practice on his brothers. Derrith went to cosmetology school and then moved to LA in 1998 and got first gig on set as a hairstylist.

What was your vision for the shoot?

Derrith’s vision for the shoot was clean and sleek. He was honored to be the first to do this for this campaign and he wanted to make sure that she looked flawless to represent the first designer to make mesh for women of color.

Goals:

Derrith has done a few movies but would like to work more in feature films. He would also like to be the first black person take over the wedding industry!

 

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Location and Jewelry: Margaret Rowe Luxury Jewelry  | Photography: Sarkis Studios – Loreen Sarkis | Shoot Productions and Art Direction: Briannah Jayde | Model:Tolu Lawal | Videography: Shutter Doug | Makeup: Rodney Jon | Hair: Derrith Mitchell | Dress Designer: Naama and Anat Haute Couture | Media Placement: Rayce PR

2018-12-27T09:03:38+00:000 Comments

Burlap & Bordeaux featured on Ruffled Blog

We’re happy to share that Burlap & Bordeaux was featured on Ruffled Blog for this Whimsical Redwoods Wedding with Vintage Flair. Keep scrolling to see beautiful images shared from this beautiful day!

We know whites and neutrals aren’t going anywhere, but when we see a wedding like this one, we are reminded of why we love color OH SO much. This whimsical Redwoods wedding with vintage flair had all the bright pops of color and took place among tall forest trees. With the ceremony set at a classic Airstream park and an adorable furry guest in attendance, it doesn’t get more playful than this! We know this one will make you smile, so keep on reading.

Allison Lindsey Photography not only nailed the photos but also helped the couple find the ideal spot to have their ceremony. The scenic nature of the tall Redwoods truly set the stage for this picture-perfect wedding day. Brooke from Burlap & Bordeaux did all the event and floral designs for this whimsical wedding day. She quite literally turned wedding ceremony into a fairytale forest!

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Photography: Allie Lindsey Photography | Ceremony Venue: Autocamp | Reception Venue: Betty Spaghetti | Planning, Event + Floral Design: Burlap & Bordeaux | Styling + Decor Rentals: My Lovely Events and Vintage Rentals | Cake: The Cake Stand Cakery | Specialty Desserts: Roni’s Sugar Creations | Macarons: Sugar Lab Bake Shop | Donuts: Custom Cupcakes by Sarah | Table Top Rentals: Otis + Pearl | Linens: Dreams America Linens

Burlap and Bordeaux is a luxury design experience wedding and event planning deco, styling and floristry in Southern California & beyond. They are also present Simply The Best Wedding Showcase of Santa Barbara.

By Rayce Public Relations and Social Media Marketing

A Luxury Wedding and Special Events PR and Marketing Firm. We believe in creative marketing and new business development with a foundation deeply rooted in consistency. Great ideas mean little without organized implementation and follow through. At Rayce PR and Marketing we create, implement and succeed!#LuxuryWeddingPR

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Ebell Long Beach and Tres LA Catering featured on Junebug Weddings

We’re pleased to share that The Ebell of Long Beach and Tres LA Catering were featured on Junebug Weddings for this moody merlot wedding. Keep scrolling to see beautiful images shared from this stunning day!

Rachael and Michael’s Ebell Long Beach wedding was a beautiful mix of sophistication, elegance, and fun! The venue, which featured a sun-drenched courtyard, mosaic floors, and crystal chandeliers, was the perfect backdrop for the couple’s timeless style. For a touch of moody vibes, they decorated the reception hall with black velvet linens and burgundy and cream floral arrangements created by Penelope Pots. The talented planners of Aster and Park Events did a fantastic job letting the elegance of the space speak for itself while also adding personal touches that spoke to Rachael and Michael’s style, and photographer Morgan Hydinger captured it all beautifully!

To see the full feature click HERE!

Photography – Morgan Hydinger | Event Planning – Aster and Park Events | Venue – Ebell Long Beach | Floral Design – Penelope Pots | Catering – Tres LA Catering | Cake – Great Dane Bakery | Dessert – Donut Junkie | DJ – Ovation Entertainment | Videography – Seven Pines Productions | Stationery – Champagne Press | Makeup Artist – Brittany Thomason | Hair Styling – Gordon Gallego | Rentals – Borrowed Blu and MODI Event Supply

The Ebell of Long Beach is one of Southern California’s most beloved historic venues. Built in the 1920’s as one of three women’s clubs by the philanthropic Ebell sisters, the Ebell has been lovingly restored and reimagined by owner Alan Dunn of Tres LA.

By Rayce Public Relations and Social Media Marketing

A Luxury Wedding and Special Events PR and Marketing Firm. We believe in creative marketing and new business development with a foundation deeply rooted in consistency. Great ideas mean little without organized implementation and follow through. At Rayce PR and Marketing we create, implement and succeed!#LuxuryWeddingPR

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