Y&R’s Newest DIVA!!

 CBS’s #1 daytime drama, The Young and the Restless newest DIVA has jumped the broom! 
The daughter of two actors, Judy Pace and Don Mitchell, Julia Pace Mitchel (Sophia) looked gorgeous in her vintage wedding gown!
See pictures from her September wedding!!
Julia and Stephen Hightower surrounded by their wedding entourage
Julia and Stephen jumping the broom!!
By day she is Sofia a no-nonsense business executive! By night she is Mrs. Hightower!!
For the reception, Julia slipped out of her vintage gown, and into a custom made strapless sweetheart gown designed by Dalia MacPhee
Ummm I need these in my shoe collection!!!
Their three-tier round cake was designed by Central Pastry Shop of Middletown, Ohio.
My favorite picture of the couple sharing a moment in the getaway car!!


Beautiful traditional wedding. Best Wishes to the couple!!!



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DIY Ribbon Boutonniere

Rainy and cool days like today where the wind has some attitude and the high is in the lower 60’s may not be the best day for little league football however, it’ s perfect for those brides that love DIY projects. By the way my 5 year old did his thing on the football field this morning at 9am.. He left with 80 yards of turf in cleats, 8 pulled flags and a TOUCH DOWN!! GO GIANTS!!

Back to my DIY brides, if you are looking for a project here is a quick and simple one for you that I came across.  As we know a Boutonniere traditionally is a single flower or bud worn by men through the lapel buttonhole.

Bowling Pin Boutonniere

My favorite site for unique boutonnieres is http://rosenowfloral.com/frittsrosenow/gallery_scifichic/slideshow/gallery.html. From sci-fi to prim and proper themes this site has it all!

For a simpler look grab your hot glue, some ribbon and a button. Check out the steps below!! While your fiance is watching college football all day today (Saturday) you can tackle some of your wedding to do list!!!You can find this tutorial at Hip Hostess.


2 yards of ribbon ( grosgrain)
Cotton Thread


Fold the ribbon in an accordion style. You want the total length of each fold to equal the diameter of the final boutonniere. In my case, I made each fold 2.5" and the final boutonniere is 2.5" across.

Sew a couple of tacking stitches through the center of the ribbon length and knot the end to keep in place.

Fan out the folds.

Fine tune the folds so that each division is as evenly spaced as possible. Cut the "loose end" in a diagonal for a more finished look.

Sew a button over the tacking stitch to finish off the boutonniere. While stitching the button on, stitch slightly outside of the initial center tacking stitch. This will hold the fanned out folds in place

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“This is one perfect day !!”- Eric Benet Wedding

It’s official! 

Eric Benet is NO longer a single man!

He has found LOVE again!

Eric popped the question to Manuela Testolini in November last year, after three years of dating, with an antique diamond ring he designed himself… Talk about SWAG!!!! The singer told PEOPLE magazine  during a romantic dinner he decided to finally let Manuela hear ‘Never Want to Live Without You,’ a song off his new album that he  had actually written for her!  He got down on one knee!! SO ROMANTIC!!!

The baroque styled ceremony in Newport Beach, California Sunday July 31.  The bride wore a one-of-a-kind Monique Lhuillier dress while Eric  bedecked a Lanvin tuxedo.  The couple wrote their own vows and their reception interfused fragments of Eric’s Southern roots and Manuela’s Egyptian and Italian heritage. According to reports, not only did the couple get married, but they also announced the news during their reception that Manuela is pregnant..  Yay!!

Manuela is an entrepreneur and the founder of In A Perfect World

Manuela is an entrepreneur and the founder of In A Perfect World, a charity that empowers children to become responsible leaders. In addition she was married to musician Prince for five years until she filed a petition to end their marriage in 2006.

Benet, 44, is a Grammy-nominated musical artist who found his greatest success when he dueted with singer Tamia on “Spend My Life With You,” which spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Eric tweeted on his wedding day: “This is one perfect day !!”

Congrats to the couple! Well double Congrats!!!… No due date on the baby!

HAUTE couple!!

Check out Eric’s BLOG for more exciting news on him..



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Clutches–The NEW bridesmaid bouquet.. Or NOT?

I have spent several weeks looking for the perfect clutch to accessorize my all white outfit to an upcoming event.  2 days before I settled!!! 

A clutch purse is not often seen on a everyday basis, however, these small purses are gems and are so useful for carrying my Iphone, business cards, lip gloss and valet ticket!

What’s your favorite style?

Clutch purses aren’t just great for a evening out! They are a awesome alternative to flower bouquets for bridesmaids. I must admit, I don’t have a clutch for every formal dress in my closet or even half of them. I would have loved to be gifted with one in some of the weddings where I was an attendant.

Let’s think about this for a second!! There are 19 different bridal bouquet types.. The Posy, Clutch, Cascading, Arm Sheaf, Crescent and Pomander just to name a few… Now you have to decide which one of those styles are perfect for not only you but your bridesmaids as well!! Keep in mind, a florist can charge around $100.00 alone just for the bride’s bouquet alone…

Don’t fret… There are many sites that will custom make purses in your color scheme of choice to match the dresses and other floral in your wedding.  They will often provide discounts for bulk orders. Start with ETSY… Great options out there! But remember.. Your STYLE… Your VISION..

You may also want to consider inserting a personal note inside each clutch!

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Cake Pops!!! The Little Black Dress of Cakes…

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David Tutera- Event & Wedding Visionary

Anyone in the event and wedding planning industry has heard of the power house names Mindy Weiss, Preston Bailey, Colin Cowie and David Tutera.

In just a few days many will share an amazing opportunity to meet one of these leading entertaining experts!  The Manhattan-based party planner whose clients have included Jennifer Lopez and Elton John; David Tutera will spend this weekend in the Queen City of Charlotte NC.


The party planner to the stars and host of the reality TV series, My Fair Wedding on WEtv, David whose name has become synonymous with vision, savoir-faire, elegance and creativity will be appearing at the University Hilton April 1st-2nd.

David will be welcomed to the city with a cocktail party Friday April 1st and then on Saturday April 2nd, he will make a presentation at a luncheon followed by a book signing for his latest publication, “My Fair Wedding.”

Who’s responsible for this?

Behind The Scenes Inc.; a wedding designer/coordinator based in Greensboro, NC.

Thankfully, the TV show wedding planner can fully enjoy the weekend event surrounding him after just resolving a lawsuit with a Boston-based couple claiming the WE TV network didn’t show up for their lavish Singapore 2009 event.   (See http://www.boston.com/)

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

April 2, 2011 11:00 AM

Location: Hilton Charlotte University Place

Phone: 336-375-3164

Email: Veronica@behindthescenesinc.com

Link: http://www.davidtutera.eventbrite.com

Photo by Michael Frost.

Don’t know who David is? Check out his web site at http://davidtutera.com/

See you there!!!

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor

Just after only one day of her body succumbing to congestive heart failure, the sultry violet eyed Oscar-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor was laid to rest in a private funeral service yesterday. With about three dozen family members in attendance at Forest Lawn cemetery (California) her body will be laid to rest nearby her close friend pop icon Michael Jackson.  Born with a mutation that caused double rows of eyelashes, Elizabeth’s breathtaking dark beauty and violet eyes  made her almost as famous as her many marriages. There is something about the shades of purple that you can’t ignore. However,  she was a great fashion consumer and a lover of famous designer and couture wear. Please take the journey with me as I revisit her wedding attire and how she chose to express herself through 8 marriages!!

First marriage: Conrad “Nicky” Hilton (1950-1951)             She wore a $1,500 satin wedding gown with beading and a sweetheart neckline covered with a chiffon overlay. 3/4 length veil with pearls combined with a pearl tiara. The actress’ attendees were dressed in yellow organdy dresses…

Second marriage: Michael Wilding (1952-1957): With friend and actress Anna Neagle by her side, Elizabeth Taylor weds husband No. 2, British actor Michael Wilding, in London. .. Sporting a small lace cap and carrying a much smaller bouquet of white flowers…… Five years and two sons later, the couple decides to divorce.

Third marriage: Michael Todd (1957-1958), A Spanish wedding She wore this gorgeous off-the-shoulder number. Liz donned a hooded gown when the pair held a second ceremony in Acapulco.. she donned a wedding gown with a high collar.

Fourth marriage: Eddie Fisher (1959-1964) When a cold kept her from flying with then-husband Michael Todd. The plane crashed, claiming Micheal’s life; and Liz famously ran to the arms of Michael’s married friend Eddie Fisher for comfort.

Fifth marriage: Richard Burton (1964-1974) Nine days after her split from Eddie Fisher: Taylor, divorced three times and widowed once, looks hopeful in yellow chiffon and floral headdress, before marrying her “Cleopatra” costar Richard Burton in Montreal.

..TAKE 2 after 1.5 years apart

Sixth marriage: Richard Burton (1975-1976)..

Seventh marriage: John Warner (1976-1982) With five failed marriages and one late husband behind her, Liz took her seventh walk down the aisle in December of 1976, this time with Republican politician John Warner.  (NO PICTURE FOR THIS ONE!)

Eighth marriage: Larry Fortensky (1991-1996). Liz would wear a floor-length, off-the-shoulder gown to exchange vows for the last time, this time with construction worker Larry Fortensky. The pair were married at Michael Jackson’s Neverland.

Elizabeth is a hopeless romantic!!

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Balloon Inspired Events!!

Welcome to my first BLOG!!!

Please be patient with me as I embrace this challenge!  I have wanted to start a blog for months now. But I took the time to play around on other blog sites to get an ideal of how this is supposed to work! This will work out well for me.. I separate myself from everyone and it’s me and the PC and of course my inner thoughts! A time to relax and share some of the ideas and thoughts that consumes my mind each day.  This will actually work out better for my hubby as he is the one I am always sending ideas and pictures to of event and wedding related items. GOSH.. He always acts so interested! Such a good HUBBY!!! LOL

I remember deciding to begin planning events professionally and as I was sharing my goals with another event planner.  We begin sharing ideas. I will never forget her saying, “Balloons are for small children parties” .. “Never used them in a wedding”.. I thought to myself..  NEVER?  I love weddings/events that are nontraditional!  You have to allow your personality to show at all times. It just makes everything more fun!  Check out a few pictures below that displays how to use balloon to add to your special occasion.Favor Table

Balloons are a simple yet stylish way to fill a big space. So what’s the best trick to making them work for your wedding day or special event?  Choose a color pattern like in many of these photos.  Also attach them to ribbons and make garlands from the ceiling. The standard size balloon is 8inchs. Go for the larger sizes such as like 32 or 36 inches. This will surely provide a more grown-up look.  Party City actually sells them on their website (a package of 6 for 12.99).  They may charge extra to blow them up!

Check out how this couple decided to use balloons to mark the end of their wedding celebration in a balloon release. That’s something their guest will never forget!! (Note the color scheme).. Try to purchase balloons that are environmentally friendly and verify any ordnance’s in your city!

I found balloon release cards at http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/browse/processRequest.do?mode=Browsing&requestURI=processProductsCatalog&sku=3/1328

For an evening event, consider adding LED lights.. Save on Crafts has LED balloons pre made. http://www.save-on-crafts.com/balloons1.html

Balloons are becoming an increasingly popular wedding/event decoration for a variety of reasons. One of the primary reasons is that they are inexpensive and they are extremely versatile.

But decorating on the cheap does not mean that you can’t make the decoration a unique aspect of the wedding itself.

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