My Thoughts on Lanai and the Four Seasons Koele Lodge Featured on The Honeymoonist

Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 2.25.36 PMHey Y’all,

Back in June, I posted about my friend Susan Moynihan and her incredible site for all things honeymoon, fittingly entitled, The Honeymoonist!

Today, I’m giving you a heads up to head to her site to check out my advice on the beautiful honeymoon destination of Lanai, Hawaii and the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele.

Click HERE to read the feature now.

Where will/did you go on your honeymoon? Let me know in the comment section.
-Brian

Getting Married? Create Your Dream Wedding Registry Using NewlyWish

My Friend Amanda Allen, NewlyWish Founder and CEO, and I at #Engage14

My Friend Amanda Allen, NewlyWish Founder and CEO, and I at #Engage14

Hey Y’all,

Since I’m always making such great friends at the Engage! events, I thought I’d start featuring some of them here to shine a light on their amazing companies and talents. To kick things off, I’d like to introduce y’all to my friend Amanda Allen (pictured with me above at Engage! 14), Founder and CEO of NewlyWish, a New York City-based online wedding registry service designed to help couples create gift registries that truly reflect their life and personal style.

Amanda_HeadshotNewlyWish sets itself apart from traditional registry providers through a curated collection of gifts from over 50 boutiques, brands and artisans, providing everything from chic home goods to eco-friendly products, and unique experiences, all wrapped up in their state-of-the-art registry technology.

NewlyWish Landing PageBeyond their over 12,000+ products, the NewlyWish site features:

One-click registering – Couples can register for the basics with one click using Kitchen, Bed, and Bath Starter Collections.

Group gifting options – Allows guests to contribute toward big-ticket items like commissioned art, furniture, and luxury linens.

Personalized registry homepage – Couples can customize their registry homepages with photos, messages to guests, and a unique registry URL.

Registry Gift Tracker – Keeps track of all items purchased, what’s been shipped, what’s in process and who to send ‘thank you’ notes.

Gift holding options – Moving? Spring cleaning? NewlyWish will hold all goodies until a specific date.

Cash & Honeymoon Funds – Gives guests the opportunity to contribute cash to the couple’s new life.

Exclusive Mix and Match Tabletop Collections – NewlyWish has taken the guess-work out of figuring out which dinnerware, glassware, and flatware patterns look perfect together, with exclusive collections put together by some of the wedding industry’s biggest names.

If you’re engaged (or looking for a fantastic gift for anyone!), you need to check out NewlyWish for all of your wedding registry needs! You won’t regret it. Happy shopping/gifting!
-Brian

Sneak Peek at My Costa Rica Trip and Photo Shoot

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A teaser of what’s to come from our ‘Destination I Do’ photo shoot in Costa Rica.

Hey Y’all,

I’ve been so busy with work I haven’t had a chance to post any snapshots from my trip to Costa Rica here, although you may have already seen some on my social channels.

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As I said in my initial post about this trip, the people that I had the opportunity to travel and work with on this job were a real ‘dream team’. Our photographer, Laura Grier from Beautiful Day Photography, posted a collection of her snapshots (mostly us having a great time, a few of the design process and photo shoot) and you can check them out, here: http://beautifuldayphotography.com/2014/05/four-seasons-in-guanacaste-costa-rica-fam-trip/

As you can see from the photo gallery, we had a blast together. The photo shoot turned out even better than we expected, but it will have to remain under wraps until the the special issue of Destination I Do magazine comes out. I’ll be sure to keep you posted! Have a fantastic weekend, everybody!
-Brian

Join Me This November at ‘Toss the Bouquet’! #TTBEvent

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I’m speaking at an event that will take place in Chicago on 11.24.14 called Toss the Bouquet and their website is now LIVE – which means tickets are on sale!

Check it out, here: http://www.toss-the-bouquet.com/. The first 10 people to register will receive $20 off with the code: TOPTEN. Hope to see you there!
-Brian

Flowers for Every Season: Spring Blooms

Found on borrowedandbleu.com

Found on borrowedandbleu.com

Hey Y’all,

With all of the different colors and types of flowers to choose from, picking a selection for your ceremony and reception can be difficult. However, just as your wedding menu will typically reflect the time of year you are getting married and the location you are getting married at, those two things will also tend to lend themselves to the rest of your design choices.  The most obvious of which being flowers, since each type of bloom is in season at different times of the year. Color trends will also help to guide you in the right direction when making design choices. For all of you spring brides, here’s a quick guide to flowers that are currently in bloom.

Found on blog.myweddingreceptionideas.com

Found on blog.myweddingreceptionideas.com

For a broader guide to seasonal flowers for your wedding, click HERE.
-Brian

I’m Speaking at Engage! 14 Bachelor Gulch

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 11.58.16 AMHey Y’all,

It’s almost time for another spectacular Engage! Luxury Wedding Business Summit! This time, the event takes place at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch on Beaver Creek Mountain in Colorado.

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 11.58.50 AMThe Engage! 14 website is now live, so please visit for all of the details: http://bachelorgulch.engage14.net.

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 12.34.09 PMThere, you’ll find their full lineup of speakers, which I’m excited to announce will once again include me. This event marks the third time I have been invited to speak to the attendees about my experience as a wedding planner and event producer. Also, much like Engage! 13 and Engage! 12, I’ll be sure to share some of my best tips and photos with you throughout the 3-day event taking place June 1-4, 2014.
-Brian

Target’s Tevolio Bridal Line: Dress Your Entire Wedding Party for Less!

Wedding party image via http://www.travel-babbles.com

Wedding party image via http://www.travel-babbles.com

Hey Ya’ll,

As with most aspects of planning your wedding, selecting bridesmaids dresses can be a time-consuming and expensive endeavor–especially if your leading ladies happen to be an opinionated bunch.

panel1This being said, it brings me great joy to tell you there’s a NEW affordable and easy place to find fabulous dresses for your wedding party and it just happens to be my absolute favorite store. Here’s a hint:

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That’s right! TEVOLIO is Target’s new bridal line available exclusively at Target.com.

Target Bridesmaids Dresses

The collection features styles for brides starting at $100 and bridesmaids and flower girls dresses at about $25. The name of the line was inspired by the Italian phrase “Ti voglio,” which translates loosely to “I love you” in English.

panel2So, if you’re looking to save some money and you’ve settled on your wedding colors, simply log onto Target’s website and figure out which of these options is best for the kind of wedding you’re designing:

Option 1 – All your bridesmaids wear the same color and cut/style. *You could have your maid of honor wear one shade lighter or darker of the same dress or put her in a different cut/style to set her apart from the group.

Option 2 – All your bridesmaids wear the same color but can choose ANY cut/style.

Option 3 – You assign each bridesmaid a specific shade of your chosen color to create an ombre effect with their dresses. *Again, you could go with all the same cut/style for the group with the maid of honor set apart in a different cut/style.

targettevolioweddinggownsWhile you’re at it, be sure to take a look at the options available for the bride on a budget. There are a few simple options available, and if they happen to suit your body type and catch your eye, you’ll have a LOT more money to spend on the rest of your wedding!

Wedding Dresses from Target

Some of the bridesmaids dresses could also work for the bride in white or ivory. Keep in mind, if they aren’t chic enough for the ceremony you’re envisioning, many of these dresses could work for the rehearsal dinner or even as a secondary dress to change into for the reception or after-party.

So what do you think of these budget-friendly frocks? Would you rock a Target wedding gown on your special day? Let me know in the comment section below. Also, I’m thinking about doing some follow up posts about how to style a wedding around each of these dresses… let me know if that sounds interesting to any of you!
-Brian